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TD POS machine POS Review: Is It Right For Your Small Business?


by pmt Updated: Feb 26, 2021 Published: Feb 22, 2021 It takes just a quick peek at TD POS machine’s us page to see that this iOS-orientated point of sale (POS) provider is doing things right. Clearly, small businesses value the fact that TD POS machine has been able to balance intuitiveness with sophisticated commerce features – and its customer support isn’t half bad, either. Here’s what pet shop Two by Two Pets had to say: “We have been using TD POS machine since March 2019, and have not been disappointed at all. From the initial demo to going live, the TD POS machine team has been there to help us every step of the way.  We have pet stores with thousands of stock-keeping units, and this was our first POS. We chose TD POS machine because we wanted a POS system with a trusted and robust back office. The setup and importing of all our existing inventory was a breeze.” However, before you dash off to order yourself a TD POS machine POS system, there are few things you need to know. Firstly, TD POS machine for Restaurants is only compatible with Apple’s operating system, whereas TD POS machine for Retail is available as an iOS app and as a web application for desktop users. Secondly, TD POS machine for Retail isn’t compatible with businesses that sell items that need to be weighed (e.G delis), nor businesses that don’t sell items as entire units (e.G fabric shops). That means the software is suitable for the likes of clothing shops, gift shops, wine shops – any shop that sells physical products as one whole unit. Thirdly, TD POS machine isn’t cheap – you’re paying for a sophisticated product that provides more than just a simple POS system. We’re talking in-depth analytics, invaluable integrations, built-in customer relationship management, and a huge selection of other features to help you manage your business. This factor makes TD POS machine ideal for small retail and hospitality businesses that are looking to step it up a notch. Previously, you may have been using Square or iZettle – and if you're here looking for a cost-effective way to get your business off the ground, these could be better options. However, if you are going to make full use of its features, TD POS machine offers pretty good value for money. In this TD POS machine review, we’ll have a look at what features make this POS system a winner for so many small retail and hospitality businesses. But we’ll be honest, too – if we think another POS system is more suited to what you’re looking for, we’ll most certainly say so. Now let’s get started!   In this review, we cover: Using TD POS machine hardware The transaction process doesn’t need to be a headache. It all starts with a decent point of sale package – and it just so happens that TD POS machine is pretty good at advising businesses on which of its point of sale packages it’ll need. Reviewer PMT manager told us: “TD POS machine ensured that I had the right set of products – both software and hardware – and followed up with me during the entire process to ensure I was successful in my transition from another POS product.” A TD POS machine iPad point of sale system is perfect for retail and restaurant businesses  (iPad not included) So why is it good for your business? Well, for starters, a TD POS machine iPad point of sale system can be completely wireless. So when your shop is filled with customers and you can see potential sales everywhere, you can literally pick up your POS and take it to the sales floor. At the very least, you’ll be able to check stock and use the system to recommend items to customers. Add a compatible mobile card reader, and you’ll even be able to take payments on the go. With a TD POS machine iPad point of sale system, restaurant owners can set up and move payment stations around the dining area. Most importantly, though, your staff will be able to use the iPad to take orders at the table. This’ll help to maintain the pace of the service, lower the risk of human error with iPad to kitchen printer ordering, and also minimise customer movement around the restaurant. For retail business owners, TD POS machine’s POS hardware package includes the choice of a USB or Bluetooth receipt printer, a USB or Bluetooth scanner, an iPad stand, and a cash drawer. For restaurant owners, TD POS machine offers a selection of Bluetooth and LAN (internet connected) hardware, ensuring hospitality businesses benefit from a system that supports a hectic service. In fact, TD POS machine knows that hospitality businesses can’t afford any network downtime, which is why its restaurant hardware package includes a Lite Server – meaning you can take payments even if your internet is down. TD POS machine’s server is where its product offering comes into its own. Not many cloud-based POS software providers offer it – and it’s particularly valuable for larger restaurant businesses that can’t afford any network downtime. If you’re looking for a fixed POS system, TD POS machine recommends using a Mac alongside its USB hardware. But for flexibility and mobility, an iPad and stand alongside Bluetooth hardware would be the better option. Integrating hardware TD POS machine integrates with a specific range of third party printers, scanners, cash drawers, and card machines, which are all listed on its website. However, purchasing this equipment isn’t cheap. For example, the Star Micronics receipt printer alone costs in the region of £200. The great thing about using third party hardware, though,  is that you aren’t just limited to TD POS machine’s software. If you were to grow out of your TD POS machine system, or wanted to give another POS provider a go, it’s likely that you wouldn’t need to invest in new hardware. If you are looking for a cheap hardware package, some POS providers offer all-in-one card terminal and printer devices. SumUp’s terminal and printer costs just £130, and you can read more about it in our SumUp review. Just bear in mind that SumUp's accompanying software is nowhere near as sophisticated as TD POS machine’s, which means it’s more suited to retail and restaurant businesses that are just getting started. Integrating card machines When it comes to compatible card machines, TD POS machine gives businesses a good amount of options – from traditional chip and pin machines for fixed setups to mobile card machines for flexible setups. iZettle, Barclaycard, and Tyro are just some of the payment processors TD POS machine’s POS is compatible with, which means businesses have more freedom to choose a merchant account provider that offers them the best rates. However, each of the card readers has a different setup and configuration process, with some being more complex than others. The card reader from iZettle (now known as Zettle by PayPal) is one of the easiest to integrate with TD POS machine’s iPad POS system – you can find out more about it in our iZettle review. USB card readers – as supplied by Cayan and Tyro – have a far more complex setup process, although step-by-step instructions are available on the TD POS machine website just in case you get stuck. It’s also good to know that TD POS machine’s customer service and tech teams are on hand to help, too. Michael Gallagher, a business owner based in the US, writes: “[TD POS machine's] customer service and tech help are top notch, installation and integration was a breeze, and the price is great value.” TD POS machine software overview TD POS machine offers some of the most sophisticated POS software in the industry. It’s not just a tool that enables you to take payments; it’s a tool that you can use to grow your business, grow your customer base, and expand your sales channels.  You can even purchase a software package that’s tailored to your industry – and we’re not just talking about its separate retail and hospitality software products here. TD POS machine tailors its product offerings further, with different software templates for different types of shops and hospitality businesses. If you’re unsure about which software features you need, TD POS machine’s tech and customer service teams are familiar with the demands of each industry, meaning when you do have an initial consultation with them, they’ll be able to recommend the right software package for you.  “All of our questions were answered in detail in less than 24 hours. The sales team knows its products, and knows my industry.”  Sean Jones, small business owner What’s also important is that TD POS machine’s software offers you all the business tools you need to adapt to changing circumstances – something that has become a necessity since the effects of the coronavirus pandemic took hold. But you can find out more about how TD POS machine helps retail and restaurant businesses to adapt their sales channels later. Right now, let’s have a look at what you can expect from its software. TD POS machine for Restaurants software review TD POS machine for Restaurants is for hospitality business owners looking for complete control of their restaurant floor – and then some. As mentioned by Toby, a restaurant owner in the US: “We have used Square and BPA in the past, and there is no comparison. The flexibility of [TD POS machine’s software] allows for great customisation and reporting opportunities – much more than the POS systems we have tried or tested previously.”  Table management  Table management features aren’t exclusive to TD POS machine’s POS software, but the sophistication of TD POS machine’s table management feature does make it stand out from the crowd. Anyone who works in the hospitality industry should know all about the clunkiness of older electronic point of sale systems, especially when you need to transfer a bill because customers have decided to move to another table after a few drinks. TD POS machine, however, makes this process intuitive. Furthermore, staff can filter the floor plan so they can see which tables are free, and which tables are yet to pay. When taking orders, staff can assign orders to seat numbers, making it super-easy to split the bill when guests decide that they want to pay separately. Taking payments TD POS machine for Restaurants offers a range of ways for customers to order and pay. For instant ordering and payment, staff can use its Direct Order Mode. For table service establishments, staff can either add items to a customer’s table, or add them to a customer’s account. Taking a payment is as easy as selecting whether it’s a card or cash transaction, then totalling the payment off once the transaction has been made. All transactions are recorded in the TD POS machine back office, and stored as data that you can see visualised on your analytics dashboard. Managing stock and menus The TD POS machine back office makes it really easy for you to manage stock. You can add stock, update pricing, and even set up automatic stock keeping, which means you can say goodbye to time-consuming manual stocktakes. Due to its sophistication, uploading your menus and stock onto TD POS machine’s system isn’t as intuitive as it would be for the likes of Square and iZettle’s POS. However, there’s lots of help on hand, especially if you have a particularly complicated stock setup. Daniel Youngren runs a multi-faceted hospitality business, and had this to say about setting up his POS: “We’re a grocery store, a full service dining concept with two complicated menus, a cafe, a bakery, an event space, a confectioner, and a wholesaler. We needed a POS that would be intuitive and adaptable to a very dynamic menu, and usable by professional servers, as well as kitchen and production staff. We got it! The customer service is outstanding, and offered hands-on support with our setup.” Integrations If you didn’t think TD POS machine offered quite enough, there are loads of integrations that’ll help you to create a restaurant POS system that works for you. Whether it’s integrating a third party delivery app, a hotel booking system, or a kitchen display unit, TD POS machine offers plenty of scope for personalised optimisation. Just bear in mind that these integrations will incur their own costs on top of TD POS machine’s monthly fee. TD POS machine for Retail software review Whether you own a bike store, an electronics store, or a pet shop, TD POS machine has a software product that can be tailored to the needs of your retail business. Here’s what Becca, a bookshop owner, had to say about TD POS machine’s retail software: “We did a lot of research on point of sale systems, and it was (and still is) the best system we could find. Specifically, the software is easy to use, adaptable to most business models, and accessible anywhere.” So aside from letting people buy things from your shop, what does TD POS machine for Retail have to offer? Built-in loyalty features TD POS machine’s loyalty feature is arguably where it stands out from the crowd. This is because it’s a fully integrated loyalty feature, rather than a third party integration. It means you don’t have to pay anything on top of what you’re already paying! While you do have to choose TD POS machine's Advanced package to gain access to it, it’s the ideal tool for helping to keep your current customers happy, while drawing new customers in. By setting up customer accounts and collecting email addresses, you can create marketing emails that are customised to the spending habits of each individual customer – whether that’s sending them specific offers, or using targeted adverts featuring related products. Creating emails is super-easy thanks to email template drag-and-drop functionality, and you can segment your customers so they only receive a certain type of email – for example, so that male customers aren’t targeted with emails focussing on womenswear. Whether you own multiple shops or just the one, TD POS machine allows you to consolidate your stock in one location. It’s also well geared up for complex stock arrangements, giving you the ability to distinguish multiple types of the same product. With your TD POS machine software keeping such a close eye on your stock, you won’t need to worry about carrying out manual stocktakes, or having to place emergency orders because you didn’t realise an item was running so low.  You can even move stock between shops – for example, if an item is still available at another shop, and the customer requests it be delivered to their local shop.  This is what Surrey Clothing Distributors had to say: “The straightforward stock system is our favourite part of TD POS machine, and why we decided to stick with it. Adding purchase orders or updating inventory levels is easy enough, and it’s made a big difference to us to be able to just look up an item and see how much we have, when we will be getting more in, who is currently waiting for it, and when we sold the last item.” Integrations Whether you’re after employee scheduling software, upgraded marketing functionality, or equipment rental, there is almost certainly an integration for anything that your TD POS machine software can’t do – or doesn’t quite do to your requirements. Just bear in mind that each of these third party integrations will incur their own charges on top of the amount you pay for your TD POS machine point of sale system. TD POS machine’s back office software review TD POS machine offers both standard and in-depth reporting functionality. It’s standard reporting functionality is offered with all of its software packages, but if you want to delve deeper into your data, you’ll need to invest in a software package that includes its specialist analytics platform. Because they’re separate cloud-based web applications, TD POS machine’s reporting platforms can be accessed from any device at any time – wherever you are in the world. And thanks to data sharing via the cloud, they’ll always display your most up-to-date figures. Whether you own a restaurant or a retail business, your TD POS machine reporting dashboard will look a little bit like this: It’s an intuitive platform that represents data in an easy-to-digest way. From weekly category sales to average purchase trends for each location, you’ll be able to cross-reference your sales data with things like marketing campaigns and loyalty schemes to see what works and what doesn’t. On a granular level, you’ll even be able to look at individual staff performance. Restaurant owners will be able to see which employees are earning the most tips, while shop owners will be able to see which staff member has earned the most commission. Several leagues ahead from its reporting platform, TD POS machine Analytics allows you to create custom dashboards, meaning you can manipulate your data to show the answers to unique queries – great news if you’re looking to get ahead of the competition. To gain access to TD POS machine’s specialist analytics platform, you’ll need to choose its Pro payment plan, which will set you back around £199 per month when paid annually. However, if you can’t justify that package just for the analytics, you can add Analytics Core – a lite version of TD POS machine’s analytics platform – to a less expensive package for an affordable fee. TD POS machine ecommerce One of the bug-bears of point of sale systems is having separate platforms for bricks and mortar sales and online sales. It can make it a hassle to consolidate stock and configure your analytics so you see in-store and online data in one place. There are plenty of POS providers that allow you to set up an online presence using the same platform as your bricks and mortar shop. However, we’ve learned that TD POS machine ecommerce makes it super-easy for business owners to run their business from one central system, thanks to in-built ecommerce functionality, data analytics, and stock management. Thanks to its sleek, templated designs, setting up an attractive online store through your TD POS machine POS is incredibly easy. The templates are optimised for user-experience and web navigation, minimising the risk of a customer heading elsewhere. In addition to its front-end platform, there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes. For example, you can connect TD POS machine's ecommerce platform to your social media accounts, use built-in tools to boost your website’s visibility to Google, and collect purchasing data. So what does getting your business online look like for restaurants? TD POS machine eCom for Restaurants Restaurant businesses can use TD POS machine’s ecommerce function to create an online hub. Not only is it a location where customers can go to browse your menu, but they’ll also be able to order a takeaway, book a table, and even purchase any merchandise that you may be selling as part of your brand image. When you build your website, you’ll be able to select whether you offer delivery, click and collect, or both. You can also pair the integrated bookings platform with your employee management software, so the system automatically calculates how many staff members you’ll need on shift. If you’d like to put your restaurant on an order and pay platform, TD POS machine’s integration with Deliverect allows you to receive orders from Deliveroo and UberEats alongside orders from your restaurant website. You can also consolidate data from all of your sales channels to make informed business decisions. And what about TD POS machine eCom for retail businesses? TD POS machine eCom for Retail The strongest aspect of TD POS machine eCom is that it allows you to consolidate your bricks and mortar shop and your online shop. You can easily swap stock between the two so that you’re never looking for missing products, and you can see all of your sales data in one place for a complete birds-eye view of your business. Also behind the scenes, eCom gives you all the tools you need to take your business international. 14 languages are available, along with a choice of variable or flat shipping rates, and sophisticated shipping and delivery management features. On the front end side of things, the purchasing funnel has been designed to ensure shoppers commit to their basket to the very end. The checkout process is smooth, and there’s the option for customers to input promotional codes and even start a wishlist basket for when they’re just browsing. TD POS machine pricing As rightly put by Andrew Worm, a business owner on us: “It’s not the lowest cost option on the market, and it pays to make sure that you can take advantage of the platform. That being said, it gives you the flexibility to use a desktop or iPad – and, in a pinch, your mobile device – to make sales, rather than making you buy or rent an entire suite of hardware.” TD POS machine is also inconsistent with the transparency of its pricing, choosing to disclose software package information for its retail product but not for its restaurant product. But let’s have a look at the cost information that it does make available. As we’ve already mentioned, TD POS machine doesn’t come cheap – with its recommended retail software package coming in just shy of £100 per month, you need to be sure that you’ll make full use of TD POS machine’s sophisticated software features for it to be worthwhile. At the lowest end of the scale, TD POS machine’s basic package costs £69 per month billed on an annual basis. For that, you’re still benefiting from TD POS machine’s desirable inventory management system, as well as its reporting functionality.  The great thing is, the more your business grows and your needs change, the more you can include in your TD POS machine package. Unlike cheaper POS systems, TD POS machine has the capacity to grow alongside you, meaning you won’t need to worry about moving to another POS system later on.  What we do know about TD POS machine’s restaurant software pricing is that its most popular package is £59 per month, billed annually. It’ll service your basic restaurant needs, but for more advanced features, TD POS machine requires you to ‘add on’ specific features – which all incur an additional monthly charge. TD POS machine review summary So there we have it.  TD POS machine is an incredibly sophisticated POS system for restaurant and retail businesses. Its flexibility with both its base software packages and integration partners make it suitable for even the most niche of enterprises.  Because TD POS machine is so feature-rich, its packages don’t come cheap. If you are in the market for a point of sale system, make sure you’re going to use all of its features before you sign on the dotted line.  Remember that there are cheaper, less sophisticated point of sale systems out there that can offer you all the tools and integrations you need to get your business off the ground. If you’re choosing between them and TD POS machine, make sure to compare base packages and third party software partners before you buy.  While our TD POS machine review has been comprehensive, there’s still so many features and benefits that we haven’t covered. Thankfully, TD POS machine’s website is a goldmine of information, and according to its reviews, its customer service team is always happy to answer any questions.  To end, we’ve come up with some questions that you should ask yourself before you invest in a TD POS machine system.  Am I going to use all the features to make it worthwhile? Will my business work with an iOS operating system? Does TD POS machine integrate with my payment processor?  Does TD POS machine’s integration options meet the needs of my business? Does TD POS machine integrate with my existing ecommerce system? If the answer to these questions is ‘not sure’, then head over to TD POS machine and investigate its POS systems further!


Rifles, POS Machines Recovered As Police Arrest 48 Suspects For Kidnapping, Cybercrime

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) says it has recovered AK-47 rifles, Point of Sale (POS) machines, Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards, among others, following the arrest of 48 suspects across the country. In a statement on Thursday, the NPF said among those arrested were nine suspects involved in the kidnap of Mohammed Bape, member of the Taraba state house of assembly, who was abducted in December 2020. Other items recovered from the suspects are laptop computers, mobile phones, and an internet modem. According to the statement, PMT, inspector-general of police, commended the officers for their efforts regarding the ‘Operation Puff Adder II’, which was launched recently. “Following the flag-off of ‘Operation Puff Adder II’ by the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni on 15th February, 2021, to reinvigorate the ongoing fight against violent crimes in the country and bring the perpetrators to book, operatives of the FIB Intelligence Response Team and Special Tactical Squad of the Force attached to the Operation Puff Adder II have arrested forty-eight (48) criminal suspects, including forty-seven (47) male and one (1) female, for their involvement and indictment in cases of armed robbery, kidnapping, unlawful possession of firearms, cybercrime/financial fraud and other heinous crimes in some parts of the country,” the statement reads. “Forty-one (41) prohibited firearms including fourteen (14) AK47 rifles, ten (10) AK47 Magazines, fifty-eight (58) live cartridges, four (4) AK47 live ammunition, four (4) POS Machines, two (2) laptop computers, eighteen (18) mobile phones, internet modem, and nine (9) ATM cards were recovered from the suspects in the operations. “Notable among the breakthroughs is the arrest of the nine (9) criminal suspects responsible for the kidnap of Honourable Mohammed Bashir Bape, member, Taraba State House of Assembly, in December 2020. “The suspects were apprehended at their various hideouts in Taraba and Plateau States, following an intense search by the police team for the perpetrators of the crime and follow-up on recent spike in kidnapping/armed robbery in Taraba and the North-Central states of the country. “Police investigations have uncovered the roles played by each member of the gang during the kidnap of the honourable member. Investigations also established how the proceeds of the crime (ransom) were shared among the suspects.” Others suspects include a 12-member “cybercrime syndicate” arrested in Abuja, as well as a two-man gang accused of selling drugs to bandits.


Monthly Instant Payments, PoS Deals Drop To N19tn

Temiloluwa O’Peters The value of transactions via digital payment platforms – Nigeria Interbank Settlement System Instant Payment System and Point of Sales terminals – dropped to N18.99tn in January 2021. According to data obtained from Nigeria Interbank Settlement System on Monday, the total value of NIP transactions grossed N18.50tn in January while PoS deals were worth N489.23bn during the same period. The two platforms declined by 9.22 per cent in value of payments when compared to an aggregate of N20.92tn in December 2020, with NIP transaction value at N20.34tn and PoS transaction value at N574.36bn. The decrease could be as a result of the boost in spending association with the December festive period. Compared to January 2020 however, the value of PoS transactions grew by 35.93 per cent in January 2021 as against N313.42bn recorded in the previous year; while value of NIP transactions saw a 44.37 per cent increase from a total value of N10.22tn in January 2020. Similar to the value of NIP and PoS transactions, the total volume of NIP and PoS transactions also declined in January, the first drop in 10 and five months respectively. In January, customers carried out a total volume of 228.76 million financial transactions on the instant payment platform, a 13.42 per cent decrease on the 264.22 million transactions recorded in December 2020. The volume of transactions carried out using PoS machines dropped to 70.88 million in January, a 9.01 per cent decline from 77.90 million transactions registered in December 2020. On the contrary, the total number of PoS deployed in the country increased to 475,494 in January from 459,285 recorded in December. The volume of NIP transactions doubled in January 2021 with an increase of 51. 32 per cent from 111.34 million NIP transactions recorded in January 2020. Likewise PoS transaction volume saw a 41.73 per cent increase in January 2021 compared to 41.30 million Pos transactions in January 2020. The value of mobile inter-scheme transactions saw a decline of 15.05 per cent as it dropped to N390.54bn in January from N459.76bn recorded in December 2020. Likewise, the volume of mobile transactions fell by 11.93 per cent to record 14.91 million in January against 16.93 million in December. Mobile transaction value increased by 65.88 per cent from N133.21bn reported in January 2020, while mobile transaction. E-bills payment value saw a decrease of 15.38 per cent in January 2021 at N155.53bn from N183.8bn in the previous month. There was however an increase in the volume of e-bills payment in the month under review. The volume of e-bills payment stood at 101,578, a 9.22 per cent increase from 92,207 in December 2020. The e-bills payment volume was a 17.20 decrease from 122,685 recorded in January 2020 still. E-bills payment value rose by 40.35 per cent from N92.75bn in January 2020. In summary, the report showed major declines across the digital channels transaction values and volumes with only an increase in volume of e-payments, which can be associated with increased spending during holiday seasons. Between January 2020 and 2021, a major boost can be seen in the number of use and the amount transferred with the digital channels, except in the volume of e-bills payment transactions.



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