Feature Partner Socket Mobile

Feature Partner Socket Mobile

Here are some of the reasons we partner with Socket Mobile:

Socket Mobile’s goal is to provide customers the convenience and performance in a barcode scanner that other data capture manufacturers don’t offer. With certification for an ergonomic design, colorful signature, antimicrobial materials, as well as worldwide leading reputation in Bluetooth, Socket Mobile puts its best foot forward when it comes to its products. Socket Mobile has 25 years of a sound status in mobile scanning, and is continuously pushing for improvement.

Introducing, the SocketScan series of Bluetooth barcode scanners – standing out in a crowd, not only because their color options (blue, green, red, yellow and white), but because of user-friendly attributes and diverse capabilities. Users can work longer hours with comfortable ergonomics and a long-lasting battery. SocketScan was built for a versatile world with 1D, 2D and laser scanning options. It was built with user-friendly icons and notifications to make the user’s job easier. Socket Mobile’s data capture devices were built to work for the user.

Socket Mobile continues to provide compatible, reliable, customizable, data capture products designed for people. Socket Mobile works hard, so users don’t have to.

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Payment Solution On Your Keychain

Payment Solution On Your Keychain

As a retailer, you probably know that the future of payment is likely to be digital wallets. You also probably know that the digital payment solutions that are out there haven’t been adopted as quickly as they were expected to be.

There are two primary impediments to widespread adoption:

  • No universal solution
  • High cost of upgrading a store’s point of sale system
These days, several companies are trying to skirt these limitations by developing digital payment solutions that are compatible with the type of point of sale system retailers already use. These new solutions may very well be the future of retail, so it’s essential that you learn what they’re all about.

The Loop Solution

Loop is a company that has developed a payment solution for your keychain, the Loop Fob, and a companion application, LoopWallet. There’s a 90 percent chance that this keychain payment system will work with your existing point of sale system. The LoopWallet app is is PIN protected, and all the servers are fully encrypted, and the Fob can be set up to be unusable if it’s lost or stolen. You can configure it to various levels of security to be used either just like a credit card, or with one of two higher levels of security that require a connection to your phone.

You can load all of your credit cards, debit cards, and membership cards onto a single device that stores them all and can switch between them on the go. You can set it up by plugging the fob into an iPhone and swiping in new cards. The app later helps you select which card to pay with. It’s easy to use and works just about anywhere. Instead of swiping like a typical card, you hold it above the area on a point of sale system where you would swipe a card. The fob then uses Magnet Secure Transmission technology to emit a burst of data that tricks the POS system into believing the card has been swiped, passing along identical data.

The only drawback is that, since the technology is new, you have to explain how it works to every single cashier you check out with.

Moving Toward the Future of Retail

The Loop device is just one of the many ways that retail is moving toward a more technologically advanced future. Even if you haven’t encountered such a card-free payment device yet, there are other modern retail solutions that you probably have encountered, such as the increasingly prominent iPad POS system. iPad POS systems provide a more mobile and flexible retail experience for your customers. A cloud-based iPad POS also streamlines your behind the scenes operations, giving you more time to concentrate on what really matters.

If you’re interested in moving your retail business closer to the future of retail, it might be time to upgrade to an iPad point of sale system. Contact Teamwork Commerce today to find out just how easy this new system is to implement and learn.

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Apple Becoming Fixture in Payments Industry

Apple Becoming Fixture in Payments Industry

Apple products such as the iPad are becoming more integrated into how businesses, especially retailers, operate. These small and powerful devices offer similar functionality to larger PC counterparts but are thin and light enough to be carried around all day. Companies that want to integrate iPads with their point-of-sale systems can do so by establishing a mobile POS to complete sales anywhere in the store.

Looking ahead, Apple devices figure to play an increasing role in how payments are accepted, according to a recent IDC report. The research firm indicated the company is focusing on both the offline and online commerce experience.

James Wester, IDC practice director at IDC’s Worldwide Payment Strategies division, said Apple has made it a goal to make payments more streamlined and convenient for users.

“Apple’s unique role as a device manufacturer, OS provider and online retailer means Apple has the ability to impact the way payments evolve like few other companies. Merchants, issuers, processors and other payment stakeholders will need to understand that impact and begin adjusting their investments and strategies accordingly,” Wester suggested.

Retailers still not realizing potential of the iPad

Despite the advantages of iPads in the retail space, businesses in this field are still not embracing the devices as much as other industries. A Good Technology report detailing mobile adoption during the fourth quarter of 2013 found the retail sector only accounted for 2 percent of iPad activations from October through December.

The report discovered the financial services industry generated 47 percent of iPad activations during the quarter, followed by:

  • Business and professional services at 14 percent
  • Manufacturing with 9.4 percent
  • Government/public sector at 9 percent
  • Healthcare just under 4 percent
  • Communications with 2.8 percent
  • Legal industry at 2.4 percent
  • Other markets with 7.6 percent

Retailers, consumers can benefit greatly from Apple device

Retailers interested in lowering costs, replacing old PCs and enhancing the consumer experience owe it to themselves to consider incorporating devices like Apple’s iPad into their stores. One of the main issues with stationary POS systems is that the checkout lines are often congested at one location of a store. If a shopper has a problem that requires 10 minutes to address, other people in line become frustrated and the line continues to grow.

Sales reps walking around the store with tablets in hand and an iPad POS system in place can limit such occurrences from happening. Employees using the device can assist shoppers anywhere at any time throughout the store, completing checkouts on the spot.

As Apple makes improvements to its offerings to enhance the payment experience, retailers also invested in the Apple ecosystem and devices such as the iPad will be in great position to benefit from the improvements coming their way. As the Good Technology study found, not many companies in this field have taken the leap just yet, so forward-thinking brands can get a leg up on the competition in both the short- and long-term.

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Keeping Customers Safe: How Spacepole Can Keep Customers & Staff Safe At The Point Of Sale

Keeping Customers Safe: How Spacepole Can Keep Customers & Staff Safe At The Point Of Sale

Protecting Retail Staff

It is no secret that retail staff are at a very high risk of exposure to COVID-19. High volume retail environments where there are many touch-points, interactions and points of communication present a key issue for retailers. Retail locations cannot always enforce social distancing whether this is due to small retail stores or negligence on the part of customers; workers are increasingly at risk of contracting the virus. This additional risk presents problems for retailers, how can stores stay open if staff are sick, or customers are in danger?

The Key: Engineering safety controls. From safe work practices, PPE and physical barriers, retailers can create a landscape where customers & staff are protected during the shopping experience. SpacePole has created a range of tools that can be added to the point of sale in order to protect staff and consumers.

The Safeguard Screen

The SpacePole screen is a low cost and simple to install acrylic screen that creates a clear safety barrier for everyone at the point of sale. Providing social distancing and protecting store staff. Safe & contactless checkout has grown by 9% in the past 6 weeks with 74% of consumers noting this as their continued preference for the long term. A safety screen adds a key layer of protection at the point of sale, creating distance between the customer and retail staff, allowing a semi-normal store experience that is centered around safety and efficiency.

The Payment Paddle

Customers are comfortable with curbside pickup, this is not a new offering. But, it is one that has exploded in recent months. Curbside pickup & payment allows for increased flexibility and helps to minimize the risk of transmission during the payment experience. The payment paddle is designed to enable safe and speedy payment at the point of sale. A payment terminal is attached to the arm, giving retail staff 600MM of distance to ensure secure payments where only the customer has to touch the payment terminal. This helps to remove the fear that many customers have around handing cards over to retail staff and removes danger on the side of staff.

Prioritizing Hygiene

Prevention is always better than treatment, frequently disinfecting payment terminals is a new necessity. But, what about in between cleaning? Customers are constant, certainly at peak times it can be tough to keep the terminal clean. Adding hand sanitizer at the point of sale is a simple and effective method of reducing spread at a high touchpoint area of the retail location. Many retailers are already zip-tying and duct-taping hand sanitizer to the mount… the hand sanitizer dispenser can be easily attached to existing mounting systems. Enabling a visually clean, and practically convenient hygiene tool.

Teamwork Commerce + Spacepole: A Safe & Efficient Customer ExperienceKeep Customers Safe and engaged with Teamwork + Spacepole. With all of the tools retailers need to support and drive revenue in store Spacepole can help retailers during this pandemic and beyond with a variety of POS tools, mounts and hardware designed to enable a safe, efficient and engaging customer experience. Learn more: https://www.spacepole.com/

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Apple’s iPad Should Not Be Viewed as Just Consumer-Level

Apple’s iPad Should Not Be Viewed as Just Consumer-Level

Apple’s iPad has spawned a consumer craze for tablets, much like how the company did so with the smartphone market. But the device is not just for customers interested in accessing email, browsing the Internet or playing games. These products are ideally suited for the retail space. Retailers that have yet to consider adopting iPads should rethink this stance because the benefits far outweigh any disadvantages.

Price

Depending on the size of the retail operation, a couple of iPads or a dozen won’t set back the company millions of dollars. These products are hundreds of dollars, so a small store with only a handful of employers can adopt these products without allocating their entire budget toward doing so.

Functionality

The retail sector operates under the notion that the customer is always right. In most cases, this is true. People have so many things on their minds and so many places to be that the last thing they want to do is wait 20 minutes in line to buy a single item. This is where an iPad can replace or complement a traditional point-of-sale system. An iPad POS enables employees to use the tablet to complete transactions anywhere in the store.

Ease of use

One doesn’t have to look far to see how easy iPads are for anyone to use. There’s a reason why schools adopt iPads for their students to use – they are not complicated. Employees should have no issues navigating the touchscreen or accessing the mobile POS.

The iPad may have become a worldwide sensation because of the consumer market, but retailers should not overlook how effective the products can be for their brands. The devices offer similar functionality to traditional equipment but without the physical limitations that can bog down operations and, importantly, sales and consumer happiness.

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Mobile Traffic Poised for Records Highs

Mobile Traffic Poised for Records Highs

Mobile devices are driving all sorts of global traffic, a new Cisco report suggested. The study indicated the global market in 2019 will have 5.2 billion mobile users, up nearly 1 billion from 2014’s totals.

In 2014, Cisco said there were just over 4 billion mobile devices and connections on a global scale. By the end of the forecast period, this figure will nearly triple to 11.5 billion. The report added mobile connection speeds should increase from 1.7 Mbps in 2014 to 4 Mbps by 2019, with annual run rates of worldwide IP traffic expanding from 30 exabytes to 292 exabytes.

Businesses can capitalize on this trend

Companies that have yet to focus on attracting mobile audiences to their e-commerce stores or brick-and-mortar locations may want to make this a top priority the rest of 2015. A recent Adyen report found m-commerce drove roughly 26 percent of all online transactions during the fourth quarter of 2014, up 11 percent from the third quarter. Year-over-year improvements were 37 percent.

Roelant Prins, chief commercial officer at Adyen, indicated companies must possess a “mobile-first” outlook for the first quarter of this year.

“Across all industries including retail, gaming, ticketing and of course digital goods, we see the emergence of successful businesses offering a mobile-only experience. For many companies, mobile is now the primary sales channel, rather than simply a key sales channel, aided by the accelerated growth of mobile payments globally in the last quarter of 2014,” Prins explained.

Mobile devices should be a key part of any omni-channel strategy. By replacing or augmenting standard point-of-sale systems with an omnichannel POS, brands can achieve consistent and efficient sales processes throughout the entire organization, enabling audiences to have solid experiences regardless of purchasing preference.

We can help, schedule a demo with our sales team today: www.teamworkcommerce.com

More Info: Adyen

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