Contents tagged with Tablet POS

  • Should you buy or lease your POS equipment?

    Is it better to buy or lease your POS equipment?

    Leasing is a popular practice in many areas of business. It's often a cheaper alternative to buying something outright and, if the leased item in question is technology-based, it may allow you to stay current with constant innovation. Rather than being burdened with an aging piece of technology that you invested heavily in by buying, you can return the model and lease a newer version. Of course, this won't apply to everything, and you have to consider specific factors pertaining to your technology before deciding if leasing or buying is the right choice. For example, consider your POS system.

    Leasing POS equipment is not uncommon, but is it the best practice? Is it actually cheaper to lease this item rather than buying it? The Bureau of Consumer Protection Business Center says no. … more

  • Can a more secure iPad help your tablet POS system?

    Apple has been busy so far this fall. Last month, the company unveiled and launched two new iPhones — the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus — which come fully loaded with iOS 8, the latest Apple mobile operating system, and a myriad of new features including Apple Pay, which allows users to use their devices to pay at some of the world's biggest retailers. While Apple Pay has not gone live as of yet, this week the company announced that it will finally allow iPhone owners to use the feature on Monday, October 20. This came at a second fall event in which Apple launched Yosemite, the latest Mac desktop operating system and unveiled two new iPads, which will be available in a few weeks. 

    The iPad announcement could mean big things for retailers who are already in the … more

  • Tablet POS systems present opportunities for food trucks

    Tablet POS systems are helping food truck owners better serve their customers.

    The food truck is one of the fastest growing business trends, and anyone who has spent time in any major city can't walk far without running into one. Go outside during lunch time on a work day and you'll see whole fleets of food trucks on just about every busy corner. And as their popularity grows, food truck owners know they must ensure they can keep up with their customers' preferences. Although food trucks have traditionally been cash-only establishments, that form of currency has become increasingly scarce, which is why tablet POS systems have become must-have tools for any food truck owner. 

    A tablet POS system that either runs on a carrier network or on a WiFi network set up in the truck can allow merchants to process all kinds of payments without having to use traditional … more

  • What will the new iPad bring to the payments table?

    What impact could new iPads have on the tablet POS market?

    The tablet POS market may be receiving some big news in a couple of weeks. In October, Apple CEO Tim Cook is expected to once again take the stage and introduce the latest version of a popular mobile device. While his September keynote was all about the iPhone and the introduction of the Apple Watch, next month Cook's announcement should center around the iPad.

    According to numerous sources, Apple will unveil the latest version of the iPad Air and iPad Mini and could even add a third member to the tablet family. The iPad Pro has circulated the rumor mill for much of the past year and the popularity of the Air and Mini have led many to believe they will be receiving upgrades. 

    Will we get a Retina Display iPad Mini, a second generation iPad Air and an all-new iPad Pro, rumored to … more

  • What to look for in a tablet POS system

    A good tablet POS system will be able to create real-time reports.

    Whether your company decides to use an iPad or another tablet to manage your mobile POS system, there are certain characteristics that your devices must display in order for your new system to be successful. Prior to procuring and implementing a tablet POS system, evaluate your potential solution and make sure it contains these characteristics. 

    Here are five things to look for in any new system, as referenced in a recent Business News Daily article:

    Cloud-based: Does your sales data upload to the cloud so it can be accessed by other machines?

    Backend capabilities: Can your system process pertinent data such as inventory numbers and generate real-time reports? Speed and efficiency is a major factor.

    Security: Given recent incidents at major retailers such as Target and Home … more

  • The hospitality industry can benefit from a cloud-based tablet POS system

    A cloud-based tablet POS system can help retailers in a number of ways.

    Cloud-based POS systems can benefit organizations across a wide range of industries, but the technology's advantages are particularly beneficial to those in hospitality. Hotel staffers, cruise line crew members and other professionals tasked with servicing guests over an extended period of time have one mission: to provide each guest with the best possible experience.

    In most cases, each experience will be customized to the preferences of the individual or family. In all cases, staff members working in the hospitality establishment must be prepared to properly manage guest interactions at all times, even while on the go. This is why tablets have become such a vital component of the industry's technology infrastructure. 

    Royal Caribbean understands this. The popular … more

  • What accessories are needed to improve a tablet cash register

    Every company is looking for ways to improve operations while saving money. In recent years, this idea has led to an increase in the adoption rates of various technologies, one of which was the tablet POS system.

    Mobility is something that every company is dealing with, and the reason is that these devices have evolved to the point that they can handle business critical tasks. This includes acting as a cash register. However, for it to be successful, there are several accessories needed.

    A recent article from TabTimes examined the different peripherals that are available. The list includes mainly traditional tools like a cash drawer, receipt printer, barcode and a credit card reader, as well as a stand for the tablet. If you are using this system to replace a traditional cash … more

  • Ballpark deploys tablet POS to speed up transactions

    A minor league baseball park deployed a tablet POS system to improve transactions.

    One of the main reasons an organization would want to upgrade its POS system is the speed of processing transactions. The longer a customer has to wait for a credit card payment to be processed, the longer the line at the cash register, which can heighten the level of frustration for those waiting. As any business knows, upset customers can cause major problems.

    A recent case study profiled some moves made by the Joliet Slammers, a minor league baseball team. During the most recent offseason, the organization hired a new Director of Food and Beverage named Tom Fremarek. He started looking at the biggest customer service issues that the organization has faced and found multiple complaints about the wait times for processing credit cards.

    The manual registers and … more

  • Cloud POS systems gaining more traction for companies

    Cloud-based POS systems are growing in popularity.

    When it comes to the point of sale system, it seems that the only universally agreed upon idea is that change is coming. With the latest technology innovations, the traditional POS system is facing a number of potential changes and organizations need to start being aware of this.

    A recent article from Dazeinfo examined one such trend -- the cloud-based POS.

    "Retail locations need to do all they can to remain competitive and relevant in today's marketplace," the article reads. "The growing adoption of  online shopping habits among consumers has pushed Retail stores to implement more tech-friendly systems. One of most important systems to implement, businesses need to remain relevant to, is a cloud-based POS system."

    Using a virtual solution creates a number of benefits aside from … more

  • How tablets are improving the sales process

    Tablets are becoming a must have tool for sales professionals.

    If you were asked to name all of the tools in the belt of successful sales person, there are several technologies that would be a part of this conversation. While items like VoIP phone systems and cloud-based sales reporting software have been in use for some time, it can be argued that the tablet is the hottest tool in the arsenal.

    A recent white paper from Showpad dove deep into the reasons why organizations can improve their sales team through the use of tablets. First off, the report covers a number of benefits to putting a tablet into the hands of associates. These include:

    Updated support material that can be access and shared with the entire team in real-time.

    Sales conversations flow naturally, as tablets encourage engagement.

    Additional resources can be accessed including … more