Wednesday, October 14, 2020

When do you buy Cash Register Express instead of a SAM4s cash register?


Cash Register Express
Cash Register Express Screen

When should you buy a POS system instead of a cash register?

We get this question often and yes there are times when a POS system such as Cash Register Express also know as PC America makes more sense than a SAM4s offering. However you should really delve into whether or not you need those options. Many people want to know what are the difference and when should we select one over the other. While not always a simple answer there is one very large deciding factor that could make that choice easy for you. Do you need real inventory control with reordering? Do you need your system to alert you to what inventory items you require, tell you where you buy them and track the cost of goods sold? If so than you should be leaning to a fully integrated inventory control POS system.

To inventory or not to inventory, that is the question!

Many retailers plan to track inventory and use a system that can tell them based on a preset minimum quantity of an individual item. In a POS system that is well set up you also link items to primary vendors so you can easily create a purchase based on a vendor. If this is something you want to do than the Cash Register Express POS Package maybe better suited for you instead of a register.

Monday, December 9, 2019

SAM4s SAP-630R Introduction

The future of cash registers is the SAM4s SAP-630R

Make no mistake about it, this is not a cash register like you are thinking. The modern high end models from SAM4s like the SAP-630R do things never possible in legacy cash registers. The 630R keeps all the good things about cash registers while also incorporating the most requested features of a POS system too. 

This system was designed for high volume retail applications like C-Stores, Liquor stores and more

The problem with POS systems is they can be very slow. The SAP-630R allows cashiers to quickly move through a transaction quickly and accurately. The tactile keyboard really increases the speed in which a cashier can ring up a transaction. Not only are they faster than a POS system they are more durable and more cost effective.

Keep your data in your store with the SAP-630R 

If you are lie a lot of other retail store operators you probably don't want to rely on the cloud. With the SAP-630R you don't have to connect it to the internet if you don''t want to. This system can keep your data right there in the store. If your internet fails this system doesn't skip a beat because it does not need the internet to operate.  

Use any credit card merchant services you want or even none at all

Unlike so many systems on the market today. The SAP-630R is credit card company agnostic. We are a POS cash register company not a credit card company. When you get your system from us it does not matter who you process with or even if you process at all. This system really frees you up to make choices.  Call us at 800-863-2274 for more information or find us on the web SAM4s SAP-630R system 

Friday, December 6, 2019

Connecting a coin changer to the SAM4s SAP-6600

You can connect a coin changer to your SAM4s SAP-6600 

While we don't get a lot of call for coin changers if you have the right application they work very well. Your transactions will be faster than ever when you use a coin changer. In this video we have it connected to a SAP-6600 running SAM4pos.

Most SAM4s cash registers support a coin changer

Nearly all the current models of SAM4s cash registers and POS work very well with the Telequip coin changers. Some of the models include
  • SPS-520
  • SPS-530
  • SAP-630F
  • SAP-630R
  • SPS-2000
  • SAP-6600
If you would like to add a coin changer to you cash register contact us at 800-863-2274 of find us on the internet at The Cash Register Guys.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Upgrade your SAM4s SPS-520 cash register

Upgrade your SPS-520 to the new SAP-630R for new features

Have you had your SPS-520 or 530 for years? Are you ready for some fresh new features your register is missing? Well your wait is over now that the SAP-630 is here. The new 630 brings us features you have always wanted in the same durable fast platform.

We can transfer your existing UPC database to your new register

Like most users you may have dozens of hours if not more programming UPC's into your old register. When you upgrade to the new SAP-630 cash register we will transfer the UPC file you have been building for years. This alone can save you hundreds of dollars of labor and time, maybe more. Because we do it so often it is easy for us and we can help you too.

Plan your migration to the new platform now before it's too late

We talk to owners nearly every day that have been using their registers for ten plus years. Have you really thought about the value you gained by using a system for that long? If so you would never use anything other that SAM4s cash registers. While all the SPS-500 series are easy to back up we are surprised how few people do. So if you are using a machine that has been in service for a long time take the steps now for a smooth transition. Call us at 800-863-274 to get started on your new system and find out how we can upgrade your SPS-520 

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Which register models replaced the SAM4s ER-5200M

SAM4s ER-5200M

There are some other great registers to replace the ER-5200M

Are you familiar with the "saying absence makes the heart grow fonder"? Who knew the 5200M was such a popular machine? We have sold this model cash register for a decade even though feature wise it was dated well before it was discontinued. Despite the shortcoming of features it's popularity was propelled by the robust design and construction. I was always baffled that end-users continued to select the 5200M when other models had some great features this machine was missing. You already know the bad news, the ER-5200M has not been made for a few years. The good new is that there are several excellent replacements 

The ER-940 is the 5200M in a new cabinet

OK, maybe SAM4s overlooked one major feature when they recreated the 5200M in the 900 series. The direct replacement which is the ER-940 has a slightly smaller keyboard. Just like you we wish they would have gone with the same keyboard size, especially since they were still using it in the SPS-500 line up. That aside I think the features they added offset the keyboard. The number one feature added was a SD card port. The one major glaring issue of the 5200M was it could not easily be cloned without the use of a PC. With the 900 and 300 series that issue has been resolved. I would think this alone would be enough to justify a keyboard that is ten buttons or so smaller. 

The path forward is the ER-940 or SPS-340 Models from SAM4s

As great a machine as it was the replacement models have some great features. We suggest looking at both the ER-940 which is the direct replacement or the upgraded model the SPS-340 which features an eight line display. We will be happy to walk you through the choices if you call us at 800-863-2274 or visit us at SAM4s Cash Registers.  

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Limited number of used SAM4s SER-7000 cash registers available

Used SAM4s SER-7000 registers available while supplies last. 

We don't often have used cash registers any longer but we came across a few SER-7000 units in pretty good shape. Since this was such a great register when it was a current model and people are still using it we picked them up.

If you use this model cash register this could be a great investment for you.

We don't recommend this register if you are just starting your business. On the other hand if this is a model you have been using for years it makes great sense to pick up one or two working used registers.   They are in pretty good shape because they were only used seasonally. Purchase includes a 30 day warranty.

Contact us for more information on this or any other restaurant style cash register

A decade ago there were thousands of these registers in service. Occasionally we do get some higher end used cash registers so it does not hurt to check in with us. Call us at 800-863-2274 of look for this model here Used SAM4s SER-7000 cash register 

Monday, October 14, 2019

Can the SAM4s SPS-345 replace the SPS-520RT for Convenience Stores?

For many years now the SAM4s SPS-520RT was the go to register for the convenience store market. That all changed of course last year when all of the SPS-500 series registers were discontinued and replaced with the SAP-630R Android cash register. Without a doubt the new offering does fill the vacuum left behind with the demise of the SPS-500 series. The rub is the cost, which is much higher than the old standard. So you do have choices, you can spend more for the updated version or take a step back with a lower model the SPS-345. Will it work for you? Lets look at the pros and cons. We are seeing a slight uptick in SPS-345 sales in the absence of the 500 series.

The SPS-345 Cash Register was always in the shadow of the popular 500 series. Can it step in and fill the void? Well it comes pretty close and for some users close enough. Here are the pros to going with a SPS-345 for your scanning system.

  • 20K UPC (with proper allocation)
  • Receipt and Journal Tape
  • 21 button keyboard
  • Mix and match pricing
  • Bottle Deposit
  • EBT/Food Stamp Function
  • Supports many popular bar code scanners
  • Interfaces with scales
  • Credit Card interface via the Datacap and SmartECR
  • EMV ready
  • Gift Card Ready
  • PC Interface
  • Text Inserter
So as you can see the SPS-345 checks off a lot of boxes many stores are looking for. What are the cons you are now asking. Well to be honest there are not many but they can be big depending on how you plan to use the register. Here are some highlights as I think about the weaknesses of this register. 

  • No Alpha overlay for standard keyboard. SPS-500 has alpha touch screen for product description so much easier to name the products. 
  • No Ethernet port, which may or not be an issue for you. As an example you could not program this register via the internet without the use of a serial to IP adapter.
  • No Touch Screen 

Those are the most glaring features the 345 is missing. I'm sure there are a few more but likewise probably a few more pros I have overlooked too. Bottom line is this machine will work for the majority of local markets and corner stores. Keep in mind it also is affordable at about $750 plus a scanner. So account for cost and it is a real bargain. If you think maybe this is not enough of a register for you then check out our earlier post of the SAP-630R register or if you would like more information check out The SPS-345 bar code scanning cash register here.