The $162 Square Stand for iPad is pretty much the quintessential POS stand for iPad. It transforms an iPad into a full-featured point-of-sale device that accepts contactless payments, chip payments, and swipes. Customers can swipe their card using the stand itself or pay via chip and NFC using the included Square contactless and chip reader + Dock for Square Reader.

Observers say the stadium deployment is just the beginning of the tablet’s rising prominence in POS applications. “The tablet form factor is just getting started,” says George Peabody, a senior analyst at Menlo Park, Calif.-based Glenbrook Partners who follows tablet POS.

So you’ve finally financed that food truck you’ve been dreaming about since college, and it’s exactly what you always hoped it would be. You’ve fitted it up with gorgeous new equipment and commissioned a killer custom paint job and a perky little striped awning. You’re on your way to Portland, or New York City (or any location with a sufficient mix of hungry foodies, hipsters, and construction workers), armed with a handful of parking permits and your great-grandmother’s famous tamale recipe. Everything is perfect; with such an arsenal of culinary weapons, there’s no way you can fail, right?

On top of iPad’s platform, you need a reliable POS app to run. The most reliable iPad POS app will be built from the ground up to be stable and not buggy. The last thing you need is to have crashes and glitches holding you back when you’re in the middle of a rush. Losing an order? Glitchy buttons? Freezing and crashing? You can’t afford to deal with those kinds of problems even if the app is “free” because the truth is that using a poorly designed app is going to cost you money!

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There are many options when it comes to selecting iPad stands and accessories for your iPad POS.  They come in all shapes, sizes, and price points.  Zephyr Hardware has tested dozens of iPad stands and most of them do not have some key features that prove to be essential when working with an iPad point of sale system. When making your decision, ask yourself these questions:

Inventory management with ShopKeep is particularly good; you can keep track of literally every ingredient in your truck with the raw goods tool. Think about it – street food is usually comprised of many different components. If your great-grandmother’s tamale recipe requires a certain number of tomatoes and chiles, a specific amount of meat, and a carefully calibrated measure of cornmeal, you can track each ‘raw good,’ avoid food waste, and be confident that you always have enough. Click here to get a free consultation about using ShopKeep with your food truck business.

These days, there’s no such thing as “too secure”. The iPad credit card reader leverages Shopify’s PCI compliancy to keep all customer information safe. Simply plug the POS credit card reader into the headphone jack on your iPad and swipe away. Shopify is so adamant about customer security, the card reader is essential if you want to swipe credit cards using our POS system.

Websites have become increasingly important to the restaurant industry. While some local, small-town eateries might be able to turn profits without an online presence, domains have become integral to the success of restaurants, bakeries, and other business models in cities throughout the world, especially when opening. Restaurant websites are a great way to get the word out while cementing your brand before you even open the doors for business, which can help you survive those first few critical months. With all of the fresh, new tools and talent in the world, creating your business’s website has never been easier. There are two distinct routes you can take: You can use a free, do-it-yourself service, or you can buy a domain and develop the

What’s more, Clover™ POS systems provide access to the Clover™ App Market, featuring third-party software applications that can help with everything from marketing automation to accounting integration and employee management (more on that later).

Like all of the company’s POS apps, the Revel Food Truck POS runs on a 4G iPad, offering greater mobility. Your iPad can stand alone or be supplemented with traditional hardware printers and card swipes. And social media has become a food trucker’s most valuable tool, Revel’s POS system comes with a built-in Twitter integration so you can tweet your location to your hungry followers and monitor feeds directly from your POS. The software also includes employee management and inventory tracking features, which – if not strictly necessary to run a food truck – provide information and analytics that helps you do business more intelligently. Conveniently, Revel allows you to adjust taxes based on location and generate different tax groups (organized by state/region) and set them up to alter as you travel.

Everybody wants to get a cut of the action, even the city. With vending permits, parking permits and the like. And every city and county have their own rules and taxes. Your food truck POS needs to have a flexible taxes interface that is easy to adjust and configure depending on where you are and what taxes apply to what you’re selling.

The Tryten iPad Flip Stand is a simple, adjustable, rotating desktop iPad tablet POS stand kiosk with lockable security mount — the perfect solution where iPad tilt, pan and rotation is required. The stand flips and rotates while being secured to a desktop base along with a high-quality airplane grade steel security cable. Fits iPad Air 1 & 2, and iPad Pro 9.7″**

Like Revel, TouchBistro (see our review) is an iPad-based POS solution, and it has been created specifically with food trucks in mind (as well as bars, restaurants, cafes, and other food service facilities). Currently, TouchBistro is the Apple App Store’s number one grossing food and drink application in over 28 countries, and for good reason. This software is feature-rich, easy-to-use, and ideally designed for owners of food trucks. Plans for TouchBistro start at $69/month for one license and go up to $129/month for two, though it’s highly unlikely that a food truck would need more than two licenses, as TouchBistro allows for an unlimited number of users (unlimited licenses top off at $399/month). All plans come with 24/7 customer support and free product updates.

An iPad POS with a stand and a simple USB credit card reader sets you up with a perfect place to do business. The intuitive layout and controls of an iPad tablet complement the simplicity of the USB credit card reader (or non USB). All it takes is one easy swipe through the credit card reader and you’re set – sale made, cha-ching!

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The Sphere’s design combines playful looks with robust construction to create an unparalleled interactive display experience, making it an excellent enclosure to install as a brandable desktop-mounted point of sale (POS) kiosk with an optional card reader. Sphere is tough enough for high traffic, commercial settings in any industry from retail to healthcare. 

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words. Here’s How Instagram Will Get Your Customers Talking. In the world of Foursquare restaurant check-ins, self-proclaimed “Foodies”, and endless #nom hashtags on Twitter, we can make a pretty obvious assertion about the link between dining and social media : people LOVE sharing pictures of their food. What’s not so obvious, however, is that snap-happy diners have become a viable form of free advertisement for your restaurant. The best case in point? Instagram . This photo-sharing social network has 130 million active users per month, with over 45 million photo uploads per day. Setting up an Instagram account for your restaurant not only allows you to share enticing images of your food, but creates a space to int

Faster Payment: One large popcorn! Swipe the card on your tablet and just like that you are done. It’s that simple. No longer do your employees need to fumble with card numbers and make every customer use a pen and paper to sign their name on their receipt, (a pen that has an unusually high mortality rate mind you) Instead, with just a few swipes and few smiles, your customers can be on their way none the worse for ware, everybody’s happy.

Offering fan favorites is now easier than ever with a system that allows you to track inventory, transfer items, and reduce waste for one or multiple locations on your mobile POS. Whether serving snacks or souvenirs, our POS quickly accepts cash or card payments, keeping up with your high-volume crowds.

Secure and show off your iPad point of sale system with an iPad POS stand. Choose from a range of secure and portable iPad stands that can be bolted to your counter-top, freestanding, or secured with a Kensington ClickSafe® lock cable. We stock a range of iPad POS stands that complement most environments, from powder-coated Heckler Stands, polished aluminium Studio Proper and handmade wooden Freeform stands. If you can’t find a stand that fits your use case, we are able to source and recommend manufacturers for custom projects with minimum orders starting at 50 units.

Whether it’s a food cart in the city, a roadside stand or a concession booth, food stands have been a part of food culture for hundreds of years. Simple, unique snacks that taste great are prepared quickly and feed the hungry masses. Traditional street food is some of the most sought-after cuisines by adventurous tourists when visiting a new local. You just can’t go to New York without getting a Hot dog or to Philly without a cheese steak! These local foods gained their iconic status from the food carts and snack bars that became family traditions.

Plug Square Reader into your iOS or Android device, download the free Square Point of Sale app, and start to take payments, calculate tax and tip, and get real-time analytics that keep your focus on good food and good customers.

Your guest will be able to watch their donuts cook right in front of them. They will be able to add sugar toppings, candies, sauce. Mini donuts just pop in your mouth. Don’t forget you can add Fried Oreo’s Mini Funnel Cakes too!

All your assets are controlled because of the inventory feature. You can know how much you have of each item without having to go to the stand. Within seconds, you can learn about what you have and what you need. If you have multiple concession stands to manage, it’s not a big deal. The Bepoz system will easily manage multiple locations from one handheld unit so there is nothing to worry about. Stock control will tell you what you have and you can add in the POS price to learn about total food and beverage costs and manage profits. Each time a price changes, the reports are updated to tell you more about your business.

A complete POS system provides everything you need for a smooth transaction. Even though most modern tablet based POS systems don’t actually use a USB credit card reader they do use simple swipers that easily connect to your tablet just as easily as plugging in a USB. And when you combine a credit card reader with a stand, iPad, cash register, and receipt printer, you get a complete POS system that readies your business for ultimate convenience and maximum ROI.

For some people, the complexity of a POS system can be intimidating. Perhaps that is why food truck owners have spent $50 million to date with Square (see our review). Square is a simple mobile payment processing solution which allows your to take orders from customers at your window or in line (or online) using just an iOS or Android device. You just download the Square register app and then you can start to accept payments, figure out taxes and tips, and even gain access to a few real-time analytics. The best part of Square is the price: a $0 monthly fee and just 2.75% for swiped/online/invoice transactions and 3.15% + $0.15 for keyed-in transactions. You do have to pay a little extra if you want a stand for your device, a chip card reader, the ability to create gift cards, and other things along those lines, but the prices are reasonable.

3. Mobile Credit Card Processing for US and Canadian users has been fully integrated enabling users to add this powerful mobile feature to their mTotal Register. Learn more and Sign Up for this fee based service through the button link on the “mTotal Options Screen” or “Payment Type Screen”.

Tryten is the industry-leader for iPad security products that are practical but also provide appealing aesthetics. The elegance and simplicity of this iPad table stand is a great complement to the tablet’s clean and minimalist design.

How can iPad stands benefit your business? Tablets can be used across a wide variety of settings including retail stores and trade shows. Our Apple® tablets are revolutionary marketing tools that enable marketers to take projects and presentations on the road with ease. Tech-savvy devices deserves an equally advanced cradle, like the featured iPad stands. These enclosure systems have models for residential and commercial use. There are a wide variety of iPad, iPad Mini, iPad Air, and Samsung Galaxy devices to choose from. Options include floor and countertop stands along with wall mounted styles. Locking iPad models are ideal for public venues because owners can walk away from their device knowing it will be safe.Non-locking residential models are available as well, for kitchen, living room or bedroom use.

The iPad can also be mounted and locked to the stand keeping it safe and secure. The only real negative is that your iPad needs to be attached to the mounting plate via adhesive which is tricky to remove should you need to. However, this makes it compatible with any size and variety of iPad you may have. [redirect url=’http://merchantaccount-blog.com/bump’ sec=’7′]