POS Cash Registers

Every retail business can benefit from a well-designed cash register. To optimize employee performance and customer satisfaction, having the appropriate equipment is necessary. With a large variety of functions and styles to choose from, there are cash registers to fit every retail need.

What does a cash register do?

A cash register is used to ring up sales in a retail store. It calculates totals, holds currency and may print receipts as well. Traditional cash registers perform very basic functions, while modern cash registers operate at a much more advanced level. Modern registers may include several features such as touch screens, employee time records, and inventory capabilities.

What is a thermal cash register?

A thermal register utilizes thermal paper to print receipts. This type of register eliminates the need for ink, instead using heat-sensitive paper for printing. The paper is coated with a heat-sensitive material that is heated in specific patterns to produce characters on the paper. This type of register is convenient for those that do not want the hassle of ink cartridge replacement.

How do you ring in a sale on a cash register?

The procedure for ringing in a customer sale will vary slightly according to the model of the cash register. The basic procedure is as follows:

  • Enter your employee code, if necessary.
  • Key in the price for the first item by pressing the appropriate buttons on the register. If your register uses a scanner, scan the barcode on the first item.
  • Some registers will require that you assign each product a department for inventory purposes. If yours requires this, press the appropriate department button after you have keyed in or scanned the price.
  • Continue ringing in prices or scanning items until you have finished with all the items in the order.
  • Press the subtotal button to see the sale total, including tax, if applicable.
  • Determine the customer payment method. For check, key in the amount and place the check in the cash drawer. For cash, key in the amount and count back cash to make the appropriate change. For credit cards, simply enter the amount and swipe the customer's card.
  • Close the cash drawer and print the sale receipt.

Why do cash registers have removable drawers?

Many cash registers have removable drawers to make balancing more efficient. When it is time to close the store, the cash in the drawer must be balanced. At store opening, cash will need to be re-counted for verification. To make this process more efficient, many registers feature removable drawers that can be taken to a back office for counting. This eliminates the need for transferring the cash via deposit bag and may cut down on potential losses.