Like their printer counterpart an all-in-one POS system combines multiple technologies and integrates them into one housing to maximize value plus convenience to the end user. When talking about an all-in-one POS system, we are referring to a system that will ideally deliver everything a business needs to begin processing customers. While many manufacturers herald some of their products as all-in-one, sometimes they crash and in fact involve additional purchases and issues.
So what exactly must an all-in-one Pos Systems have?
Built-in Touch screen Display : Naturally, we need to focus on the center-piece of a POS system : the user vent. Touch screens accelerate transaction processing in both the retail and food service industry. With on screen menus and quick access buttons even novice users will quickly find their way, reducing training time. The touch screen should resist spills and grime as well as demonstrate a rugged design to withstand demanding and often rough usage over time.
- Built-in Customer Display : The customer insists to know what the clerk rings up, so that they may follow along. A built-in customer display addresses this need. Furthermore, it can serve as an advertising platform, where stores can run marketing messages and promotions, thereby potentially enhancing sales.
- Integrated Printer with EASY-LOAD : While this may appear obvious at first, many vendors offer all-in-one products that do not have this basic requirement. This means the end user needs to buy and set-up a printer, rather than all you have to advantage a one. While many state that an external printer is easier to service, based on the previously defined criteria an all-in-one POS system should nevertheless come with a printer. You cannot process customers without receipts. The straightforward LOAD allows users to simply drop in a paper roll, reducing downtime, when the paper runs outs. Especially desirable are fast, winter printers to reduce wait time for customers. These should also support graphics for logos, bar codes, and marketing messages.
- POS Software : Again this would seem obvious, but many all-in-one POS systems simply consist of an empty hardware cover with nothing running on it. Likewise, an all-in-one printer would not scan, fax, or print without software driving features. The same principle should connect with an all-in-one POS system. While you can state that the merchant should choose what software they want to run, if we apply our defined criteria, then an all-in-one POS system should make an effort to dispose of additional headaches. Choosing POS software which is to be 100% compatible and then having to install it, presents a major headache. If you want a complete system, this is really a must.
- Interfaces : an all-in-one POS should provide latest interfaces to support devices that are not integrated such as skin scales, Pcs, or scanners. Especially crucial for future expansion are LAN interfaces, which allow for multiple POS systems to keep connected and share data in real time. Networking opens sources of device sharing, office Pcs, processing, and remote support as well. At the very least, an all-in-one POS system includes USB, RS232, and LAN interfaces.
- Permanent magnet Card Reader : In order to offer services such as customer accounts, agent sign-in, or loyalty cards, you will want to have a permanent magnet stripe reader. This eliminates the need to personally enter data and makes such services more sound.
- Security : The more hard a POS system is the better. All-in-One POS systems should adhere to this as well. Closed, embedded system will significantly reduce malware exposure, because there simply is less malware designed to attack it. Moreover, it does not allow for the installation of any kind of 3rd party software. Pcs take the brunt of the abuse here because of the popularity. If we want to have something that delivers maximum value and convenience, then we should don’t have to install additional security or back-up software.