The retail world has experienced dramatic changes in its most recent incarnations. Everything from automated order forms to online payment systems have hit the market and redefined the modern notion of retail, and for once, you have a chance to be on the cutting edge of this shift. One new technology, the tablet, has hit businesses and made its mark in the majority of business and private sectors. It has created a market based around apps and simple plug-in features, and has started to rewrite the rules of Point-of-Sale (POS), the predominant retail management system. Your business has probably installed POS, or is looking into it, but may not be optimized for the use of tablets. With some simple information and the right product, however, you’ll be well on your way to revving up output and management, all with a few virtual keys. Here are some of the most practical reasons why the tablet is becoming a powerhouse for the POS industry, and how you can take advantage of the revolution.
Rise of the App
Some of the tablet’s success is due to its inherently mobile design, which is both lightweight and designed to be shifted around and stored with ease. But another crucial aspect to the tablet’s engineering is its ability to move around industries with the installation of a handful of apps. Apps have been developed by the proprietary developers, such as Apple or Samsung, but there are also a hoard of apps developed by independent, programming-minded users, and even consumers. The app is the gateway to a thousand different functions and methods of access, and it’s no surprise that casual users and businesses alike have made use of the tablet’s POS potential. Retail Customer Experience recently noted that tablets have been outfitted with apps designed to speed up checkout and increase customer interaction with the store’s merchandise, which promotes sales and a better brand name.
In addition, the iPad has become a smash hit in POS circles for its host of hardware-compatible features and apps. Companies like Shopify are churning out cash drawers and printers that are designed, with the clever of use of app functionality, to turn the iPad into a full POS system for your business.
No, not physical storage. Although tablets may be superior in their ability to be tucked away in a handbag, their true storage potential comes in the form of cloud computing. Cloud computing relies on the storage of data on a centralized server, and this server can then be accessed by a range of users, provided they have the proper authorization to view or interact with the material. The cloud is one of the best methods of storing your data, because it does not involve physical storage requirements such as server rooms or keeping paper copies, and can be maintained automatically using the cloud functionality built into most tablets. Almost all tablets have taken the idea of mobile computing to the extreme, creating cloud computing that can be accessed and modified in a variety of locations without worrying about crashes, deleted data, or other mishaps in your programs. In addition, the cloud makes features such as tablet payments feasible, because the payments can be stored in the cloud’s servers and piped through any number of channels for your business. ZDNet stated that many popular restaurant chains are experimenting with using tablets at customer tablets, since their information can be stored automatically and sent to the appropriate systems. If you choose to use a tablet, you’ll never have to worry about wires again (except for charging).
Discounts Over Desktops
One of the most impressive aspects about the tablet is its price. An average tablet, considering its computing power and functionality for connections and app usage, is far less than the average desktop. The Small Business Administration stated that tablets can be superior in POS ventures because they are inherently less money than the bulkier and less-connected desktops or laptops. Tablets have the ability to save on things such as keys, mice, and external hard-drives, since all of their information can be put in and stored using the tablet itself. The need to buy antivirus or malware detection software on a tablet is also decreased, because many tablets are built with “sandbox” modes in mind, trapping programs from interacting with other files.
Ultimately, the decision to transfer to tablets in your business is a matter of personal taste and preference. However, the trend of relying on tablets for retail optimization and growth seems to be steadily rising, and with numerous incentives to switch systems, there’s little reason not to make the jump. When shopping for a tablet, keep your eyes open for the right product, and select apps that you know will benefit your particular business and niche requirements. Tablets may be a new standard, but outfitting your business with these slender marvels will make your company anything but standard.