Contactless payment methods are the future. Whether you like it or not, there are plenty of unique benefits to contactless payments and the recent pandemic has certainly highlighted the security and safety it brings.
While many Americans are still adamant about using cash, we’re starting to see more and more stores adopt contactless payment methods even in rural areas and mom-and-pop stores.
The reality is that these new payment options can help draw in more customers, it can make your store seem more appealing, and it offers more safety for both you and your customers.
So what exactly do you need to add contactless payment methods to your store?
Setting up contactless payment methods in your store
One of the first things to understand is how contactless payments work.
- Your staff will scan items into your regular POS system.
- Once the order is totaled, the contactless payment reader will automatically prepare itself to accept a payment.
- The customer will touch their contactless payment card or device onto the reader.
- The reader will recognize the token and the payment is processed.
- The POS system will accept the payment and the transaction is finished.
As you can see, there aren’t many differences to a typical POS system that you might already have. The exception is that you’ll need a contactless payment reader that is attached to your existing POS.
You’ll need to find one that is compatible with your current system, but there are also very affordable systems to consider if you haven’t opened your store yet or if you’re willing to upgrade.
Android and iOS-based POS with contactless
POS systems commonly use Android and iOS devices. This is because they are accessible operating systems with great compatibility with a variety of readers and devices. You can simply buy an inexpensive Apple tablet, download the right software, buy the right attachments, and then use it as a fully-featured POS system.
Android is the same. You can simply have an Android device that is updated and then use a Bluetooth-enabled reader to set up easy contactless payments in your store.
However, managing these systems can often be difficult if you don’t have a tech-savvy member on your team. To combat this, it’s beneficial to work with an IT solutions company to not only maintain it but also set it up in the first place.
Configuring your contactless payment system can be tricky, so having a certified expert install it will give you peace of mind and ensure that everything is working correctly.
Contactless payments will continue to rise in popularity, especially given the pandemic situation that’s currently affecting the world. As cash starts to phase out of general use, it’s clear that more stores need to adopt contactless payment solutions in order to keep up with technology and give their customers options in how they want to pay.