Point of Sale (POS) Glossary
A barcode is data encoded into a machine-readable visual pattern. UPC is a familiar barcode scheme you might see in retail environments. It consists of parallel black and white lines. However, there are also more complex barcode patterns.
You often see barcodes on products and employee identification badges. This allows them to be quickly scanned into a computer. A point of sale system uses barcodes at checkout to process items that are being sold.
POS systems may also allow manual input of SKUs and other information using a keyboard at checkout, but the use of a barcode scanner automates this process so it is faster, and there are fewer errors. Barcodes make it more efficient for point of sale systems to do inventory reconciliation and order receiving.
An eCommerce website is open 24/7 and accessible from all over the world. Being online and having physical store opens your business to a global market.
You’ve probably been at the register at the grocery store and asked if you wanted to contribute money to a charity as you checked out. Maybe you donated, or perhaps you found it was annoying. It might have depended on your mood that day, or possibly the charity was a deciding factor.