Move Over Cash Register Mobile POS is Taking Over
In any retail store, customers want to be in and out as quick as possible. This means that they don’t want to stand in line for more than a few minutes, and certainly don’t want to deal with a slow check out process.
For this reason, several establishments are moving toward mobile point of sales systems for retail stores. In a traditional setting, retails stores have cash registered lined up at the check out counter, staffed by at least one or two employees.
As the years have progressed, cash, debit and credit card machines have evolved. Customers used to have to hand their cards into a cashier for scanning, but many POS devices now allow customers to swipe their own credit cards, and enter in their own debit card pins. The next step in this evolution, is to make all payment mobile.
Some point of sales systems for retail stores are providing customers with a way of paying on a company iPad. The iPad can be carried around the sales floor, and customers can make their purchases on the go, instead of waiting in a long line.
IPad POS equipment comes with an external swiping mechanism that is attached to the surface of the device. There are also apps that can be downloaded onto a mobile device to accept payments using a scanner. As long as a customer also has the app, an employee can scan a bar code on the patron’s phone for payment.
The advantage of these POS solutions is that they decrease the amount of time it takes to conduct transactions. Essentially, an employee can be out on the floor, taking care of several purchases, eliminating the wait time for customers. Consequently, the store can provide service for a high volume of customers, potentially raising its daily profits.
In addition, a mobile or cloud point of sales system is easy to set up and maintain, and is often less expensive than a traditional POS system.
With these benefits, it will only be matter of time before more retail stores start implement a mobile POS system.