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Smart Point of Sale Register Cash Drawer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118281D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 101K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Nack, CJ: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a device that allows retail sales clerks to reconcile the cash drawers from their registers when the register is offline.

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Smart Point of Sale Register Cash Drawer

      Disclosed is a device that allows retail sales clerks to
reconcile the cash drawers from their registers when the register is
offline.

      A sales clerk begins a shift by receiving a cash drawer (or
till) with a known quantity of tenders.  The point of sale
application records this amount (known as a loan amount) which is
loaned from the store account to the clerk.  The clerk is usually
accountable for the tenders loaned to him or her.  As the clerk rings
transactions throughout  the day, tenders flow into and out of the
register.  In typical point of  sale applications, the transaction
data flows from the clerk's register  to a "controller" computer
which accumulates and tracks the amount of tenders that should be in
the clerk's drawer.  However, clerk mistakes  or theft can cause the
amount of tenders actually in the drawer to differ  from the amount
of tenders the application has calculated should be in  the drawer.

      The reconciliation between these two amounts (the application
calculated tender totals and the actual tenders in the drawer) is an
important part of ending the clerk's shift.  The store manager uses
the difference between these two figures to pinpoint problem clerks.
As a result, the clerk (or someone operating on the clerk's behalf)
must perform a "balance" operation which involves counting the
tenders in the  drawer and entering these into the application for
comparison against the application computed totals.

      In most cases, businesses prefer to use a "blind" balance
operation.  A "blind" balance means that the clerk does not know the
tender amounts that the application has calculated should be in the
drawer.  If the clerk knew this information and there was an overage
of tenders in the drawer compared to the application computed totals,
the clerk could pocket the difference and simply enter the
application computed totals during the balance (instead of the actual
tender totals).

      The clerk will end his or her shift by removing the drawer from
the register and physically taking it to a "back office" where the
blind balance is performed.  Balance operations are not usually
performed at the register because another clerk may need to start a
shift immediately, thus the register cannot be tied up with a balance
operation.  There is also the security issue of handling tenders in a
customer area.  This means that the balance operation is almost
always performed on a different computer (other than the register).
This computer is also usually the one which has been receiving
transactions (via LAN or other communication mechanism) while
accumulating tender totals from all the registers during the shift.
Sometimes this computer  may be referred to as the "controller."

      This physical separation between the register and the balancing
computer (or controller) leads t...