The Green Sheet Online Edition
August 26, 2013 • Issue 13:08:02
Turning a new leaf at the POS
Having created one of the first tablet devices specifically designed for commerce, Leaf is set to launch an upgrade to its out-of-the-box, built-for-business POS tablet this summer. LeafPresenter v2 features such enhancements as improved camera capabilities for reading bar codes and longer battery life with faster charging times than the original version, Leaf reported.
Many small retailers are now looking for ways to develop their mobile commerce programs. The second generation LeafPresenter is designed to assist these merchants with a powerful, easy-to-use solution at a fraction of the cost of systems employed by larger businesses.
Leaf noted that the new camera capabilities include the ability to read one-dimensional and two-dimensional bar codes. Also, for ease of use, a second camera is now located on the front of the tablet. Other improvements are an upgraded display - now HD-quality - and a more efficient battery that charges faster and stays charged longer.
Leaf attested that the tablet is also now lighter and more rugged, enabling it to function in the many different environments in which local merchants conduct business. Additionally, the updated version of the Leaf OS has been designed for payment security and speed.
Recognizing the upcoming changes approaching the payments industry, Leaf enhanced the new LeafPresenter to include support for near field communication, Europay/Mastercard/Visa and gift card transactions. This provides businesses the opportunity to accept new forms of payment and work with their choice of payment provider, Leaf noted.
"Leaf is on a mission to turn standard point of sale into point of smart interactions for small businesses, so it's important that we stay on the cutting edge of technology," stated Aron Schwarzkopf, Chief Executive Officer at Leaf. "Cameras on phones and tablets have been used in niche cases for payment and loyalty, but I'm sure we haven't even scratched the surface of how tablet hardware can improve the customer experience.
"We want to enable creative developers on our platform to have all the tools they need to come up with game-changing ideas. The combination of secure payment technology with the latest hardware and Internet connectivity in the LeafPresenter creates limitless possibilities for them."
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