In the market for an all-inclusive POS system? A bundle might be right for you. These packages include POS software and component parts, such as a cash drawer, receipt printer, barcode scanner and EMV-enabled credit card reader. If this one-stop shopping opportunity sounds good to you, look for these features:
Price is an important factor, too, of course, but it shouldn't be your top priority, according to Ian Drysdale, executive vice president of North American sales and business development for merchant services provider Elavon in Atlanta. "Buying a cut-rate terminal ... might seem like a bargain in the short run, but can spell disaster if it malfunctions the night before a tax-free shopping weekend, for example," he notes.
POS bundles present a great opportunity to get up and running quickly without worrying about compatibility. These solutions can be extremely useful to retail owners new to the industry because they take a lot of the guesswork out of creating a system. But anyone craving a plug-and-play solution should consider a POS bundle.