Urban Outfitters Replaces Cash Registers with iPads

A couple of weeks back I stopped by one of my favorite stores, Urban Outfitters, to pick up a new sweater. When I got to the cash register, I was surprised when the cashier checked me out using an iPad rather than a traditional register.

As it turns out, Urban Outfitters placed its last register order last week, and will be equipping all of its stores with iPod touches and iPads in the future, a step that several other retail outlets have taken.

Why iPads? Well, Apple’s tablets are actually cost effective, at 1/5th the price of a cash register, and they’re far more functional because customers can use them too, adding in personal information or creating gift registries.

According to Urban Outfitters CIO Calvin Hollinger, who spoke at the company’s new annual analyst day, iPads also take up far less space. An iPad on a swivel dock (the stand the company plans to use) can be taken off, leaving the space open for other necessities, unlike a cash register.

At this rate, it won’t be long before most stores have replaced their registers with iPads. Have you been to a store with iPads instead of cash registers? What did you think of the setup?

[via Business Insider]

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  • ProudTexan11

    The Apple stores use an iPhone for their cash registers and iPads for you to log in when you arrive for Genius appointments or at each station to get help for a product.