Building a brand reputationOne in ten people no longer carry cash with them, and many are actively put off by a brand that can’t take a card payment. In fact, research from Visa found that one in four cardholders would walk out of a store and abandon their purchase if it couldn’t take a card payment. “At best it can come across as being behind the times, at worst it can look shady and unreliable” said Nik Pollinger, digital anthropologist. Stores remain a critical aspect of the shopping experience, but many consumers are demanding more, according to Accenture. Around 38 per cent of people wanted a more seamless experience in-store, and 29 per cent cited an enhanced experience in-store as a key issue. “We’re seeing businesses invest in the retail environment and training staff, but if the final hurdle is not up to scratch, meaning customers have to queue for longer than five minutes, they are left with a disappointing end,” Frost continued. Responding to this challenge, Worldpay this year launched My Business Hub. Operated with a detachable Android tablet, it gives businesses the freedom to take payments anywhere on the floor, thereby enhancing the overall in-store experience for customers while also helping to reduce queues at busy times.
Planning aheadPerhaps more than anything else, accepting card payments is crucial for small businesses looking to grow their profits and expand their operations. The way people choose to pay often changes at different price points – the average value of a credit card transaction is around £58, whereas around 60 per cent of all cash payments are £5 or less. If your product costs more than £5 and you don’t take card, consumers are likely to be put off. Because of this, accepting card payments can actually increase turnover by a third. “Businesses needs to make sure that they’re scaling their investments in line with their business plan,” said Frost. My Business Hub from Worldpay offers small businesses an integrated till and point-of-sale service to seamlessly manage a payments strategy and help businesses at different points in their lifecycles. It transforms the traditional till, simplifying the checkout process by consolidating existing cash registers, payment devices and receipt printers into one fully integrated payment device. The tablet also allows users to order stock online or check emails and respond to enquiries. Providing a holistic view of all transactions and trends, My Business Hub is also fully integrated with My Business Dashboard, Worldpay’s online insights tool for small businesses giving full access to card transactions online. Hub users will be able to see both cash and card transactions in their My Business Dashboard account, saving them time, whilst also enabling them to track performance, view sales trends and gain valuable insights about their business. Check out how My Business Hub works by clicking play on the video above and for more information visit our website http://www.worldpay.com/uk or call 08082085178
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