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College POS Trends | Modernized POS Is What Students Need At College

January 24, 2018

Trends & Insights

It’s no secret students at any given college or university are under tons of stress to maintain good grades, a social life, their budget and much more. Their plans for dining, the gym, or even purchasing textbooks on campus shouldn’t be a contributor to the stress. That’s where a modern, updated college point of sale system comes in.

When students or visitors are given the option to make purchases on their own via self-serve kiosks or mobile ordering, they don’t have to worry about being late to class or missing the big game because of long concession lines. Here’s what students want most at their university and how a point of sale system can effectively achieve it.

Efficiency

The biggest benefiting factor of having a modernized point of sale system at a college or university is the efficiency it brings to not only the students, but also the staff and visitors. Whether it’s the Friday night basketball game or students cramming for finals at the campus coffee shop, giving customers the option to make orders on their own, or giving staff the ease of a simple operating system, makes all the difference for a smoothly run establishment. When mobile ordering comes into play, a student can be anywhere on campus and order their food, beverage or even retail merchandise and pick it up. Being late due to a concession line is a thing of the past.

Consistency

Larger universities tend to break up various operating components into different sectors, for example the athletic department, administration, and the campus recreational division. As all of these various departments are self-operating, the point of sale system can be consistent throughout. This strengthens the ease of use for students, faculty and visitors of the university, from the student store all the way to the football field.

Dependability

Legacy point of sale systems are missing the dependability element; with cashless payments comes higher risks of security issues and fraud. With a cloud-based, secure system that possibility diminishes. Students and visitors don’t have to worry about getting their information compromised with an advanced system. In addition, management is given the opportunity to track the real-time reporting and analytics in the back-end of the solution.

It’s a no brainer why colleges across the country are consistently upgrading their point of sale system and modernizing their payments process. We’ve recently partnered with CBORD to fundamentally improve the efficiency of on-campus purchasing. See the details here.

Interested in learning more about how our products can enhance your campus? Send an email to sales@appetizeapp.com, and one of our sales representatives will be able to answer any question you have and give you more information!