Point of sale for local retailers
MyLane is a young, Berlin based startup on its mission to disrupt retail. At its heart it’s developing a Point of Sale – an iPad based cash register that specially made for small to medium sized stores.
Compared to common registers the iPad based POS of MyLane is compact, beautiful and low priced. Features in addition to base functionality like product database, cash register and card based payments (including credit and debit card) include optional modules that enable retailers to get a POS that’s perfectly suited for their special store. Detailed analytics via the web based MyLane Cloud give an efficient overview on just the numbers that matter.
startup consultinG And product development
nerdgeschoss consults MyLane since it was founded in 2014 and has taken over the product development and product management. At the beginning we evaluated different platforms for point of sale. Soon we realised that iOS and the iPad would be the right fit for reasons like quality of software and stability of the operating system.
The conceptual design of the register software and following product development were planned via agile concepts, including newest insights and best practices in User Experience (UX) and User Interface Design (UI). The software’s design is completely based on native controls that are both intuitive and fast to use. We aimed to make the app intuitive enough to completely get rid of training courses that are needed for competing software and at the same time be powerful enough to execute checkouts in just a few seconds.
MyLane POS – a hub for local retail
„How would Apple do a register?“ was the question that led product development in all stages of our iterative process that constantly moved from concept to design and user based tests. The app should be just as easy to use as any other app on the device and integrate seamlessly into the ecosystem.
In the end we developed an app that’s not only running on the iPad but on iPhone/iPod Touch as well. This enables shop assistants to work everywhere in the store instead of just a cash desk.
We’ve also developed an API for MyLane cloud that gives access to all data and functionality, synced to every device in real time. This API will enable third party developers to write their own native or hybrid modules for the app or integrate into all the data of the retailers. All registers can be configured and updated remotely.
The server is written in node.js and meteor, the client (Swift and Objective-C) syncs all data in real time.
We’ve integrated as much hardware as we could to give the retailer the possibility to chose the best hardware for his store. This include receipt printers from Epson and Star Micronics, barcode scanners from Socket Mobile, card readers from Miura and payment via SumUp, iZettle, Payleven and payworks.
Nitpicky enough for the german Finanzamt
The app and all data is completely usable offline. All data is on the device and in the cloud. Therefore the business can keep selling when there are connection problems or parts of the system fail. Of course all data is securely encrypted at rest and in transit. And it even conforms to GDPdU, a standard required by the german Finanzamt for all german based businesses.
IBeacons and Bluetooth Low Energy
Another modern feature of MyLane POS is Bluetooth Low Energy-Technologie (BLE) or short: iBeacons. The register acts as an iBeacon and triggers functionality on customers devices like cashless payment, advertisements and even more stuff that’s still in development. It also works with AirPay which we developed at the PayPal BattleHack 2014, that transfers money via BLE between devices without an internet connection.
New features on iOS 8 and 9
Due to a new feature called Handoff it’s now possible to use the software across several devices. Just start in the store by scanning products with the iPhone and then continue at a cash desk with the iPad. The app also includes the newest security features like App Transport Security (ATS) to secure the retailers and customers data.