Point of Sale

The abbreviation of POS is “Point of Sale”. POS is a system which refers to any place where a transaction can happen, whether it is, for a product or service. In other words, POS is the place, where your customer makes a payment for products or services at your store. In a store, a POS is where, the checkout happens, orders are processed and bills are paid. It can be in a physical store, where POS terminals and systems are used to process card payments or a virtual sales point such as a computer or mobile electronic device.

 POS System A POS System is the overall hardware and software system used for billing in a POS Store.

Note:- Card readers have also become an integral part of a POS system.

Hardware Components of a POS System

POS system typically contains following hardware:-

  • A display unit- to show the billing
  • A keyboard/touchscreen device- to select products and enter data
  • Barcode scanner -to scan billed objects
  • A Printer -to print the receipt
  • Cash register – for storage of cash obtained during sales

A software interface- to complete the process 

Advantage of POS System

  • POS eliminates human errors and save money in the long term.
  • POS monitors your sales records and alerts you when stock is running low.
  • POS keeps accurate record of daily transactions and report about the volume of the stock.
  • POS makes it easy for you to look up past transactions.
  • POS is faster from authorizing a credit card transaction to printing a customer receipt.
  • POS reduces the chances of user errors because the software checks to ensure that the information entered is accurate and correct.
  • POS allows you to add promotions and discounts on the products.

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