iPad Kills Checkout Lines
Mobile payment systems are starting to become more ubiquitous, and for many retailers and small businesses the arrival of devices such as ERPLY's iPad-connected credit card reader can't come too soon. There's two parts to this: making iPads more useful to businesspeople and offering something less cumbersome than the typical paper-based point-of-sale imprinting devices (and it also reduces the possibility that your credit card number will fall into the wrong hands).
The device itself is a card reader attached to an iPad's charging port. It sends the encrypted credit card information to ERPLY's point-of-sale and inventory management software. This does something like what you see in Apple stores now -- it lets the customer just buy something right on the floor without going through a checkout line, and lets the merchant monitor transactions stock in real time. It also automatically sends a receipt to the customer. It's priced at $50, with a transaction fee of 1.9 percent. The reader can work with both NFC and traditional card payments. This is a great help if you are one of those who sells at events that aren't in stores -- for instance, the guy selling art at the craft fair.
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