WiFi Campers – Starbucks covers electrical outlets
More on the on-going fight between coffee shop owners and people that want to camp in the store working on laptops etc. This news Grid Lock: Starbucks Covers Electrical Outlets to Curb Laptop Lingerers – TIME NewsFeed illustrates the frustration.
The issue is not that people want to hang out in the store, it’s that the customer doesn’t continue to buy product while sitting there. Heck, I’m guessing that you want people in your store – the catch is you also want them buying product!
The best way I’ve seen to approach this without a confrontation is to use a product like WEBbeams. WEBbeams helps eliminate the whole issue by requiring a login code to access the WiFi connection.
When the customer orders product, SP-1 prints a unique, one time code. That code is then used by the customer to log on to the WiFi system in the store. The great thing is that the code can be for a limited amount of time. So, if you have campers that want to sit, surf the web and stay all day, they will be forced to buy more product.