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iPad as cash register

Discussion in 'iPad Help' started by Charly, Aug 3, 2010.

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    I was wondering if anyone has experience with iPads as POS registers.
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    This is where a smaller size iPad would shine. Bigger than a touch, smaller than a pad and still pocketable.
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    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!)
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    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.

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/quick-sale-for-ipad/id364905884?mt=8
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    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!
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    That is amazing for something this price!

    How do you print receipts? The demo shows an emailed document...
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    Yeah, its not an extremely robust app, but for a simple business like mine, its great!
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    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.
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    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...
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    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.
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    I run a small bar in Vietnam and the iPad would make a great POS cash register using the QuickSale App if it could print receipts. Intellixense say they are working on it but it's taking a long time.
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    Is it possible to use air printing in combination with a POS app?

    I visit a mom-and-pop shop that's using iPad as a register. The next time I go, I'll check whether they print receipts and let you know if they do.
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    By the way, if your POS app generates an on-screen receipt, can you simply take a screen shot (take a photo by clicking on the power and home buttons at the same time on iPad) and air print that? Would require an extra step, but maybe you'd be willing to do that?
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    What do i need to buy to make my computer into a cash register, so i don't have to buy separate cash register?
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    I don't know what type of computer you're talking about, but this company is trying to turn mobile devices into cash registers:

    https://squareup.com/

    I am not affiliated with them. I read about them, is all.
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    Hi Kaykaykay,
    Many thanks. It would be great to know if that store prints receipts.
    Cheers
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    Hey, John, as promised:

    The shop uses POS Lavu software (you can google it) and prints receipts. The one they gave me was nothing fancy, but was an actual slip of paper with prices and such. Good luck.
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    This is Jack Dorsey's company, one of the Twitter founders. I have the impression that it may turn into a big deal.
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    Using Salesvu, and is been great!! Is free, so try it.
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    I use Square Register with the iPad, it's great in many ways but the one issue I have with it is that it seems like I should be able to print a receipt from my computer printer. It is set up for receipt printing - but only if you buy an actual receipt printer. I can email a receipt to the customer, but if they don't want it emailed (I run an antique shop and I have customers who, believe it or not, don't have email) I'm stuck. If I pull the receipt up on screen it shows my percentage and all that, which I really don't want to give the customer. I have neither the space nor the money for a dedicatred receipt printer, so I hope to eventually find a work-around. If anyone has figured this out, I'd love to hear about it.

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