Machinery & Engineering

Point of Sales Systems – Dynamic and Critical to Billing and Stock Keeping

Most of us would have gone through this experience at departmental stores or other retail outlets that it would have taken a lesser time to pick up the things we want than to have them billed, make a payment and check out. In many other outlets, you would feel you are out in a jiffy. This could be because the machines, the former use and the software in them, may not be swift enough to handle the activities; the latter obviously has updated ones. These are collectively called the point of sale systems. A typical Simtek - point of sale systems cluster will have a bunch of equipment.

Simtek - point of sale systems

Business Wise Systems Available

The POS systems usually comprise a set of devices and machines, and they perform a variety of actions when the customer reaches the checkout counter. These machines and their functionalities can vary with businesses. For instance, in the hospitality industry like hotels and restaurants, the display will have entirely different items when compared to a retail outlet selling ready to wear clothes. However, at a broader level, there has to be a monitor or a display screen that the bill desk clerk can see and make the changes. These may or may not be touch screen displays. Then there is the bill printing unit. These two are obviously connected to each other, but there are other devices connected to these. One is the barcode scanner that quickly scans the barcode on the product and adds it in the bill on the display, with the item code, the unit price and so on. The cash drawer alongside will have an interlocking device through which if the billing clerk gives the bill print command, the cash box will open automatically. You would have noticed the slots and clips to hold the currency notes. Physically, these form one POS system. But in reality, there are many variations and add-ons to the Simtek – point of sale systems. See Cash Register Warehouse.

Variations to Make Them Highly Advanced

So to the lay person, buying something at a counter, an item is bought, scanned and billed. You pay the dollars and get out with the bill and the balance change. But the reality out there goes much beyond this simple matrix. Once you start adding the variations to the situation, you will be able to understand this. To start with, most people pay with their credit or debit cards. The swiping of the card is done on the machine itself, and it reads and incorporates the details on the display and the bill and the charge slip also gets printed alongside. Then there would be some offers running on some items, discounts and so on. These need to be programmed to make the whole process a seamless one. These are made possible through the software pre-loaded in the Simtek – point of sale systems. In the advanced systems, the inventory and re-ordering systems are also integrated. So once an item is billed, the product code is picked and the quantity billed is reduced from the previously recorded inventory and if the stock of this particular product goes below a pre-set threshold limit, it triggers the prompt to the merchandiser to reorder and so on.