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Back to Basics. What is a typical Computerized POS System?
By: Charles - 12/12/2014

Many businesses be they restaurants or retail locations now use a computerized POS (point of sale) system. It is easy to overlook everything that makes up a typical POS system so lets quickly go over the key parts. 1). POS Computer. The POS computer is the main component and can be either an All-In-One Touchscreen Computer or a small form factor POS computer. Most if not all of the other hardware will be connected to the POS Computer. The POS software will also be loaded on the computer. 2). Software. All computerized POS systems use POS software, there are many options depending on your busin...

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A Friday POS Poem
By: Charles - 10/3/2014

POS Poem. POS stands for Point of Sale. We sell Barcode Scanners, MSRs and Cashdrawers, Touchscreen Monitors, Barcode Printers and more, Label Stock, Age Verifiers and Scales. Tablets, Terminals, Mobile Computers. Point of Sale Systems with training and support. Flexible Payment options galore. We accept Credit Cards, Wire Transfers and gladly a PO(purchase order). Card Printing and Custom Programming that can't be beat. We do even more but what makes us different is our Lifetime Hardware support!

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New CS4070 by Motorola
By: Charles - 9/19/2014

The Motorola CS4070 and its Features. Many Americans today are taking advantage of their smart phones/devices as a means of reading barcodes. The Majority of smart phones are slow at capturing and decoding barcodes. Motorola has come up with a solution that is small, lightweight and inexpensive. The CS4070 scans 1D and 2D barcodes and can connect to most smart devices including Android, Windows and iOS devices, along with many labtops. The CS4070's scan engine is very aggressive and can even read poorly printed and damaged barcodes with ease. The CS4070 also reads barcodes at multiple angles(c...

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Tip your servers (WITH CASH)
By: Charles - 7/29/2014

Tip Your Servers(WITH CASH)! Cash is still king. King in the fact that it can be much more impressive then showing someone your platinum card... However many people don't even carry cash anymore, myself included(although I am working on changing that). You maybe asking yourself why carry cash when carrying debit and credit cards is so much easier and fits into your wallet/purse more nicely.

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Scan-to-Print
By: Charles - 6/27/2014

scan-to-print A solution that will allow you to scan a barcode and then reprint that barcode in one easy step seems like a useful solution that would be very easy to find, unfortunately the scan-to-print solution is difficult to find and comes with complications.

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Top Five Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your POS System
By: Charles - 6/20/2014

1 You have to manually track sales and inventory Most new POS software will track your inventory and sales, with reports that you can export to other programs like Quickbooks. This saves time by providing a quicker way to view profit and shrinkage. 2 You purchased a new computer and none of your hardware can connect. Old technology comes with older connections, many of which are obsolete. Read more here.

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Absentee Owner Lesson
By: Charles - 3/28/2014

Absentee Owner Lesson Recently I spoke with a local Bar owner whose bar has been open since 1987. This bar is popular and unique in our community but the owner has seen his profits drop from about 70K a year down to about 25K a year.

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Zoning
By: Charles - 12/30/2013

zoning Zoning laws, what fun! Most cities have areas zoned for specific uses, i.e. Industrial, Commercial, Single or Multi Family etc. Unfortunately most cities are different when it comes to zoning policies. For this reason I would start your information search beginning with your city website(hopefully they have one). The internet is great as you should be able to find a good amount of information quickly as to your cities zoning laws and zoning maps. I would suggest visiting your local City Hall/Planning department to get more information. I have seen bars, taverns or restaurants zoned unde...

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Location, Location, Location
By: Charles - 12/19/2013

location-location-location When thinking about opening a bar like most businesses location is key. Chances are the type of bar you want to open will help determine your prime location. If your goal is to open a college bar obviously you will want to be close to the college. If you would like to have a large bar you will want to be in a populated enough area and probably downtown where there is enough foot traffic to support a large location. Perhaps a wine or martini bar is more your style; if this is the case you will most likely want to be in an area where your patrons can pay a little more ...

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Intro. How I went from the Bar business over to POS.
By: Charles - 12/19/2013

Introduction Hello my name is Charles. When I started working at age 14 my first job was at a Supper Club that had a full bar. I wore many hats at this job for the three years that I worked there and saw two different owners run the business. The owners ran the business very differently especially in the bar and this gave me a good starting perspective on the “bar” business. My second job was at a split business that doubled as a Bowling Alley on one side and a night club on the other. I helped open this business as I was first hired on to help with the remodel. After the remodel I stayed on a...

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