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POS Equipment

What is POS Equipment?

POS equipment refers to the hardware and software systems used by retail businesses to process sales and manage operations. The POS or point-of-sale is where customers make purchases and payment transactions occur. POS equipment includes everything from basic cash registers to advanced terminals running sophisticated POS software. 

The right POS system gives retailers key capabilities like accepting various payment methods, tracking inventory, collecting customer data, and generating sales reports. Modern POS solutions provide robust functionality for efficiently running retail transactions while also gathering valuable business insights.

Types of POS Systems

There are different types of POS equipment ranging from basic cash registers to complex POS terminals and systems.

Traditional Cash Registers

The original POS was the mechanical cash register that just rang up sales and stored cash. These vintage registers served a simple function but lacked advanced capabilities. They’ve mostly been replaced by digital solutions.

Digital Terminals

Many modern POS systems use all-in-one touchscreen terminals. These integrate the register, card reader, receipt printer, cash drawer, and scanner into a single device. Terminals can operate independently or be networked. They provide more functions while occupying less counter space.

Advanced POS Solutions

Robust POS software integrated with hardware like tablets and terminals creates feature-rich POS solutions. They include extensive capabilities like detailed reporting and analytics, cloud-based data access, integration with other systems, centralized management for multiple locations, and mobility. Advanced POS allows retailers to do much more than ring up sales.

Key Capabilities of POS Equipment

Modern point-of-sale systems go far beyond just processing transactions. Quality POS equipment delivers additional capabilities to help retailers operate more efficiently.

Payment Processing

A core POS function is flexible payment acceptance. This includes taking cash, checks, and a variety of cards including debit, credit, EMV chip cards, and contactless payments like Apple Pay. This allows customers to pay however they prefer.

Inventory Management

POS systems track sold items in real time and maintain perpetual inventory counts. This gives retailers instant visibility into what products are in stock. Automatic reordering can also be configured based on inventory levels.

Data Collection

Detailed sales data down to the SKU level is captured through the POS for reporting and analytics. Customer data like contact information and purchase history can also be gathered to support marketing. Valuable business insights are gained.

Michael R. Durante

Michael R. Durante

Michael Durante spent his teenage years into his early 20s climbing the ladder in a branch of a successful banking firm, starting as a teller and ending as a Sr. Branch Manager within 6 years. In 2003, he left the banking world to join his father and create TIE National, a telecom company 60 years in the making. Together, they grew the company from a two-man operation solely working on telephones to a multi-million dollar international business with employees in over a dozen states, covering everything from phone systems to cloud products and computer systems. You can find Michael on LinkedIn.