According to a report by Business Insider, the retail chain's chief information officer, Calvin Hollinger, said that equipping stores would iPad sales systems would save both space and money while allowing for more customer interaction.
Hollinger said an iPad cost the organization one-fifth as much as a conventional cash register and can be installed to pivot to face the customer, who can then view the order, add their personal information, and perform tasks such as creating a gift registry.
When not in use, an iPad can be quickly detached, freeing counter space for inventory use or merchandise packing.
In addition to setting up iPads at checkout, Urban Outfitters will also be equipping salespeople with smaller iPod touch systems, similar to those used by Apple's retail stores and an increasing number of other retailers.
The Philadelphia-based Urban Outfitters operates more than 400 stores under the brands Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, Terrain and BHLDN.