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Price Check Kiosks - While not a required part of POS system equipment, in retail stores it may be advantageous to install Price Check Kiosks to improve customer satisfaction and reduce the time retail associates spendPOS Price Check Kiosk answering pricing related questions from customers. Typically, these devices are attached to the POS network database, and include a display screen and a barcode scanner. The customer scans the barcode, and the Kiosk looks up the UPC number in the database. The customer is then presented with the price and descriptive data associated with the item scanned.

Price Check Kiosks can also act as Digital Signage for the business. They can be programmed with information about promotional items and sales and be set to display these when not in use by the customer. Digital Signage is becoming more relevant in popular in the retail and hospitality industries.

POS Digital SignageDigital Signage - Digital Signage is any automated customer display that displays ad information. These displays can be set up to access POS system databases for promotional or sales items and display consumer friendly advertisements. The most effective place for installation of Digital Signage is in "waiting" areas of the business. Ideal locations would be in the deli area, bakery or at the checkout. Any area where the customer has to pause in the shopping experience is a useful place to install these devices.

In the Digital Signage industry, there is vigorous debate about the effective of such display at the checkout. Preliminary studies show that consumers remember promotional displays at check-out and look to take advantage of the promotion or sale on their next visit.

POS Station Security Methods - Controlling access to registers is important in any POS environment. Most POS system software allows you to set up system users with password protection. These secured accounts allow and restrict access on an employee by employee basis depending on their job position. For example, users registered as cashiers would be able to log on and use one register, but would be restricted from using more than one register at a time and would have no access to the management functions of the system. Supervisors may have access for supervisory functions at any register, and have limited access to system management functions (such as checking warehouse inventory or adding to orders. The key is that the POS system software allows you to control who can do what with the POS software.

User names and passwords take time to enter on the keyboard, and generally aren't as secure as "physical" methods of logging on. POS systems can use a variety of methods to accomplish the log-on procedure:

  • Barcode Scanners - Since most POS systems have barcode scanners attached, using them for employee login is simple and economical. The employee scans the barcode on their employee badge to get access to the system. There can still be a problem with security using this method however, if the employees are allowed to let other others use their badges to gain access to the POS system software.
  • Magnetic Stripe Readers - Similar to the barcode method, the system login information is encoded on the magnetic stripe of the employee id. The employee used the POS's credit card reader to log in to the system. This method has all the advantages and disadvantages of the barcode scanner method.POS Fingerprint Reader
  • Fingerprint Readers - Fingerprint readers add a level of security unattainable by using barcode scanner or magnetic stripe readers. Fingerprint ID software and hardware are usually an add-in to the POS system software. The ID software logs unique information associated with the employee's thumb or fingerprint, then uses this information to determine the identity of the person attempting to log in.

    Fingerprint readers and ID software have become reliable and cost effective in the POS environment. These device are very useful in all POS as they assure positive identification and login with 100% confidence.