Retail Sales Systems
As many retail merchants are already aware, your point-of-sale system is far more than just a cash register. Square POS is pretty basic, just keeping track of inventory items, counts, item variations, and that is about it. ShopKeep adds some handy features like parts tracking and barcode tracking But Lightspeed is certainly the winner, with a POS system that’s built specifically to give small businesses an inventory management and tracking edge over the competition.
One of the first microprocessor-controlled cash register systems was built by William Brobeck and Associates in 1974, for McDonald’s Restaurants 4 It used the Intel 8008 , a very early microprocessor (and forerunner to the Intel 8088 processor used in the original IBM Personal Computer ). Each station in the restaurant had its own device which displayed the entire order for a customer for example, 2 Vanilla Shake, 1 Large Fries, 3 BigMac using numeric keys and a button for every menu item.
Cloud-based POS systems are also created to be compatible with a wide range of POS hardware and sometimes tablets such as Apple’s IPad Thus cloud-based POS also helped expand POS systems to mobile devices , such as tablet computers or smartphones 11 These devices can also act as barcode reader s using a built-in camera and as payment terminal s using built-in NFC technology or an external payment card reader.
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