Shopify POS Hardware | Star Micronics mPOP | Why we LOVE it!
Moving to Shopify or already using their eCommerce for your online store?
Reasons to read:
● Looking for Shopify POS hardware
● Shopify POS receipt printer and cash drawer
● Compatible devices with Shopify, Vend, Hike and Timely
● iPad Based POS Systems
● Pros and Cons of the Star Micronics mPOP cash drawer & receipt printer
So, we are guessing you are looking for a Shopify POS receipt printer and cash drawer? Or are already ahead of the game and what to know more about the Star Micronics mPOP All-In-One? We'll let you know why we recommend and love it, as do the retail shop owners who use it.
Let's start with what is it, and why should I consider it?
The Star Micronics mPoP is an 'All-In-One,' POS hardware device, which connects via Bluetooth with your POS app on the iPad. What that means in simple terms is that it combines the traditional requirements of cash handling and receipt printing into a unified stylish and modern POS checkout. It's a cash drawer, receipt printer and iPad stand. It's everything you need to process sales quickly and efficiently at the checkout.
Want to make things faster? Add in the optional Star Micronics mPOP USB barcode scanner.
or our the Socket Mobile s700 wireless Bluetooth barcode scanner.
(We'll talk more about this later as there some things to consider if you want to integrate barcode scanning at the checkout).
Star Micronics, which originated in Japan, made a revolutionary step with the design of the mPOP for iPad-based retail POS systems. They saw a gap in the market and withone fell swoop removed the clutter of the retail counter and combined this into one system that is both elegant and sleek in its design.
The mPOP provides retailers with a boutique styled checkout with the robustness, reliability and quality hardware that Star Micronics is renowned.There is a reason that Shopify POS only integrates with the Star Micronics brand, as does any reputable cloud-based POS system (e.g. Vend, DEAR, HikePOS, Timely, etc.). They are at the forefront of technology in this space, and they are renowned for manufacturing reliable receipt printers.
When we were first were introduced to the Star mPoP at the Melbourne Retail Expo in 2017, we loved it at first sight. However, we were curious as to how reliable it was and what the warranty support was like in the event of hardware failure? Two years later its track record has been excellent. We've had so few calls over this time over hundreds of sales, supporting it has been a breeze. And for the odd occasion when we organised a return for a warranty service check, Star Micronics provided a quick turnaround.
So, before we talk more about the pros of the mPOP, let's highlight some cons to save you some time reading if it's not for you.
There's honestly not much to list. The primary consideration is if you handle lots of coins, that the cash drawer is smaller than a standard old schooltill. Think, coffee shop, etc.
However, if you have been in retail for a long while, you've noticed, as have we, that these days customers "Tap" for pretty much everything. And the reality is, that's the way things are moving, card payments and digital currencies are the future, so it's not much of a compromise.
The only other thing to take into consideration that we can think of - which is possibly more of benefit to most - is that the Apple iPad standis not fixed.This means you can easily pick up your iPad at any time to make a sale anywhere in-store or take it home at night to catch up with the latest on your streaming service. For others, this may present a security concern, though this canbe easily resolved with a Kensington locking cable.
If the cons apply to your store, check out our robust Shopify POS Standard Kit which is the second most popular of our compatible Shopify Hardware range.
Shopify POS - Events and PoP-Ups
Planning on attending expos trade shows or events? That's where the versatility of the mPOP shines. Step up your professionalism and style and stand out from the crowd. Pack it up and take it with you to events. All you need is power and for internet, hotspot off your phone, or use a 3G/4g dongle. Charge your EFTPOS terminal, and you're ready to transact in real-time, handout receipts, handle cash and take payments on-the-fly in style!
Did we mention Star Micronics has worked out a way to print out receipts that don't curl, without having to iron them! You know that problem, printed receipts curl and roll off the counter while you're still handling the cash? And as a customer, the flattening or folding to get into your purse or wallet. Get this feature with the mPOP.
So how does this all work? Is it going to be hard to set up?
The standalone Star mPoP takes less than 15-20 minutes to set up and connect with you iPad, including unboxing. Depending on your choices with the optional Star barcode scanner or the socket mobile s700 it can take a little longer.
Either way, we offer FREE 30 minutes support with every mPoP purchase if your skills are not technology. We are here to guide you through the process.
Troubleshooting the mPOP
In the rare event this happens, Star Micronics has provided an app.Download and install the mPOP app from the Apple App Store to configure additional settings like the 'BlueTooth Auto-reconnect'or test the cash drawer and receipt printer to determine if a warranty return is required.
Shopify POS Barcode Scanner– which one to choose?
You're probably wondering do I go for the optional Star Micronics barcode scanner or the Socket Mobile s700 Bluetooth scanner?
The simple answer is the Socket Mobile s700 barcode scanner is the one for you if you are planning using a cloud-based inventory management system integrated with Shopify. Or if you need to scan a bucket load of manufacturers barcodes when setting up your products in Shopify. It also future proofs your hardware investment for the day Shopify provides StockTake functionality within the app.
Our personal favourite is the combined mPOP with the s700 barcode scanner and charging dock.
It's what our clients use for DEAR Inventory and TradeGecko stocktakes. Pair the s700 with your laptop, and you're ready to count stock like the Flash!
In summary, whether you're on Shopify, moving to Shopify or upgrading from an old school POS system. We think the mPOP is a 'Star' and is seriously worth considering for your bricks and mortar retail store.
Still undecided? Have questions? Give us a Call.
We are the only certified Shopify POS hardware reseller in Australia that is certified Shopify Expects too. We have helped hundreds of retailers like you move to Shopify.
We offer 30 minutes FREE setup support for any hardware sale too.
Not yet on Shopify? Want even more FREE stuff?
Sign up your Shopify plan with us, and we'll upgrade you to 60mins FREE remote support to help you finish setting up the POS, wherever you are in Australia. This includes custom receipts, tax settings and payments methods. Plus we will throw in some tips too to keep you ahead in the retail game.
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