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Virtual Cash Register | Web-Based Point of Sale Software

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Cash Register
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

A cash register or till (British English) is a mechanical or electronic device for calculating and recording sales transactions, and an attached cash drawer for storing currency.

Usually the cash register also prints a receipt for the customer.

Usually the drawer can be opened only after it is done recording a sale, except when using a special key, which only senior personnel or the owner has. This reduces the risk of personnel stealing from the shop owner by not recording a sale and pocketing the money, in the case that the customer does not require a receipt and has to be given change (cash is more easily checked against recorded sales than inventory). In fact, cash registers were first invented for the purpose of eliminating employee theft or embezzlement. The first registers were entirely mechanical, without receipts. The employee was required to ring up every transaction on the register, and when the total key was pushed, the drawer opened and a bell would ring, alerting the manager to a sale taking place. Those original machines were nothing but simple adding machines.

A cash register may be compulsory for tax purposes. The law sometimes also requires customers to collect the receipt and keep it at least for a short while after leaving the shop, again for checking that the shop records sales, so that it cannot evade taxes.

Often cash registers are attached to scales, barcode scanners, checkstands, and EFTPOS or credit card terminals. Increasingly, dedicated cash registers are being replaced with general purpose computers with POS software.

Today, these machines scan the barcode (usually EAN or Universal Product Code (UPC)) for each item, retrieve the price from a database, calculate deductions for items on sale, calculate the tax, calculate differential rates for preferred customers, time and date stamp the transaction, record the transaction in detail including each item purchased, record the method of payment, keep totals for each product or type of product sold as well as total sales for specified periods, and do other tasks as well.

Some supermarkets have introduced self-checkout machines, where the customer is trusted (to an extent) to scan the barcodes (or manually identify uncoded items like fruit), and place the items into a bagging area (where the bag is weighed, the machine complains vocally when it thinks that something in the bag doesn't seem to weigh what the inventory database lists the weight as). There is normally a supervisor watching over several such checkouts; as such the benefit to the customer is little, the benefit to the supermarket is reduced staffing levels. Payment on these machines is accepted by card EFTPOS, or cash via coinslot and bank note scanner.

Cash register manufacturers include Casio, NCR, IBM, Wincor-Nixdorf and Uniwell.

The first cash register was invented by James Ritty in 1879. He was the owner of a tavern in Dayton, Ohio and wanted to stop dishonest employees from pilfering his profits.



Point of sale
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
POS must not be confused with EFTPOS and POS Terminal used in Electronic payment
POS or PoS is an acronym for point of sale (or point of service). This can mean a retail shop, a checkout counter in a shop, or a variable location where a transaction occurs. In Europe, the acronym EPOS for Electronics at the Point Of Sale is used in preference.


Supermarket Checkstand
Contents
1 Traditional stores
2 Point-of-sale technology
3 POS Software Systems
4 The First POS software
5 POS Hardware Interface Standarization
6 External links


Traditional stores
A check-out counter, checkstand, or checkout is the aisle where people place items they have chosen to purchase from a store, such as a supermarket or department store. This is typically a long counter, which usually contains a moving belt or sometimes a rotating carousel, and a photocell to stop it when items reach the end. The cashier rings up each item on the cash register and obtains the total. The items are placed in bags and the customer can take them after paying.

Marketers design special advertising vehicles, called point-of-sale displays that may be found near a checkout counter, however, the term also applies to displays strategically placed in a store for special promotions. This type of display is designed to stimulate impulse purchases or they may be tied to various seasonal marketing promotions, such as "Back to School", "Tax Time", or holidays.


Point-of-sale technology
The term is often used in connection with hardware and software for checkouts, and in the case of variable locations, with wireless systems.

POS systems evolved from the mechanical cash registers of the first half of the 20th century. Examples of this type of register were the NCR registers, operated by a crank, and the lever-operated Burroughs registers. These registers recorded data on journal tapes or paper tape and required an extra step to transcribe the information into the retailer's accounting system. The next step in evolution was to move to operation by electricity. An example of this type of register was the NCR Class 5 cash register. In 1973 new registers that were driven by computers were introduced, such as the IBM 3653 Store System and the NCR 2150. Other computer based manufacurers were Regitel, TRW, and Datachecker. 1973 also brought about the introduction of the UPC/EAN barcode readers on the POS systems. In 1986, the POS systems became based on PC technology with the introduction of the IBM 4683. In 2005, the retail POS systems are among the most sophisticated and powerful computer networks in commercial use...


POS Software Systems
POS is an acronym for Point of Sale. In Europe this is known as EPOS for Electronics at the Point Of Sale. POS software enables an efficient and automated recording of the data that comprises a business transaction when the sale of goods or services to the customer occurs.

POS software often feeds data to other software modules to create a more comprehensive and useful array of software tools, including merchandising, forecasting, accounting and inventory control. Some POS software packages feature these functions fully integrated.

POS software can cost anywhere from many thousands of dollars to free.(ned)


The First POS software
The early electronic cash registers (ECR) were programmed in proprietary software and were very limited in function and communications capability. In August of 1973 IBM announced the IBM 3650 and 3660 Store Systems that were, in essence, a mainframe computer packaged as a store controller that could control 128 IBM 3653/3663 Point of Sale Registers. This system was the first commercial use of client-server technology, peer to peer communications, Local Area Network (LAN) simultaneous backup, and remote initialization. By mid-1974, it was installed in Pathmark Stores in New Jersey and Dillards Department Stores.

Programmability allowed retailers to be more creative. In 1979 Gene Mosher's Old Canal Cafe in Syracuse, New York was using POS software written by Mosher that ran on an Apple II to take customer orders at the restaurant's front entrance and print complete preparation details in the restaurant's kitchen. In that novel context, customers would often proceed to their tables to find their food waiting for them! This software included real time labor and food cost reports.

In 1985 Mosher introduced the first touchscreen-driven, color graphic, POS interface. This software ran on the Atari ST, the world's first consumer-level color graphic computer. By the end of the 20th century Mosher's promotion of his unpatented software paradigm had resulted in its worldwide adoption by cash register manufacturers and other POS software developers as the de facto standard for point of sale software systems.


POS Hardware Interface Standarization
Initiatives to standardize development of computerized POS systems have been made to alleviate interconnecting POS devices. Two such initiatives are OPOS and JavaPOS, both conforming to the UnifiedPOS standard, a standard led by The National Retail Foundation. OPOS, short for OLE for POS, was the first commonly-adopted standard and was initiated by Microsoft, NCR Corporation, Epson and Fujitsu-ICL. OPOS is a COM-based interface compatible with all COM-enabled programming languages for Microsoft Windows. OPOS was first released in 1996. JavaPOS was initiated by Sun Microsystems, IBM, and NCR Corporation in 1997 and first released in 1999. JavaPOS is for Java what OPOS is for Microsoft Windows and thus largely platform independent.