Over our past couple of blogs, we’ve been highlighting a variety of ways that restaurant owners can prepare their businesses for the impending holiday rush. One of the ways that deserve a little bit more of the spotlight is the use of wireless terminals to accept payments from customers right at their tables. We would wager a guess that the majority of sit-down-and-eat restaurants in Canada use wireless terminals to accept credit card and debit card payments.
But, we know that not all of them do. As a result, we feel that it’s important to communicate to restaurant owners that, in 2015 (soon to be 2016), Canadian consumers expect wireless options. Keeping up with your competition will entail adopting such technology. Wireless terminals make thing so much easier for your staff as well. Consider the ease that comes with allowing your wait staff to bring terminals to the dining table instead having to process transactions elsewhere.
Here are four fantastic benefits provided by wireless terminals:
1. It lowers the potential for fraud. Never having to give your credit card up provides great peace of mind. The potential for fraud significantly lowers when a person is not required to let his or her credit card go out of sight. With wireless terminals, customers conveniently punch in their own PIN numbers without the worry of what may be happening with their cards once they leave their possession.
2. It provides a major convenience. This convenience, by the way, works both ways. Waiters no longer have to worry about being liable for their customers’ credit cards. As well, they don’t have to be part of long and drawn out transaction processes that require them to take cards, process payments in the back and come back with slips for the customers to sign. At the same time, customers don’t have to get out of their seats to process payments either.
3. It offers faster connections and quicker processing times. Traditional credit card terminals often use dial-up internet connections through telephone lines. Wireless terminals use Wi-Fi which provides a much quicker internet connection without the need for a landline. Data is received instantaneously with wireless terminals. This saves a lot of time for both your wait staff and your patrons.
4. It’s portable. This might be the most obvious benefit of using wireless terminals. They don’t limit you to locations where you can accept payments from customers. If you offer delivery service, your wireless terminals will allow your delivery personnel to process credit card and debit card transactions wherever they are bringing food. These days, it’s commonplace to accept payments on the doorsteps of customers’ homes.
At Canadian POS Corporation, we offer the Ingenico Telium2 iWL250G as our wireless terminal of choice. It’s known as our all-in-one mobile solution that efficiently and securely processes transactions anywhere. The terminal features a compact ergonomic design that provides easy transport. It also comes with a long-life battery to ensure that you have enough power to get through any busy day.
The Ingenico Telium2 iWL250G supports a full range of payment types that include credit cards, debit cards and gift cards. It also accepts EMV chip cards that help to protect you and your customers from counterfeit card fraud. As well, The Ingenico Telium2 iWL250G has integrated Contactless technology that provides the convenience of “tap and go” payments to your customers.