Urban Outfitters Jumps on Mobile POS Bandwagon

Urban Outfitters has always prided itself on being on the cutting edge of the market, but it's recent transition into a mobile payment industry has taken things to another level. Urban Outfitters has made a commitment to completely eliminating traditional cash registers from all of its stores. How exactly are they going to their credit card processing from customers in the store?

Urban Outfitters is using a combination of devices to accept mobile payments from customers in the stores. They use both the iPad and the iPod Touch to be able to take payments directly from customers. If a customer is paying with a debit or credit card, they can swipe it right there from the device. They don't worry about taking someone over to a cash register or learn to use a complicated point of sale system. All of that mobile payment systems that are used on these platforms are very intuitive and user-friendly.

One of the big reasons that Urban Outfitters is making the switch is so that they can save money. Buying a new cash register and having it installed costs upwards of $5,000. For an iPod Touch, they can be up and running for $500. With the iPad, they can have one installed on a swivel station for a total of $1,000. That is much more cost effective than spending $5,000 on one register.

Besides saving money, the employees seem to like using the mobile device is a lot better. The employees like having some flexibility with the devices, so that they are not tied down to a single location. Most of them are already used to using a smartphone like an Android or an iPhone at home, so it's a natural transition to using one of these platforms while they are at work.

Although Urban Outfitters has elected to take payments with the tablet and the iPod Touch, many other businesses are exploring similar alternatives. For example, a business can accept credit cards on iPhone, on Android, or on BlackBerry. As long as the device can connect to the Internet and download a credit card application, it can usually receive credit card payments while on the go.

This has the potential to change the way retail businesses are run in the future. Not only will regular retailers be able to benefit, but companies with mobile workforces can do a lot more with this technology.
J Brighams writes blogs in the merchant services industry and is an expert in mobile credit card processing

Topic : Consumer Electronics
Genre : Business

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