Second Monitor as a Customer Display
Traditional Pole Display vs. Second Monitor
Traditional 2-line monochrome customer displays have become less and less popular each year. While once considered a mandatory accessory due to the popularity of writing checks, it has become less and less popular as more and more stores stop taking checks and only accept cash or credit/debit cards. The old pole display which showed item information and order totals assisted in writing checks faster and mistake free. Now that everything is automated it's cost isn't as warranted as in the past.
What has b...
Our newest Ask POSGuys video shows you how to pair Zebra Bluetooth scanners with iOS, Android and Windows devices, and how to use the keyboard once the device has been paired.
For more information on the scanners, or to download the PIN codes for pairing, see: Zebra CS3070 Zebra CS4070
Video transcription included below.
“Travis from POSGuys.com. Today we're going to go over Bluetooth barcode scanners and pairing them with different operating systems. With iOS, I'm going to be pairing a Symbol CS3070, with Android phone, I'm going to be pairing a Zebra CS4070, and using Windows, I'm going...
Datalogic's new Heron 3130 1D Scanner and Heron 3430 2D Imager are not only great at scanning barcodes, they also offer unique light and sound options and we want to show you how to get the most out of those features.
First, check out your 3130 Quick Ref Guide and 3430 Quick Ref Guide. In these guides you will find handy configuration codes that can do everything from lower the volume to configure the country code. The Quick Reference Guide will be the one instruction booklet you'll actually read and want to keep handy.
Let's start with the lights on the Heron 3130 and the Heron 3430. Out...
Symbol LS2208 now the Zebra LS2208
The Zebra LS2208 is the new name for one of the best selling barcode scanners of all time with over 5 million units sold. It was originally the Symbol LS2208 and part of Symbol Solutions before they became Motorola Solutions which eventually was bought out by Zebra Technologies.
What made the LS2208 so good was its compact form factor, double trigger, and easy compatibility. When the 2208 was created, there was a lot of confusion on what interface to use, serial scanners, ps2 keyboard wedge interfaces, and synapse were all used in the point of sale and au...
CRE Database Backup
In our last post we talked about backing up the restaurant software, Aldelo, to have some kind of disaster recovery. Cash Register Express, a more general point of sale software, also has a backup utility built in.
Below is our guide, including pictures, to walk through the process step-by-step.
NOTE: Database Backup cannot be completed until all credit card transactions have been settled.
Open Cash Register Express, but don't log in. Click on File at the top left portion of the screen.
Select Database Maintenance and then Backup Database
Any loss of data, whether it's a personal computer, handheld device, or business computer brings a lot of stress. Loss of data on a POS system means losing customer transactions, menu settings, inventory, and more.
Luckily, the backup process for Aldelo is simple.
Open the Aldelo software. On the opening screen, select Back Office
On the Back Office screen, select Backup Database
Select a drive and a location from the menu. We recommend keeping a copy on the computer and on an external drive. A USB thumb drive works well and can be placed in a safe location easily.
As retail environments evolve so should the POS Systems they implement. Counters are becoming smaller with less room dedicated to cash registers and more allocated towards open space or stocking “impulse buys” like candy bars or other grab-and-go consumables. As such POSGuys is updating our retail systems with the latest, space saving, all-in-one units. These new units provide a modern contemporary look with the additional benefit of increased computer performance.
Our Preferred Retail System will be upgrading to use the new POS-X ION TP5. This unit features a widescreen resolution, high quali...
Last week I was out travelling for business. The process of travelling is always grueling, but technology promises to make things more efficient.
A lot of companies are starting to release coupons, accept payment, and check-in via smartphones. It looks simple: you get an email with a square barcode (called a 2D barcode), load the image onto your phone, and scan it at the register.
Most of the time, this process works well. However, like happened on my trip, the scanner doesn't scan properly and everyone else is left waiting longer until the user can sort it out. Why does this happen? There ...
In this ultimate Epson TM-C3500 printing quality test we performed five tests; control, submerged, splashed, frozen, and outdoors. Our first scan of the labels was at 1 hour, the second at one week, the third at 1 year.
Epson TM-C3500 Video Review
Before showing the images of our results here is a quick summary. When labels are printed on media designed specifically for the Epson TM-C3500 the ink does not bleed or smudge. UV light exposure after 1 year causes some light fading. The label that maintained its original quality the best after one year's time was the label in the f...
Later this year, Microsoft will change the Windows 10 upgrade option to a Recommended update. They're doing this as a method to get everyone who qualifies onto one operating system. This means, if your update settings are set to install recommended updates (which is the default setting for Windows 7 Service Pack 2, Windows 8, and 8.1), Windows 10 will get installed automatically.
For Microsoft, this ensures that there is only one operating system to support, one set of features to develop, and one track of bugs and errors to fix.
For Microsoft, this is a huge change that will help their busi...