What is a POS System?

Today’s world is a world for the consumer. There’s shopping to be done and things to be bought and so much of all our activities has to do with money changing hands. When you’re buying something, you usually get to the point where the money is exchanged for the goods. That point is known of the point of sales (POS). In order to receive the money, there is a process that needs to be followed. First the total cost is calculated, then the money is received, change (if appropriate) is calculated and then the deal is completed. At a point of sale this process is known as a system.

POS Systems

There are a variety of systems used at point of sales positions. Most of these systems consist of scanners, screens, a keyboard and a computer. More sophisticated systems will have other components to make the transaction go more smoothly but, in general, these are the main components of a POS system.

A POS system is used extensively in retail and wholesale stores where goods change hands very quickly and there is no time to stop to make calculations. The POS system is also geared to be in control of the flow of money at all times and can therefore lessen the incidences of fraud and theft.

Hospitals also have a POS system that helps with the admission of new patients and the discharge of others. This system is very sophisticated and will be able to process a vast amount of information in addition to the inevitable exchange of money. This system is required to store data such as addresses, contact numbers, health histories and more and needs to have sufficient memory as well as processing speed in order to deal with this workload.

The most unlikely POS systems are to be found in places like churches and not-for-profit establishments. Although money isn’t their main concern, it is an important part of their future, so they need to know exactly how much they get in and how much is spent.


It isn’t difficult to see why a POS system is extremely important in the business world. It makes sure that the right amount of money is received for goods purchased, as well as ensuring that the correct amount of change goes to the payer. It serves as a contact point with the merchandiser and this is where relationships are secured. The more efficient your POS system, the less time people spend in a queue and the more likely they are to return to your establishment.

POS systems can ensure that your business does well as it can process sales and money transactions fast, efficient and reliably. There are no doubts that the days of the doddering aunt counting out pennies are long gone and soon POS systems may even be able to dispense the correct change on demand. This is certainly something to look forward to.



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