One of the industries we had in mind when we built Bushel was retail. There are a few different retail functions that an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch can fill in retail environments. In this article, we’ll look at using an iPad as a stationary Point of Sale (POS) register or Kiosk.
Whether using an iPad as a Kiosk or for Point of Sale, you’ll likely want to pick up a stand of some sort. There are a lot to choose from, but here we’ll look at the Griffin Kiosk Desktop Mount for iPad 2/3.
The reason we chose this particular device for this article is that it comes with an option to cover the home button. You can disable the Home Button when placing a device into Guided Access mode. However, Bushel doesn’t support this feature of iOS. Apple Configurator can manage this feature to some degree if you plug a device in and the Casper Suite can not only manage this feature but can also automate the configuration of applications. Both are excellent tools; however, we’re looking at how you might go about setting up a few devices in a retail environment on a shoestring. And that often comes with just taking the easy way and covering up that home button. Or manually configuring Guided Access once you’ve setup your devices using Bushel.
Next, we’ll need to load one or two apps. This is one of the most important aspects of using these devices. If you’re using an iPad as a Kiosk, this could be as simple as running a Keynote presentation on the device, loading up a video or even using a custom app. If you’re going to be using the devices for Point of Sale then you’ll need a much more elaborate app; although they don’t have to be overly complicated. 10 relatively simple apps to consider (most of which are free apps and therefore easy to distribute!):
- Paypal Here
- Square Register
- Amazon Local Register
- QuickBooks GoPayment
- Breadcrumb POS
- Touch POS
Once you have your iOS devices, something to put the devices in and an app, you’ve got part of a business ready to go. Now, you’re ready to stock some merchandise and do what it is you were meant to do, make art!