Weighing scales


ScaleSometimes goods are sold by weight instead of by unit. Think for example about groceries or fine Belgian chocolate. Most POS systems have two ways of working with weighing scales or balances: sometimes the scale is directly connected to the point of sale through a serial cable and in other cases the scale produces a barcode that can be read at the POS.

When purchasing a scale you have to verify that the scale is suited for the weight range of your items. There are scales for small items up to one kilo, but also scales that can be used for heavy items weighing for example 100 kg.

Usually you have to specify in the item file that a particular item has to be sold by weight. When selling the item, the EPOS system will prompt you to place the item on the balance and will wait for input. Manufacturers of POS scales include Bizerba, Campesa, Mobba and Wedderburn.

IBM SurePOS 500: sleek design and high performance


IBM SurePOS 500

The new the IBM SurePOS 500 Series deliver the style, serviceability and state-of-the-art technology you need to optimize the shopping experience in food service, hospitality, specialty and gas and convenience. The new model 565 includes a 2.53GHz Intel Celeron D processor for exceptional multimedia, a Serial ATA 2 hard disk drive, up to 2GB of DDR 2 memory, and a streamlined design that helps make it easier to access replaceable units such as the hard drive and power supply.

NCR Launches POS Workstation for Small- and Mid-Sized Retailers


NCR RealPOS 21

NCR introduced the latest addition to its NCR RealPOS family of point-of-sale workstations, the RealPOS 21.

Driven by powerful Intel technology, the NCR RealPOS 21 supports the latest POS applications while accommodating retailers’ future needs. The NCR RealPOS 21 features a bright 15-inch resistive touch screen designed to enhance the user experience. Peripheral options include a variety of printers, including NCR’s latest two-sided multifunction printer, a complete family of bar-code scanners, customer displays, payment terminals and biometric devices.

Serial numbers


Serial numbers

Certain items such as machines, weapons, cars, televisions, etc. bear a unique identifier, the so-called serial number —or nominal number of the numbering is not serial. Serial numbers allow for detailed item tracing throughout the lifespan of the item. Typical Point Of Sale software will show you the purchase history, transfers from one storage location to another, sales history and service history. Often, serial numbers are linked to a batch or lot number that can be use to check warranty dates and related units of the same product.

Some types of items require various serial numbers. Mobile phones are an example of such an item: just as any other electronic device they come with a regular serial number supplied by the manufacturer. Furthermore they have an IMEI or ESN number which is used to identify the device on the telephone network. Check carefully whether your EPOS software supports multiple serial numbers if you are dealing with such items.

A good POS system will request the S/N for each item when totalizing a sale and some even present a list with serial numbers on stock to choose from. From that moment on, that serial number is linked to the customer record and maintained in your system for future reference.

Handling different taxes in Point of Sale



Sales tax is money collected on behalf of the government. It could be Federal, State, County and even City tax. It could become very simple or tedious to manage it. Depending on the service or good sold what taxes have to be collected. Telephone service pays taxes at all levels, federal, state and local (county and/or city), whereas for example groceries will just pay state and/or local.

Based on the complexity of the taxes collected attention must be given to the software selected. Most Point of Sale (POS) software cannot handle multiple sales taxes. All the percentage must be added up and then defined one Sales tax that will cover all. Some will allow discriminating if the POS software is integrated with an Accounting package, in the case of QuickBooks POS.

Source: 1-StepTechnology

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