Many of us born after the 80's are not likely to remember the old fashioned, mechanical, heavy tills. However for many they were common place, found in shops ranging from department stores through to corner shops. Relying purely on a receipt being printed to tally up the days takings caused issues and they were also flawed in several other ways. In a fast food restaurant for example, tickets had to be printed and lined up at the grill station, tickets that could be easily lost. If the receipt paper jammed it also meant it could be difficult to add up the days takings. Not to mention card transactions, stock control and many other operations that EPOS software does effortlessly on modern technical hardware. A solution to this problem was needed...
Early EPOS Software
The solution came in the form of microprocessor development. As computers started to become more sophisticated and smaller in size they could be made into the size of a till. In fact one of the first organisations to use a simple but none the less working EPOS software based computer was McDonalds, the well know fast food outlet. Their till used EPOS software to allow them to send and queue up orders directly to the kitchen area. As time went on early Apple and Atari machines where used until Microsoft Windows based software was developed and became the standard OS, along with Unix and Linux.
Modern EPOS Software Solutions
Once the ball got rolling many different EPOS software solutions started springing up, tailored to different customer facing environments. Modern EPOS software is even featured on till systems that can be operated by the customer, via self-service tills. Modern EPOS software implementations offer a much wider field of customer data to be captured which covers everything from special offers through to stock information and accounts data storage.
It's interesting to learn how EPOS software goes unnoticed much of the time and we take for granted till systems. It'll also be interesting to see how EPOS software continues to develop over the coming years.