Socket Mobile, Inc., provider of mobile productivity solutions, has announced a partnership with LightSpeed, the technology company that is reinventing the retail experience with an interactive point of sale system, combining next-level personalized selling with inventory scanning, wireless payments and powerful intuitive retail tools for Mac OS and iOS.
The collaboration pairs the Socket Bluetooth Cordless Hand Scanner(CHS) Series 7 barcode scanners with the LightSpeed for iPad application.
The application, which has already generated thousands of downloads since its release, allows retailers to quickly scan items to check inventory, show more detail, and complete point-of-sale transactions without ever leaving the customers' side.
"We are excited to partner with Socket Mobile as it will enable our customers to maximise the efficiencies of the sales process," commented Dax Dasilva, founder and chief executive officer of LightSpeed. "The combination of the LightSpeed for iPad solution with Socket Mobile's Bluetooth Cordless Hand Scanner will empower retailers to spend more time engaging customers, eliminate lengthy checkout lines, and ultimately, lead to more sales."
The CHS 7Ci -- certified for the Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod(R)touch -- is the newest in Socket's line of Bluetooth cordless handheld barcode scanners. Positioned at a lower price point than other scanners in the series, the CHS 7Ci is a 1D imager-based linear barcode reader that can decode both printed barcodes and barcodes displayed on device screens.
"The CHS 7Ci is ideal for the retail industry, and Socket Mobile is pleased to partner with LightSpeed to offer a powerful, interactive POS solution to this growing market," said Mike Gifford, executive vice president at Socket Mobile. "Traditionally, sales associates were tied to POS stations once a transaction required scanning, forcing customers to come to them when ready to make a purchase or ask about inventory. With robust applications like LightSpeed for iPad, the Bluetooth-enabled CHS 7Ci allows retailers to take the transaction to the customer, allowing an increase in customer satisfaction and ultimately, an increase in sales."
Socket also offers the CHS 7Xi, an Apple certified 2D barcode scanner. In addition to Apple iOS, the CHS 7Ci and 7Xi are also compatible with the Android, BlackBerry and Windows operating systems. Developers who want to customize an iOS application for the CHS 7Ci must use version 10.0.8 or later of the SocketScan 10 SDK. To learn more, please visit the SDK webpage.
The LightSpeed for iPad app is a free download on the iTunes App Store and requires a LightSpeed Server with one available user license per iPad client, available for purchase from LightSpeed Sales or a local LightSpeed reseller. LightSpeed for iPad requires an iPad or iPad 2 running iOS 5 or higher.