Upgrading Your ePOS System
In addition to optimising your existing ePOS system, there are a number of upgrades that can be made for a small investment. In fact, the ever-increasing accessibility of affordable technology now allows small business owners to leverage the same technology as larger enterprises.
Here are just a few examples of the most impactful items you could add to your setup:
- Receipt printer
Typically used to print credit card slips and customer receipts – but also used behind the scenes by businesses such as restaurants to print off orders in the kitchen – receipt printers are an important part of any ePOS system. Thermal printers are the most common choice due to their high print quality, fast speed and quiet functioning.
- Tablet device
Tablets can provide customers with a vastly improved experience. For example, in a restaurant setting, you can take orders at the table and send them directly to the kitchen. And in a retail environment, you can process customer payments on the shop floor to reduce queuing.
- Barcode scanner
Not only does a barcode scanner eliminate the need to key in a product’s details, it also automatically updates your stock count. What’s more, if you have products that are too large or awkwardly shaped for your counter area – or you’re looking for a scanner to aid with stock taking – then you can use a wireless barcode scanner to make life easier.
- Portable card machine
Unlike static machines, portable card terminals enable you to take payments anywhere on your premises – making them especially useful within restaurants, cafés, and pubs. The terminal can be connected through Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and will accept contactless payments from a wide range of financial providers.
- Cash drawer
While cards are now the most popular payment method in the UK, cash still accounts for 28% of all sales made2. Therefore, a lockable metal drawer used to store cash remains a wise investment to make. Cash drawers come in many sizes and configurations, so make sure the one you choose is reliable and secure.
Touchscreen monitors facilitate user-friendly processes that help to create a more efficient service. They not only enable staff to process payments faster than with older payment interfaces, but they free up counter space too. Instead of using an inefficient mouse and keyboard, you can simply touch the screen to command your actions.