A cash register is a device used for processing retail transactions. They also normally provide secure cash storage. Computerized cash registers are electronic, as opposed to traditional, manually operated registers.
Features & Capabilities
The capabilities of traditional cash registers were limited to basic retail calculations and the secure storage of cash. Modern computerized registers offer merchants a range of functions and integrated systems.
Most modern registers feature a digital display screen. This provides the user with a visual record of the transaction and pricing information.
With most modern registers, the display screen may also have touchscreen capabilities, improving the overall user friendliness for the operator.
A key component of any cash register is the secure cash drawer. Most computerized cash registers require a transaction to be processed before the drawer can be opened. This helps to prevent theft.
In situations where the drawer must be opened manually (such as during a power loss) authorized users can use a special key.
Receipt printers are also commonly integrated into cash registers, providing both merchant and customer with a physical record of transaction.
Reviewing transactions processed by their register(s) allows merchants to gain an insight into their sale performance for that day. This can assist with duties such as stock management and account audits.
In addition to these integrated systems, computerized cash registers can also be connected to a range of other point of sale systems, such as signature pads, payment card terminals, electronic scales, and barcode scanners.