What is flat pricing?

Point of Sale (POS) Glossary

Flat pricing is when a merchant charges a set amount of money for products or services, regardless of the volume sold. An all-you-can-eat buffet, unlimited service from a cellphone carrier, or a gym with monthly versus visit pricing are examples of flat pricing.

A point of sale register could be configured to accommodate both flat and unit pricing, depending on circumstances. Customers might be offered the choice of an unlimited buffet or menu pricing. Another strategy might be to set up promotional groups where different customers might be eligible for varying deals depending on their membership.

A robust POS system can automate flat pricing versus unit pricing to streamline the checkout process. In those cases where specific groups have different promotions, the POS system can differentiate between them with scannable membership cards or customer information.

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