Adapting Your Business to an iPad Billing Environment

There’s no arguing that iPads have permeated their way through most streams of education. These amazing devices are becoming more evident in all areas of lives, both for fun and work. Whether you’re in the educational sector or business sector, iPads have become the norm. It is a good service that we provide our students that we are educating them in current technology. The more we teach them, the more desirable they become to their future employers.

The following is one of many examples of where people will be coming across tablets in their daily lives. Let’s continue to provide practical, current and relevant iPad education to our students, as they begin to enter the workforce.

The world of technology is changing with leaps and bounds. In fact, what was considered trendy a year back, is now not only passé but also technologically irrelevant. As a result, most stores have realized that the traditional “ka-ching” billing or POS systems are redundant. Wireless POS systems are now the norm and large chain stores like Nike and McDonalds have already started using mobile POS billing systems. Roving staff members can approach customers anywhere in the store and bill them immediately. This not only saves time but it also increases store revenue as customers can make spot purchases. However, this also means that businesses have to adapt their stores to the wireless POS billing system says Sockettalk. If you are actively contemplating a switch to wireless POS billing systems through tablets and mobiles, here are a few things you should know.

What Do You Need?

It’s not too late to switch over to a wireless system. According to TD Canada Trust, the mobile or wireless POS system will easily explode into a $2 billion industry. This also indicates that almost all business owners are actively considering switching over to a modern mobilized system. However, restructuring an existing business is not easy and it is definitely expensive. Are there are extra materials that you will need to make your business a mobilized one? Yes, there are but realistically speaking, most of them are affordable and quite easy to implement. So here goes.

Wireless Networks – Traditional POS systems do not require an Internet connection but wireless systems do. A store-wide network that also extends to about 2 meters outside the store (for restaurants) is mandatory to make the entire system effective and affordable. However, this is not really a major concern as most stores may already have an existing Internet connection. This can easily be modified or switched over to a wireless network. Users may have to pay about $20 to about $30 per month extra for the wireless network but it is quite affordable.

Tablets and accessories – A mobilized POS systems usually relies on tablets to complete the billing process. Tablets are affordable, easy to use, and lightweight. Almost every staff member already knows how to use the swipe-and-wipe motion for billing and the actual POS system is accessible through a simple icon on the main screen. To prevent injury, almost every retailer prefers to use ruggedized devices to prevent damage but it is not enough. Along with the tablet, you may require additional accessories to secure the billing counter, protect the tablets and speed up billing. The most commonly required accessories for a new business adapting to mobilized billing include the following:

  • Stands – Tablets are quite delicate and they have to be secured in place to prevent damage. A large business may require handheld tablets for roving staff members, security stands to hold the tablet firmly to the billing station, floor stands to hold tablets at pop-up stores, etc. Most vendors supply several different colours, varieties, and sizes and you can choose the variety you want.
  • Cash drawers – Unlike traditional billing systems, wireless systems use standalone cash drawers to collect paperwork, cash and bills. For security, these cash drawers usually have a manual lock, a POS lock, and security covers inside the drawers to prevent theft. Businesses can choose from sizes, inserts, colours, security features, etc. to match their wireless system and to protect daily income.
  • Base stations – These types of stations are hugely useful for small business. Several designs are available but docking stations usually offer secure Bluetooth, Wi-Fi connectivity to upload data and charging facilities for small businesses. Base docking stations may also connect to small printers, barcode printers, credit card machines, etc. and acts as secondary billing stations.
  • Credit card readers – Credit card terminals are an integral part of payment processing but wireless POS systems have simplified the process even further. Miniaturized credit card terminals are easy to use and they connect almost instantly to any kind of tablet or smartphone.
  • Printers – A wireless network means that a single printer can be used for all billing requirements. However, vendors also provide small portable printers that print barcodes, coupons, product tags, etc. Some businesses may also require bigger printers to deal with invoices, product inventory, etc. Don’t have a wireless printer? Check out this solution that you can use with your existing hardware.

Truthfully saying, a small business can save a lot of money while switching over to a wireless-based POS system says biztechmagazine. Vendors like Shopify usually sell package deals in which you can set up a small business, large retail stores, pop-up stores, stalls, etc. with the same wireless-based tablet or phone billing system. All you have to do is get in touch with the vendor and pick tablets, accessories, and features to suit your business requirements.

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