The rise of MPoS in retail

The use of MPoS in retail outlets has significantly increased in recent years, as has the use of handheld and portable devices such as Apple iPads/iPods and Android tablets or smartphones within the traditional point of sale (PoS) system. The EPoS environment has had to adapt to these changes to meet the needs of MPoS just as quickly.

A totally wireless MPoS system offers many advantages over a more traditional static EPoS system – with sales staff positioned around the store free to roam, they can be maintaining the stores appearance, yet are still approachable and can easily answer queries or check stock with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth devices. When equipped with a wireless barcode scanner, tablet and portable receipt printer they can take MPoS to a new level by processing portable payments and printing receipts on W-iFi PoS printers just as effectively as staff on the main checkout.

DED offers a range of MPoS solutions from leading manufacturers such as Star Micronics, Honeywell, Ergonomic Solutions (SpacePole) and CipherLab. Included in the range are a variety of mobile/portable/wireless EPoS receipt printers, Wi-Fi barcode scanners and data collection terminals along with accessories for implementing a completely wireless MPoS system. The whole mobile PoS range from DED has been brought together with creating a seamless, wireless retail MPoS system in mind via a range of products, technologies and platforms.

As one of the leading providers of MPoS printing solutions with advanced driver and platform support; DED offer a range of high performance printers with extensive connectivity and functionality options. Including the world's first desktop Bluetooth printer from Star Micronics, the range from DED also boasts 2", 3" and 4" mobile/portable EPoS printers which can all directly print from Apple iOS, Android, Windows and Linux devices.

Offering advanced Apple Inc. MFi Certification, the Star Micronics range from DED allows mobile EPoS receipt printers to pair with iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, along with all Bluetooth Serial Port Profile (SPP) devices with additional wired serial connection flexibility to offer endless possibilities for Wi-Fi PoS printers in the retail environment.

As retail applications become more and more mobile, it is essential to have wireless scanners that fit into this environment seamlessly. Mobile bar code scanners can enable sales staff to take payments on the move around the store and can also help with queue busting at busy times of the year. As an integral part of any MPOS system, mobile barcode scanners and wireless/Wi-Fi data collection terminals need to be considered as part of any new system being implemented.

Offering MPoS barcode scanners from Honeywell and CipherLab, DED offers Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technology via a range of scanners to communicate directly with EPoS systems. Mobile data collection terminals or mobile computers also ensure that a wealth of information can be accessed and managed from the palm of your hand, which makes them invaluable for field sales in a true MPoS environment.

As MPoS equipment becomes more mobile and increasingly desirable, it is also at higher risk of being stolen. Security is of ultimate importance for all components in an MPoS system and so they need to be protected because of their high value and appeal.

DED offers a range of options from Ergonomic Solutions (SpacePole) for ensuring tablet/iPads, etc remain secure. Several options are available for applications requiring fixed, hand-held or mobile operation within the retail environment.

Working with a selection of tablets including Android, iOS (iPad) and Windows-based tablets, all solutions from SpacePole have been successfully Wi-Fi tested at one of Europe's leading Wi-Fi testing facilities.

The range of tablet mounts available from DED add up to a comprehensive suite of products that can provide the ultimate in style, security and flexibility for all mobile and fixed-position tablet based MPoS applications.