Businesses can ease month-end queues simply by adding a mobile point-of-sale device to their traditional POS solution.
South African retailers are inclined to treat their customers like sheep. You do not realise you are doing it but every time you make your customers stand in queues, that is how they feel.
Psychology of queuing
The psychology of queuing is not pretty. Most people are too polite to express their frustration but making them wait in a queue – especially when they are trying to give you their money – is demoralising. Moreover, when people are demoralised, they become restless and surly. Far from delighting your customers, you become their tormentor.
A queue, especially a long, slow one, makes people feel as if they have been forced to submit to a system that is inefficient. The world has changed dramatically and, along with it, service expectations. Most of us inhabit an online world for a fair portion of the day. In this world, everything happens fast. Online you can find, order and pay for a product in mere minutes and it will be delivered directly to you tomorrow.
Products are the easy part of the business. They are simply consumed. Service is another matter entirely because it is experienced in real time, with time being the key word. No wonder customers begrudge the time they are forced to stand in queues.
Add mobile point-of-sale
So if service is your best friend and the queue your worst enemy, what can you do to get more of the former and less of the latter? The very same modern technology that makes customers so impatient also provides the solution to their need for speed: mobile point-of-sale (mPOS).
mPOS systems, such as ZipZap, are not just for artisans who trade at markets and mobile service providers such as plumbers and electricians. There is no reason not to use an mPOS in-store… and a great many good reasons to do so, not the least of which is that it is a simple and elegant solution to those nasty queues that your customers hate so much.
Five key elements in mPOS system
1. Up-to-date security: to ensure that every transaction is safe and secure, payment information should not only be encrypted but also transferred via point-to-point encryption to a PCI Level 1 certified gateway.
2. Integration with your existing system: you should not need to buy a completely new payments system to use mPOS: you should be able to introduce it quickly and easily within your current system.
3. Bank agnostic: it should work with every bank that has a local presence.
4. Easy to use: there should be nothing complicated about mPOS. It is a quick, easy solution.
5. Fully communication-enabled in conjunction with a smartphone or tablet: you should be able to use your mPOS system everywhere, at any time.
If you really want to gain major customer service points and put your competitors in the shade, how about letting customers pay for the products they want, as they walk out of the changing room. How impressed would you be if that happened to you in-store? Talk about delighting your customers.