All point of sale systems were not created equal. You may encounter POS software that was developed to run on specific hardware and specific operating systems or POS platforms that can run on a multitude of hardware or devices. However, it might be time to consider an embedded POS system.
Embedded POS systems are different because they are designed exclusively to run your point of sale. The system’s software has been developed specifically for the POS hardware it’s running on, and you purchase the system with the software preloaded on solid state or flash memory in the device — ultimately this means fewer issues for you!
It might be difficult to know if an embedded POS system is the right choice for your business — especially in light of all the options available. Here are three signs that an embedded POS system is the best option for you:
- You experience difficulties with computer viruses or cyberattacks — or you pay out the nose for antivirus and antimalware software. Embedded POS systems have features that make them more secure. Because there is no file manager, unauthorized files — including malware such as viruses, worms and Trojan horses — can’t be uploaded to your system, not intentionally by a criminal or inadvertently by a careless employee. Because of the system’s design, there is no need for antivirus or antimalware software — or the time and expense it takes to purchase, install, and upgrade them. This can help you sleep at night knowing cardholder data and customer information is secure and you won’t have to deal with the costs associated with a data breach and repairing an infected POS system — or the damage a data breach will mean to your brand and your reputation.
- You have to shell out more money for software updates and support when you want to update your system. Costs associated with operating systems for a PC- or tablet-based POS system (installation, technical support, upgrades, etc.) can add up, especially if you have POS systems at a number of locations. Because embedded POS systems run on solid state devices and do not require commercial operating systems to run, you will avoid paying the costs associated with them.
- You are losing valuable time because orders and transactions take longer than necessary due to outdated, non-intuitive software. Embedded POS systems are designed solely with the goal of running your point of sale. From the moment you plug it in, it’s ready to use, and you’ll find it’s faster and more reliable than PC-based systems. Also, because it’s designed with a singular purpose, the straightforward, intuitive user interface will allow your staff to operate it quickly and efficiently, and new employees will complete their training faster and easier.
You may also find your employees are more productive. They won’t be distracted — or tempted — by email, Internet browsing, or other functions they might explore on a PC-based POS system. They simply aren’t a part of an embedded POS system.
Embedded POS has all of the features and functionality to run your business without the issues, updates, or attacks that typically come along with traditional POS operating systems. Embedded POS is a win-win for both you and your business!