Article | January 7, 2013

Thin-bility: The Latest POS Trend

Source: apg®
Stephen Bergeron, V.P. of Strategic Initiatives, APG Cash Drawer

By Stephen Bergeron, V.P. of Strategic Initiatives, APG Cash Drawer

Over the last 18 months, the industry has been abuzz with mobility.  Mobility as a term has many meanings that can take the retailer in many different directions. Consumer mobile devices can be used to locate a retail store, compare product prices (showrooming), scan a QR Code, or be used to buy coffee.  Consumer’s tablets are also used to surf the web and place on-line orders. There is also this whole mobile wallet discussion taking place.  Mobility is revolutionizing how we shop.  Mobility, through m-POS, can also speed up the checkout process and enhance our overall shopping experience.  

Mobile POS or “m-POS,” the use of tablets or handhelds as a checkout device, does not guarantee these improvements. When used properly, mobile device technology can be used as a line buster and can allow a retailer to bring the point-of-sale transaction to the shopper at their point of purchase. With mobility, a retailer can increase shopper loyalty by providing a more convenient, more personalized, and more interactive transaction experience. Lastly, using a tablet or handheld device can reduce the cost of the point-of-sale solution.

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