I recently came across an interesting solution that allows an iPad to be integrated to a store’s POS by simply using an RFID tag, software from Global Bay, a credit card, RFID receiver and RFID antenna, and of course, an iPad. The particular video(below) that I saw used the Zebra RW 220 in order to print customer receipts.
With this solution, retail stores could offer loyalty cards for, let’s say, the top 10% of their customers. The loyalty card would be embedded with an RFID chip, and upon the customers’ entrance to the store, the store clerk would be alerted on the iPad.
Instantly, information about the customer can be automatically retreived, including all of their past purchases. This creates countless opportunities for enhanced buyer experience. With the wardrobing tool that comes with the software, store clerks would be able to assemble outfits with previously purchased items in conjunction with in-store items in order to create a shopping cart, or even a wish-list that integrates with an e-commerce site for later purchases. Should a product be out of stock, there’s even a product locater feature.
Once it’s time for checkout, if the consumer pays with a credit card, it will be detected on the iPad and allow for signature capture. Then, the consumer has the option to receive a printed receipt via the barcode printer, or have the receipt e-mailed directly to them! Imagine being able to have an electronic file of all of your purchases!
Watch the video below to see the iPad POS solution in action:
The iPad solution definitely seems interesting, and as a consumer, I can only hope retailers implement this system as soon as possible! What do you think? Retailers- is this solution feasible for your store? Consumers- how would you feel about this level of personalization? Let us know by commenting here, or on our Facebook or Twitter pages.
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