How to turn your iPad into a POS till system

Traditional till systems are quickly becoming a cumbersome thing of the past. Find out how you can save money and sell more by transforming your iPad into your till system.

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AirPOS
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The idea of running your entire business from one device may seem crazy however it is the future of retail technology. iPad till systems are quickly growing to become the most popular method of physical transactions.

In a recent survey carried out on retailers it was found that of those who had not already adopted an ePOS system, 28% were planning to in the near future which is unsurprising when you consider their benefits.

In this latest piece from AirPOS, we have highlighted how you can turn your iPad into your cash till system and importantly the reasons why you need to make the move from your traditional till set up.

What is an iPad POS system

Although EPOS software is primarily software, a POS (Point of sale) system will include a hardware setup that allows you to sell, take payments, print receipts and more, with your iPad acting as your touch screen device.

An iPad POS system is the process of connecting your iPad to POS hardware via bluetooth and using an iPad app to run software, effectively converting your iPad into a POS system in a matter of minutes.

Through a cloud-based system, you will be able to transform your business, streamlining operations and becoming more strategic with your selling, all through one compact device. The beauty of POS software is that you can build a system that meets the needs of your business and it can easily grow with you by adding more devices and hardware as and when you need it.

Using an iPad POS system (or any EPOS System for that matter) gives you greater visibility over your data storing vital information in the cloud that can be accessed and backed up at any time without slowing down your device.

How to turn your iPad into a POS System

So how can you turn your cash register into an iPad POS system?

Obviously the hardware you need will depend on your business type and needs however we have listed the different pieces of kit you may want to consider to accompany your software in order to build your perfect set up.

  • Tablet device: Whether this is android, apple or windows, most POS providers will offer integrations across any of these platforms meaning that you can choose a platform that you prefer, are used to, or already have.

  • Ipad stand: Create a user-friendly set up that will streamline to check out process, placing your tablet front and centre.

  • Cash Drawer: Cash drawers are fundamental to your point of sale set up, allowing you to collect & store cash safely and ensure every penny is accounted for.

  • Barcode Scanner: Speed your customers through check out with a modern scanner that recognises products in seconds.

  • Receipt printer: Ensure every sale is accounted for and customers can receive a copy to improve their experience and make returns simple.

  • Payment integration: Once you have chosen your point of sale system you will have a wide variety of payment integration options that will enable you to take card payments.

  • Accounting integration: Another optional but very useful extra. Many businesses do not realise the value in integrating their business with accounting software such as Xero, however, this will save you hours of admin work and also give you greater visibility across your business as a whole.

Why would you choose an iPad POS System over a Traditional Till System?

You understand what an iPad POS is and how you could incorperate it into your business, but the question remains why would you?

Many retailers have grown accustomed to using traditional till systems however when you consider the benefits of upgrading to an iPad POS system it’s hard not to see their value.

Flexibility

A large benefit of iPad POS systems is their flexibility, you can build a system that suits your business and fits in with your budget.

This however, is not the only benefit of flexibility, POS systems such as AirPOS are completely mobile allowing you to take your till system on the go and make sales from even the most remote location.

This has been transformative for those working in events or even niche industries who attend trade events or expos.

Reliability

Although some may believe that a traditional till system is more reliable as all your information is stored in your own server, cloud-based POS systems will back up your data and prevent loss in the event of a blackout.

Also, it is worth noting that POS companies will have experienced development teams in place to eliminate any potential weaknesses that could be exploited by hackers. Your data will be protected by the latest data encryption techniques making it much more secure than any other system.

Unlike with traditional systems, POS providers generally offer dedicated support 7 days a week to ensure that if you do experience an issue with your set up, the problem will be resolved as soon as possible.

Check out our piece debunking the most common myths and misconceptions about POS systems.

Visibility

Having an iPad POS system will give you greater visibility, across your business. You will have constant access to real-time reports enabling you to make strategic decisions to boost sales. Use your reports to see business trends, make sure you don’t run out of stock and avoid customer disappointment

This visibility will also allow you to take time away from your business, placing more trust in your staff. POS software is highly sophisticated removing the opportunity for human error and if worried you will be able to check reports for peace of mind.

Scalability

iPad POS systems are built to scale, they suit any business no matter the stage in their lifecycle. The beauty of POS is that you are able to add on extra devices and pieces of hardware when you see fit and there are even options available for those who need to scale up for seasonal periods.

Even if a small business is only starting you can create a system that helps you to manage your operations and process sales but, importantly will not make a major dent in your profits. As mentioned you can get started with your existing iPad device and build out your system gradually as you go.

Affordability

One of the main reasons why retailers make the switch to iPad till systems is affordability. There are many options out there in terms of software providers, all differently priced offering different packages, giving you choice when it comes to your set up.

This means you will be able to choose a hardware package that doesn’t break the bank. You can always add additional hardware items later if needed.
Importantly when it comes to iPad till systems, most people already have the most fundamental piece of hardware, the iPad. You don’t need to buy a new tablet or need a special model, if you have an iPad already you will be able to run POS software through your device.

It is worth noting that although we are speaking about iPad POS this is also true for Android and Windows devices.

Cost of an iPad POS

The cost of an iPad POS system will vary depending on the company you choose and also the level of functionality you require. On average expect to spend around 700 pounds on an iPad POS system, that would include your hardware and software (of course it will be much cheaper if you already own an iPad).

Some companies will charge a premium price for their software offering specialist functionalities and added extras however, you can get started with an iPad POS for as little as £29.99/month and not sacrifice any of the fundamental requirements of a point of sale. It’s important when you are choosing your Point of Sale provider that you fully understand the costs and what will be included in your subscription.

Use AirPOS to power your iPad

Once you have decided that you want to use your iPad to power your POS system, how can you choose which provider to use. The apple App store offers a number of downloadable ePOS applications, some industry specific and others relatively rudimentary. The number of options combined with the extensive feature lists can often leave those with limited knowledge feeling overwhelmed.

When it comes to choosing your provider although you may be operating on a budget there are some areas that you can’t overlook such as inventory management, reports, accounting integrations and support. Your ePOS system is at the centre of your business, responsible for sales and reports, it is not an area to try and cut costs.

Fortunately there are affordable options available for small independent retailers. AirPOS offers all these fundamental functions and more at a price that makes sense for small retailers.

AirPOS is the #1 Point of Sale for small retailers within the UK and Ireland. Business owners have been able to power their business through their tablet device for over a decade allowing AirPOS to track their sales, manage inventory and provide detailed real time reports.

AirPOS will work on any tablet device you have whether Apple, Android or Windows and will also integrate with existing hardware you currently use.

Alternatively, we currently offer new industry standard hardware bundles that will give you all the tools you need to get serious with your selling. These bundles are the most comprehensive on the market being completely free of cost with an annual subscription to AirPOS Pro.

Make sure to get in touch with us here for more information.

Frequesntly Asked Questions

Can you use an iPad as a cash register?

Yes when using ePOS software such as AirPOS you can manage your entire business using your iPad and connect with any hardware. Simply download the app on to your iPad, set up your store i.e inventory, prices etc and connect with your payment terminal. Once you have done the initial set up you are ready to start selling immediately.

What is an ePOS system?

In modern terms, an ePOS system is typically a ePOS software product installed on a touchscreen hardware device, it would also include a cash drawer and receipt printer as standard. For example, if you’ve ever paid for anything on an iPad, you’ve seen a modern sample. In the past, the most common model was the traditional cash register. You can read more about hardware options for POS here.

How much is an iPas POS system?

The cost of ePOS systems vary greatly depending on the business type, size and how many POS terminals are needed. If choosing an iPad to power your ePOS software you will need to consider the cost of each tablet as well as the price of the software and any other pieces hardware you require.

Which ePOS system is best UK

There are many ePOS systems available within the UK, all are specifically tailored to different industries. If searching for a retail based ePOS solution AirPOS is ideally positioned to enable you to sell more, both instore and online offering powerful POS software, dedicated free support and a number of integration options.