EPOS

The Tiller Girls

The term ‘Till’ takes many forms; it’s used to describe unstratified soil deposited by a glacier consisting of sand, clay, gravel and boulders mixed together. Also, a public treasury for government funds is referred to as a till and of course you can till the soil. Let’s also not forget the good old fashioned cash box or, as it is today, the POS terminals, which are electronic devices for calculating and recording sales transactions with attached cash drawers for storing money. Before the till, one of the earliest inventions for keeping track of commercial transactions was the abacus, which was invented over 4,500 years ago in the middle-east. The forerunner of today’s POS terminals, the cash register, was invented in 1879 by James Ritty, a saloonkeeper in Dayton, Ohio. He introduced a muc... »

Security is not a Hundred Per Cent – The Human Factor

Many IT analysts have reported that the number one concern that keeps company CEO’s awake at night is security. The IT security industry supplies many and varied IT security products and services and yet still the breaches occur. You only have to look at recent news bulletins about lost government data and the customer banking details that were mislaid, as well as the recent example of the American hacker, Albert Gonzalez, who, along with a Russian gang of criminals, stole data from more than 130 million bank accounts from Heartland Payment Systems. This New Jersey company processes payments for retailers including 7-Eleven Stores and Hannaford supermarkets. The retailers are an attractive target, as the point-of-sale (POS systems) collect a massive amount of customer financial data which,... »

Striving for Better Efficiency

Studying how people work and how we can improve efficiency reminds me of the old time and motion studies that were so popular in the mid 1950’s. These white coated figures would roam factories with their stop watches. The purpose of a time and motion study would be used to reduce the number of motions in performing a task in order to increase productivity and even reduce staff numbers. No wonder they were viewed as the enemy by the employees. It conjures up the image of Peter Sellers as the shop steward in the British comedy called I’m Alright Jack. Thankfully things have moved on since then. However, I remember that during the recession of the 1990’s a new business buzzword appeared on the landscape of best practice – ‘downsizing’. I think this meant di... »

Pager Company in Costa Rica uses Mobile Printers

Mobile printer survives being run over! San Jose, Costa Rica Hans Kuhlmann of Hyco Sistemas, San Jose, Costa Rica tells of how durable mobile printers are. The company provides pager services in Costa Rica. The company employs motorcyclists who ride around San Jose collecting payments from some of its customers. These riders use a touch screen terminal and a mobile printer. Recently, one of the mobile printers was dropped from a moving motorcycle and hit the pavement. While on the street, as luck would have it, a car ran over the printer! Although there was a little damage, the printer was put back together easily without replacing any electronic parts, and it worked perfectly! That is durability! Published by Maxatec Europe – Read the original article on the Maxatec website Email: i... »

Portable Printing Applications

With the explosion of portable information devices and the increasing use of wireless technology, more companies are connecting their frontline workers to complete transactions at the point-of-sale or point-of-service. As an example, retail store clerks can scan bar codes and check pricing or reduce check-out lines at peak times. Credit card payment helps close the total transaction much closer to the customers’ point-of-decision. This brings a new meaning to printing at point-of-service, requiring the retailer or food service provider to recognize that the server not the customer needs to be mobile. The transaction, including payment, can be completed anywhere in a store for example or right at the seat in a sports stadium. The applications for the use of portable receipt printers i... »

EPOS: The Benefits

If you’re great at sourcing products, obsessed with customer experience and generally doing well, then computerised till systems, or EPOS (Electronic Point Of Sale), may seem unnecessary. However, EPOS has come a long way in recent years, and offers a lot more than just a PC with a bar code reader. For that reason it’s probably worth asking whether the time has come to take the plunge. The trouble is, sales people will claim a list of benefits as long as your arm, and it can be hard to know which are genuinely useful. Here are some pointers to help you sort through the mess and see if EPOS actually does make sense for your business. Better stock control is the most often-cited benefit of EPOS. If your products are suitable, it helps you reduce stock levels by maintaining up to ... »

EPOS (Electronic Point Of Sale)

For maximum efficiency and lower margins, companies need to keep the minimum amount of stock, but also ensure products can always be available and delivered to the customer quickly. EPOS (Electronic Point of Sale) helps you to process your most popular products from warehouse to point of sale in the shortest time. Find out more about EPOS: Is EPOS for me? Questions to ask yourself about whether EPOS is right for your small business What are the benefits of EPOS? What are the business benefits of EPOS? Choosing the right EPOS system Advice on choosing the right EPOS system for your business Implementing EPOS How do you go about implementing EPOS? Useful Sites Some useful websites to help you with EPOS Electronic Point of Sale (EPOS) Business Advice: © Crown Copyright 2012 »