What is a receipt in retail?

Point of Sale (POS) Glossary

A receipt in a retail environment is usually a record of a sale. Receipts may also be issued as proof of a return, notably when money is credited back to a customer’s card payment. Receipts can also be generated as proof of being on a waiting list to buy a product, for layaway installment payments, and for other reasons for documentation between a store and consumer that may not be a sale.

Receipts are usually issued by a point of sale register, at an eCommerce store, emailed, or included with a shipped product.

A business may choose to deny issuing a refund without a valid receipt. Depending on their policies and procedures, they may give credit, exchange only, or other limited options. However, some POS systems may track sales linked to a customer, and then the business is less dependent on a printed receipt to process returns.

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