In order for a retail business to
record transactions and calculate sales, a cash register is used. Cash registers also print receipts for customers
and have a drawer to store cash and provide change from. There are many different designs to a cash register, but
all perform the same task of calculating and recording sales transactions.
The interface may include a standard keyboard or specialized
keyboard with special keys that allow for common items to be rung up with the press of a button. There may also be
a display to show various information about the product being sold such as price, size and description. Simpler
cash registers only have the input section and prints each item in a new line onto paper as the item is being rung
Other more advanced touchscreen cash register
models have a touch screen layout that
doubles as the information viewer and the keypad to enter the information. In most businesses, products are
entered into the system by a barcode scanner.
This scanner will convert the barcode into the UPC (Universal
Product Code) which will correspond to a data set in the cash register. Modern electronic cash registers may also be connected to a
network where data can travel to and from a computer system to the register in order to update prices and provide
A cash register is fairly easy to understand and after continued
use and practice, it will become even easier. When using a register, a few things must be taken into consideration.
The drawer of a cash register generally cannot be opened until the completion of a sale.
This is usually automatic and is set up this way to prevent
employees from stealing by keeping the money and not recording a sale. Receipt paper should also be checked so that
a cashier does not run out during a transaction.
When scanning items, each must be scanned separately or if there is more than one of the same
items, a multipliable field may be used. After all items are scanned a cash register will show how much the grand
total is. The customer can then proceed to provide the money for the transaction and the cashier can ring in the
If the customer is to get back change, the register will
calculate the amount of change that should be issued. Upon hitting total, the drawer will open
and the cashier can add the cashier to any existing monies and give the customer his or her change.
Cash registers can be bought where retail business solutions are
sold. Determine what features you will like to have and ensure that it’s a right fit for your business. There are
many varieties of cash registers available and you do not want to be stuck with a type that is for a supermarket
when you operate a bar. Ask around or check online to find the model that will be the best option for
Other equipment may also be necessary depending on your
requirements. Items may include a barcode scanner, electronic scale, receipt printer and a debit card machine.
Prices vary but once you settle on the one that’s right for you and your business, you may not have to change that
cash register for years to come.