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  • Goodbye Cash Register, Hello iDevice Checkouts

    The iPad and iPhone are already incredibly popular among small business owners as a means of accepting credit card payments. Square has made sure of that. However, the phenomenon is moving into large retail chains as well.

    According to a story by All Things Digital retailers Nordstrom, Home Depot, and Urban Outfitters have already rolled out iDevice registar programs, but Lowe's is looking to one-up them all. Lowe's is set to deploy 42,000 mobile devices across 1,700 stores in the U.S. and Canada by the end of the fiscal year 2011.

    The mobile POS (point of sale) systems usually utilize iPads, iPhones, or iPod Touches, but most of the retailers aren't specifying what mobile devices the will be using (Touchpads anyone?). However, the initial use of the devices has been relegated to customer service. Employees use the devices to look up answers to customer questions, and checking inventory.

    PacSun will be implementing iPads in 300 stores by the end of this year, with 600 more by the end of next year. Where their iPads will differ from competitors is the proprietary software they will use developed by Global Bay. The software will be able to assist customers in ordering items that are out of stock in stores, and help associates close an estimated five more transactions a day.

    Mobile payment kiosks may be the future, but whats gonna happen to cold hard cash? You can't really accept benjamins via an iPad or iPhone. Still, the death of the traditional checkout is upon us.

    Source: AllThingsD
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Goodbye Cash Register, Hello iDevice Checkouts started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Add nfc tech to iPhones and things get even easier than this. To top it off, there is almost no added investment by retailers.
    1. dakenster21's Avatar
      dakenster21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jbardi View Post
      You are also unwilling to move forward either. Receipts are paper. Move on and quit being paranoid about getting spammed. Paper receipts are dying right along with paper money and checks.
      money is made from cloth not paper if u wash a dollar it doesnt fall apart
    1. cmwade77's Avatar
      cmwade77 -
      Well, this accomplishes a few things:
      • Using credit cards will be encouraged more, as you will have a shorter wait, since they can't very well carry around change with them too easily.
      • It will mean the virtual death of lines when checking out (at least with a credit card), since the person you are already talking to can also ring up your purchases at the same time.
      • This will also encourage people to bring reusable bags more, since again, carrying around a ton of bags will not be convienent
        [*}Square's processing fees are usually much lower than anyone else, so it's makes it cheaper for the merchant as well.

      All in all, I think this can be a good thing, if done correctly.
    1. theone3434's Avatar
      theone3434 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Pancho paco View Post
      Umm just one question n then I will be convinced.

      How would you return your items purchased for an exchange or a refund without a receipt?
      You do get a receipt...it is emailed to you at an account of your choosing. If you want to return something, simply print out the receipt and follow the normal routine.
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      I can accept cash with my iphone.

      I use Minibooks which also runs on my PC as Freshbooks.
      I generate the invoice right on my iphone and can send the invoice as paid or unpaid
      to the customer's email. Also, there is a secured email link to the invoice for the customer.
      They can dispute the invoice too.

      I also have PayPal on my iphone to send or receive money to my bank account.

      And I have Square for credit cards.