iPhone Peripherals for Retailers

I saw RedLaser on the latest "Shopper" iPhone commercial on TV. Works great for consumers, but retailers will be more interested in a true barcode reader from someone like Infinite Peripherals, which also comes with a magstripe reader. I previously mentioned the offerings from Square Verifone, and Mophie that allow swiping credit cards with an iPhone as well.

So what's next?

There's a decent list at WireLust that includes an IR dongle that turns your iPhone into a TV remote, armband monitors for use when exercising, and most recently a NFC/RFID reader. iCarte from Canadian firm Wireless Dynamics looks interesting. This device can be used for NFC payments and for reading RFID tags.

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The Canon printer I just bought for home has an iPhone app that lets me send iPhone pictures directly to the printer for printing. In that same vein, seems like retailers could use bluetooth to print receipts on strategically placed printers on the floor.

I can't wait to see what they come up with for the iPad.

Comments:

I read the earlier blog on enabling of EFTPOS payments through Iphone, and now the latest on barcode scanner. All seem exciting, though I perceive a few challenges around the acceptance of IPhone as a potential POS device:
1) Outright availability of cheaper Mobile POS handheld devices, Windows Mobile OS with JPOS compliance
2) Limited tender type payment capabilities
3) Receipt generation through bluetooth printer setup will take time to realize, Mobile POS handhelds though already flaunt a small printer embedded; hence a better choice

With regards to IPad, I look forward to a potential use in smart hypermart carts as touch tablets, these tablets can help a retailer create value through better customer service. Few areas of tablet usage are:

1) Recognize customer for a better CRM
2) Help customer upload new shopping list or use the last visit shopping list
3) Guide customer through the aisles to products on shopping list
4) Show current promotions based on market basket analysis
5) Show offers based on earlier shopping trends of customer
6) Customers can swipe on a device attached to IPad, and keep the items on the cart. This will help customer know the total retail value of the items in the cart
7) Check out time will be shorter, as the cart information can be electronically uploaded to POS and a receipt can be generated with no time lost

Looking forward to your analysis on IPad

Posted by Vaibhav Dikshit on April 19, 2010 at 05:45 PM CDT #

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