Staples to Sell NCR's iPad-Based Point of Sale System

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For retailers, buying a new point of sale payment system is becoming as easy as buying a stapler or a sheaf of paper. Staples has begun selling several pieces of hardware revolving around NCR’s point of sale system called Silver.

That $499 package includes a cash register, a card reader, an iPad stand and a cash drawer. Bundled in the cost is a free 30-day trial of the Silver service, which allows users to track sales, profits and inventory, as well as launch email sales campaigns. That service will eventually cost a small business owner $79 a month.

Users will also still need a separate processing agreement in order to accept card payments.

“The hardware is there to turn an iPad into a cash register,” says Chris Moreira, NCR’s general manager of Silver. “That’s where the hardware comes in. We can handle a mobile transaction, as well.”

Moreira says Duluth, Ga., company is mulling several partnerships that include sales efforts with merchant acquirers and other retailers.

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Posted by Tillify | Friday, November 09 2012 at 4:39PM ET
This new breed of POS systems are designed to use tablets such as the Ipad and Android. This offers three advantages; first they are cheap compared to a pc and screen, second they are designed for touch interface, which offers a highly surpassed user interface to that of old touch pos. Thirdly they need no wires.

Cloud point of sale runs in the cloud. As the author states your data is safe, arguable safer than having it in your store. You don't have the worry about servers, backup, service contracts, losing your data, fire of theft. All the hassle is taken away. A good system will run on a decent cloud data-center offering more latency than the biggest of chains..

As your data is in the cloud and it needs no wires to connect to it. You can connect from anywhere. And if you system is well designed connect an unlimited number of tablets. Some decent systems have iphone apps so that you can keep a beady eyd on the days trading when at the golf club.

These points are relitively mundane in terms of the reality of what cloud pos can do. Payment systems are rapidly reshaping the market. Most systems offer some form of card acceptance through a reader attached to the device. Consumers can sign up, and check themselves in. This opens new channels to connect with them socially over the web. Soon consumers will be able to view their restaurant bill, place additional order items from their mobile device. In fact soon ecommerce will be removed by apps that run on phones allowing cosumers to but from anywhere.

Paper receipts are fast about to disappear. Digital receipts are upon us and cloud based pos makes this an easy step. Sending email receipts is easily handled by these new pos giants.

All of this comes at a price level that was before un-dreamed of. There are no set-up fees, no real hardware costs and you can get the thing running in a matter of minutes.

Whether you have a small cafe, mobile catering van, a small store or large sometime soon cloud pos will enter your work-space and change the way you and your customers do business.

My name is Martin Webb. I'm CEO of Tillify.com. We build kick ass mobile pos for Tablets.
Posted by Tillify | Friday, November 09 2012 at 10:41PM ET
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