It appears Apple’s iPod touch-based point-of-sale system is drawing interest from retailers looking to use the current proprietary hardware and software for selling more than Macs and iPhones. The Cupertino, Calif. company is considering commercializing the system following massive interest.
“Since the debut of the iPod POS, inquiries have been coming from all directions, including from end-user small businesses, larger chains and system integrators,” according to ifoAppleStore. The iPod maker has instructed Apple Store salespeople to collect contact information from people expressing interest “apparently to create a database of potential customers,” the report said.
In November, Apple reportedly began introducing its EasyPay checkout system to help floor and stockroom employees at various Apple Store retail locations. The system is built around an iPod touch enhanced with a barcode scanner and magnetic stripe reader. The goal is to improve service and customer contact. The system’s customized software allows any employee to exchange an iPhone or iPod while on the floor, rather than sending customers to a Genius Bar support area, for example. The system could also handle customer transactions, including enabling customers to sign for credit card purchases using the iPod’s screen.
Earlier this year, Apple decided to ditch the previous Windows CE-based EasyPay system in its stores after reports the portable computers were slow and crashed.