Which POS input devices do you need?

By Eric Michaels


Input Devices

The options for businesses that use a point-of-sale (POS) system continue to grow. Whether you want to speed up traditional cash register rings or make price tags on the spot from scales, POS input devices can help you take an operation to the next level. The following five devices can be added to a system to help your staff increase productivity and improve the customer experience:

  • Bar code scanners. Numerous retail operations can benefit from a bar code scanner. Bookstores, specialty packaged-goods sellers, and clothing boutiques can add items to inventory and track their exit from the store after a sale is made using these scanners. It’s the ideal way to cut down on shrinkage and pinpoint exactly where the problem lies when merchandise goes missing.

  • Keyboards. While keyboards still have limitations on a POS system, your staff will work much faster with a mouse and sleeker formats that recall the best PCs. Employees who have to touch several numbers or type in long orders by hand would benefit greatly from a keyboard. Restaurants where servers frequently have to add modifications to menu items are the perfect place to use these POS input devices.

  • Scales. Adding this input device to your POS allows you to speed through transactions in a grocery store or specialty shop. Using an advanced scale, you can use numbers assigned to each piece of merchandise and print out price tags with bar codes. Manual entry leads to many mistakes, but this system (for which a bar code scanner is ideal) should cut out most of the errors.

  • Touchscreen monitors. Cafes and other food-service operations benefit from the use of touch screens. Cashiers can learn the POS menu quickly and help several customers in a matter of minutes when the layout is concise. Monitors allow your staff to see the items, while management can customize each tab to help employees navigate larger menus. Restaurants that don’t have a touchscreen monitor are behind the curve these days.

  • Wireless devices. Wireless POS devices give your staff flexibility when there is no simple payment solution in a spread-out operation. Large cafes with outdoor seating are ideal for wireless devices, as the server won’t have to leave the section when customers need to pay. This convenience helps them sell more. Other businesses that benefit from these devices include trade-show operators and businesses trying to staff a pop-up location for a festival or street fair.

Because businesses that don’t acknowledge the changes in POS systems risk being left behind, it’s critical to find the right mix for your company. Adding an input device to your POS could be the solution.