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Retailers turning iPads into cash registers

September 28, 2011

Retailers in many parts of the country have been jumping on the bandwagon when it comes to using new technology in order to accept credit card payments.

Retailers in many parts of the country have been jumping on the bandwagon when it comes to using new technology in order to accept credit card payments.

WNYC reports that store owners in New York City have been among the most aggressive when it comes to replacing traditional cash registers with iPads. Many are opting for the alternative to the point of sale credit card terminals based on lower costs. At Ample Hills Creamery in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, store owners are using an application called ShopKeep that is easier to learn than the prior system.

The owner of Ample Hills, Brian Smith, told the radio station that using the old system would cost him around $3,000 as opposed to the iPad register which runs between $500 to $600,

“And there’s the elegance of how it works,” Smith said. “My 19 and 20-year old employees could train me on it after 15 minutes. They intuitively understand how it functions.”

There have been other technologies recently introduced that give merchants more flexibility. In recent weeks, Google Wallet was launched, allowing users of Samsung Nexus S to use their phones instead of credit cards. 

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