Years after Apple introduced the revolutionary iPad, it has delivered on its promise to be better at many tasks than both a smartphone and a laptop. Here I share my 7 favorite reasons why the iPad is your secret weapon for running a smarter Smoke & Vape Shop:

1. The iPad does practically everything under the sun
From taking notes, shooting high resolution photos and videos, sending and receiving emails, holding real-time video chats, collecting signatures and managing documents, tracking inventory, and beyond – as the saying goes, “there’s an app for that.”

2. The iPad is light and portable
Imagine having access to contracts, customer files, inventory, reports, correspondence, and other vital business data without having to lug a heavy laptop around or struggle to view the data on a tiny screen. It fits beautifully in a briefcase or purse, and doesn’t wear you down.

3. The iPad is affordable
For just a few hundred dollars, you have a versatile business tool that can be used at your office, at your clients’ location, at home, at city hall, in the warehouse, and virtually anywhere else you may be.

4. The iPad can serve as a point of sale system
Point of sale system (POS) developers have created comprehensive POS systems designed for the iPad. These systems take full advantage of the iPad’s ease of use, touch screen display, mobility, and other features, allowing cashiers and servers to take orders, manage inventory, view reports and process transactions and more from any location on one device.

5. The iPad is intuitive and easy to use
The iPad is highly visual and intuitive, making it easy to learn and use. Not only is its user-friendliness important to you, if you intend on equipping your employees with iPads, it’s crucial from a training perspective. With a shallow learning curve, your team can spend less time trying to figure out how to work with the technology and more time leveraging it.

6. The iPad can serve as part of your business’s video surveillance security system
Many business security systems support the iPad, making it possible to view live security feeds or even control individual cameras from your iPad. This means that you can check in on your business when you’re away or use the iPad as an additional security monitor when working at your store.

7. The iPad is great for Wowing Customers
With its gorgeous display and touch screen controls, the iPad is the perfect mobile presentation tool. A great cloud-based, mobile point of sale has valuable customer tools that allow you to provide outstanding customer service to each and every individual. Customers looking for fine flavors and a relaxed experience will benefit from an iPad POS’s intuitive and feature-rich point of sale system. You can personalize the experience for every customer with integrated CRM and design promotions for top spenders at your Smoke & Vape shop!

If you’re considering investing in new technology to help manage your shop and simplify your everyday tasks, then you may not need to search much further than the iPad. SVBS

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Jason Richelson is the Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of ShopKeep. A technologist who has worked in big 5 consulting and on Wall Street, Jason opened a specialty food and wine store in 2004. He grew that business, which employed more than 70 people, to three locations in Brooklyn and lower Manhattan. Jason had many problems with his PC-based point of sale system, and while on vacation in 2008, his store servers crashed and essentially crippled the business. This event inspired Jason to build a more reliable, cloud-based point of sale system for small businesses just like his. As head of Strategy at ShopKeep, Jason stays in close contact with customers working to understand their needs and translate them into opportunities for ShopKeep to expand its product range and grow the business. To contact Jason, email him at [email protected]