From the basic 'calculator and cash box' through to the modern touchscreen, we do the lot. Here's a quick breakdown of what's out there, and some guidance on choosing the right system for you and your business.

Choosing a new POS system

From the basic 'calculator and cash box' through to the modern touchscreen, we do the lot. With so many possibilities, though, it can be difficult to know what you need.

Let's go through some of the options.

Basic cash registers

For some small business ventures, all that's needed is something to count the money. You already know the prices - you just need a machine to keep track of everything. At this level there are a number of options available at very reasonable cost, many of which will have a built in receipt printer.

As your business grows, though, you will soon find the need for some more features.


Advantages of a basic cash register:

  • Very low cost
  • Simple to use
  • Little setup required

Standard cash registers

Many pubs, restaurants and shops have a fairly standard cash register, affording many buttons for products, connection for a laser scanner, connection for an external printer and a good standard of accounting fuctionality. Depending on where they sit in the price range, they might have memory for a few hundred products up to several thousand products. Most will do networking, allowing multiple machines to communicate and store cumulative sales and stock - which can even be tracked on your PC.


Advantages of a standard cash register:

  • Laser scanner or buttons for products
  • External printers available
  • Better accounting
  • Can store and share sales data

Touchscreen systems

Increasingly easy to use and with striking designs, touchscreen tills are becoming ever more popular. The software is highly customisable and highly extensible, meaning there is very little that cannot be done.

Products can be categorised, making it easy to input sales rapidly - even with hundreds of items on the menu. For hospitality, having graphical maps of the actual table layout makes taking orders a breeze.


On some systems, Gift Aid can even be automatically processed and Loyalty Cards facilitate customer rewards.


Touchscreen systems log every detail of every transaction, giving full clarity, transparency and security on your finances. Certain systems even allow you to view and analyse your sales online from anywhere in the world via their Internet platform!


For many systems the software is under constant development, so new features and improvements are added regularly.


Advantages of touchscreen systems:

  • Highly customisable
  • Easy and quick to use
  • Quick to learn
  • Can use loyalty cards
  • Card readers (chip and pin, contactless) available or built in
  • Wide range of add-ons and extensions available