POS Cash Drawers, Software and Inventory Control
An Overview of POS Cash Drawers
POS cash drawers are an essential part of any point-of-sale set-up. This is primarily because it allows you to manage your money more efficiently. POS software gives you a full range of inventory control and customer sales history, making transactions more efficient and quicker for both the customer and the employee.
It was around 75 years ago that the idea of a cash drawer with an integrated adding machine was conjured up by a man named J Ralph Showers Sr.
When the items were added together on the adding machine the cash draw would open automatically and a bell would ring to warn the person operating the cash machine that it was open. Mr Showers got a patent and manufacturing began in the late 1920s. These original and simplistic cash draws were the beginnings of what we know today as POS cash drawers.
Over the years cash draw technology has become more and more sophisticated and today we have cutting edge POS systems which feature a range of technologies including receipt and invoice printers, customer price displays and scanners with programmable keyboards. These systems have enabled store managers to keep a detailed and comprehensive inventory of sales and stock and have led to reduced costs and quicker turnaround times.
Popular POS cash drawers
POS cash drawers come in a number of different shapes and sizes for a range of different applications and with different ranges of features. Three of the most popular manufacturers are MMF, Logic Controls and APG.
MMF drawers are known for their high quality and durability, and all models come with a two-year warranty. The MMF Heritage 240 and ECD-200 are able to integrate with nearly all POS systems and are flexible, safe and hard-wearing.
Logic Controls Drawers have been in the industry for 20 years or more and offer good value alongside safety and durability. Popular models include the Logics Controls CR 3000 cash drawer.
APG Cash Drawers offer a range of competitively priced products such as the APG 100 series whose relatively small size saves on counter space while still offering a full size till. Also popular are the APG 4000 and the APG 6000 series.