POS Recommendations to Customers
The following are letters written to International Point of Sale customers advising on different products. This information is meant to help customers make well informed decisions regarding what equipment would be right for them.
Full System running CRE:
I'd recommend the Elo 15" Series 1000 for $575. But that is a serial port so you'd need an open serial port for that one. Only difference is in the resolution, but you don't need such high resolution for our POS program.
The Metrologic Voyager series is a good scanner to start off on. It's a single line laser scanner. Difference between the 9540 is the latter has a trigger that gives you more control with scanning. Thse are $164 and $169 respectively. If you want a more aggressive handheld scanner, go with the MS6720. It has 20 laser beams in all different directions so that you merely have to pass the item through it and you'll get a scan; no need to line up the barcode.
The only real option for pole display is the Logic Controls PD-3000. Serial is $179 and USB is $199. Unless you want to go with a table top display (no pole). Those are similarly priced.
For receipt printing, the Epson TM-T88III has been and still is our champ. It's fast, quiet, and has an autocutter. It's $299. Also has special couponing features and can print out a logo.
All cash drawers are pretty much the same except they differ in size. The Val-u line is a great value. It's only $89 and has 2 media slots.
Different prices for different customers
Thanks for showing interest in our POS systems. Our software, Cash Register Express can handle charge accounts for customers. I know of many hardware stores that have a big book of customers that has to be flipped through for each price. Not so with CRE... You can have a different price for each item for each customer. And it is all automated, so your employees need only to ring up the sale. Are most of your items barcoded? Do you cut the lumber to make different sizes? I'd like to talk to you on the phone to understand your needs more. There are many factors that can effect price, such as whether you want to accept credit cards, debits, back office computer. First thing you might want to do is to download a free trial version of Cash Register Express from our download page. It's got some sample databases you can get your feet wet in. I can walk you through it over the phone and show you its main features.
Teaching employees how to use CRE
Don't worry about teaching your employees how to use Cash Register Express. Our software was not made for computer people, it was made for store owners and cashiers. It's easier than a regular register.
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