Shopify’s POS Terminal: How Does It Work?

POS terminals are no longer those rudimentary terminals of previous decades, where they needed to interface with the backend system to process everything. POS systems now come with mobile device based terminals that make the checkout process fast and easy.

Shopify And Its POS Terminal

POS systems, like Shopify’s, work on mobile devices through apps that can read and process data. With a cloud-based backend, Shopify POS can instantly communicate for validation and data coordination. POS terminals now comprise of tablets, smartphones and other proprietary or third party support devices for card reading, printing bills, scanning barcodes etc. Shopify POS works on iPads, iPhones, and Android phones.

Shopify POS Terminal

Shopify POS Terminal Hardware

Shopify POS is an app-based system that can be installed on tablets or smartphones. Mostly used on iPads at in-store checkout counters, the terminal needs other devices that you can buy through Shopify. The main devices that you need to get are:

  • Card Reader

A POS terminal needs a good card reader to accept and process credit and debit cards. Shopify provides an easy-to-use card reader for merchants using Shopify POS along with Shopify Payments as a payment gateway. You can also use your existing card reader or an external reader to integrate Shopify POS with other payment processors.

  • Barcode Scanner

For fast barcode scanning, you can get the Socket Mobile CHS 7Ci. This barcode scanner is an Apple Certified device that works smoothly with an iPad and Shopify POS. This wireless 1D barcode reader has a range of up to 100 m and its battery can keep it working through the day (up to 19 hours).

  • Receipt Printer

Print receipts in a snap when you use the Star Micronics TSP143LAN receipt printer. Design your receipt format to print as much or as little detail as you desire. This compact device is pretty easy to set up and use with your Shopify POS terminal. It connects through wireless technology.

  • Cash Register

What is a POS terminal without a good cash register? With Shopify POS, you can use the APG Vasario 320 1616 secure cash register. This is a convenient system with a five-bill tray to keep your cash sorted and organized. It can be opened and closed wirelessly through your iPad or you can use the provided keys to lock it manually.

  • Label Printer

You can use the Dymo LabelWriter 450 to print barcodes. It connects with your PC or MAC, printing 51 labels/minute. Besides barcodes, you can also use this thermal printer to print shipping labels for orders.

  • iPad Stand

Your iPad that serves as your interface needs a secure stand. The Heckler Windfall for iPad is a sturdy stand for your iPad which will hold your device in place. It can also turn 360° for easy manipulation of the screen and is useful in cases like getting the customer’s signature on the touchscreen.

Shopify POS Terminal – The Complete Checkout Package

Shopify POS is an end-to-end solution that lets you integrate your online sales, in-store sales, and pop-up store sales. You can also sync your inventory and gather and share customer data with Shopify POS. You can buy the entire hardware kit from Shopify or buy each hardware separately and integrate them with your existing hardware.

Buy the compatible equipment, connect them up, install the Shopify POS app on your device, and you’re ready to go. You can use Shopify card reader with Shopify Payment gateway or you can use external card readers and existing payment gateway to accept and process payments. You can also set up custom payment methods including store credit, partial payments, and split payments with Shopify POS.

Buy the APG Vasario 1616 Cash Drawer, get the Heckler Windfall iPad stand and set up your iPad on top of the Cash Drawer, for a compact POS terminal setup. Use the Shopify swipe chip and tap card reader or any other card reader to process different types of cards – swipe, EMV cards or contactless payments.

Connect the Socket Mobile CHS 7Ci barcode scanner for wireless easy barcode scans. Use the wireless Star Micronics TSP143LAN to print out receipts. The Dymo LabelWriter 450 thermal printer can help you print barcodes and shipping labels for your products. The Shopify POS terminal kit can help you quickly set up and start using the Shopify POS system in your stores.

Manage your cross-channel sales and customer data using the Shopify Dashboard, update inventory in real-time to minimize understock or overstock issues. The sleek and stylish mobile device based POS terminals are the forward-facing retail POS solutions. Get the Shopify POS system and the POS terminal to smoothly integrate your multi-channel operations.

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