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Introduction to Computerized Point-of-sale (POS)

Workforce Training

W. Mike Tyler


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Introduction to Computerized POS

  • Definition of POS

  • History of POS

  • Types of POS

  • Benefits of POS

  • Is a POS System for you?

  • Components of a POS


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Definition of POS

  • Point Of Sale. The physical location at which goods are sold to customers

  • Point Of Sale. The physical location of a transaction but usually refers to any device or system used to record the transaction for the retailer.

  • CPOS: A computer-based POS which employs software to implement the POS functionality


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History of POS

  • 1981 First Restaurant POS

  • 1979 A POS scanning system was developed.

  • 1971 The first electronic cash register (NCR).

  • 1970 The first POS terminal (NCR).

  • 1884 NCR founded in the U.S.

  • 1878 The cash register was invented by James Ritty.

Computerized POS development is tied to development of computers.




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POS Components

  • Hardware

    • Computer Hardware

    • POS Hardware

    • Communications Hardware

  • Software

    • Computer Software

    • POS Software

    • Communications Software

    • Accounting Software


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Basic Personal Computer

Computer

Monitor

Keyboard

Mouse

CDROM –R/W

MODEM / LAN-DSL

Backup Device

UPS

Integrated POS System

POS: Computer Hardware


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POS: Computer Hardware

Mainframe & terminals

Desktop Computers & Servers


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POS: Computer Software

  • Operating System

    • DOS - Relic software but stable

    • Windows 98 - Legacy / reliable?

    • WindowsXP - Stability / Current

    • MAC - Minority player

    • UNIX - Minority player

    • Linux - Minority - growing


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POS Software:

  • POS software gives the POS system its POS functionality.

    • User Interface

    • Inventory

    • Reports

    • Invoicing

    • Receivables

    • Accounts Payable

    • Credit Card Payments

    • More ...........


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POS Communications Hardware

  • Modem

  • DSL Modem

  • LAN hardware (Ethernet)

  • Wiring / Wireless

  • Modern PC’s have built-in LAN H/W


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POS: Communications Software

  • Networking (Included with modern O/S’s)

  • An issue when dealing with non-Windows or legacy (DOS) solutions


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POS: Accounting Software

  • Windows-based POS Accounting Software

    • ACCPAC Advantage Discovery Series 

    • BusinessVision 32   

    • BusinessWorks Gold

    • ePeachtree

    • MYOB Plus for Windows (MYOB Software) 

    • Oracle Small Business Suite

    • One-Write Plus

    • Peachtree Complete Accounting

    • QuickBooks Online

    • QuickBooks Pro

    • Simply Accounting

    • Small Business Manager


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POS Hardware

  • Display / Touch screen

  • Cash Drawer

  • Receipt Printer

  • Bar code scanner (fixed, attached, portable)

  • Label / Report printer

  • Mag stripe reader

  • POS Keyboard

  • Check reader / printer

  • Scales

  • PDA

  • Pole Display

  • Signature Pads

  • More...


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POS Display

  • Consider Flat Panel


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POS: Cash Drawer

Two types of Drawers

  • Receipt Printer I/F

  • Computer I/F

  • Removable trays

  • Media slots

  • Key locks


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POS: Receipt Printer

Three Types

  • Dot Matrix

  • Thermal

  • InkJet

  • B/W

  • Limited Color

  • Separate unit

  • Integrated with other device


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POS: Barcode scanner

  • LED

  • CCD

  • Laser

  • Fixed

  • Attached

  • Portable


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Connect cable between cash drawer and receipt printer. Note that ends are NOT the same.

Plug keyboard into ‘Y’ cable. Plug other connector into keyboard port on computer

Connect printer interface cable to LPT1

Mag stripe reader

POS: Typical Configuration


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POS: Barcode Scanners that ends are NOT the same.


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POS: Label / Report Printer that ends are NOT the same.

Two Choices

  • Dedicated label printer

  • Standard computer printer w/Label software


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POS: Label / Report Printer that ends are NOT the same.


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POS: Mag Stripe Reader that ends are NOT the same.

  • Replaces the Retail Terminal

  • Uses software to perform functions

  • Usually connects to keyboard and barcode scanner


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POS: Mag Stripe Reader that ends are NOT the same.


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POS: keyboard that ends are NOT the same.

A POS keyboard more closely resembles a cash register key layout and usually has programmable keys. Some have integrated card swipes.


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POS: Portable Data Assistant (PDA) that ends are NOT the same.

Portable data collection

  • Inventory

  • Audits

  • Remote data entry

  • Restaurants and lounges

  • Lumber yards

  • Remote inventory

  • Wireless

  • Docking station

  • Cable connected


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POS: Scales that ends are NOT the same.

  • Serial Port I/F to your PC

  • POS Calculates total

  • Desktop units / Built-in units


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POS: Check Reader / Printer that ends are NOT the same.

  • Magnetic ink character recognition (MICR)

  • Requires POS Software support

  • Requires bank / online authorization service


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POS: Slip Printer that ends are NOT the same.

  • Ideal for printing ‘Company branded” slips and forms.

  • Record keeping

  • Warranty info, layaway receipts

  • Restaurants, Gas stations, Retail stores

  • Combo receipt / slip printers available


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POS: Pole Display that ends are NOT the same.

  • Item and price information

  • Customer comfort

  • Display Advertising

  • Serial Port I/F (RS-232)

  • Characters per line / number of lines

  • LED, Plasma

  • Character sets (Chinese?)


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POS: Signature Pads that ends are NOT the same.

  • Electronic receipt storage

  • Simultaneous on-screen signature verification

  • Some have integrated credit card swipe

  • Eliminates chargebacks from lost receipts


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POS: Other Peripherals that ends are NOT the same.

  • Kitchen displays

  • GPS terminals (Delivery vans, golf carts..)

  • RFID tracking devices

  • Badge scanners

  • Movie ticket printers


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POS: Summary that ends are NOT the same.

  • POS functionality defined by the Software

  • Wide variety of POS products defined by the business’s needs

  • POS is about the process, not the hardware and software

  • A good POS will change the way you run your business


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