How To Create A Point of Sale System

(it’s really easy)

Creating a point of sale system is much easier than you may think – and it can save you a bundle. Anyone with a home computer already has the skills!

A point of sale system consists of a computer or tablet with some devices connected to it like a slip printer, a bar code scanner and a cash drawer. The way they connect is no more complicated than setting up a new printer, which most of us have done before. So here it is in 3 easy steps:

Creating your own Point of Sale system is as easy as 1, 2, 3… 

Step 1

Point Of Sale Software

Choose a Computer

Any Windows PC, laptop or tablet will be fine. If it runs any version of Windows then you can use it. Get a touch screen monitor if you want to reduce customer checkout time but you can use any monitor you wish.

Step 2

POS software

Order Basic Point of Sale Devices

The usual devices are a barcode scanner, a cash drawer and a receipt printer. To find local suppliers just do a web search on “pos hardware” and the name of your city. See below for more details.

Step 3

Set up a Point Of Sale system

Download And Install Retail Plus

The installer is fast and easy to use. We will gladly assist with the setup if needed. Just call the toll free support line at 1-888-272-4874. A live one-on-one tutorial via remote connection is also available on request.

Basic Point of Sale Devices

Some POS hardware vendors offer bundled packages usually consisting of a receipt printer, barcode scanner and cash drawer.

Try POS Warehouse at 1-888-840-4945 and say Retail Plus sent you. There are a number of other add-ons if you have special requirements (more on those later).

Point of sale printer

POS Receipt Printer

This is a must in stores where customers expect a standard retail sales receipt. The most popular brands are Star Micronics and Epson. Get a thermal point of sale printer because they are smaller, faster, quieter and don’t need cartridges. Skip this if you only want to print invoices and statements – those will print on any ordinary laser or inkjet printer.

Point of sale cash drawer

Automatic Cash Drawer

Any model that connects to the back of a receipt printer will work and no driver installation is needed!

Ask the supplier to give you the right cable to connect it to your model of printer.

Point of sale scanner

Barcode Scanner

Retail Plus point of sale will let you scan a barcode at the checkout and where ever a stock code is wanted. Any USB scanner will work. Just plug it in and go. Once again, no driver installation needed. So easy.

Check out in the fast lane! Moving Beyond the Basics

When you are ready for some more advanced functions, you can add any of the following:

Retail POS software pole display

A Pole Display

This device will show your customers what item is being checked out, the total due and the change owing. Between sales it will display a message of your own design. Retail Plus supports the Epson and Logic Controls command sets. The Logic Controls LD9000 or the POSX XP8200U are good choices for price and reliability.

Retail POS software scales

Direct Connect Scales

If your weighing is done at the checkout counter you will want one of these. The Mettler-Toledo Ariva, Viva, and XPress XRV are good choices for quality and affordability. They handle up to 30 pounds or 14 kilos and come in both counter top and in-counter models. Be sure to order the serial cable that goes with it. It uses a DB9 “null modem” serial cable and these are not usually found in regular computer shops.

Retail POS software barcode scales

Barcode Scales

If your weighing is done away from the checkout counter then you can use any scale that prints standard Random Weight Barcode labels. The label tells Retail Plus what it is and how much there is. The systems then adjusts inventory and calculates the price.

Point of sale barcode printer

A Barcode Printer

With Retail Plus you can use any inkjet or laser printer to print barcodes on standard Avery labels (8160). But for those who need to print hundreds of labels a day we support the popular Zebra, GoDEX and Wasp label printers. You can often times get a free label printer from LabelCity.com

Point of sale credit card processing

Credit, Debit, and Gift Card Processing

Retail Plus supports multiple payment systems like X-Charge, Vantiv, First Data, National Payment and Heartland. They all process cards quickly and offer an easy way to launch your own store branded gift cards. They also protect you from fraud with state of the art EMV security features. If you are still charging credit cards by swiping magnetic stripes then it is important to get on board with EMV as soon as possible. Call us for details.

QB links

QuickBooks Accounting Software (Pro and Premier)

Retail Plus includes links to this popular accounting package using Intuit’s QB-XML data sharing standard. It allows you to transfer open invoices from Retail Plus to QuickBooks and make payments on them from the POS screen. You can post your POS revenues directly to your QB accounts and share both client and inventory info as well.

Retail POS software stock counter

Portable Stock Counter

IfYou will want one of these if you have a large amount of barcoded stock that needs frequent counting. To count inventory quickly just walk along the shelves reading a barcode from each item and punch in the shelf count. When you are done transfer the information to your computer where Retail Plus can read it. You can now view a table that shows where the shelf count does not agree with the computer data. A good choice is the Metrologic ScanPal.

Have Questions or Need Help?

Our friendly technicians are here to help, and we are only a phone call away.

Give us a call and we’ll guide you through everything you need. We can even install Retail Plus for you – just phone to schedule a live remote technician at no extra charge. Call 1-888-272-4874.

For overseas calls please dial +1 250-931-2555.

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