POS Sales To Go at the Show
Trade shows are often a great source of income and marketing venues for many retail businesses. For example, if you are selling safes, then being at a gun show keeps you in the eye of a large percent of your client base, and can be very popular (just ask the guys over at SafeMasters.com).
A large cost associated with trade shows however is electricity. At the Del Mar shows, a booth could run you around $50.00, where electric hookups could cost as much as $250.00. Many retailers feel they need to put out this expense because of cash register and laptop POS system needs. AirCharge Inc. suggests this isn’t true with their Point of Sale system which operates on the Blackberry handheld computer.
On-the-go merchants now have a new cell phone option for Aircharge wireless payment processing software. Working with Sprint Nextel Corp., Aircharge has adapted its software to the popular BlackBerry device for mobile payment processing.
The software enables credit card and signature debit swipes on a BlackBerry device, as well as Java-enabled Sprint and Nextel phones. Aircharge can be loaded over the air to the merchant’s BlackBerry.
from the article on Green Sheet website…
The BlackBerry is a wireless handheld device introduced in 1999 which supports push e-mail, mobile telephone, text messaging, Internet faxing, web browsing and other wireless information services. It was developed by Research In Motion (RIM) and delivers information over the wireless data networks of mobile phone service companies. BlackBerry made headway in the marketplace by first concentrating on e-mail. RIM currently offers BlackBerry e-mail service to non-BlackBerry devices, such as Palm Treo, through BlackBerry Connect software. The original BlackBerry device had a monochrome display, but all current models have color displays.
Another handheld Point of Sale device is the The FD-100 created by First Date, which uses Windows CE programming, and has on it a thermal paper printer for on the spot receipt printing.
The FD-100 includes an integrated thermal printer and a touch-screen display, and is “off-the-shelf multi-language capable,” according to First Data. It has five USB ports to support future payment enhancements and peripheral devices such as PINpads, check readers, and wireless peripherals.
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