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New POS Printer, Mobile POS from Partner Tech, What Mobile Payments Mean, 7 Small Retailer Recession Tips, 85% will Holiday Shop Online

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iStock_000010196243XSmallNew point of sale products highlight our weekly round up this week. A POS printer with a easy to use LCD screen and a new mobile handheld POS system. The introduction of more mobile solutions for the point of sales brings us to what mobile payments will mean for the marketing world. The economy is still slow for many consumers so we feature an article with 7 tips to market to families during the recession. Then we end will the revelation that 85% of consumers will shop online during this holiday season.

1. New Citizen Printer for More Efficient POS Applications – Citizens Systems Europe has released a new point of sale printer that features an LCD screen for easy configuration and delivery of messages. Read our full review of the CT-S801 Thermal Printer.

2. New Handheld Thermal Makes Order Taking a Simpler Process – Partner Tech has released the new OT-100 handheld ordering terminal or mobile POS. It’s a wireless touch screen point of sale aimed at the hospitality industry but could have potential for all retail environments. The system features a flexible operating system, a 4.3” touch screen and Wi-Fi connectivity. It’s even small enough to place in your pocket.

3. What Mobile Payments Will Mean for the Marketing World – Although the Us has been slow to adapt to mobile payments the question still arises as to what will happen to marketing once a consumer uses a mobile phone for purchases instead of their credit card. Starbucks has introduced the use of mobile payments at the POS allowing iPhone users to download a special app that delivers customer loyalty incentives and re-fill a gift card. Perhaps small retailers will be able to learn form the marketing techniques of Starbucks and the 20% of Japanese consumers that have been using mobile payments over the last four years.

4. ISME 09: Seven tips for marketing to families during a recession – Small retail businesses seem to feel the most effects from a downed economy. Here are 7 tips to marketing to families, particularly women during the time of recession. Women will still shop and buy things that their families need but they tend to shop differently when money has become tight.

What’s different? A drastic uptick in private label brand usage, more coupon clipping, and more online research of purchases before getting in the car to head to the store.

5. Consumers say holiday budgets are tight, 85 percent will shop online – After reading this article and looking at the survey results you better hope you have an online presence this holiday season. Even a small retail shop can benefit form having their store or prices online. Connecting with customers online will be crucial during the holidays as 57% of those surveyed said they will shop around online to find the best deal. If your small retail shop is not on the world wide web you could miss out on important holiday sales.

Star TSP650 Receipt Printer Review

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star-tsp650Company: Star Micronics
Product: Star TSP650
Price Range: $200 – $400
Where To Buy: POS World, All Things POS, IEPOS

Star TSP650 Receipt Printer Overview

The TSP650 is an ideal point of sale receipt printer for hospitality or retail establishments. Star Micronics has designed the TSP650 to work with legacy products and still meet the demands of connection speeds. It can be easily configured and features swappable interface options including Ethernet and USB. The reliability and ability to design your own receipts will make the TSP650 a perfect addition to any POS system. Star Micronics TSP650 is a low cost, high performance POS receipt printer that will work effectively in any establishment.
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Star TSP100GT Receipt Printer Review

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star-tsp100gtCompany: Star Micronics
Product: Star TSP100GT
Price Range: $250 – $270
Where To Buy: POS World, All Things POS, IEPOS

Star TSP700II Receipt Printer Overview

Star Micronics TSP100GT has all the exciting features of the TSP100 All-In-One combined the speed of the TSP700II. This point of sale receipt printer includes everything you need to start printing directly out of the box with a remarkable printing speed of 45 RPM. The TSP100GT is the future of POS printing allowing you to design professional graphics to enhance all your receipts. The printer is very easy to setup with its plug and play technology and drop in and print paper loading. Star Micronics has made the TSP100GT the best buy for a fast, efficient, professional point of sale receipt printer.
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Star TSP700II POS Receipt Printer Review

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star-tsp700iiCompany: Star Micronics
Product: Star TSP700II
Price Range: $280 – $600
Where To Buy: POS World, All Things POS, IEPOS

Star TSP700II Receipt Printer Overview

Star Micronics TSP700II printer boasts the amazing printing speed of 48 receipts per minute. If you are looking for a great addition to your POS Software and would like to get your customers through the line fast than you need to consider this great point of sale receipt printer. The TSP700II has sharp graphics for great company logos or coupons to be printed directly on the receipt. This is a new design by Star Micronics that helps keep dust and other harmful elements out extending the life of the TSP 700II. This printer is ideal for high volume retail businesses and offers the best warranty in the point of sale hardware industry.
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