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Point of Sale Terminal System With Clerical Facilities Functions

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000084841D
Original Publication Date: 1976-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Allmendinger, G: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

Point-of-Sale Terminal (POST) systems, such as IBM 3650/3660, used in the retail and wholesale trade should provide sales personnel and store management with full and "realtime" information on the transactions performed and the stock on hand, without requiring manual intervention or multiple processing of the same data.

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Point of Sale Terminal System With Clerical Facilities Functions

Point-of-Sale Terminal (POST) systems, such as IBM 3650/3660, used in the retail and wholesale trade should provide sales personnel and store management with full and "realtime" information on the transactions performed and the stock on hand, without requiring manual intervention or multiple processing of the same data.

The functions described below provide additional information for the cashier, increase the flexibility of the system, and reduce the amount of data handling. All functions can be readily implemented by extending the microprograms in the POST or its controller. A. Cashier Oriented Totals

One cashier/sales person may operate different terminals and perform transactions at each after appropriate sign-on procedures. The system maintains counters exhibiting individual totals for each of the cashiers, irrespective of the terminal from which the data are entered.

If cashiers invariably use their own till when working with different terminals, the cash received may be readily compared with the amounts due as indicated in the totals, thus avoiding sources for errors and fraud. In this particular system, the exchange of the till within the cash drawer is coupled with the sign-on/sign-off procedure and thus is mandatory. B. Automated Stock Update and Stock Inquiry

This function is intended particularly for bulky merchandise, of which only a limited stock is kept in a central storage, rather tha...