There are a number of different well-known industries which make heavy use of POS systems. Though most noticeable in restaurants and retail outlets (where you have a cashier placing orders with a computer touch-screen) POS systems can be found in many businesses. In addition to allowing restaurant cashiers take an order with ease, POS systems also permit warehouse managers to easily update their inventories and let factory employees clock in and out with an ID card while the time is recorded on a central computer on the network.
Most POS systems are installed to increase productivity by streamlining processes and consolidating tasks. The following industries are most likely to make use of a POS system instead of using separate systems for inventory, order taking, and time management. This does not mean that these businesses will all use the same systems or use them with the same frequency.
The usage of POS systems in restaurants has become all but universal, with it being much more likely for a restaurant to use some form of POS system than for them to do everything manually. Restaurant POS systems range from simple order-taking systems to complex multi-restaurant networks, with everything in between as well. The average restaurant POS system will integrate the taking of orders, displaying or printing the orders for the kitchen, keeping track of inventory based on what has been ordered, and a time clock into the same system that can be accessed from any POS terminal. Each employee will have their own identification number and password, which in many cases will be kept securely on an ID card that they can swipe to log in.
Retail Outlets Much like restaurants, retail outlets have wholeheartedly embraced POS systems. Many stores have even taken the systems to the next level, having self-check lanes available for customers with an easy-to-use POS interface that allows them to scan their own items and then make payment by cash or credit card. Inventory and time clock features will often be integrated into the POS system as well to help keep all functions of the store running from the same central computer system.
Factories and Warehouses
An ever-increasing number of factories and warehouses use POS systems as a means to operate both their time clocks and inventory systems, taking advantage of the ease of use those touch-screen POS systems provide. In addition to making inventory control and time management much easier since the entire system is contained within a single network, many factory POS systems also integrate incoming orders and outgoing shipments so as to assist in determining whether the current inventory and rate of production are sufficient to meet customer needs. Some factory and warehouse POS systems may also integrate into a larger network, allowing managers to tell whether needed items are available in the inventories of other warehouses that are owned by the same company.
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