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Why More Businesses are Switching to iPad and Tablet Point of Sale Systems

As technology advances more and more businesses are moving away from clunky cash registers and expensive POS systems towards the new and growing trend of sleek, convenient
iPad and tablet POS systems. Not only do these new systems offer businesses more mobility, but they also combine inventory management, marketing, and loyalty programs in a more cost effective way than ever before.Mobility & Convenience: Today, more than ever, businesses are mobile. Restaurants on wheels, (aka food trucks), retailers attending trade shows, niche product fairs or even just salesman on the road are in need of convenient streamlined programs that can be managed from one central location. Tablet POS systems allow businesses the flexibility to have devices in multiple locations all reporting back to a central office and sending email receipts (cutting down on paper costs and more eco-friendly) making revenue management and reconciliation easier and more accountable.

Promotions and Marketing: In the hustle and bustle of everyday business, marketing campaigns and promotions are easily forgotten. Business may be doing well but could ultimately do better if they had the right marketing insights. New tablet POS system software is now able to easily answer the daunting questions business owners have about their promotional efforts. What time of day do I have the most traffic? When is the best time to run a happy hour promotion or sale? Which products increase ticket size the most? Which product combinations sell best for my business? Which customer loyalty programs have been most successful in my business? A standard cash register or credit card terminal can’t answer these questions, and long gone are the days where businesses need to invest in expensive software or consultation to develop the kinds of campaigns to serve their business needs. Tablet POS software can answer all of these questions, execute promotions and more.

Inventory and Product Management: Are you still managing inventory manually with a checklist and an excel spreadsheet? Stop it. It’s not necessary. Time is money, and wasting your time is costing you money. With new
tablet POS software, you simply upload that handy excel spreadsheet in to the systems and start selling. The systems will track what is sold and are able to alert you when inventory is low, completely customizable to your settings and business rules. It’s a no brainer, stop wasting your time, or your money on expensive complicated systems.

Easy to Use, Intuitive: One of the biggest problems, aside from the cost, of more involved POS systems is their complex, not so user friendly interfaces. New tablet POS systems are often as intuitive and easy to use as the tablets themselves. Touch screen buttons, crisp fonts and simple programming makes it easy for almost any business owner to navigate them. Not to mention, training new employees becomes a breeze. It is highly recommended, in the search for a tablet POS system, to ask for a demonstration, log-in to interact with each interface and find out which ones work best for your particular industry and business.

In an interview with Entrepeneur.com, Dave Kaminsky, and emerging technology analyst with Mercator Advisory Group, a payments-industry advisory firm said, “Over the next three to five years, many of the existing larger and pricier point-of-sale systems will be replaced with iPads.  He goes on to say, “It’s impossible to predict when a total conversion of the market would occur.”

In the same way cell phones used to be huge, clunky devices only used to make phone calls – registers and POS systems are advancing to sleeker, more mobile pieces of technology capable of doing far more than just accepting money. Will you make the switch?

About the Author

Rachida EssadiqRachida Essadiq, Director of Marketing at NTC Texas is a successful five year marketing veteran, running events and campaigns for large to  small enterprises and non-profits.  She specializes in blogging, social media, branding/ identity and search engine optimization, striving to provide NTC Texas customers and fans with entertaining and valuable educational resources to find success in all areas of their businesses.

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