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BarCodes in POS

A Barcode is one of the most commonly used tools in the world. Over the years, it has become a significant part of wholesale and retail businesses—almost all shops and businesses use barcodes for one purpose or another. The use of barcodes has expanded to include social media, mobile applications, and even advertisement billboards. Barcodes are mostly used at point-of-sale (POS) stations in stores throughout the world. Additionally, the process is relatively instantaneous and allows for the processing of many products simultaneously. Therefore, using barcodes has significantly eased transactional processes for both buyers and sellers.

What is a Barcode

Before knowing how a barcode works with a POS, it is essential to comprehend what a barcode is all about. In simple terms, a barcode is nothing but a coded pattern with a number equivalent, which can be detected and scanned by a barcode reader. Also, a barcode is an unmistakable alternating black and white design that stores an item's information.

Using Barcodes With POS

The barcode of a product is usually scanned using a scanner. This sensor can be embedded on a POS machine or a separate device that looks like a gun, which can be held like a probe. Once the barcode is scanned, information is translated from machine language to recognizable details, which is presented on the POS display. This data is displayed and categorized depending on the user's preferences and the manufacturer's design. Typically, when a product is scanned, the manufacturer's information and the item's cost is presented on the POS screen. All the products a customer wants to purchase would also be similarly scanned into the POS machine. To include more than an item of a single product, the cashier may scan an item multiple times or manually include the number on the input keys of the POS machine. Once all the products are all scanned in, the cashier would usually opt to checkout using the POS machine. Selecting this option automatically creates a total amount due for payment by the customer. At this point, a customer can proceed to pay for the selected products. In some cases, customers can make payments using a mobile application through a barcode. Payment can easily be made by simply scanning a barcode using the POS machine.

Other Uses of Barcodes

Although barcodes are primarily used for purchase within stores, this technology is also used for a wide range of applications together with a POS system. Inventory management is an example of such an application. The use of barcodes with an inventory management system is quite similar to that of a POS system. The only difference is that the tallied products are not totaled for purchase. Instead, a storekeeper would use it to keep track of the number of products within a warehouse or the storage space. A business with a store near their storage facility would likely have a synchronized inventory management system and a POS system.

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