iPad, Tablet Point of Sale (POS) Systems Gain Popularity in Australia

iPad POS Systems have gained popularity in Australia! They can be used in many hospitality industries, mainly restaurants, cafes, take away shops, pizzerias and retail stores.


Introduction


Point of Sale systems were originally sold as big, heavy sets of machines with a small (non-touch) screen and a keyboard for data entry. Nowadays, we have iPad Point of Sale systems that are super-light, fast and more powerful than ever. These systems have gained superior popularity in Australia over the past 2-3 years.


What is iPad/Tablet POS System?


A tablet point of sale system is a combination of a touchscreen tablet, with software or app installed, a receipt printer & a cash drawer. Tablets can be in a form of iPad or a Windows based tablet (Surface).


Industries for Tablet Systems


An iPad system can be used in many hospitality industries, mainly restaurants, cafes, take away shops, pizzerias and retail stores. Although we've seen them installed in liquor stores, bars, night clubs and super markets; they are more likely to be installed in restaurants and cafes.


Features


As you would expect in any traditional system, the software offers features to place table and takeaway orders, make payments, add table bookings, retrieve sales and stock reports, manage staff products and customers as well as loyalty programs and ingredient stock control management. Some experts disagree and do not recommend iPad POS Systems.


Why so popular?


Price & Simplicity. The main reasons why more consumers are leaning towards iPad POS Systems is the affordability and simplicity. These days, you can buy a complete tablet system for less than AUD $3,000 (USD $2,315). As you would expect from an app, the software is super easy to use and self-explanatory so you won't need to pay additional fees for installation and staff training.


Summary

Over the past 3-5 years, we've seen an increase in tablet/iPad point of sale systems. This increase has been steady and overall customers are fairly happy with such systems. We predict an exponential growth into the next decade and anticipate big companies such as Micros to eventually replace their traditional POS Systems with much more affordable tablets.

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