The classic cash register still resists on the market and the most important brands maintain its production.
Characteristic of the simple cash register is the fiscal printer integrated within the same machine. It is a thermal printer that allows you to customize the receipt with the data required by law. The most modern machines also allow to obtain a managerial or fiscal relationship that can be transferred to a computer.
The cash register on Windows or PC-based computers has a more involved size of the cash register, with greater functionality accessible through an easy-to-use graphical interface. They operate with locally installed Windows software, independent of online platforms and other types of external connections. All-in-one and modular systems are distinguished within the same category. The software is installed on a machine specifically designed to serve the cash point functions, complete with printers, drawers, displays and keyboards.
The modular cash register can instead be installed on common computers – provided and they have a compatible operating system – or on machines are available to the same suppliers. In this case, we will have a device with software whose potential is extended by adding the peripherals necessary for the activity ( drawers, scanners, labellers, etc.). In both cases the software can adapt to classic devices (computers with keyboard and mouse) or to the most modern touch screens. Some companies grant the license to use the software, others offer the software with a special device and devices with a leasing contract.
Cloud-based cash registers are the most advanced version of cash registers. The software closely linked to an internet connection is installed locally on a server accessible through appropriate compatible applications on mobile and / or fixed devices. Ease of use makes the intervention of a technician for installation and configuration unnecessary. In fact, these are simple apps for tablets, smartphones or computers that are accessed with their own credentials. The potential of networked cash registers is very high, especially in the case of a particular sector such as catering. These applications allow the various staff members to update the recorder in real time with information about the activities in progress (eg tables, orders, collections). Cloud-based recorders typically operate on Android and iOS-Apple mobile systems and need an internet connection. However, some systems operate partially offline, recording information on the device used and transferr it later to the cloud database. Also in this case the cash point can be enriched with the necessary peripherals and therefore constitute a complete offer for the management of the activity. It also reports the availability of free management app.