What is the difference between a POS System and a cash register?
To many people, a point of sale system and a cash register mean the same thing. These terms actually differ in some ways although they could have similar functions.
Point of sale or POS, also called checkout, is the location on the store where sales transaction occurs. It may also refer to a computer terminal or the hardware and software used to record sales.
A cash register, on the other hand, is a mechanical or electronic device used to calculate and record sales transactions, provided with a cash drawer for storing cash, and usually equipped with a small printer to print sales receipts. More expensive cash reqisters may also be provided with barcode scanners, and other contraptions.
Trivia: The main purpose for inventing the cash register was to eliminate employee theft, so it was originally called the Incorruptible Cashier.
In the past, dedicated cash registers were the standard equipment used in recording sales transactions. With the introduction of the microcomputer or personal computer (PC), however, these are now being replaced with general purpose computers installed with POS software.
Basically, these are the distinguishing features of the two systems:
1) A cash register is a device that could be mechanical or electronic, depending on its design. A POS system is a product of computer technology, so it has never been a mechanical device.
2) An electronic cash register is composed of integrated parts built up to function as a single unit. A POS system consists of separate devices that are connected or wired to a computer.
3) An electronic cash register is usually controlled by a firmware (software embedded on a chip on the mainboard of the cash register). A POS system uses a POS software installed in a computer hard disk, so it can be replaced at will by the user.
4) A cash register is a dedicated device, and can only be used for the purpose of its design. A POS system uses a computer that can be used for many other purposes.
Many of today's electronic cash registers have features that are similar to POS systems. This is probably why many people now find it hard to distinguish a cash register from a POS system.
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