What is Mobile POS?
A mobile POS (mPOS) is a smartphone, tablet, or dedicated wireless device that performs the functions of a cash register or electronic point of sale terminal (ePOS) used in brick-and-mortar stores such as retail shops, salons, and restaurants.
Any smartphone or tablet can be transformed into a mobile POS with a native Point of Sale app that can be downloaded from the App Store and registered with the POS provider. The majority of mobile POS companies run their software on tablets like the iPad, or the Android equivalent, because of the reliability and design. The device is usually paired with additional POS hardware including a credit card reader, barcode scanner, and cash drawer. Some iPad POS app turns the camera of the device into a barcode scanner, too.
Like web-based POS, mobile POS provides an efficient way to accept payments, track and report on products and services provided by retailers. Its popularity has grown fast recently, especially among the small and medium businesses, thanks to its advantages compared to web-based POS.
First, they’re less bulky and cost-effective to set up than the traditional PC-based Point of Sale systems but still able to capture sales and customer information and provide powerful reports comfortably.
Second, they provide the flexibility to accept payments from a stationary position, on the counter, around the store or on the go. You can bring it to trade shows, events or your pop-up stores to serve the customers. Reports can be accessed from anywhere with just a smartphone or tablet so you know what’s going on and can take timely actions.
Third, there are more integrated payments available for mobile POS than for web-based POS. Some popular payments for mPOS are PayPal Here, Adyen and Payment Express. You don’t have to worry about the cardholder data because it’s encrypted and not stored on the device or POS.
Last but not least, the devices provide a more aesthetic and modern look to the stores than a traditional web-based POS on a PC, especially if you run a fashion boutique or a concept store.
ConnectPOS – Best Magento POS App for iPad
ConnectPOS, the flagship provider of Magento Point of Sale, has just launched its iPad POS app to meet the rising demands for mobile POS. Like the web-based version, ConnectPOS iPad app works with both Magento 1 (1.8 and above) and Magento 2 (2.1 and above), Community Edition and Enterprise Edition.
When registering for a free trial on ConnectPOS website, you will receive an installation kit with ConnectPOS API and a license key. After installing and activating the API on Magento backend with the license key, you can download ConnectPOS iPad app from App Store and start selling.
ConnectPOS works fast and stable: it has a proven ability to handle large numbers of SKUs and customers. Search and checkout process are optimized so you can perform full speed while minimizing errors. When the Internet’s down, ConnectPOS switches automatically to Offline Mode and you can sell without any interruption. Orders created in Offline Mode are synced to Magento when the Internet is back so you don’t have to worry about data loss.
Synchronized database with Magento and omnichannel features available in ConnectPOS iPad app help create a seamless transition from online to offline stores so you and your customers can benefit from everything. For customers, they can choose the most convenient way to shop and pay: purchase directly, click and collect/ pick up at store, ship items in one order to different addresses or order online directly from the physical store. They can earn and use their loyalty points or gift cards purchased online to pay for the orders.
For shop owners and operators like you, you don’t have to waste time and effort setting up the Point of Sale system again. All necessary information and rules are synced from Magento to POS, so you can start selling and support customers around the store immediately. Inventory is updated in real time, and you can transfer items among warehouses or view stock levels of different stores. At the end of the day, you can get an overview of your business performance with comprehensive reports gathering online and offline data in one place.
Compared to a web-based POS, an iPad POS app like ConnectPOS will have more choices of integrated payments thanks to a wide range of mobile payments available in the current market. ConnectPOS is integrated with PayPal Here, Payment Express, Authorize.Net, iZettle, Moneris and Tyro. Customers can use one or many payment methods (for example, cash and PayPal Here) to pay for their orders or make a deposit and complete the order later.
With the new POS for iPad, we hope to be the powerful assistant of more retailers, bringing both stability and mobility to modern businesses. To trial ConnectPOS iPad app, follow these 3 steps:
1. Register for a free trial on our website and set up using our guide
2. Download ConnectPOS iPad app from the App Store
3. Log into your account, connect the device to your POS hardware and start using
If you’re interested in getting to know our ConnectPOS better or have any other questions, contact us for a demo today!