What is the opening amount in a POS register?

Point of Sale (POS) Glossary

The opening amount in a point of sale register is the amount of money in a cash drawer to start the day, shift, or another employee taking over a register position. Cash drawers are usually equipped to make change by putting a variety of different denominations in the drawer. This opening amount is entered into a point of sale system, which keeps track of the transactions until the register is balanced when the POS terminal is closed out.

Usually, only one employee is responsible for a register. Balancing the register makes the employee who ran the register accountable for the cash. If there is money missing, management must determine if it was due to a mistake or theft and then act per the store’s policies and procedures.

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