Magazine Article | January 14, 2014

Is Tablet POS Ready For Prime Time?

By Brian Albright, Business Solutions magazine

Keep your tablet point of sale options open and flexible, or risk missing out on new business.

Tablet-based and other mobile point of sale solutions are quickly gaining ground in the POS market. According to a report published by the Mobey Forum late in 2013, mobile POS is projected to have a 46 percent market penetration by 2017, up from 17 percent in 2012.

Resellers are adapting to this trend by offering tablets as add-ons to existing, traditional POS systems (which can generate add-on revenue), or as stand-alone POS solutions in smaller businesses (which may have passed on POS deployment before). “While some lower-end tablet POS applications are designed as a cash register/card terminal replacement, there is a handful of tablet POS vendors that combined a tablet user interface with powerful back end management features accessed through the cloud to offer a viable replacement for traditional POS solutions for small to midsize retailers,” says Kevin Kogler, president of MicroBiz.