Can you use an iPad as a Credit Card Machine?
Using an iPad with a credit card machine offers a quick, secure, and inexpensive method (if you already have one) of payment processing versus a traditional terminal. The cash register has been the star player in sales and transactions for as long as we can remember. While not all merchants are using iPads as their point-of-sale system, many are realizing the advantages to upgrading their POS systems to include iPads or similar tablet solutions. Startup businesses, in particular, can benefit from using an iPad with a credit card machine as their POS system. Rarely do these businesses have the demand for a traditional system, often paying for features they do not use.
Advantages to using an iPad for POS
One of the largest advantages to using an iPad as a POS system is its ability to be digitally integrated. By using your tablet POS to collect data, it can be easily integrated with other digital tools. Inventory tracking, direct ordering, shipping tools and loyalty programs are all available through your iPad POS software. Email marketing has been proven as a successful marketing strategy, using your iPad POS solution allows business’ to interface with customer engagement systems, making the collection of email addresses via electronic receipts much more streamlined. Using all this data can be useful for informing or launching marketing campaigns that fit your brand. All the data collected from your iPad as a POS can be easily reported on and accessed in the cloud storage system.
Offline functionality is available with an iPad as POS system, it can continue working even when a network connection is lost. When a traditional system goes down, apart from accepting cash only, all transactions are placed on hold. Using an iPad with credit card machine allows for business to carry on as usual. Once the network is back up and running, the software will sync to the cloud automatically without disruption.
Bottom-line benefits to tablet-based POS
Opting to use an iPad or tablet-based POS system can be beneficial for your business’ bottom line. These devices may cost less than the traditional methods of payment processing. Purchasing an iPad, credit card reader, and cash drawer (should you need one) can be obtained for as little as a few hundred dollars. Updates and upgrades can be streamlined with an iPad POS system, making the technology user-friendly for the merchant. Applications can be scheduled to update automatically as new features become available, making the likelihood of getting a bug in your system much smaller. If you have concerns about security, iPads never store the credit card data they receive on the actual device. Passcode and time delays are another security feature protecting merchants from potential fraudulent activity.
Already familiar with the Apple iPad?
In the current climate, almost everyone seems to be familiar with Apple products, and many merchants consider using an iPad POS system as they are already familiar with the way the device is set up. Your merchant service provider will be available to help with any problems or additional customization that may be needed to suit your business. If your business is looking to move away from the traditional style of processing transactions than an iPad POS system could be the right answer.
What about other tablet based POS systems?
IPad and IOS are not the only game in town; there are also POS systems for Android as well as specialized tablet-based POS systems like the Clover. Android tablets are often times cheaper and more open than their Apple counterpart, but some consider this a drawback as it opens the door for security issues and makes ease of use as each device may behave differently. Often times established businesses turn to a specialized tablet based POS systems like Clover because they are customized to their business, and since payment processing functions are all they are handling, they are typically more secure.