Point of sale (POS) is a location or system where a customer exchanges money for goods and services. POS solutions therefore allow a business to accept and process payments and help keep track of sales, no matter how they sell to customers.
POS solutions can allow your business to:
- Calculate the total amount owed for any given sale
- Accept payment by cash, card or virtually
- Issue an electronic or printed receipt
- Record the details of the transaction
Many POS systems use cloud-based and app-led technology to provide a wide range of additional business support. This could cover inventory management, refunding and loyalty programmes, as well as detailed reports that show trends and customer habits.
From traditional face-to-face transactions to online and over-the-phone payments, Cardnet have a range of POS solutions to support the evolving payment expectations of your customers, helping you scale as a business.
Choosing the right POS for your business
Your POS set up can work in different ways depending on what type of business you run. For retail and food outlets for example, having the ability to take payments at a till or a table will be paramount. For those businesses that don’t see their customers face to face, then online or over the phone could be a more appropriate POS solution.
Cardnet has a range of standalone card readers and machines that enable your business to take payments either on the move, with our mobile card readers, at the till, with a countertop card machine, or around your premises by using a portable card machine. All are either battery-powered, using SIM card, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth for connectivity, or mains-powered that connect using an ethernet cable.
Card payments are accepted via contactless, chip & PIN, or mobile wallets such as Apply Pay and Google Pay. Once installed, these could help reduce queuing time or protect cash flow if you typically use invoices to request payment.
Clover: the intelligent POS system
Clover terminals are capable of so much more than accepting card payments. Powered by cloud-based software and app-led functionality, our Clover range delivers additional capabilities to help you run and grow your business. From reporting and analytics, to loyalty programmes, inventory management, refunds, and staff performance, Clover terminals can help run your entire operation.
Online and over-the-phone payments
An online payment gateway lets you accept payments through a website with a hosted page, so customers are taken to our page to pay and then returned to your website, or an integrated page which connects to your current website set up. You can also process over-the-phone mail order or telephone order (MOTO) transactions via a virtual terminal or by using one of our POS terminals.
Customers can pay using all major debit or credit cards, or by using their mobile wallets such as Apple Pay, Both are designed to offer your customers a more convenient and seamless payment experience.