​What is a POS?

​Jim Smith

​A POS is a cash register. But it is also much, much more. ​"POS" is an acronym for point of sale, which refers to any kind of area where a transaction can happen, whether it's for a product or service.

For sellers, that's usually the location bordering their sales register-- where clients trade cash for a services or product.

Credit Cards

​Julia Winson

​If you run a business, you'll need to accept credit cards. We help you understand what you need to get started. We also give you tips and information on how to find the best deals.

​Tablet POS

​Peter Tollman

​You'll often see food trucks, small businesses and even large businesses using a tablet POS. There are pros and cons to doing this. We've sorted them out for you.

​Receipt Printers

​POS printers and devices permit you to enhance the functionality of your existing point-of-sale equipment. These devices add the capacity to display rates to your clients or create a published receipt for each and every purchase. This promotes strong customer care experiences. If you're looking for a Toast receipt printer, go to the link.

Straightforward Display
POS printers typically include display screens that enable consumers to view items as staff members scan or manually enter them for the deal. This basic screen helps buyers validate rates as well as review tax obligation info at a look, guaranteeing they get the advertised prices.

​​Solid Receipt

POS printers and accessories additionally give you the capability to supply a proof of purchase for each and every purchase.  A printed invoice can considerably help with returns or exchanges at a later day. To maintain your printers printing, usage premium POS paper.

​​Effective Marketing Tool

Hard copies created utilizing POS printers might consist of business name, get in touch with number, as well as address. This makes it very easy for consumers to bear in mind where they bought items as well as return there for comparable items, offering a superb advertising and marketing chance. Lots of POS printers also use reverse-side printing, allowing you add promo codes or important tips and also shop policies to the rear of each receipt.

​​Trusted as well as Rapid Operation

Modern POS printers typically include speeds determined in inches per second, and these premium versions supply quick procedure. They may likewise bear an indication of the mean time in between failings, letting you recognize just the length of time you can anticipate the printer to supply superb solution as well as proceeded operation. These MTBF scores can quickly vary right into the thousands of hundreds of hours in between solution phone calls, supplying outstanding integrity.

​​Kitchen Ticket Printers

Just how Does a POS Communicate With the Kitchen?

Kitchen printers need to hold up against the demands of a busy dining establishment, so they are created to be quick as well as loud. In a busy kitchen, orders are frequently streaming as well as the printer must be heard within a loud setting. Kitchen printers are furnished with buzzers to aid the kitchen area team prevent missing out on orders.
Are cooking area printers the same as invoice printers?

No, invoice printers use thermal printing modern technology while kitchen printers make use of effect printing modern technology. Thermal printers are not used in cooking areas due to the fact that the warmth would harm the thermal paper as well as smear the tickets.
Exactly how does the POS system communicate with the cooking area printer?

Most kitchen printers are attached over the network and also plugged in via a router or button. By doing this, any kind of POS terminal can interact with the same printer-- also from a far away. While invoice printers are attached directly to a POS terminal, kitchen printers are usually located loads of feet far from the computer.
Exactly how do multiple kitchen printers work? Just how can I print to various stations at my dining establishment?

Numerous dining establishments operate stations within their kitchen area for different order kinds-- for example, an appetiser terminal, a salad station, and also a meal terminal. To boost effectiveness, different kitchen area printers can be used in each place of the kitchen, with menu things printing to the appropriate station. All apps will certainly print to the appetiser station, all salad orders will certainly print to the salad station, and all meals will print to the entree terminal.
Can I publish modifiers in red?

Yes. Lots of restaurants publish modifiers in red to differentiate them in the kitchen area.

​Cash Drawers

​Cash drawers are one of the core components to every Point of Sale System. They may be the simplest part of your POS but making sure you have the right cash drawer is key.

​Square Compatible Receipt Printers

Star Micronics TSP143IIIBi (Bluetooth)

Epson TM-T88V

​Epson TM-T20II (USB)




​Thermal Printer

​Thermal Printer

​Thermal Printer

8 x 5.6 x 5.2 inches
3.7 pounds

​7.7 x 5.7 x 5.8 inches
​3.53 pounds

​5.5 x 5.8 x 7.8 inches

3.75 pounds

Bluetooth - Yes
Ethernet - No

Serial - No

​​​USB - No

WiFi - No

Bluetooth - Yes
Ethernet - No

​Serial - No

USB - Yes

WiFi - No

Bluetooth - No
Ethernet - No

​Serial - Yes

USB - Yes

WiFi - No

The TSP143IIIBi works with Square Stand, iPad, and iPhone. There are other versions that offer USB, Ethernet, and WiFi connections.

This Epson printer has been around a while. It prints fast and handles high volume. It works with works with Square Stand, iPad, and iPhone.

This printer works with Square. One thing we like is that you can add other connecting options to the same printer by getting adapting kits.

Connect Hardware to iPads
Connect Recommended Hardware to Square Stand
Set Up Square Register

​Receipt Printers

​If you run a business you'll need a receipt printer. There are many kinds, models, makes, features and ways to connect to your POS. We break it all down for you and make it simple. If you're using Square Payments, we explain all of the Square Compatible Printers. Fortunately, receipt printer manufacturers are in general solid makers of their products. We like Star Micronics and Epson. Both companies have been around for a long while and they offer printers at a wide range of price points. 

​Mobile POS for Foodtrucks

​We love food trucks! The food is delicious and convenient. If you're running  food truck, you need to get a payment from your customer and you don't have much counterspace. There are some great solutions out there and we break down for you.  

​Credit Card Basics

​You'll need to accept credit card payments if you're a business. It's really not profitable to do a cash only business. Getting started with credit card payments is not difficult. It can be confusing. We'll explain all this to you and we won't take all day to do it. Here is some quick information. You'll need a payment provider or someone who provides you with credit card readers, payment processing and banking. Credit card readers are how you charge a customer for their purchase. Normally the credit card readers connect to a POS point of sale system. The credit card reader connects securely to a payment gateway and this gateway sends the amount of the customer's purchase and their credit card number to a payment network. You'll need a bank because you'll want to get paid. So the credit card reader sends information to your payment processor who sends the information to the credit card network. This all happens in a couple seconds. The credit card network notifies the bank whom issued the customer's credit card to pay you. And money is deposited into your bank account. It's not really complicated. The whole thing has even got easier as their are now all-in-one payment processors such as Square Payments who do all of this for you.

About us

Jim Smith


​Jim has run several small businesses. He likes to help businesses get started and operate efficiently. When not working Jim likes to travel and exercise.

Julia Winson

​Writer and Contributor

​Julia is a full time writer and researcher. She is interested in how technology can help small businesses grow. When not work Julia spends time with family and friends.

Peter Tollman


​Peter is a writer and photographer. After working in the corporate world for a decade, he now helps businesses learn about best practices. He resides in L.A.