Your Company’s POS: An Employee’s Perspective

The point-of-sale system you choose for your company should not only meet the needs of your customers, but also your employees. The right POS system will help you process sales quickly and easily, as well as offer other tools to better serve your customers, such as more efficient inventory management and targeted marketing. The right POS system will also be one that your employees can learn quickly and that makes it easy for them to do their jobs.

Here are a few things you need to consider from your employees’ perspectives when choosing your POS system:

How Easy is Training?

Complex POS systems make it hard for new employees to learn how to use them. The longer training period costs you more money for payroll and can lead to lost sales. The complex system can also make new employees feel overwhelmed and diminish their morale.

An iPad POS is easy to use, and most employees can learn the system within a few hours. Because the POS system is on an iPad, many employees are likely already familiar with the interface, which means that they will also feel more comfortable and confident when going through the training.

How Does It Help Employees Do their Jobs?

A POS system needs to do more than process payments. It also needs to give employees the tools to do their jobs well and to better serve customers. Some features that will accomplish this goal may include easily generated coupon codes, fast processing, and the ability to quickly order new inventory. You can find all of these features and more in an iPad POS system.

How Easy Is It to Find Information?

If an employee has to fumble with a POS system to find the needed features or a product that a customer needs, it can make the employee feel flustered and embarrassed, as well as annoy the customer and cost your business a sale. It is important that any POS system you select make it easy for employees to quickly find information, such as accurate stock levels for inventory, the status of a special order, or a customer’s information from a previous order.

Your POS system is more than a tool for your business. Make sure you select the right POS system from your employees’ perspective to get the most benefit and to increase the efficiency and success of your workforce.

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Which iPad is Best for POS?

The iPad POS system includes many features that can help businesses of all types to grow and reach their goals. You can use it to better track sales, manage inventory, analyze progress and even track employee hours.

Once you’ve decided on the best iPad POS system to use, you need to also decide on the best model of iPad to house your POS system. While all of the iPad models that are available will give you great performance, you may want to choose some options over others to better suit the needs of your business.

Here are a few things to consider when deciding on which iPad is best for your POS:

Size

The iPad comes in a variety of sizes, including the basic model, the iPad mini and the iPad Air. Both the basic iPad and the iPad Air have a 9.7-inch diagonal display, while the iPad mini has a 7.9-inch display. A bigger display is useful for employees who are serving customers on the go, since it makes the information easier to read at a glance for both employees and customers. However, if you are trying to conserve space for a display or checkout area, then an iPad mini might work well.

Capacity

The iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display both come with a variety of options for storage space, including a 16GB, 32GB, 64 GB, and 128GB model. However, the basic iPad and iPad Mini without retina display only come in 16GB capacity. While the POS system will be able to work on any of these models, you may want to consider additional storage space if you plan to traffic in exceptionally high volume or if you know your store will be handling many customers at once at any given time.

Price

The more space and features you add to an iPad, the more the price goes up, which will raise the base price for the POS system. A basic iPad and iPad Mini both start at $399, but the prices goes up as you add storage space (for the mini) or cellular service (for either). The Mini tops out at $699 for 128GB, or $829 with the cellular service. The iPad Air ranges from $499 to $929, depending on space and cellular service, and the iPad Mini with Retina Display ranges from $299 to $429. It’s important to weigh your budget against the features to find the right iPad for your business.

No matter what model you choose, the iPad POS system can help you meet your business’ needs. Consider trying it today.

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Using a POS at Conventions

Attending conventions is an excellent way to get more exposure for your business and to boost sales. Even when an encounter doesn’t turn into an immediate sale, it can form the basis for a long and prosperous relationship with a future customer.

It is important that you have the right tools to make your convention a success. The iPad POS system is a must-have for conventions, no matter what type of business you own or what size.

Here are a few ways that an iPad POS system can help you at conventions:

Provide More Payment Options

Not very many people carry cash anymore, and those who do only carry small amounts. You may do OK if you sell products with a small price point. However, if you sell bigger-ticket items, you may find the well running dry during the convention.

By using an iPad POS system, you can provide customers more options for making payment, which can increase your sales. In particular, offering customers a secure way to make a credit card payment can give them the confidence and the ability to buy, which can have a huge impact on your sales.

Improve Customer Service

Conventions can get pretty crowded, making it difficult to serve customers quickly or efficiently. Lines can form quickly, and it can become quite chaotic.

When you use an iPad POS system, you gain the ability to move amongst the crowd effortlessly. You can check customers out wherever they are, whether in your booth or in the aisle. You’ll process them more quickly, increasing their satisfaction and making your booth more inviting by clearing out the crowds.

Collect Leads

Your iPad POS system offers many opportunities to collect customer information, whether during a sale or not. You can use data such as e-mails or phone numbers to create a marketing campaign later, helping you to nurture those leads and turn them into loyal customers. You can assign a person to stand at your booth collecting names and e-mails, or you can create a script for asking for the information during the sale (or both).

Make sure you take advantage of every opportunity that a convention presents. Use an iPad POS system to increase your sales and nurture your leads, helping you to secure your short- and long-term success. You’ll help your company grow and start to meet your goals.

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Using a POS at Art Shows

The stereotype of the starving artist came to life for a reason: A lot of artists don’t make a lot of money. However, you don’t have to let that stereotype come true for you. If you have the right tools and use the right selling strategies, you can sell a good deal of your art, even if you haven’t made a big name for yourself yet.

Attending art shows can help you get more exposure for your art, and using the right POS system can help you get more sales. An iPad POS system is especially well suited for art shows. Here are just a few of the ways it can help you get more sales and more exposure for your art:

Process Credit Cards

Original artwork does not sell cheap, and most people don’t have that much cash on them when they are shopping. They could return with a check or a cashier’s check, but it’s more likely that they will decide it’s not worth the effort or will forget about it entirely.

By using an iPad POS system, you will give customers the ability to securely pay by credit card. You will also be able to do so without paying excessive credit card feeds. You’ll generate more sales, and you’ll pocket more of the cash from each transaction.

Track Sales

The iPad POS system gives you a central place to track all sales of your art. You’ll be able to generate reports to understand what kind of art sells best, whether that means painting versus sculpture or a particular style of art over another. You can use that information to create more of the same types of art. You don’t have to limit your creativity to what sells, but you can create more of your best-selling pieces to help you when you need to increase your cash flow.

Nurture Customer Leads

Even if someone doesn’t buy a piece of your art after they visit your booth, you can still nurture a relationship that could turn into future sales. Your iPad POS system can collect emails and other information that you can use to set up an email marketing campaign or other marketing materials.

You don’t have to be a starving artist. Use an iPad POS system at your art shows, and you can increase your sales and get more exposure for your work.

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Top 5 Businesses that Can Benefit from a POS

Many small businesses and entrepreneurs may operate with as little overhead as possible to try to keep down costs and boost profits. They may consider purchases like a point-of-sale system to be a luxury that they can’t afford. However, almost all businesses can benefit from using the right POS, since it will allow them to offer more payment options and to generate more sales.

An iPad POS is especially useful for small businesses and entrepreneurs since it offers a powerful array of features but is available for an affordable investment. Here are the top five businesses that can benefit from using a POS system like the iPad POS:

Farmers

Local farmers often sell at farmer’s markets to reach customers directly. While cash may be just fine for customers who only want to pick up a head of lettuce or a few squash, it certainly won’t be enough for those who want a week’s worth of produce. By using an iPad POS at the markets, farmers can increase their sales by making it possible for customers to pay in a variety of ways.

Jewelry Makers

Many jewelry makers work from home and sell their creations through online outlets and at local craft shows and festivals. By using an iPad POS, jewelry makers can give their customers the confidence to pay for more items at once with their credit cards since the payments are secure.

Furniture Maker

The more expensive the wares, the more it makes sense for a business to offer secure credit card payments. Few people would be able to pay for furniture with cash, and business owners take a risk by accepting checks for such items. If you make your own furniture, using an iPad POS system can help you sell more of your creations.

Computer Repair

A small computer repair business will meet most of its customers on site. By using an iPad POS system, these businesses can process payments anywhere they go, and they can impress customers with their technological savvy.

Artist

Artists can include painters, sculptors, designers, and crafters of all types. Most artists sell at local festivals and direct to the consumer. An iPad POS system can make them appear more professional while also increasing their capabilities for processing payments.

Whatever your business, using an iPad POS system can help you boost sales and reach more customers. However, the system is especially beneficial for small businesses and entrepreneurs who don’t have the large budgets for expensive capital.

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Tips for Businesses Using a POS

Many businesses look at their point-of-sale system like a basic tool to accomplish a simple task. They focus on its ability to process payments, but they often overlook many of the other benefits that a POS system can offer. The right system, such as an iPad POS system, can help you grow your business and improve your profitability.

Here are a few tips for how you can use your POS system to its maximum benefit:

Gain Insights into Sales

The right POS system can track every sale you make on it. You can then generate reports about these sales, learning information such as what your top sellers are, the days or hours when you are selling the most items, and what price point is selling the most.

By studying this information regularly, you can make adjustments in your business strategy that can help you increase sales. For example, you might discover that you need to order more of a certain item (or type of item), or you might find that you should adjust your payroll hours to meet demand at certain times.

Better Manage Inventory

In addition to showing you what you sell, the right POS system can also help you better manage your inventory. You can set rules for automatically ordering stock when it falls below a certain level or for avoiding ordering more stock than you need. By using this feature to its maximum benefit, you can lower your costs and improve your profitability.

Nurture Leads and Create Marketing Materials

Developing relationships with your customers is key to your long-term success. You can do this by nurturing leads and creating effective marketing materials. The right POS system includes options for doing both. You can collect e-mail addresses or other information to create outreach materials to nurture future sales. You can create specialty coupon codes or discounts based on past sales behavior or interests.

The more tailored you can create your marketing materials, the more effective they can be. The right POS system can help you do that.

An iPad POS system will allow you to do all of these things and more, helping you to increase your sales and lower your costs. You’ll also be able to create more rewarding relationships with your customers, ensuring your long-term success. Consider trying out the iPad POS system to see what it can do for your business.

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The Apple Store Philosophy, POS and the Future

Apple is known for its cutting-edge products and for setting the tone for what typically becomes the next trend in personal electronics. The company reinvented the way we listen to music, and it changed the whole market for the cell phone.

It did the same thing with its tablet, the iPad. Now, the iPad POS system is changing the way retailers do business. Here are a few ways that the Apple philosophy is influencing the POS system and the future of business:

Innovation

Apple’s defining feature as a company is its innovation. It has revolutionized technology across multiple segments, and it has down the same with the iPad POS system. Unlike systems of the past, the iPad serves as a multi-purpose device for managing sales and inventory. You can use it to process sales, as well as to track and automate your inventory, create marketing materials, and more. You can use the one system to perform many of the tasks to keep your business expenses down and your sales high.

Ease of Use

One thing that everyone loves about Apple products is that they are easy to use. They have an intuitive user interface that most people find easy to learn. The iPad POS system features this same familiar interface, which makes it easier to train employees on how to use it. The easier it is to use, the more you will save on payroll costs and the more effective your employees will be able to serve customers.

Sleek Design

Apple has also distinguished itself through its stylish and sophisticated designs. The iPad POS system features the same sleek design of the iPhone, which is a radical contrast to the POS systems of old. POS systems of the past were boxy things that had a lot of buttons and made a lot of noise. The iPad POS weighs little more than a pound and can slip into any space, which can make for a more streamlined and stylish display.

You really can’t go wrong with Apple products. The company quickly dominates most of the markets it enters thanks to its philosophy that its lead by innovation, design and user experience. You will see all of these features with the iPad POS system, which can help you move your company forward and boost your sales. Plus, the system is available for the fraction of the cost of a traditional unit.

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POS Systems to Avoid

In today’s marketplace, you have dozens of options for almost anything you need to buy – more so if you are shopping for your business. In some cases, it almost helps more to know what you don’t want or what you need to avoid so that you can whittle down the field. After all, many products will have the same features and benefits. Therefore, it helps a bit to know what they don’t have and to go from there.

If you are shopping for a new point-of-sale system for your business, here are a few POS systems that you should probably avoid:

Large, Clunky Machines

Traditionally, the only option for a POS system was a large, boxy cash register with a lot of bells and whistles (literal bells and whistles). Even as POS systems have gotten smaller and more mobile, these outdated clunkers are still being made.

Avoid buying one of these systems as they will chain your employees to one spot at a counter, limiting their ability to check out customers quickly and efficiently. A sleeker system, such as an iPad POS, will allow them to meet customers wherever they are in the store or the community.

Complex Systems

A POS system need not be complex to provide you all the features you need. A complex system will be hard for employees to learn how to use, which will cost you unnecessary payroll hours and reduce efficiency in serving customers.

Choose a system that is easy to learn, such as an iPad POS. Many employees are already familiar with the iPad, and the interface is very user-friendly. Employees will be able to learn the system in no time, and you won’t have to sacrifice features in the process.

Expensive Systems

Traditional POS systems can cost upwards of $15,000 or $20,000. That’s a huge investment for any size business. In contrast, an iPad POS system can cost you around $1,000 (a bit more or less depending on the brand and the features you choose). With the lower cost, you can even afford to pick up several units to increase your efficiency in serving customers.

Forget about older POS systems that no longer meet the needs of today’s businesses. Don’t buy clunky, complex or expensive systems. Consider newer, lighter and less expensive technology like the iPad POS for your business instead.

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POS Systems: The New Norm?

When you start shopping for a new point-of-sale system for your business, what you may have in mind may be much different than what’s becoming the norm. Traditionally, your option for a POS system was a bulky cash register that chimed when you entered a sale and popped out a cash drawer when you needed to make change.

Modern POS systems have changed dramatically. They are smaller, sleeker, quieter and much more sophisticated. In many ways, the iPad POS system is becoming the new norm for businesses of all types. Here are a few reasons why the iPad POS system is becoming the standard:

More Features

The iPad POS may be small in size, but it is large in features. It can help you do everything from process credit cards to manage inventory to create customized marketing materials. You can gain more insights into your sales history to help you keep costs down and raise your profit margins. You get all of these features without having to buy a bigger, bulkier system that will take up too much counter space or be difficult to move.

More Mobility

Unlike a clunky cash register, an iPad POS can easily be moved anywhere you need it to go. You can set it up on a mount if you want to establish a dedicated check out space, or you can keep it mobile to check out customers throughout your store or trade show booth. The mobility allows you to serve more customers in more places, helping you to increase sales and exposure for your business.

More Savings

Older POS systems could cost anywhere from $15,000 to $20,000. However, an iPad POS system can be purchased for as little as $1,000. That’s a significant cost savings that will benefit your business, no matter how big or small it is. However, if you have a smaller business, that’s especially helpful since it allows you to get the equipment you need without expending a lot of capital.

With all the benefits that the iPad POS system offers, it is no wonder that it is quickly becoming the new normal. You likely have already started to see the systems at businesses you patronize, from bookstores to restaurants. If you own a business or thinking about starting one, the iPad POS system is an essential tool that can help your business save money and get the sales you need.

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Point of Sale and Working from Home

Sites like Etsy and eBay have made it easy for anyone to start their own business or to work from home. It has also become very easy and inexpensive to create your own website to start selling services or products.

If you start working online from home and your business starts to take off, you may start thinking about expanding offline. That might include attending trade shows, arts and crafts festivals, niche fairs, or other community events. You may also consider creating a home office in which to accept local clients. Your one hang up may be that you don’t have a way to accept payments other than cash, which can be very limiting in terms of sales potential.

Fortunately, you have options that don’t include spending thousands of dollars on a traditional point-of-sale system and a credit card vendor contract. The iPad POS is perfect for those who work from home and need a POS system. Here’s why:

Mobile Accessibility

When you work from home, you’ll be meeting your customers in a variety of places, whether in their homes or businesses or elsewhere in the community. You won’t be able to lug around a big, boxy cash register.

With the iPad POS, you can get all the functionality of a traditional POS, but you can also carry it anywhere you need to go. The system weighs little more than a pound, and you can easily hold it in your hands while you check out a customer at a festival or use it from your mobile office.

Secure Payment Processing

As an entrepreneur, you likely don’t have the cash flow to lose a significant portion of your sales to credit card processing fees. Yet you don’t want to lose sales by not being able to accept credit cards. You can solve both problems with the iPad POS.

With the system, you can easily accept credit cards but you only pay a minor fee. You’ll give your customers the confidence to pay by credit card, increasing your sales.

Low Investment

An iPad POS system can be purchased for as little as $1,000. That’s a phenomenal price for a system that will make such a huge impact on your business and help you increase your sales. Compared to the cost of traditional systems, that’s practically a steal.

With an iPad POS, you can make your work-from-home business or career just as successful as any work you’ve had in the past. It’s a simple tool, but it has powerful potential.

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