Payment system dots the i’s

New point of sale app designed to help operators track sales and stock

• iPos inventors Robin Knox (left) and Paul Walton (right) with Meadow bar owner Christian White.

A FORMER nightclub manager and an engineering student have launched a point of sale app, which they claim can help operators manage their businesses more efficiently.

The brainchild of Edinburgh-based Robin Knox and Paul Walton, iPos is said to be simple to use, doesn’t require a server and can help with stock control and up-selling.
To use iPos, operators require an iPad, a compatible cash drawer stand and receipt printer. The app, which works without an internet connection, is being distributed by the App Store and is available on a free trial basis to the first 250 businesses that sign up; monthly subscription rates start from £39.
All of the app’s data is Cloud-hosted, meaning it syncs to servers around the world and eight copies of a business’s data exist at any one time. There is also a web portal where the app can be updated and reporting functions added.
Knox said the app works with the iPad, which is an “increasingly popular” method of taking payment in the hospitality industry.
“There are several payment companies which produce plug in devices so the iPad and iPhone can accept card payments,” he said.
“The difference is that while they are payment solutions, ours is also a stock management and reporting cash register app.
“We anticipate interest from restaurants, bars, cafes, hotels or indeed any SME with a terminal.
“Everyone in hospitality knows how stressful it is when a till screen freezes.”
Walton said the iPos app was designed with operators in mind.
“It is easier to use, it will help with stock control and up-selling, does not need servers or back office back-up and will be less likely to crash,” he added.

Image – iPos inventors Robin Knox (left) and Paul Walton (right) with Meadow bar owner Christian White.