Innovative printers help to solve tablet POS challenges October 18th, 2018

Innovative printers help to solve tablet POS challenges
The introduction of tablet Point of Sale (POS) devices has had a significant impact on all sorts of businesses, from high street retailers to pop-up stores and restaurants.

Reduced investment costs, easy setup and flexibility to immediately react to market changes, not to mention greater efficiencies, are just a few of the undisputed benefits.

Coupled with reliable and stylish hardware, mobile POS solutions are not only low cost but offer a wide range of features to enhance a business, including improved flexibility to process transactions at various locations across a store.

However, larger players across retail and hospitality have typically shied away from tablet POS for a number of reasons. One of these is connectivity. For example, tablet POS receipt printers need network connections and cabling for reliable printer connection and tablet charging when cable-free communication is not considered suitable. 

Faced with these challenges, multisite operators have been reticent to take advantage of the flexibility and cost-savings associated with tablet POS. Each venue has to be tailored according to the location, type of venue and volume of transactions. Managing an estate of multiple tablets and paired Bluetooth devices means that it can be operationally difficult to maintain the right connection between the right peripherals and devices. 

To solve this issue BlueStar partner Star Micronics, the innovative POS printer manufacturer, has introduced game-changing products that offer unique benefits to retailers of all sizes. 

For example, Star’s new USB printer TSP143IIIU has a unique key feature - this printer can communicate and charge simultaneously and directly via cable with an iPad, iPod or iPhone. As a result, the usual Bluetooth or WiFi / wired LAN setup issues around pairing, network infrastructure and connectivity are eliminated from a hardware perspective. No other stand-alone POS printer can achieve this today. 

Meanwhile, the free-of-charge value added futurePRNT software, available across the entire TSP100 series, enables users to install high volume, customer set-ups without even taking the printer out of its box. All settings are stored on the PC removing the need to pre-configure the printer itself while providing time and maintenance savings, ideal for large-scale installations.

Star has also led in developing a service that transforms a receipt printer into a cloud-connected device. Its digital receipting service AllReceipts offers retailers a free of charge, fast route to providing the customer with a digital copy of a print receipt as well as access to analytics, an in-store customer survey and a device management tool. 

With a wide range of options available to retailers of all sizes, Star offers POS solutions that can be tailored to individual requirements. For more information, contact BlueStar to find out how to effectively future-proof a POS system and identify which printers, or indeed which single printer, can achieve this.


Samantha is BlueStar's Digital Media Specialist, and the primary contributing writer for VartechNation. Previously, she has worked as a Public Relations Associate and a Social Media Manager.