iPad-based POS systems add customization features

Updates from Revel Systems and ShopKeep POS allow smaller retailers or food services more flexibility when it comes to pricing, ordering options.

Two pioneers in the tablet point-of-sale (POS) arena -- Revel Systems and ShopKeep POS -- have updated their iPad-based platforms with new features that allow for more customization.

The new twist for ShopKeep POS (pictured below) is a module that lets restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, bakeries and similar food service operations personalization orders and then have them printed to the kitchen or food preparation area. The idea is to help minimize errors or misinterpretations, as well as speed up order flow during peak customer service periods. 


"It takes us to the next level of speed," said Eric Faust, owner of the Duluth Coffee Company in Minnesota. "We don't have to write on cups, it all just prints over at the counter and improves efficiency."

Faust selected ShopKeep POS for the sleekness of its design on the counter -- it has a lower profile than other systems, making it seem like there are fewer things coming between customers and those who are serving them. The technology also appeals to Duluth Coffee's clientele, which has a "lot of hip young people," Faust said.

ShopKeep POS (now used by approximately 3,000 locations around the United States) also recently added a time clock feature that allows managers and employees to keep better track of shift times right from within the POS system. 

Customization is also the focus of an upgrade from Revel Systems, which has introduced variable pricing and variable weight pricing features into its cloud-based retail POS application (which can be integrated with QuickBooks and other accounting software).

The developer also has released an inventory module that runs on the iPhone, iTouch and iPad Mini that will allow retailers to update, change and print labels for inventory in real time; and it has announced an integration with Honeywell's Bluetooth barcode scanner for mobile scanning applications. 

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