What is a Till System?
When we use the term ‘till system’, we mean just that – an integrated system of devices and data.
In the past, cash registers were viewed as simple, standalone entities to receive payment for goods. Over the last decade, till systems have developed into a series of sophisticated yet simplistic electronic payment solutions that create faster, more convenient purchasing environments for businesses and consumers alike.
From cloud-hosted back-office platforms that help you update your prices, products and promotions remotely, to mobile apps that register orders and integrate seamlessly with your Point of Sale Systems, there are bespoke solutions available for businesses of all shapes and sizes.
What should you look for in a till system?
Regardless of what size your business is, or whether you’re looking for an EPOS till system for a café, bar or shop, there are a few key factors to keep in mind:
If there’s one thing all retail businesses have in common, it’s the desire for growth. Without a flexible, intuitive till system to cater for new sales and account for the flow of revenue through your business, it can become a real chore.
For a restaurant it might mean adding information to a menu or changing it entirely. For a small, independent shop, it could mean setting up new merchandise ready for purchase. Whatever the scenario, your till system shouldn’t be a barrier to new sales – it should facilitate them every step of the way.
Ease of use
When businesses scale up to accommodate more products, premises and staff, there’s a tendency to overcomplicate matters. In a fast-paced environment where anything can change at the drop of a hat, the processes, and systems you use to cater for growth make all the difference.
It doesn’t get much easier than a touchscreen till system. It’s all there at the touch of a button – anything from navigation between products, amending staff details, providing refunds, and amending prices. It couldn’t be more straightforward.
Whether you’re looking for a café till system or a till system for a pub, reporting on the sales performance of your staff – or your business as a whole - is fundamental to keeping track of what works, and what doesn’t.
We appreciate that analysing data can sometimes be a difficult task, so having all your sales information set out clearly in an intuitive visual interface – with easily digestible graphs and tabulated information – can be super helpful. Having data available in the cloud makes the whole process of sales analysis markedly easier from the outset. You no longer have to rely on being in a specific place at a specific time – you’re able to download your reports at your leisure from any device, anywhere in the world.
A few takeaways
Modern till systems aren’t just comprised of a standalone cash register or EPOS terminal. They’re part of a much wider range of solutions such as order-taking apps and cloud-hosted reporting.
It doesn’t matter what size or shape your business is, modern till systems are adaptable to any purchasing environment. Scalability, ease-of-use, and reporting are all at the heart of EPOS systems, providing you with the platform you need to keep growing your business.