Because Square is so simple – usually installed on a pad or mobile phone – it’s possible (and financially feasible) to get an app for every person who works for you. That way, they can move around freely, interacting with customers, taking orders, and making the wait for food much shorter. As Square puts it, your employees “can each be their own point of sale.” Square works fine without any additional hardware, but if you’d like to accept cash or print receipts, it is a simple matter to just buy a cash drawer or a small printer. Square is not for everyone. It works best for food truckers who are just starting out or who have minimal sales. Large-volume trucks need more robust inventory trackers and might find the Square’s reporting tools a bit insipid.
In contrast, readers such as iDynamo, which use your tablet’s dock connector, encrypt data before transferring it, ensuring that customers’ information cannot be accessed by unauthorized users. Such readers are also more reliable swipers, outperforming audo-jack swipers in comparison tests.
Aesthetically pleasing and highly functional, this Windfall iPad stand is like no other on the market and a must have in your retail store. Set up your POS system any way you like using a number of different accessories that come with the stand. By installing the PivotTable at the base of your iPad stand, you can easily swivel your iPad back and forth to face you or your customer during any part of the order process.
Accept payments on your Android, Apple, or Windows tablet and handheld anytime, anywhere with eMobilePOS. Founded in 2001, e-Nabler, the company behind the award-winning eMobilePOS software, is one of the pioneers in mobile point-of-sale solutions. eMobilePOS was the first full- featured POS app on iTunes and has to date processed more than 3 billion transactions.
Many of the available credit card readers are proprietary hardware; they can only be used to support a specific POS solution and only recognize swipes from their associated iPad apps. iDynamo is one major exception: This reader can be used with numerous iPad POS systems, including Instore, Shopkeep, and Breadcrumb. Instore provides an iDynamo card reader free of charge you open an account, though others may charge a fee for the hardware: Shopkeep, for instance, includes the iDynamo reader as part of its $1,099 hardware bundle.
The $33 CTA Digital Anti-Theft Security Case with POS Stand has a long name but a low price. Buy a $49 Square Contactless and Chip Reader, pair it with your iPad, stick it in this stand, download Square Point of Sale, and suddenly you’re open for business!
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The iSAPPOS iPad POS stand can quickly turn your iPad into a professional retail POS. It’s sleek design matches the look and feel of Apple’s iPad tablets. Purpose built for iPad point-of-sale applications, the iSAPPOS A stand protects your iPad both in the stand and during mobile operation.
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”.
Sometimes concessions need to branch out from the stand. Using hand-held mobile devices like the Clover™ Flex or Clover™ Mobile, you can bring all the versatility and robustness of Clover™ right into the stands.
ShopKeep (see our review) is a favorite here at Merchant Maverick and one of the cheapest options around; for food truckers looking for a full-featured POS system, it’s hard to beat $49/month/register. This price includes 24/7 support and 60 days of personal training from a ShopKeep expert, as well as a free, Free ShopKeep Pocket™ iOS app and access to real-time analytics. The initial cost of buying hardware, of course, is not included in the monthly subscription fee for any POS software, though if you’re starting out from scratch it does pay to purchase a hardware bundle from the vendor (see more tips about choosing hardware here).
As part of the agreement to allow you to set up your mobile food truck restaurant, the venue will often charge fees, and take a percent of sales. As a pop-up food vendor, you’re at the mercy of the mall, food-truck event organizers or owners of the temporary space used. These higher site costs mean you need a food truck POS that helps you make the most of your time on-site, to see a return on your investment.