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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 spend 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.
Digital 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:
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