by Ty Hardison

Tablet POS hardware gets more competition

Tablets as a company's cash register are becoming more popular. The use of tablets as a cash register is no longer just a novelty for consumers. It is starting to become a regular occurrence that can be seen in a number of different industries. Adoption rates could increase, as new hardware starts to hit the market.Square, one of the leading providers of third-party peripherals that turn smartphones and tablets into mobile cash registers, has unveiled a new product: the Square Stand. It is a holder for an iPad that doubles as a credit card reader. The tablet can rotate toward customers allowing them to sign receipts.The stand can also connect wirelessly to other devices like receipt printers, barcode scanners and cash drawers. The 9-inch, 5-pound Stand will be available in July. Twitter inventor and Square CEO Jack Dorsey made the … more

Mobile commerce increased 71 percent year-over-year

As mobile devices become a larger part of our everyday lives, smartphones and tablets tend to be the go-to gadget for many common tasks. In no place is their more apparent than in the commerce sector. Walk into any retail establishment and there is a good chance that more than one customer will be using their mobile device to check prices, find deals and even make payments.According to the broad index of 200 retailers by Unbound Commerce, mobile commerce increased 71 percent in March and April versus the same time period in 2012. The company cites growing consumer confidence in the platform as one of the key factors behind the the increased adoption."Mobile commerce is expanding very fast, as consumers grow increasingly comfortable shopping on their smartphones", said … more

Untraditional small businesses turning toward mobile payments

More small businesses are starting to use mobile commerce strategies. This blog has covered the use of mobile devices as a way to accept customer payments before, but it normally revolves around the retail sector. However, the increasing functionality of smartphones and tablets is making mobile a more attractive solution for a wide array of companies.A recent article in USA Today examined how small businesses of all types are looking into these systems. The piece features an interview with Trippe Fried, an attorney in New York who answered the challenge of cash flow with mobile payment processing."I don't meet people in my office," Fried told the news source. "I'm in their office, meeting with their people. If it's time to pay a bill, I reach into my briefcase, pull out my iPhone and clients give me a credit … more

Study: the use of tablet POS terminals on the rise

The use of tablets as a POS terminal is a growing trend in the retail sector. A study from U.K. research firm Timetric found that between 2011 and 2012, the number of "mobile point-of-sale" terminals registered by businesses worldwide more than doubled. While researchers do not see that level of adoption to continue year-over-year, they do project that the percentage of systems like Square, Intuit, PayPal and others, will jump from fewer than one-fifth last year to nearly half by 2017.According to a recent Wired article, using an iPad as the company cash register is about to move from a novelty to the norm. Marcus Wohlsen, the author of the piece, framed the article around a trip to a local coffee house where he he paid, tipped and declined a receipt when the employee … more

A snapshot of mobile POS systems in retail

Doing a Google search for mobile commerce will provide more options than most people know what to do with. As more payment experts have touted the solution as the future of retail, it is easy to understand why this might be the case, but what impact are these systems actually having in the system and what does the future look like? Thankfully a new report is answering these questions.Released by PYMNTS.com and ROAM, the study revealed several interesting trends in the mobile point of sale ecosystem. The biggest takeaway suggests that mPOS solutions drive less than one-tenth of one percent of overall retail sales since many early adopters of mPOS solutions are the small non-card accepting merchants in sectors that account for minimal overall retail sales volume.There is no reason to fret … more

Mobile commerce opens up improved marketing possibilities

The phrase "retail therapy" is well known among shopaholics. It is a way to make yourself happier by shopping and many people swear by it. In fact, according to reports by Ebates, more than 51 percent of Americans surveyed engage in some form of retail therapy and being able to get a deal ups the feeling to just under 81 percent.According to another study by Swirl, mobile commerce is starting to become a "therapeutic" tool for those that are using retail to feel better. The report found that 53 percent of the 1,000 women surveyed have between one and five shopping apps on their smartphones. However, 76 percent said they prefer to shop in brick-and-mortar locations with their smartphones tucked away.What this shows is that the mobile commerce sector still has a ways to … more

Mobile commerce grows beyond just the actual transaction

Mobile commerce goes beyond just the transaction. Many retailers have spoken about the future of mobile commerce and early versions can be seen in a number of different merchants as big as Apple or as small as the food truck parked up the street. However, as mobile technology advances, the ways that businesses can interact with their customers through the mobile medium is evolving.In a recent ZDNet article, Diarmuid Mallon explained how the opinion of mobile commerce has changed. Previously he has touched on how the next "killer app" will be programs that act as the mobile wallet. However, Mallon points out there are a number of different ways that companies can take advantage of when it comes to mcommerce for both consumers and enterprises."Sure, mobile payments are exciting," Mallon wrote. " … more

Mobile commerce to reach $108 billion in 2017

Many merchants have realized the benefits that mobile commerce can bring to their business. As more consumers make smartphones and tablets a part of everyday life, the chance of retailers needing to deal with this kind of transaction is becoming a greater reality. According to a recent report, that time could be sooner than most think.Released last week by eMarketer, the study predicts that by 2017, approximately 25 percent of online transactions in the U.S. will take place on a mobile device. That is more than double the number that occurred during 2012.In 2013, mobile commerce sales are expected to rise 82 percent from $24.81 billion to $38.84 billion per year. That number will continue to rise and by 2017, mCommerce will generate more than $108 billion in U.S. retail sales.Aside from& … more

Summer months see rising temps, rate of mobile commerce

Anyone that has studied retail trends is is aware of the ebbs and flows that come with the changing of the seasons and holidays. For the most part, when customers are willing to buy is relatively predictable, but the way in which they choose to make those purchases is starting to change.This week, eBay India released the results of a consumer survey to find out how customers planned to shop during the popular summer sales months. The warmer weather means more people are out and about, but the study found that more of them may be turning to their smartphones to finalize their transactions.More than 50 percent of respondents said they plan to make a purchase over their smartphones or tablets from the comfort of their living rooms. They cited the desire to avoid the heat and crowds of … more

Tablet POS systems add aesthetic edge to businesses

Tablet POS terminals are allowing business owners to get crafty with cash register design. Speaking from experience, the first time you make a transaction through a smartphone acting as a POS, there is a "Wow" factor. The associate scanning products, swiping a card and asking you to sign on the screen with your finger on the device in their hand still seems futuristic, but it is the future of retail. Not only that, but it is allowing merchants to get much more creative with their POS terminals.A recent article in the New York Times interviewed several small business owners from around the country that have started using tablets as the basis for their cash register, but they are doing so in increasingly crafty ways. The design and functionality of tablets like the iPad make it possible to create innovative registers instead of the traditional clunky plastic … more