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Introduction to Computerized Point-of-sale (POS). Workforce Training W. Mike Tyler. 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. Definition of POS.

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introduction to computerized pos
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
definition of pos
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
history of pos
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.

pos components
POS Components
  • Hardware
    • Computer Hardware
    • POS Hardware
    • Communications Hardware
  • Software
    • Computer Software
    • POS Software
    • Communications Software
    • Accounting Software
pos computer hardware
Basic Personal Computer







Backup Device


Integrated POS System

POS: Computer Hardware
pos computer hardware9
POS: Computer Hardware

Mainframe & terminals

Desktop Computers & Servers

pos computer software
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
pos software
POS Software:
  • POS software gives the POS system its POS functionality.
    • User Interface
    • Inventory
    • Reports
    • Invoicing
    • Receivables
    • Accounts Payable
    • Credit Card Payments
    • More ...........
pos communications hardware
POS Communications Hardware
  • Modem
  • DSL Modem
  • LAN hardware (Ethernet)
  • Wiring / Wireless
  • Modern PC’s have built-in LAN H/W
pos communications software
POS: Communications Software
  • Networking (Included with modern O/S’s)
  • An issue when dealing with non-Windows or legacy (DOS) solutions
pos accounting software
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
pos hardware
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...
pos display
POS Display
  • Consider Flat Panel
pos cash drawer
POS: Cash Drawer

Two types of Drawers

  • Receipt Printer I/F
  • Computer I/F
  • Removable trays
  • Media slots
  • Key locks
pos receipt printer
POS: Receipt Printer

Three Types

  • Dot Matrix
  • Thermal
  • InkJet
  • B/W
  • Limited Color
  • Separate unit
  • Integrated with other device
pos barcode scanner
POS: Barcode scanner
  • LED
  • CCD
  • Laser
  • Fixed
  • Attached
  • Portable
pos typical configuration

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
pos label report printer
POS: Label / Report Printer

Two Choices

  • Dedicated label printer
  • Standard computer printer w/Label software
pos mag stripe reader
POS: Mag Stripe Reader
  • Replaces the Retail Terminal
  • Uses software to perform functions
  • Usually connects to keyboard and barcode scanner
pos keyboard
POS: keyboard

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

pos portable data assistant pda
POS: Portable Data Assistant (PDA)

Portable data collection

  • Inventory
  • Audits
  • Remote data entry
  • Restaurants and lounges
  • Lumber yards
  • Remote inventory
  • Wireless
  • Docking station
  • Cable connected
pos scales
POS: Scales
  • Serial Port I/F to your PC
  • POS Calculates total
  • Desktop units / Built-in units
pos check reader printer
POS: Check Reader / Printer
  • Magnetic ink character recognition (MICR)
  • Requires POS Software support
  • Requires bank / online authorization service
pos slip printer
POS: Slip Printer
  • Ideal for printing ‘Company branded” slips and forms.
  • Record keeping
  • Warranty info, layaway receipts
  • Restaurants, Gas stations, Retail stores
  • Combo receipt / slip printers available
pos pole display
POS: Pole Display
  • 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?)
pos signature pads
POS: Signature Pads
  • Electronic receipt storage
  • Simultaneous on-screen signature verification
  • Some have integrated credit card swipe
  • Eliminates chargebacks from lost receipts
pos other peripherals
POS: Other Peripherals
  • Kitchen displays
  • GPS terminals (Delivery vans, golf carts..)
  • RFID tracking devices
  • Badge scanners
  • Movie ticket printers
pos summary
POS: Summary
  • 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