Tablet POS systems the 'future of retail'

Tablets could be the future of retail POS systems.

Earlier this month, we covered Alabama State University, which is becoming the first stadium to have a complete iPad point of sale system. Now, as the system has been put to the test in the middle of a highly competitive football season, the true benefits of the system are starting to be experienced.

A recent Forbes article featured interviews with several officials that were involved with the decision to use an iPad system and how it is helping the university run concessions far more effectively. During the very first home game, the school processed a record 5,721 transaction in just a few hours.

According to Alfred Baker, the executive vice-president of Gourmet Service for the university, the new system saves time while improving revenue and inventory tracking.

"iPad POS runs so much faster than the registers we were using before," said Baker. "In just 30 minutes we had all of our staff trained on the POS. Best of all, we are saving a minimum of five hours a week on inventory."

He went on to say that with the integrated cloud-based nature of the applications they are using, he has the ability to check remaining stock levels from his computer or smartphone, even while the game is in progress. Checking the information from 30 terminals was a time consuming process, but now it is all in one location.

The article declares tablet POS systems to be the future of retail and it is easy to see why. With the help of a payment solution provider, any organization can implement these next generation systems.

by Ty Hardison

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