How to Use a Cash Register

How to Use a Cash Register
Read our guide of tips to train your employees in how to use a cash register, and the difference between a cash register and point of sale system.
by Square Jul 15, 2021 — 3 min read
How to Use a Cash Register

The cash register and point of sale (POS) systems are the heart of retail, restaurant, beauty businesses and more. Both devices let you process hundreds of transactions a day. Cash registers are generally less expensive and offer more basic functionality, whereas POS systems cost more but integrate more comprehensively with your back-office operations.

Is a cash register or POS system the best choice for your business? This will depend on your business style and size, the number of transactions you process, whether you’d like advanced functionality, and your budget.

Read on for more information about the features and benefits of cash registers and point of sale (POS) systems.

What is a cash register?

A cash register – also known as a “till” – is a cash management device commonly used in retail and other businesses. It’s used to calculate and record sales and transactions electronically.

A cash register creates a record of the money flowing into and out of a business. It can also calculate and add taxes and generate receipts. A cash register usually includes a keypad or touchscreen, receipt printer and a drawer for storing cash.

The cash register was invented in 1879 by James Ritty to keep his employees from stealing money from the till. The initial model was called “Ritty’s Incorruptible Cashier”!

Cash registers have come a long way since. Today’s models are electronic, though increasingly, retailers are opting to use a point of sale (POS) system rather than a basic cash register.

What is a point of sale (POS) system?

A POS or point of sale system is far more than just a cash register. A point of sale system streamlines, automates and simplifies the everyday of running a retail business using a combination of modern software and hardware.

A quality retail POS system makes it easy to calculate and record sales, but it also helps you operate more efficiently when it comes to inventory, staffing, customer management and more.

Square Register is a fully integrated point of sale system that lets you manage card and contactless payments, online sales and pickup and delivery, all from one POS. Find out more on the Square website.

Tips for training your staff to use a cash register

Today’s cash registers and POS systems are generally intuitive and easy to use. Nonetheless, you should provide your new starters with training in both customer service and how to use your business’s solution.

We share more tips for training your staff to use your cash register or POS system on our blog, ‘27 cash register training tips all effective businesses know’.

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