Many retailers have recently announced plans to introduce the Apple iPad into their shop environments as a replacement for – or companion to – traditional EPOS hardware and software. Urban Outfitters and Boots pharmacy are among those jumping on the Apple bandwagon. However, it is worth bearing in mind that the iPad is not the only tablet computer out there capable of acting as a POS system.
Earlier this year, Casio introduced the V-T500 series of tablets, specifically targeting the retail and business sectors. These tablets, which use the Android operating system, include many features which arguably make them a more sensible purchase for retailers than the iPad.
Perhaps their most attractive feature is their ruggedness. Each tablet in the range features a shock-resistant design, and is also dust and splash-proof in accordance to the IP54 standard. This makes them ideal for a busy retail or hospitality environment where accidental bumps, drops and spillages are all too common. They are also light and easy to hold, with optional straps and stands available to provide greater versatility.
Unlike the iPad, the V-T500 range also features an integrated NFC reader/writer, ideal for scanning loyalty cards and for reading RFID tags. The large screen makes these tablets perfect for use as an electronic catalogue, providing an excellent tool for sales staff dealing with customers. Staff can also close a sale using the tablet’s Point Of Sale software, allowing for a speedier, more efficient and friendlier retail experience, as well as less queuing and waiting times. The tablets can also be integrated with Casio’s existing Android based EPOS terminals, as well as with other hardware such as receipt printers.
As you would expect, these tablets are easy to use, with intuitive touch-based software. Casio have released a series of retail-focused apps in what they are calling their Casio Business Portal, including offerings from AirPOS, AlfaRichi and Cervello Lite. These apps are aimed at a range of situations, from general retail to hospitality.
The V-T500 battery lasts approximately 12 hours on a single charge, more than enough to make it through a busy day. It is also removable, meaning it can easily be swapped out for a fully charged replacement. In addition to its retail-focused features, the V-T500 is also a very capable tablet in its own right, featuring 1GB of RAM, Wifi, Bluetooth and dual 5.0MP cameras. The GE version also features 3G cellular connectivity, meaning it can be used on the go over a mobile phone network.