CHOOSING THE BEST POS PERIPHERALS FOR YOUR ALL-IN-ONE
Some businesses may already have a need for additional peripherals. If that is the case, it’s also important to ensure the peripherals you select are ideal for your operation, and your all-in-one POS system is capable of supporting the peripherals you need.
If you work with barcodes at all, it’s essential that you have the right barcode scanner. Do you only scan linear barcodes like UPCs? If so, you will need a 1D scanner.
On the other hand, if you scan loyalty and promotion codes like the multi-directional ones found on customers’ phones, a 2D scanner is ideal. If you work with both, choose a 2D scanner that can also scan 1D barcodes.
Labor management tools
Depending on how many people you employ and what your turnover rate is, your labor management needs may range from simple to complex. Do you need an all-in-one POS with peripheral options for biometric finger print readers to enforce schedules? Do you need extra security to protect against employee theft? If so, don’t neglect incorporating these peripherals into your solution.
Is your all-in-one screen sufficient? If you want to offer things like self-service or digital signage, you may need additional screens. Do you need a touchscreen that reacts to multiple types of touches, like a resistive screen, or do you need easy, flexible operation and high-accuracy found with a capacitive touchscreen?
Also consider how your customers prefer to pay, and what level of security is best for your business. EMV is essential for protecting you and your customers from card-present fraud, as opposed to a standard magstripe reader. Going beyond cards, you may want to consider an all-in-one POS system with options for near-field communication (NFC) technology as customers switch over to mobile wallets.
If you run a grocery retail store or any business that requires weighing merchandise, you will want to verify which standards for scales apply to your operation. If you buy, sell, or charge based on weight within the US, you must use a “legal-for-trade” scale. In which case, your all-in-one POS should be capable of supporting the correct peripheral.