Using an iPad Stand for a POS System
Sep 1, 2014 12:17 PM –
Nowadays, it appears that the ubiquitous iPads are even more commonplace with iPad-based point of sale (POS) systems growing in popularity. If you notice, especially in big cities, you can see an increasing number of small businesses that display their hip and efficient POS systems mounted on sturdy iPad stands. If you’re considering switching to an iPad POS, a stand can protect your device while making it more accessible.
Why Do You Need an iPad Stand?
While later models are more rugged than earlier versions, the iPad certainly remains a fragile device. An iPad-based POS system may be substantially cheaper than a traditional system, but it still requires a good amount of capital investment. Consider how the basic 16 GB iPad with Wi-Fi and cellular capability already costs $529, and your small business will probably need more capacity, which will bring you the 128GB iPad Air that can run you over $900 for the iPad device alone. When you add the necessary peripherals for a POS system, the total system would amount to a significant investment that you would really want to protect. A functional and strong mounting system for your iPad POS is therefore necessary.
Selecting an iPad Stand
The market for iPad stands has many options available for POS systems. When choosing which iPad stand is right for your business, you must think about the nature of your business and the level of wear and tear the tablet will be subjected to in your daily operations. For example, if you have an auto shop, a rugged and highly secure stand that can be wiped clean easily sounds like the best type of stand for your iPad POS. On the other hand, such features may not be entirely necessary for a clothing boutique, which will most likely need something sleek.
Also, you should consider how you plan to use the device. If you will ask or enter their email address or any other data at the point of sale, you may want to look for a unit that has a pivoting base that will allow you to tilt the device so the customer can reach it easily while still keeping the iPad secure. Don’t forget to make sure the stand, or any hardware you choose to use with your iPad POS for that matter, is compatible with your POS software. Finally, select a stand with ergonomic features that are suitable to your needs.
Best Features to Look For
1. Secure and Robust. The iPad may be the main part of your POS, but the display stand you use is a critical piece of the system, particularly for security reasons. When you choose a secure stand, it will ensure that your iPad will remain fixed to your countertop and will therefore deter theft. In addition, make sure to choose a robust iPad stand that will not easily break down under pressure or with heavy use. It should not be flimsy and should be able to handle wear and tear on a daily basis, especially if you run a restaurant, fast-food establishment or retail store.
2. Easy to Use. An iPad-based POS system is meant to make payment processing simple and convenient, so you have to choose a stand that can support this purpose. Pick an easy-to-use stand that turns and rotates smoothly so employees can easily enter sales made, process payments and ask for customers’ signatures without any problems. Customers can also quickly provide their signatures for digital receipts if the stand can be swiveled conveniently to their direction.
3. Attractive. The iPad is a lovely device, so it is nice if you can choose an aptly good-looking stand to go with it. Having an aesthetically pleasing POS hardware that suits your business can only benefit your store.
Choosing a Mount that Matches Your Business
With the various choices on the market, there’s certainly the best iPad stand solution out there for your POS system. Aside from selecting an iPad stand that suits your business in terms of appearance, it is more important to choose a unit with features that matches the specific needs of your business.
You can consider stands that can be custom designed to your requirements. You can also choose a stand that comes with many, different accessories that will allow you to mount your POS system in any way you prefer. For instance, Shopify uses an iPad stand that comes with an accessory that enables 360-degree pivoting, which you can install at the base of the stand to easily turn the iPad to face your customer or back to you.
Remember that when choosing an iPad mounting system for your business, make sure to study all the options available and think about the most important considerations for your business needs. This will ensure that you will end up with an attractive and functional unit that can support your POS system.