Wednesday, May 28, 2008
What I have found is that both Sharp and Sam4s cash registers are very even in terms of quality and features. However Sharp seems to be a little more expensive in the higher end cash registers and often they require more expensive options then SAM4s.
Most SAM4s and Sharp Cash Registers can have integrated credit card, gift card, barcode scanning and computer interface
So bottem line is that it is hard to go wrong with either brand. Just make sure you don't under buy for the features you are looking for.
RMS sells for about double what MS POS sells for. The MS RMS can also work with a wide range of POS hardware. The Microsoft Retail Mangement System can have integrated credit card and gift card operations.
The CRG's have a couple RMS complete bundles available with hardware from HP. One MS RMS Store Ops bundle includes a touch screen the other RMS POS Bundle features a standard 15" LCD monitor. Both include a 3 year on-site warranty.
The MS POS system works well even if you don't want inventory control but are looking for a Bar Code Scanning system. Just use POS and forget about inventory. MS POS can also integrate your credit card payments.
The Microsoft POS system can work with a touch screen or standard monitor. Many people prefer MS POS with a touch screen. There are hundreds of configurations that can be used as far as hardware.
The CRG's have complete bundles for sale using MS POS software and HP POS Hardware. These bundles come pre-loaded with the software and include a 3 year on-site warranty from HP! Great deal for the person that is willing to invest some time rather then use a local full service FULL PRICE pos company.
Check out the MS POS System Bundles here.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
While the keyboard on the ER 285M is small the abilities to hold UPCs in huge. Equipped with a thermal printer and 5 bill 5 coin drawer the ER-285M is unlike any other small cash register I have seen on the market.
- Integrated Credit Card Payments reduces cashier fraud at the Cash Register
- By interfacing the Credit Card transactions to your Cash Register you eliminate the need to re-enter or double enter the sales amount, which greatly reduces errors.
- Faster Transactions
- Less equipment on your counter
- Very Cost Effective
- High Speed or dial up (or both)
- Integrated Gift Card Programs as well
There is only one company in the world that makes Credit Card terminals that interface to Cash Registers that I know of. So forget about interfacing your existing Verifone or Hypercom terminal to your cash register. The terminals that interface are from Datacap Systems. Datacap makes several terminals that Interface to Cash Registers from the No Load Twin Tran, The IPTran, The 162ML and 162SL terminals. All of the Datacap terminals require a cash register to operate and will not work as standalones. Every Datacap product uses the printer and 10 Key keypad of the cash register. Depending on which Cash Register you choose to interface the Datacap you will be able to process Credit Cards, Debit Cards with Pin, Check Cards, Gift Cards, and EBT.
Datacap products are only available via Cash Register / POS Dealers and are not available from most merchant services providors. Prices range from $600.00 to $1500.00 depending on which make and model and features required. Some cash registers can share a single Datacap product, which will help lower your start up cost. So as an example lets say you have 4 Sam4s ER-7000 Cash Registers you want to integrate credit cards with. You could use on Twin Tran for all 4 machines via the Cash Registers IRC feature and then add an inexpensive magnetic card reader to each register. So you would be able to process credit card at all 4 registers for a cost of $1716.00 total which is only $429.00 per cash register. That is less then the cost of 4 standalone credit card terminals in most cases and don't forget all the fraud and errors you will stop by integrating your credit card payments. There is also a processing company Mercury Payment Systems that will lease/rent you a Twin Tran for only $12.50 per month (with lifetime warranty) and you only have to buy the magnetic card readers. So using Mercury for the same aformentioned 4 register system your start up cost would only be $516.00 for 4 readers and $12.50 per month. Mercury also offers integrated Gift Card as well as Credit Card.
The bottom line on Integrated Credit Card Cash Registers is that it works very well these days and is very cost effective. You can increase your bottom line by stopping the fraud and errors
Friday, May 02, 2008
For SAM4s and Samsung Cash Register Keyboard Covers
For Sharp Cash Register Keyboard Covers
Keyboard Covers For Samsung Cash Registers
Sharp Cash Register Keyboard Covers
More often then not it is more trouble then it is worth to connect and use UNLESS you have lots of PLU's or UPC to program into the machine. In that case the software can save you hours of time programming. And one of the packgages allows you to import items which again can save you hours and hours!
Check out the following cash Registers that Integrate to a PC for Free
SAM4s ER-265 Cash Register with FREE Software
SAM4s ER-285 Cash Register with FREE Software
SAM4s ER-390 Cash Register with FREE Software
Sharp ER-A242 Cash Register With Free Software
Thursday, May 01, 2008
The UP-700 has many options. Like Integrated Credit Card, Kitchen Printer, Coin Changer, PC Interface, Kitchen Video, Scale, DVR, and maybe more!
One company offers the hardware at little to no cost when you process through them. And they offer a Free Gift Card program as well.
You will not find an easier cash register to program then the ER-650 or ER-650R register. The reason is the LCD display that makes programming and reporting on this machine menu driven. I have programmed this machine many times without opening a book. Just turn the key and follow the directions!
Lots of options also make this a popular machine. The ER-650 or ER-650R can have Barcode Scanning, Integrated Credit Card, Scale, PC Interface, Coin Changer, Kitchen Printer, Kitchen Video, and DVR interface. However this machine only comes with 2 serial ports and none can be added. So keep that in mind when looking at options.
A couple knocks on this model is that they can not share a kitchen printer, or credit card interface. So if you have three machines in your store and need Itegrated Credit Card you can indeed do that but you need three Datacaps (1 per machine) as with larger SAM4s registers can share 1 Datacap.
By the way the SAM4s ER-650 and ER-650R is the same as the Samsung ER-650 and ER-650R. Samung never made the machines just sold them. They were always made by SAM4s who now market directly.
The ER-5200M uses the Datacap credit card interfacing terminals to Integrate the Cash Register and Credit Card Transactions. The SAM4s ER-5200M with the Datacap Integrated Credit Card Terminal is sold at the CRG's