Point of sale tablet
The advances in new mobile technology have made such things as the traditional till/cash register redundant. A tablet can now take over such tasks.
If examined, the traditional till has changed very little in the last century. In the beginning it was an analogue machine simply displaying the value of the keys that where pressed attached to the cash register. It later became electronic but with the same overriding principle, with a small printer incorporated to print receipts.
Now, with the declining use of cash currency and the rise of the plastic bankcard, a simple and sleek system comprising of a tablet, card reader and wireless receipt printer can be enough to operate an efficient point of sale system. Naturally if cash is still used, a secured box can still be used. However the application of tablets in this form showcases the versatility of modern tablets, and their capacity to be useful tools in all aspects of life.
Is using a tablet as a point of sale system just a novelty?
The first advantage of using a tablet as a point of sale system is the cost, an effective system can be employed for a fraction of the price of traditional point of sale systems. Perfect for smaller retailers, cafes and restaurants. Furthermore, as tablets are essentially very compact computers with networking capabilities, there are systems developed which update a business’s accounts automatically after each and every transaction. Meaning a smoother business operation, and once again a reduction in costs.
It is also a portable system! Retailers or caterers can use them when they have to trade in more remote locations. There is also the security. If the correct security fixture is used on the tablet point of sale system, it can be left unattended during business hours, without the worry of theft or damage. At the end of the day it can be detached and safely stored away.
As more businesses see the advantages of tablet point of sale systems, in the future they will be common place.