Payment terminals

Top 11 ways the smart terminal beats the traditional payment terminal, hands down

Traditional credit card machines have done little more than processed payments for the last couple decades. Sure, you may be able to manually enter card data to take payments over the phone and you might be able to print Z reports to see your daily payment stats. But these features are limited. These old-school terminals certainly aren’t going to let you manage a loyalty program, download QuickBooks, or run marketing campaigns.  

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Smart terminals, on the other hand, include capabilities that go far beyond accepting payments. And because of that, they offer many distinct advantages over traditional POS terminals.  

1. Apps marketplace 

Download applications that help you run your business, like QuickBooks, time clocks, marketing apps, and so much more. The opportunities are endless.  

2. Affordable 

Smart terminals also work as POS systems. Because they’re reasonably priced, especially if you rent, they make an excellent option for small and mid-sized merchants that aren’t ready for a full-fledged point-of-sale software system.  

3. Future-proof your business 

The smart terminal runs on software that’s automatically updated. This ensures you get the latest software releases, apps, and capabilities, without having to invest in new hardware every couple of years.  

4. Sleek, attractive design 

Smart terminals, with their colourful displays and touchscreens, are a lot better looking than their traditional counterparts, that’s for sure. Some even let you add moving-image advertising to the screen.  

5. Better customer experience 

Smart payment terminals process payments faster, allow customers to pay with their preferred payment methods, can be used remotely to reach customers beyond the checkout line, and are user friendly, offering customers a better experience overall than traditional terminals. 

6. Streamlined reconciliation 

This is arguably the benefit business owners love most. You’ll never have to chase down paper receipts again with a smart terminal. You’ll never have to worry about your employees losing receipts on shift, ultimately causing you more stress and headaches.  

That’s because this smart device stores all your receipts digitally. Just go into the terminal or log into your portal via any device to get a copy of your missing receipt. Think about how much time you can save! 

7. Reduce your paper use 

Tired of constantly ordering more receipt paper? Smart terminals enable you to email or text receipts to customers, so you can reduce your paper use. Plus, because you can reprint receipts directly at the terminal at any time, you’ll spend a lot less time searching months of bulky receipt records.  

8. Improve transparency 

Some smart terminals like Poynt come with dual screens, so customers can keep track of items as you scan them. Pretty cool, right? 

9. Improve customization 

Want to change the phone number or company name at the top of receipts? No problem. Want to activate a feature like tap and go? No worries. Want to add your brand name and logo to the screen? Done. It’s easier than ever to customize a smart terminal on your own.  

10. Better peripheral and software integration 

Smart terminals easily integrate various software programs, and the devices come with a wide range of peripherals, like cash registers, bar code scanners, and printers.  

11. Better reporting 

Many business owners would agree that one of the top benefits of smart terminals is their ability to show key financial indicators, such as net revenue, refunds, gross sales, top-selling items, and even total tips collected. With this kind of financial data, it’s easier to make more informed business decisions.  

The advent of the smart terminal has taken payment technology into the future. Point-of-sale terminals will only continue to get smarter, cooler, and more powerful from here. 



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Ben Smith

Ben brings 20 years of experience to his role as IT Director for BNA Smart Payment Systems. Among his many directorial duties, he is responsible for the selection, acquisition, development, installation, maintenance, and support of IT infrastructure. Ben also establishes and leads a cross-functional architectural committee, acts as a technical expert and a critical technical resource across multiple disciplines, and consults on all system implementation, modification and integration activities. He graduated with Honours from Durham Collage in Computer Programming, and takes yearly training courses for security and development technologies to remain up-to-date. Outside of work, he loves playing hockey and skating with his family, and also enjoys gardening and cooking.

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