Friday, August 5, 2011

New SAM4s Cash Register Models coming soon

SAM4s will soon be releasing 7 new models. These new models have some great features and continues a trend that SAM4s started by coming out with new feature rich cash registers that people are asking for! With these new models they are leaving everyone else in the dust! The Cash Register Guys has posted some information of all of the new models coming soon.

All of these registers have an option for credit card interface, SD Card to save and load programs, larger buttons and more.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

SAM4s Cash Registers

We were told today that Sharp was going to discontinue two of it's popular cash register models. No word yest if they will be replaced with new models or just going away for good?

SAM4s continues to lead the industry with new models and powerful features while the other name bramd cash register companies are retreating. SAM4s is talking about new models coming out very soon and I for one can't wait to see what models they come up with. Stay tuned......

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

SAM4s SPS-2000 cash register / POS System

SAM4s SPS-2000

The SAM4s SPS-2000 is easily configured to meet the needs of various table service, quick service and retail applications. It supports a full complement of POS peripherals, including printers, a comprehensive kitchen video system (KVS), POS scales, scanners, order confirmation board and connects to a back office or remote PC for polling and program maintenance.


  • Table Service: Casual Dining, Family Style Restaurants, Bar/Restaurants
  • QSR: Sandwich, Bakery, Pizza, Coffee, Taco, Hamburger, Ice Cream
  • Retail: Specialty Foods, Specialty Gourmet, Deli's, Liquor, Beer/Wine, Gift Shop
  • Credit Card Interface
  • Kitchen Video
  • PC Interface
  • Kitchen Printer
  • Bar Code Scanner

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Compare the SAM4s SPS-530 and the Sharp UP-820F Cash Registers

When the UP-820F register was released I thought it would kill every other high end cash register. It was ahead of its time and full of features. I could not have been more wrong about that. Not long after the UP series was released SAM4s introduced the SAM4s SPS-500 series which is made up of the following models

The release of the SPS-500 series quickly killed of our sales of the Sharp UP line and we began selling many more of the SPS-500 series. Here are a couple of the huge differances that we like more in the SPS 500 line.
  • USB ports
  • CF Slot for memory expansion ($75.00 for SAM4s Memmory $400.00 for Sharp)
  • Keyboard Port
  • SPS 500 series less expensive
  • 7.1" Color Touch Screen
The SPS series is the best cash register we have ever seen. To beat this machine you will have to go to a much more expensive POS system.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Credit Card Terminals for SAM4s Cash Registers

Yes there is a credit card terminal that interfaces to SAM4s Cash Registers. Our company has installed hundreds of them across the country with great success. When you integrate a terminal with your cash register you will make more money by speeding up your lines, making fewer mistakes, reducing fraud, and other benefits. We can consult with you about interfacing a Credit Card Terminal for SAM4s Cash Registers

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Wireless Kitchen Printers

Often we are asked about wireless Kitchen Printers and if we reccomend any of them. Our answer used to be no but we have now tested and started selling a bluetooth adapter that works great with SAM4s Cash Registers and Kitchen Printers. We have not yet tested them on any Sharp Cash Registers but I don't see why they would not work as well as the SAM4s registers do.

The cost is about $250.00 for the adapters plus the cost of the printers. Sometimes this is less then the cost of installing cable in a difficult situtaion.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Cash Register Interfacing Scales

Many SAM4s cash register can interface to scales to make ringing up items sold by weight much faster and accurate. Two models of scales even allow weight and sales by the ounce instead of 10ths of a pound. The SAM4s ER-650 and an ounce scale from CAS or Avery Berkel make a great Yogurt Shop Cash Register

There are a couple places that offer the Cash Register Interfacing Scales from CAS and Avery Berkel Electronic Scales

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Low Cost SAM4s Cash Register

SAM4s has a two new models of low cost cash registers. The SAM4s ER-180 and the ER-180T. Both have multiple departments and do all the normal cash register functions like Sales Tax, Change, X, Z, etc. The 180 uses bond paper and the 180T uses Thermal paper. There are a few other tiny differances.

SAM4s ER-180T Cash Register

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Cash Registers for Liquor Stores

There are several good cash registers from SAM4s and Sharp that are great for Liquor stores however one stands out. The SAM4s SPS-520R and SPS-530R both are the best Liquor Store Cash Register on the market today.

With the abilty for a large PLU file, a keyboard port for programming or optional software, SD port for back up and transfers, barcode scanner port and more make this machine the best choice.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cash Register with Credit Card Terminal

This is one of the popular questions we get. Do you have a cash register with a credit card terminal and the answer is Yes we do. SAM4s makes many cash registers that offer integrated credit card and gift card payments.

The SAM4s registers that interface use a Datacap Twin Tran to accomplish the integration. When you interface you will speed up transactions while increasing security. You won't be sorry for making the switch

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

SAM4s SPS-500 Cash Register

The SAM4s SPS-500 series of cash registers include 4 different models. All program the same and have the same features other then the prnter differances. Here is the differances between the models.

  • SAM4s SPS-520R features a raised keyboard and a two station printer
  • SAM4s SPS-520F includes a flat keyboard with a two station printer
  • SAM4s SPS-530R with a signle station printer that uses 3 1/8th" Thermal Printer and raised keyboard
  • SAM4s SPS-530F with a signle station printer that uses 3 1/8th" Thermal Printer and Flat keyboard
The raised keyboards are designed for retail stores and the flat keyboards are best suited for restaurants of all kinds however any of them will work just up to your personal preferance is all.

SAM4s SPS-520F Cash Register

Monday, March 7, 2011

SAM4s Cash Register Credit Card Interface

Most SAM4s cash registers support Integrated Electronic Payments also known as Credit Card Interface

Choosing Interfaced Payments allows you to process a credit, debit or gift card purchase in one step using your SAM4s electronic cash register. Transactions will be processed quickly, conveniently and securely speeding up lines and serving more customers in less time.

Integrated Credit Card Payments require an optional DataTran appliance. Dial, IP, or IP with dial backup terminals are available to greatly simplify deployment. Some DataTrans include a magnetic Card Reader and some require a card reader to be installed on the cash register
Most end-user sign up with Mercury Payment Systems and the Cash Register Guys who can provide fast, affordable, simplified deployments and complete merchant services, including free gift card processing programs.

Check them out and see how they can help you keep more of your profit.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

SAMs Cash Registers ?

People often refer to the SAM4s line as The SAMs Cash Registers but the correct spelling of the company is SAM4s. I can't remember the meaning of the name but it does have a nice meaning.

SAM4s registers used to be markets by Samsung

Friday, February 4, 2011

SAM4s ER-5215M Cash Register Programming

Here is a link to How to Program a SAM4s ER-5215M Cash Register

This is a great cash register that programs pretty easily. This register also can interface to a PC and with a Credit Card terminal made by Datacap

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Scanning cash register system under $600.00

SAM4s does have a cash register that includes software and you can combine with a bar code scanner all for under $600.00 and it will allow you to have an inventory of 10,000 UPC's. Not bad for an entry level commercial Grade Cash Register.

Here is a SAM4s ER-285M Barcode Scanning Bundle

Monday, January 31, 2011

SAM4s Cash Registers with Graphic Logo Ability

Many but not all SAM4s Cash Registers support Graphic Logos instead of just the standard text logo. Black and white or monochrome artwork is required and it needs to be pretty small. You will also need an interface cable that does not come with the machine and the utility software which is often free is often not included in the register box.

here is a list of SAM4s models that have this feature
  1. SAM4s ER-285M
  2. SAM4s ER-380
  3. SAM4s ER-380M
  4. SAM4s ER-390M
  5. SAM4s ER-5200M
  6. SAM4s ER-5215M
  7. SAM4s ER-5240
  8. SAM4s SER-7000
  9. SAM4s SER-7040
  10. SAM4s SPS-520 FT
  11. SAM4s SPS-520 RT
  12. SAM4s SPS-530 FT
  13. SAM4s SPS-530 RT
By the way anything with an M on the end of the model number indicates that machine has an Integrated Credit Card option however not all machines that interface to credit acrd payments end in an M for example all the 500 series Interface to Credit Card Payments.

Friday, January 28, 2011

SAM4s SPS-530 RT Cash Register

There are 4 model numbers in the SAM4s SPS-500 series and they are pretty simple

If there is a 20 in the model number then that machines features both a receipt and journal printer. If there is a 30 in the number then that machine has a single 3 1/8th thermal printer. The FT models have flat keyboards for restaurants and the RT means Retail or raised key (Tactile) better suited for a store that enters prices or UPC's at the register

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Program your SAM4s ER-5215M Cash Register Tax Rate

Here is how you program the tax rate on his SAM4s ER-5215M cash register. Easy task when you have the programming manual. In the manual this is on page 90. But here is a quick guide to programming tax on the SAM4s ER-5215M cash register. In this example I'm going to set tax rate 1 at 8.5% in a simple flat rate tax NO GST and NO VAT like most states sales taxes are set up. If in doubt make sure and check with you state department of revenue of the rate and type of sales tax you should be collecting. Check with your own CPA or bookkeeper as well!

OK here goes

  1. Key To P (program mode)
  2. Enter 8.50000 Press "Tax Shift 1" Press "Cash"
Your done, make sure and turn the key out of P to R and test!

Couple quick notes lets say you wanted to change Tax Rate #2 not 1 then replace "Tax Shift 1" with the "Tax Shift 2" button if Tax 3 then use Tax Shift 3, if tax 4 then use Tax shift 4. Pretty easy huh!

If you tax was 8% your first entry would be 8.00000 or 9.25% it would have been 9.25000 again pretty easy huh!

Keep in mind THIS DOES NOT MAKE A DEPARTMENT OR PLUS TAXABLE IT SIMPLY SETS THE RATE. You must program the tax status of a group or PLU to make it taxable or not and that is a different post!

remember do this at your own risk. If you need help seek out a cash register company but be pre-pared a few bucks for their help!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Electronic Journal in SAM4s Cash Registers

Electronic Journals (EJ) have replaced the traditional journal or audit tape in traditional cash registers. The way the EJ works is that it stores the transactions in memory instead of printing them on the internal audit tape like older registers.

Keep in mind this has nothing to to with your sales report. The old journal tapes and now EJ's are an AUDIT tape or record not a sales report. Even if you new cash register has an EJ you will still get your traditional X and Z reports (sales reports)

With the old school audit tapes when you had a balancing issue or massive over ring to resolve you would open the printer cover and start going through the printed audit tape or journal tape (same thing) until you spotted the problem. The EJ works in a similar way other then it prints to memory as you go rather then paper. So when you need to look into the audit tape to resolve an issue you have to print out the EJ and look at it. After it is printed it it exactly like the traditional audit/journal tape. Some registers allow you to print portions of the EJ to the screen of the register (if it has a screen) instead of printing it out.

There is one HUGE difference between between an old school physical audit tape and an EJ. A physical tape is limited by the size of the roll but when at and end the register in most cases prompts the user to change the paper. We the EJ has limits by the amount of memory in the cash register and it adjusted by programming in most cases. An EJ is sized by number of lines. So for an example a single item sale is about 7 lines (depending on the make and model of the cash register) you would have a line for date and time a line for register # Transaction # Cashier#, a line for the item and price, line for subtotal, line for sales tax, line for total, maybe a line for amount tendered and another for change. So a 2 item sale would be about 8 lines. So most registers when the EJ limit is reached the machine will start overwriting the oldest entries of the EJ. Some machines can be prompted to warn the cashier and prompt if the EJ should be printed, some machines have an option of stopping the cashier and forcing the cashier to print the EJ.

I recommend taking your Z every end of day and if the Z is good ignore your EJ and let it overwrite! But think about it before you start using your register. With some registers once you allocate that memory you may not be able to alter it without making changes you may not want to make in the rest of you program.

No one think I can tell you for sure is no one can tell you how long an EJ will last etc cause it all depends on the amount of items, number of sales etc! Every business is different. Your SAM4s Cash Register Expert can help you more

Friday, January 21, 2011

SAM4s SPS-2000 POS System

SAM4s SPS-2000 Cash Register

Many people think the SAM4s SPS-2000 is a cash register and they often call me and ask what software they can load on it or rather what software DO THEY HAVE TO LOAD. The answer is NONE! The SPS-2000 is self contained and is not a computer. It is a ROM based cash register with a large touch screen and modular componets like cash drawer, printer, etc.

ROM based systems tend to last longer then computers because there are no moving parts, no operating system, can't get a virus etc etc.

Check it out and I'll bet you like it. Three great places to buy this register
  1. SAM4s SPS-2000 Dealer
  2. Reseller for the SPS-2000
  3. SPS-2000 Cash Registers Online

Thursday, January 20, 2011

SAM4s Cash Registers and the Cancel Key

SAM4s Cash Registers
Almost all SAM4s Cash Registers have a feature called Cancel which can be a very handy function. It wipes out a transaction before payment like it never happened with the push of one button. No of course you sure want to watch employees use of this feature to ensure ity is not being abused. Liek always look at your Z tapes to monitor use of this feature. This feature only works pre payment in the case of post payment you will still need the void mode or return function.

The cancel key can bu turned off, placed in Manager Control, or removed from the keyboard on most machines.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

What is the differance between the SAM4s ER-5240M and the SAM4s ER-5215M

SAM4s ER-5240M
 The 5240M and the 5215M are nearly the same machine. The big differance is in the number of maximum groups each register can have. The model number says it all. The SAM4 ER5215M can have 15 groups but comes out of the box with only 5 while the SAM 4 ER- 5240M (pictured) can have 40 groups abd comes out of the box with 15 double size group keys.

Both registers support credit card interface with a Datacap Twin Tran, both support bar code scanning, and both have polling and programming software available both free and for fee!

These two cash registers use the same thermal printer and feature both a receipt and journal tape of 2.25" thermal paper.

Both models are heavy duty and commercial grade. Metal cash drawer with a hard plastic insert that is very long lasting. Both program and report alike and I think you could use either manual with either machine.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Supplies for the SAM4s ER-5200M

The SAM4s ER5200M uses thermal paper rolls in both the receipt and journal printers. Even if you don't issue a receipt you should have the paper installed and you wuill be able to use the receipt copy feature in case a customer does ask for one. I think it is law in most states that a customer must be given a receipt of some type if they request one.

Bond paper rolls WILL NOT work in the SAM 4s ER-5200M. This register also does not need an ink ribbon as it uses thermal paper. This machine also will use the large roll of paper, don't wast time with the 80' or 150' foot rolls, get a 200' to 230' foot roll.

Click here for supplies for the ER5200M like the paper and keyboard covers or click here for another source of supplies and service for the SAM4s ER-5200M

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The SAM4s ER-180 and 180T are they the same?

At first glance you would think the ER-180 and the ER-180T are the same with the exception that the 180T has a thermal printer. We though so for sure but while looking closer we saw several more important differances.

Here are the differances

Feature                          180                           180T
Departments                  Same                         Same
PLU's                            100                           500
Clerks                           4 Max                       10 Max
Receipt Messages     NO                           Programmable
EJ                                 NO                           2500 lines

So no they are not the same other then the printer. Granted most people buying little machines like this will most likely never use the features but it does surprise me! Maybe it is a typo on the printed material from SAM4s? 

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

SAM4s Cash Registers and DVR Text Interfaces

SAM4s Cash Registers
We get this question all the time, can my DVR interface to my SAM4s cash register? The simple answer is maybe! Here is the problem there are hundreds of DVR systems on the market today. I can only speak for one of the hundred plus systems and that is the Talon DVR system for which the answer is YES for most models. The other part of the question I can answer is that all most all SAM4s Cash Registers can interface to DVR systems however keep in mind I did not say all DVR systems or your DVR system! YES the SAM4s can export the required information via a serial port now the question is can my DVR system use it?

So now that you know almost every SAM4s can get the data out it is up to your DVR company to tell you not the cash register dealer. We have people call every week and we try to explain this and they ask us to come out and connect their cash register to their Brand X DVR system. Most cash register dealers like us can not do this and that is a question for your DVR people not us. The SAM4s registers that I know can export teh data needed are.
  • ER-650
  • ER-650R
  • ER-5215M
  • ER-5240M
  • ER-5240M
  • ER5200M
  • SPS-520R
  • SPS-520F
  • SPS-530R
  • SPS-530F
  • SER-7000
  • SER-7040
  • SPS-2000
You will have to have an available serial port on your register in order to connect it to a DVR system.

So before you buy your DVR system ask them is your SAM4s register on their list of approved registers? If not don't call a register dealer they won't know! If your DVR dealer can't tell you then find another DVR dealer. I have worked with many that have a list of registers by model number that they work with and the required cable and the setting! Those are the DVR dealers you want to work with!

Hope that helps and remember to do your homework before you buy!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

What Happened to Samsung Cash Registers

We do not get this question as often as we used to but a few people still remember and or use Samsung Cash Registers. So here is the story as related to me. Samsung marketed cash registers all over the world for years. Samsung never made the cash registers they sold however few people knew that or probably cared. Sometime ago for what ever reason Samsung decided to get out of the Cash Register Business. The company that had always made the Samsung Cash Registers I guess was given the option of purchasing the rights or maybe they did not have to buy anything not sure but anyhow they started marketing the Cash Registers they always made for Samsung on their own and came up with the name SAM4s. Yes the name SAM4s has a meaning however I have forgotten it but I blogged about it several years ago and a person from SAM4s commented and educated me on the meaning. I know it is like Strong, Silent, etc etc It was nice and strong sounding sorry I can't remember.

This was a great move because SAM4s has taken the line and made it GREAT. I think SAM4s is running away from the pack and setting new standards for Cash Registers in Functions, Features, Options and pricing. The only distributor for SAM4s Cash Registers is CRS who also opertates a small retail dealers ship as well.

Even though SAM4s is really running over everyone else in the industry I hope some competition remains and stages a come back. As great as SAM4s has been I think history has proved nothing good comes out of a monoply of the market!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Keyboard Covers for SAM4s Cash Registers

There are three sites I know of that sell the silicone or plastic keyboard cover for SAM4s Cash Registers. Keeping a cover on your machine can protect it and prolong the life of your machine. Some machines require a cover such as the restaurant style machines with flat micro motion keyboards. Most keyboard covers seem top range in price from around $20.00 to upwards of $40.00 or so. Here are the top sites on the internet for Keyboard Covers

Don't wait until you can no longer see through your cover or worse you are using the machine without one and someone spills a soda of coffee right on you machine! We see it everyday where a low cost keyboard cover would have saved you the cost of a replacment machine. It is almost not if you will spill something on your register more like when and how much!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Changing Sales Tax on a SAM4s Cash Register

Well it is that time of year again when the sales taxes across the country are often raised! Here are a couple good SELF HELP resources for SAM4s Cash Registers. These sites have some manuals posted and even some tips on programming sales tax
These sites offer some free items as well as they might be able to help over the phone for a fee. (don't expect them to help you for free unless maybe you bought your cash register from them and even then it may not be free)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Credit Card Interface with SAM4s Cash Registers

Cash Register to Credit Card Interface with Datacap
Datacap makes devices that connect your cash register to your credit card processor and takes the old manual entry credit card machine out of the loop. When you intergrate your cash register directly to credit card processing you will be able to speed up transactions, greatly reduce errors, reduce fraud and make you more money. Here are a couple places that have the Datcap devices. The first one offer the Datacap Twin Tran with SAM4s and Sharp cash registers and the second one also offers Datacap Modems that interface with credit card sand gift cards

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Where should I buy my SAM4s Cash Register From

Try and buy your SAM4s Cash Register from Factory dealer not just a mass merchandiser that sells all kind of items on the web. Below we have listed two good discount dealers on the net that work only in cash registers and offer support if needed. Sometimes you may have to pay for that support but it is available. If you buy from some ACME internet reseller they may not know a cash register from an iPod! Call first and question them. Do they know anything about the cash registers? Is their main business selling cash registers or ink jet printers? Do they provide support?

Here are two great places to buy:
These resellers offer all the SAM4s registers and support each one of them as well as repair and offer supplies. These resellers can also offer Value added items like Cash Register Credit Card interface, Kitchen Printers, Kitchen Video Systems and other options.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Free Programming tool with select SAM4s Cash Registers

Now some select SAM4s Cash Register models include a FREE Programming Software Tool. With this free software users can edit and or create the program and store the the cash register program. A cable will still be needed which you can buy (or make your own) to interface the cash register into the computer.

The following models come with the free software:

reports can not be taken with the free software. Support is available for the software on a pay as needed basis.

Monday, January 3, 2011

SPS 520R and SPS 530R Features

We often get asked what the limits of the SPS 520R or SPS 530R. Keep in mind that to max out UPC’s or PLU’s you have to have the max optional memory. With the max memory we still could not tell you how many UPC’s or Guest Checks you could have because the memory is shared much like a computer. A computer’s hard drive is sized by GB not how many items it can hold this cash register (like most) is the same. However with the maximum memory installed this machine can have a lot of UPC’s andPLUS and guest checks.

With maximum memory installed you can have up to:

Remember it is shared so it does not mean you can have the max of each but rather what the max is of each if enough memory!

  • Up to 60,000 PLUs*
  • Up to 999 Clerks*
  • Up to 99 Groups*
  • Up to 9,999 PLU Status Groups*
  • Up to 200 Key Link Menu Screens*
  • Up to 32 Registers per Network*
  • Up to 4 Hard/Soft Check Files*
* With Optional Expanded Memory

Also please not that the memory and features for the SAM4s SPS-520R and 530R are exactly the same as the SAM4s SPS-530F and 520F registers. The only differance is the F models have flat keyboards not raised!