An iPad Point of Sale System

By Dan Hinckley

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Over the holiday season, I did significantly more shopping than I had during the previous 10 months. Something I noticed more and more often was mobile point of sale systems used by stores as large as Best Buy and as small as the little stands in the mall. The iPad as a mobile point of sale system has become an attractive option for retailers.

One of the main reasons why an iPad is an attractive option for retailers is that the device often costs considerably less than a traditional cash register. Touch Screen cash registeres often cost as much as $2499 dollars while the iPad mini can be had for just $349. The difference in cost is significant and makes the barrier to entry for small retail operations even lower. With more businesses being able to accept credit card payments, more individuals are taking the plunge into running their own business and selling their own goods.

Point of Sale Software

In addition to the previous point of sale software we mentioned from Square and Paypal, there are a number of other options for point of sale software for the iPad. They include:

  • Shoekeep.com
  • isispos.com
  • iConnect
  • revelsystems.com

I expect that a number of additional point of sale systems will also be made available shortly as Apple has made it easy to develop for iOS devices.

Why The iPad is a Perfect POS device

The iPad makes a great Point of Sale device because it includes a powerful processor, touchscreen, internet connectivity, and with a third party accessory it can easily read credit cards. These features and the low price for the tablet computer make it an ideal point of sale device for retailers. As more credit card processing companies develop their own software for the device I expect to see more and more small businesses opt to use an iPad based Point of Sale system instead of the traditional cash register. Add on top of this the fact that people are paying less and less with cash and the iPad is even more attractive.

This is a guest post by Katie Hasseley. Katie works with eCreditCardProcessing.com, a credit card processing company.

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4 Responses so far.

  1. @Jeff_at_Ambur

    January 14, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Dan – It's crazy how many companies are popping up, ours included: http://www.AmburApp.com

    Overall I think this is great for the small independent companies who couldn't afford traditional systems, but still need more than a simple cash register.

  2. Gavin

    January 28, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Many have attempt this to happen, as many people are into ios. However as the new android smartphones invading the market many such as this can envounter stiff competition.

  3. phone service

    March 5, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Traditional cash registers don't just record details of a transaction, they also contain important business info like TIN of the company, and they have to be registered before they can be used in a business establishment. Is this the same with an iPad?

  4. Upholstery Melbourne

    March 19, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    I pad ,Yeah ,its a well known and popular device. Many people are interested in this device with different reason. Great to read that article post.

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