New Generation of All in One POS
All In One POS checkouts are designed for two reasons, to make check out faster, and increase security. These systems are designed to excel when the reseller outlet is packed beyond its expected limits. A POS checkout system must be able to handle everything from long queues, untrained cashiers, disorganized customers with complaints, and real-time inventory.
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Touch screens increase the checkout speed, reduce error, and eliminate customer complaint. Simple error can slow down the entire checkout process. A careless cashier can scan an item twice. This requires a supervisor to use their key to resolve the issue. Imagine how easy this could be if a cashier could activate two-way video communication, and remotely reset the terminal. All In One POS workstations can reduce the problems caused by incompatible software, missing drivers, bugs in the software, missing and driver error. Connection problems caused by inferior or damaged cables can cause problems, especially between hand held barcode readers, receipt printers, and credit card readers.
New advances include thermal receipt printers and touch screens. Both are constructed for durability and accuracy. Their objective was to make the checkout process faster. However, piecing together a selection of hardware and software can cause long term problems, system crashes, and the inability to expand the system.
Many of the cutting edges workstations have come down in price over the years, making it easier for smaller businesses to buy a good system that can be expanded beyond. The advances in computer technology has made it possible to put touch screens everywhere, ATMs, Credit Card readers, Signature capture devices, and public access checkout.
Today's technology has created an environment where all reseller outlets and hospitality services can customize systems for their own use. The possibilities are endless, from a credit card swipe that opens a door in an entertainment center, or a signature reader located that activates a piece of spa equipment, the only concern is finding the right POS hardware.
The new technology is also revealing problems with older models. Some equipment is industry specific. Handheld barcode readers are impractical in high traffic outlets. The hand held reader may only slow down a transaction by ten seconds. A simple slowdown like this can cause a serious backlog within a single hour.
The first step to selecting an All In One POS system is to understand its intended purpose. A typical POS system consists of a cash drawer, receipt printer, monitor, and input devices. The entire system runs on a base computer that records sales transactions, maintains inventory, increases security, and communicates with a system.
More specialized hardware can include check readers, currency readers, magnetic stripe readers, communication, and video security. When choosing a POS system, make sure it is expandable. A business should purchase today's system with a focus on the business's future needs. With this respect, it is important to purchase a system from a reputable, long time hardware manufacturer. The dynamics of the terminal make it difficult for a pieced together system to match the effectiveness and functionality of an All In One POS System.