Using your iPad as a point-of-sale system with ShopKeep

July 26, 2013 Ronda Mobile Apps

ShopKeep POS logoTablet devices are replacing traditional cash register systems in many small businesses. Point-of-sale (POS) systems like ShopKeep transform an iPad into a cash register and allow business owners to access their reports remotely on their iPhone or other device.

Merchant Maverick rates this POS with 5 out of 5 stars and says “ShopKeep is ideal for small, quick-serve, single-product vendors such as: wine shops, specialty food, gift shops, toy stores, concession stands, bakeries, cafeterias, mall kiosks, ice cream shops, coffee shops, food trucks, and service businesses.

ShopKeep takes an ordinary iPad 2 (or higher) and allows a business to customize how it rings up sales. Does your sandwich shop customer want you to hold the onions? No problem; ShopKeep allows modifications to products and even tracks inventory. Cashiers simply add the item, choose a payment type, and complete the order. It even allows a gratuity to be added to the transaction.

Because ShopKeep is cloud-based, back office reporting is available on the iPad register or remotely using the ShopKeep Dashboard, which acts as a companion app. Information such as live sales data, sales by the hour, previous day’s statistics and cash drawer reconciliation make this a powerful tool for the business that doesn’t want to invest in a heavy-duty POS that requires computer servers and hard-wired setup. Businesses can even manage employees using the time clock and other features that come with this system.

A credit card swiper, cash drawer, receipt printer, scales, and a remote kitchen printer are all available to complete the system. ShopKeep’s cloud service is $49 per month for one register which makes it affordable for even the little guy. A free 30-day trial is available and an 800 number links clients to a customer support team.

Small businesses, especially those in the food service industry, need to take advantage of new technology that gives them flexibility and portability at an affordable cost. This system seems to fit the bill. Does your business use ShopKeep? Share your experience by commenting below.

The ASBTDC is always looking for technology solutions for small business. In an effort to increase awareness of those solutions that can help your small business, watch for training workshops in your area to stay on the cutting-edge of technology.

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About Ronda Hawkins

Ronda Hawkins, training coordinator for the ASBTDC at Arkansas Tech University, has experience in sales, business administration, business management, business education, and small business ownership.

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