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EPOS Basics Explained

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EPOS Basics Explained

What are the basics you need to know about electronic point of sale systems – and POS hardware and software in general – before choosing the right EPOS for your business?

As you're looking for a point of sale system, you'll start to see all sorts of different ways to refer to POS hardware and software.

So what is POS? What is EPOS? Are they the same thing? And what are the basics you need to know about point of sale systems and hardware and software in general before choosing the right one for your business?

What is EPOS? Is it different than a POS system?

EPOS is a term that's becoming synonymous with POS, as it just means electronic point of sale system. These days, most EPOS or POS systems are electronic––or "digital" may even be a better term, as software-based systems no longer have to be hardwired to an electric system and can be operated in the cloud using mobile devices, the internet and even custom networks, depending on your industry.

Do I need POS hardware or software (or both)?

This all depends on the type of industry you're in and the size of your business. Whether you're in retail or hospitality, choosing the best and most highly-rated point of sale systems becomes easier if you take the time to research companies and providers and take a few demos or get on a few calls with companies that can offer you a walkthrough of their system and recommendations for what you're hoping to achieve with your business.

Here are a few tools and tips to keep in mind after you've learned the basics about what you're looking for in a POS system:

Your POS / EPOS Checklist

Use this handy checklist as you explore point of sale options.

Questions You Should Ask Potential POS Providers

These are the most helpful questions to ask a point of sale provider before you pick your software or hardware.

How to Choose an the Most Affordable POS System

Here's how to choose the most affordable EPOS or POS system, one that may even help you save money.


The only way to know what point of sale software and hardware is right for you is to test is out for yourself.

Request to Demo Multiple POS Software Companies

Most companies will give you a free, friendly 15-minute demo (or longer, if needed!). Before the demo, tell them all about your business, your goals, what you're missing from your current POS software or hardware and what you hope to achieve with your new system. Is Epos Now a right fit for you?

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