As part of the experience of building this website, I get to track international trends in the Apple community, as well as discover the latest and greatest developments that make Apple an integral part of our lives.
In my latest expedition into the digital world, I came across this mind blowing startup in New York, called ShopKeep. This amazing initiative has developed a complete Point of Sale (POS) system that can not only run on the average PC, but also the iPad. With the ability to connect to a cash register, a receipt printer as well as a Credit Card scanner, this simple application has opened that door to small business owners to embrace the latest and most functional technology, at a fraction of the cost.
The reason why I am punting this ground-breaking setup, is because this is exactly what so many of our local businesses need in South Africa. From the township spaza, to the local hair salon. Bars, Butchers, travel operators, biltong shops, restaurants, the list goes on. Imagine my huge sigh when I found out that ShopKeep is designed to work only in the US. The Application itself is pretty universal, but the Accounting back-end, as well as credit-card processing facilities are specific to the American market, and useless to us.
Naturally, my research began immediately to find the equivalent being used/developed in our own country. And what did I find? Absolutely nothing! No talk of upcoming POS developments. No news of current startups in SA revolutionising the way our entrepreneurs get their services off the ground. Nobody has tapped into this amazing potential, and allowed our local businesses to operate in the first class.
So here is my challenge.
If you are a developer, entrepreneur, investor, techie, fanboy, cleaner, neighbor, whatever, and you can see the potential here, and have a way and mean to get it done, build the next complete mobile POS for the South African Market.
It is essential that the system be mobile, so running on the iPad would be key. Integration into a basic accounting, inventory and sales system will be important. Allowing card readers to be effective with the local card process providers will be gravy. And making it all look uber-fantastic? Absolutely!
Work on your own, team up with colleagues, partners, friends or exes. If you know of the right person/people to do this, then you have to include them, or else you will be holding back our development in this amazing country. Contact me for anymore information I can provide. Check out Shopkeep’s website, and watch the promo videos for some cool ideas. They have got some pretty impressive testimonials too with some seemingly happy customers.
If you are going to accept the challenge, let me know, and I will give you the soap-box and track your progress on the site.
There is no prize, no reward or keg of beer. But the ability to get your face plastered all over the county’s business, technology and marketing media would be a little plus point. Not to mention the yacht you would be able to afford afterwards of course.
With this fist challenge, work your magic. And don’t forget to enjoy!