THE DISAPPEARING ACT

The traditional cash register is becoming more of a rare sighting. Increasingly, retailers are choosing to forego an obtrusive cash drawer in favour of a cashless approach. Many leading POS providers offer the ability for retailers to operate with only a computer screen or even an iPad. This change undoubtedly relies on the fact that a decreasing amount of consumers prefer to pay cash, but also provides a solution to the danger of theft which retailers often face, especially in the holiday season. Barker’s Ponsonby Guide Shop have done away with cash registers and tills, providing their retail workers only with an iPad enabled with mobile payment abilities. Dispensing with a counter breaks up the space and layout in a store, which disrupts the typical flow and barriers between customers and employees.