There’s a huge variety of POS systems out there, all catering for different requirements. These days, larger businesses tend to opt for more intelligent EPOS systems, while smaller, independent businesses still consider cash registers as a cheaper option that meets their needs.
So what are the differences?
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What is a manual cash register?
A manual cash register is a basic cash register that does what it says on the tin – it allows you to process cash transactions.
Most manual cash registers allow you to store prices by creating key shortcuts for each item. You can then ring up each item and cash off. These cash registers are cheap to buy, but are really only suitable for small businesses that don’t process large numbers of transactions.
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What is an electronic cash register?
An electronic cash register is slightly more sophisticated. Instead of storing prices on individual buttons, you can create an itinerary of your stock and access each item on the touch screen. This more advanced system makes it easier for you to amend prices and change your itinerary. On top of this, the system is intelligent enough to work alongside connected hardware elements, such as barcode scanners and separate printers.
You’ll also be able to benefit from the following functions:
- Prompts to upsell
- Table allocation
- Stock check assistance
What is a modern EPOS system?
Modern EPOS systems take electronic cash registers to the next level. The software used for EPOS systems is so advanced, it requires a heftier computer system to run it – we’re talking computer and iPad level. That’s right: You can literally use your iPad as a cash register.
You’ll find that barcode scanners, card machines and receipt printers will connect wirelessly to your PC or iPad, creating a complete POS system that’ll help you take your business up a notch. We’ve dedicated a whole section to EPOS systems below.