Wednesday , January 20, 2021

Eye on the Point of Sale: Shopify’s New Features; Casio’s Pay-At-Table Software

Shopify Inc. late on Tuesday announced a slew of services aimed at significantly broadening the support the Ottawa, Ontario-based provider offers to small and mid-size merchants. Among these are new point-of-sale software, a fulfillment network, and new checkout-integrated subscription-payment support.

The fulfillment network is a first-of-its-kind offering for Shopify, the company says. The service is available immediately to U.S. merchants, which will have access to a network of “distributed fulfillment centers.” Information was not immediately available on how many centers are in the network to start. The offering also includes machine-learning capability “to ensure timely deliveries and lower shipping costs,” Shopify says in a news release.

The new ShopifyPOS set up.

The new ShopifyPOS service features what the company calls “faster, more intuitive, and more scalable” software. This includes new shortcuts for customer service and access to all of the company’s app extensions, Shopify says.

Other features include support for “multiple currencies” in Shopify Payments, store-design capability, support for displaying products in video and 3D models, and the ability for merchants to set shipping rules and pricing by product.

In other POS news, Dover, N.J.-based Casio America Inc. unveiled what it says is the latest version of its point-of-sale software for the hospitality industry. CHAPP version 5.0.1 offers what the company calls “enhanced mobile-order features” for pay-at-table applications and is meant to work on the company’s Android-based software in conjunction with the PAX Technology Ltd. A920 terminal.

The mobile-order capability allows servers to take orders from multiple tables and transfer the information to the register and to multiple printers, Casio says.

CHAPP version 5.01 is available in the United States and Canada. Casio America is a unit of Tokyo-based Casio Computer Co. Ltd.

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