Should You Turn Your Tablet Into a POS System? Zip POS Dashboard’ Senior Developer Addresses the Pros and Cons
Costa Mesa, CA: Today, Zip POS Dashboard’ Senior Developer divulged helpful tips for determining whether or not to replace an existing point of sale system with iPad POS or other POS software. He outlined valuable points for a business to consider when deliberating between the two software systems, such as their need for robust features, anticipated level of reliance on an Internet connection, and budgetary concerns.
“Adopting a tablet POS system is undoubtedly not for everyone,” chimes Zip POS Dashboard‘ Senior Developer, who explains that iPad POS and other tablet transaction software comes with its advantages and disadvantages.
“So many small to mid-sized businesses are throwing out their clunky traditional POS systems for the sleek, streamlined look and flexibility that tablet pos software provides,” reports the Senior Developer, “but it’s important to note that tablet POS might work well for some and fall short of expectations for other business owners.”
Zip POS Dashboard‘ Senior Developer states that one of the major selling points of tablet POS software is its relatively low cost in comparison to traditional POS software. With traditional POS software, an upfront fee is generally assessed. The cost of many traditional POS systems usually falls somewhere in the upper thousand dollar range, while tablet POS is much cheaper to purchase on average and requires no upfront purchasing fee. Instead, tablet pos providers assess a monthly software licensing fee, which includes dedicated technical assistance, troubleshooting provided by the company, and instantaneous backup and reporting capabilities.
Since tablet POS software is essentially cloud software, vital company data is stored and secured without the hassle and added cost of hiring an IT team or continually backing up information to an external storage device. Furthermore, tablet POS is capable of handling all aspects of the transaction process using a tablet POS interface, right down to the cash register function.
“Tablet POS software is basically a virtual cash register, inventory tracker, and reporting system, all rolled into one,” says Zip POS Dashboard’ Senior Developer. “This can be appealing to business owners who require nothing more than a tool for processing credit card swipes and cataloging products, but it’s vital to choose a provider wisely to ensure your software offers the functionality your store requires.”
Businesses requiring advanced reporting features might gain more benefits by sticking to their traditional pos software system, despite the higher price tag. Some newer tablet POS providers don’t hit the mark when it comes to including advanced features.
“Established businesses might consider opting for traditional POS while utilizing handheld mobile POS tablets in conjunction with existing software to provide greater customer service flexibility,” says Zip POS Dashboard‘ Senior Developer. “Or, they could consider a tablet POS system created by a more established provider.”
“If a company does opt for tablet POS software,” says Zip POS Dashboard’ Senior Developer, “they should consider ease of data migration between systems. Does the tablet POS provider enable import of items in bulk? Do they offer any tools that might make data transfer easier and less time consuming?”
Zip POS Dashboard’ Senior Developer also suggests considering whether or not your business is comfortable relying on an Internet connection for all transaction purposes, as tablet POS is Internet-based. If a business doubts the strength of their connection or has any connectivity issues, these should be addressed and fixed before making the switch for optimal results and less system down time.