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Guidelines for ISVs to Select the Best Mobile POS Printer

Independent software vendors (ISVs) who have expertise in developing applications for Point of Sale (POS), often face issues while integrating their software with the best mobile printers. With several printer brands flooding the market, it is important for ISVs to choose the best printer suitable for customers’ use cases.

While it is important for customers to choose a reputable/experienced POS software vendor who can develop ideal POS application to suit their business, for ISVs it is equally important to develop a software which can, not only suitable for respective industry and can be customized for individual vendors, be integrated with all POS hardware components seamlessly.

Let’s discuss the guidelines for ISVs to follow while integrating their POS software for mobile POS printers.

According to Aileen Maldonado, product manager for Epson America’s Point-of-Sale (POS) Solutions Division, POS printers of different brands are made to function at optimal level under different environments and climatic conditions. For example, impact printers are best suitable to work in humid and hot conditions such as restaurant kitchen compared to thermal printers. ISVs must choose the correct printer to suit their customer needs. Whether the printer is used to print only receipts, labels or documents that need to be preserved or not, accordingly, choices must be made between thermal transfer and direct thermal printing.

With continuous changes in technology for POS applications, software vendors must think in terms of choosing a mobile printer that has futuristic design and supports both PC-based POS systems and also smart devices such as tablets/smart phones for better customer experience.


A POS printer with a flexible design can add values and improve ROI quotient. Receipt printers which can be fitted at POS counters can be a good choice for retailers who have limited space and want to maintain clean and uncluttered space. If you wish to have a queue buster at your store, a mobile printer that can be fitted in a belt clip will be the ideal choice.

Printers coming with flexible connectivity such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi can make them versatile and business friendly. Since consumables such as paper rolls and ribbons can eat up the profit, ISVs should choose printers which can work with a range of media sizes and quality.

While selecting a POS printer, POS software vendors should make sure that the printer is rugged, durable and at the same time moderately priced. But, cheap printers can have shorter life. They become financial liability for users incurring frequent expenses due to breakdowns and replacement of parts.

Cheaper POS printers can be more expensive in the long run and can affect customer experience too, says Maldonado, who further adds that buyers should check the performance history of POS printers under various conditions.

Maldonado explains that ISVs should decide on printers with an eye on future. It should not be the case that you buy a new printer today and update software with new features after a few days. One should buy a printer that should be packed with features for future changes to lower the total cost of ownership.

“For example, our TM-T88V and TM-T88VI series allow users to change interface to support new features and functionality,� she explains.

Guidelines for ISVs to Select the Best Mobile POS Printer  

Independent software vendors (ISVs) who have expertise in developing applications for Point of Sale (POS), often face issues while integrati...

Guidelines for ISVs to Select the Best Mobile POS Printer  

Independent software vendors (ISVs) who have expertise in developing applications for Point of Sale (POS), often face issues while integrati...

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