…and what it is, and why it's something you should know about.
Okay, well, maybe it's not something that everyone should know about, but if you're part of the select group of people who are at all interested in Point Of Sale or iOS, you might want to know more about it.
So, what is it? In a nutshell, it's a cloud-based POS solution built from the ground up to work on an iPod Touch or iPad; fully compliant with impact and thermal printers, and able to work with cash registers and credit card readers. It's the whole enchilada for anyone who, well, sells enchiladas. Or coffee. Or elaborate eight-course gourmet meals.
There are two reasons why I'm excited about it and, therefore, writing about it.
Firstly, it's rather unique in that you don't actually need a computer in order to set it up, run it, or use it. Sure, it really doesn't hurt to have a PC or Mac to hand to work through the web configuration interface, but it's not a necessary requirement. All you need is an iPad, a good, solid, well-designed wireless network, and… well, that's all. It's a remarkably robust, feature-rich solution. Better yet, in a world where it's very easy to spend upwards of $17-20k on a commercial POS system, a POSLavu license starts at less than $2k — and once you add an iPad, a cash register, a printer, and a rudimentary wireless network to the mix, you're probably looking at less than $3k, all done.
Secondly, it's not a toy. It's not a compromised, cut-rate solution. It's not slow, nor inefficient, nor lacking in anyway. It can produce sophisticated reports, allow complete flexibility and customization of ordering, and (with the next update), some pretty solid inventory control. It runs its back end as a hosted service on POSLavu's servers, but if you want to run your whole operation locally without an internet connection, it's perfectly fine with that, too.
When the iPad first launched, it garnered a lot of criticism for being an oversized iPod — an expensive toy. It had — some said — little to no place in commerce or enterprise. Applications like POSLavu turn that argument on its head — it's exactly the right device for the job at hand.
We're excited to be POSLavu distributors and supporters, and you can probably look forward to a lot more gushing posting about it in the months to come.