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Point of Sale Systems: Old vs. New

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Point of sale systems have progressed tremendously from the slow and mechanical equipment of the past to the technologically advanced touch screen POS systems available today.

Point of sale systems of the past were mainly mechanical with the cash registers and bookkeeping slow and prone to human errors. For instance, the clerk needed to fill up ledgers and punch cash registers to complete a sale.

Touch screen LCDs in modern-day point of sale systems allow sales data to be updated in real time without the complication involved in recording and processing as in the past.

Electronic point of sale systems are usually connected to a master computer and any input made by the sales clerk in the system is immediately seen by the business manager or the owner with access to the computer.

Efficiency is one of the primary advantages of touch screen point of sales systems, enabling business owners to prevent problems even before they actually occur. For instance, touch screen POS systems can track returned items faster and more accurately than older point of sale systems, which would have taken a week or so for tracing an item.

Electronic POS systems that feed the mother computer in real time allow discrepancies to be noticed sooner.

Point of sale systems are a key component of customer satisfaction in the retail industry. Business owners can effectively keep track of items that are selling well or not selling, enabling them to check dissatisfaction before it can actually occur.

Mechanical point of sale systems have served their purpose and business owners using older systems must move on to the touch screen systems available today to remain competitive in the market. 

POSMarket.com.au is a leading Australian distributor of POS systems and solutions including point of sale equipment and software.

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