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Discussion in 'iPad Help' started by Charly, Aug 3, 2010.
I was wondering if anyone has experience with iPads as POS registers.
This is where a smaller size iPad would shine. Bigger than a touch, smaller than a pad and still pocketable.
I personally don't think it would be all that good as an actual POS device, but where it could shine in the hospitality industry is as an entry device for wait staff. This type of technology is already in use and has been for many years. When I go to a hockey game for instance, the venue is set up so that the servers come to my seat and take my order on a handheld device that sends the order to the commissary and then a "runner" brings my order back to me. I think the iPad would be perfect for this with the right application.
(I wish I knew more about programming these things!)
I sort of use it like this, but not completely. I use an app called Quick Sale for a small, side business I do roasting coffee. I entered all my products and have all my customers entered. I can enter orders and payments and email receipts to customers and reports to myself. You can even use it to process credit cards if you also have Inner Fence Credit Card Terminal, but I dont mess with that.
I just looked at the app and I stand corrected in my statement about the iPad not being a good POS terminal -- very cool!
Now I want a cup of coffee!
That is amazing for something this price!
How do you print receipts? The demo shows an emailed document...
Yeah, its not an extremely robust app, but for a simple business like mine, its great!
I dont print receipts, I email them to the customer's email address. I let them print it if they want a paper copy. Its more eco-friendly anyway. I do a lot of my deliveries on my bike, so I can pull out the iPad, enter their payment and email their receipt right from their front porch.
Mine is a small business too. I'm a cabinet maker with one sale every few weeks or month. I hate firing up the toasterPC just to print a bill in triplicate.
I really wish Apple would get things straight with printing... That's my biggest beef with the iPad...
Yeah, thats the downside of an internet appliance model vs a "real" computer OS. The challenge of printing is that Apple couldnt do it alone. Printers need drivers specific to the OS, or some kind of desktop-side helper.