The Future of Retail Technology – Part 1

Processor Hungry Software Fuels the Demand for Powerful EPoS Terminals

The world of retail is changing and business owners are moving quickly to adapt to ever increasing customer expectations and evolving competition. Technology in retail is playing a key role in these changes, allowing retailers to become more agile in terms of Point of Sale and more engaging with their Customer Service.

Almost every area of the in-store experience is undergoing rapid development in terms of how retailers are leveraging technology to satisfy customers and improve sales. Stores are becoming digital hubs of technology and as a result POS systems must be capable of managing a wide range of applications that serve customeBlog Info 1rs anywhere in the store. They also allow workers to connect to digital or online enhancements that improve the in-store experience for customers.

This shift in focus is fuelling POS upgrade plans, with processor hungry software requiring powerful, yet energy efficient EPoS terminals. Fanfree terminals, such as the XT Range from Posiflex, contain up to Core i7 Intel Processors capable of handling even the most demanding of daily POS operations whilst offering major savings in energy consumption compared to older models.

These terminals can also be managed remotely, allowing further savings on energy usage as well as other total cost of ownership factors such as maintenance and security updates.

Advancements in Point of Sale software have also led to the requirement for an improved user interface from the POS terminals. The traditionally used resistive touchscreens are now being replaced in new terminals by capacitive touchscreens. Like an Apple iPad, these touchscreens support multi touch functionality so applications that feature familiar touch commands such as ‘pinch-to-zoom’ can noBlog Info 2w be utilised by shop workers at the point of sale or customers using self-service kiosks to view items of stock on the retailer website.

Capacitive touchscreens also offer a sleeker appearance, fronted by a bezel free flat glass panel that is both aesthetically pleasing as well as hard wearing.

Sleek looks and powerful processing are just two important factors for retailers to consider when upgrading their EPoS systems. Subscribe to the Varlink blog to receive future updates including the emergence of mobile point of sale systems in retail.

Click here to view Varlink’s range of Posiflex EPoS Terminals.


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