Payment terminals

Which Point of Sale Solutions Are Right for Your Business?

Regardless of the type of business you’re running, you need effective point of sale solutions to better serve your customers and grow your business. These devices are what enable your customers to pay for services or products when they pay with debit or credit cards. The terminal sends payment requests to the customer’s bank and, if there’s enough money in the account, the sale is approved.

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If you’re in the market for a machine to process your customers’ transactions, there are a few different options for you to consider. Keep reading to see which point of sale solution is best for your business, regardless of what industry you’re in.

For Retail and Service Industries

Countertop Terminals

The countertop terminal is the most common point of sale machine. You’ll see this at most retail or service locations. From the grocery store to the hairdresser’s, these devices are what thousands of businesses trust to securely and quickly process their customers’ payments.

With simple installation, these machines hook up directly to electronic cash registers, meaning you won’t spend your entire day on installation. These machines are also secure and can handle a number of payment methods. Contactless transactions allow customers to quickly tap the machine, which is ideal for smaller purchases and moving customers through tills quickly.

For larger purchases or for those without tap, chip and pin transactions are still accepted and are great for those who value extra security. Lastly, for those without tap or chip technology, you can always rely on the trusted magnetic swipe transactions. Regardless of how your customers prefer to pay, you’ve got them covered.

For Restaurants and Delivery Services

Handheld Terminals

If you own a restaurant, you know having your customers leave their tables to pay for their meals is both a hassle and an inconvenience. You want your customers to enjoy their dine-in experience and not feel frustrated by your technology. Additionally, if you offer delivery services, there’s no way for you to process transactions without a mobile solution.

Handheld terminals are the ideal point of sale solutions for restaurants and delivery services. Handheld terminals are equipped with all the features of countertop terminals; however, they’re also wireless, meaning you can bring these machines directly to your customers.

Not only does this improve customer service for your restaurant, but you’ll be able to move through transactions quickly, regardless of whether it’s at a customer’s front door or at your restaurant table. 

For Fuel Pumps, Parking Lots, and Drive-Throughs

Unattended Solutions

What about businesses that need to process transactions but don’t have customer service representatives around 24/7? This includes businesses such as outdoor gas pumps, parking lots, and even some drive-throughs. How can these companies continue to securely process transactions?

Unattended terminals are the point of sale solutions that are perfect for businesses with unattended locations, even if they’re outdoors. Securely built and ready to withstand all weather conditions, these machines are the perfect solution for your business as it allows you to process transaction even if you’re not in sight.

Now that you know some of the point of sale solutions available to you, it’s time to decide which one is right for your business!


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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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