Retailer Saks Fifth Avenue is trialling the Omniexpress mobile POS iPod application developed by POS software specialist Cornell-Mayo Associates.

The system, which includes remote wireless printing, means that sales staff can now do price inquiries on the sales floor, rather than having to visit a cash register, and can check customers out anywhere on the sales floor.

The retailer is also considering using the system to handle merchandise returns, which would free up stationary POS registers to handle purchases, reducing queues.

Saks is piloting the system at two Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th stores in New York and New Jersey, with four iPods in each store.

The company also plans to pilot in Saks Fifth Avenue stores later this month, before beginning the roll-out to additional Off 5th and Saks Fifth Avenue stores in the spring.

“Saks associates at the pilot stores have quickly adapted to the interface, since it is very similar to our conventional register-based POS application used in all Saks stores,” said Windell Manuel, SVP and CTO at Saks Fifth Avenue.

“In addition, our customers are impressed that Saks is using the latest technology, and they find that the experience is very personal.”