One of the new trends for improving customer experience is allowing in-store customers to avoid the pain point of queuing, by using mobile checkout solutions. A series of robust iPad Epos systems (Epos as in: Electronic Point of Sale), providing instant payment solutions. Many of these solutions are now in fact especially designed to better suit the needs of specific businesses depending on the industry, so it’s better to learn about exactly what each solution does best.
Components and advantages of iPad Epos systems
Online payment systems will include the following features, but they will not always be provided as a package by a single provider.
Even the most basics iPad Epos systems require the installation of various components:
- Epos software built to work on iOS,
- One or more mobile or portable “chip-and-pin” card readers to accept credit card payments,
- ... and of course, an iPad from Apple.
Advantages of iPad Epos systems
These systems offer many advantages long thought to be impossible to achieve:
- These are lightweight, truly mobile and versatile systems;
- iPads are now powerful enough to handle all the computing power and resources needed by a modern, complete Epos system;
- These systems have no legacy issues: they are built on fresh ground, and they are built to easily integrate future developments, at a fraction of the cost compared with complex, older systems;
- And even better, these systems are way more simple to install, run, manage and understand than traditional Epos systems, allowing small businesses to provide modern, mobile and secure payment solutions to their customers.
Available iPad Epos solutions
Although iPads have been around for just a few years, there is now more than a few players on the iPad Epos systems market - a clear sign that this kind of solutions have taken the retail and hospitality sectors by storm. Prices range between £30 and £70 per month.
NCR’s Counterpoint solution is one of the relatively rare examples of what traditional point-of-sale equipment manufacturers can provide in terms of iPad Epos systems - bear in mind that NCR was founded in 1884! The list of features is especially impressive, including customer history, gift cards and layaways management.
Vend POS is especially interesting as it is completely browser-based, and can therefore work with any PC or tablet, not only the iPad. Plus, it can work both online and offline. iZettle and PayPal are supported.
Toast POS is especially suited for the hospitality industry, providing pub and restaurant owners with menu management, floor management and accounting integration features.
Lightspeed Retail is, quite transparently, especially designed for the retail sector, as it includes sales tracing, inventory management, catalogue import features.
Lightspeed Restaurant is Lightspeed Retail’s sister solution designed for restaurants, with table management, special orders support and full-touchscreen interface.
TouchBistro is another quite aptly-named industry-specific solution, designed for pubs and cafes with such specific features as floor management with custom floor layout and multiple remote printer support. This way, many waiters can accept payments all around the premises, with just one tablet centralising all data.
Cloudseeker POS works best for retail businesses, coming with customer tracking, automatic price tag printing and inventory tracking features.
Finally, Intelligentpos is an interesting alternative as it represents one of the most affordable and yet fully comprehensive native iPad Epos systems. Apple Pay is supported, the iZettle pro contactless chip-and-pin machines are fully integrated, and there is a dedicated pay with iZettle button. The solution can work offline.