Casio SE-C3500 Cash Register Review

My SE-C3500The Casio SE-C3500 cash register replaced the outgoing SE-C2000 in the spring of 2013. The SE-C3500 – like its predecessor – is a ‘split-keyboard’ cash register, with a raised set of ‘function’ buttons on the left hand side and a flat set of 72 product or department buttons on the right hand side. In addition to this unusual style (cash registers traditionally have either an entirely raised or an entirely flat keyboard) the SE-C3500 has several stand-out features. One such feature is the large tilting multi line LCD operator display. The operator screen clearly shows both the price entered and the name of the item or department sold. This makes it very easy for the cashier to spot an incorrect entry before they quote the subtotal to the customer or cash off the sale. The SE-C3500 has a review order screen, allowing them to easily void the incorrect line. This cuts down on over rings and the resulting discrepancies in the till takings reports. In addition to the operator display, the pop-up customer rear display is also alpha numeric so the customer can see what items are being rung through giving them confidence that the correct amounts are being rung through the cash register.

The next big feature on the Casio SE-C3500 is the twin station, fast, quiet thermal receipt printer. Twin-station is cash register jargon for two! Twin-station simply means that as well as having the receipt roll the SE-C3500 also has a real-time audit roll – just like the on the old SE-C2000. The SE-C3500 is flexible enough to use the printers in a variety of ways. The audit roll feeds onto the take up spool at the back of the cash register, whilst the receipt printer can be set with the receipt function switched off so it is only issued on customer request. The SE-C3500 can also be programmed to enable copy or duplicate receipts on request. The receipt header can be customised to include your shop name and promotional details. As with most cash registers you can issue an end of day sales report.

In terms of other cash register features, the SE-C3500 has a secure key lock ensuring manager control over reports and programming. The SE-C3500 has 72 buttons on the flat section of the keyboard. These buttons are departments by default, but the cash register can be set up with them as PLUs (individual products). The SE-C3500 also supports barcode scanning with up to 3,000 barcode lines. SE-C450_3500 Buttons.png

The SE-C3500 has a full size metal cash base. The removable plastic insert has 4 note holders and 8 coin pots – enough to cover the UK denominations. The dimensions of the SE-C3500 are 400mm wide x 450mm deep with a height of 220mm. The ‘low-slung’ profile of the Casio SE-C cash register range in general make them popular to retailers who prefer sleek design to the more bulky, traditional style of other manufacturers.

The SE-C3500 also has an inbuilt SD card slot, which can be utilised for backing up the cash registers programming – a big advantage should your business utilise multiple tills with the same products – and for extracting your end of day reports into a spreadsheet.

The only limitation we can find on the Casio SE-C3500 is that the journal roll cannot be switched off. If you only need a single printer or aren’t fussed about keeping a journal roll please see our review of the SE-C3500’s ‘little brother’ – the SE-C450. If you are ordering your SE-C3500 for a hospitality application (café, restaurant, pub, deli etc.) we would recommend ordering with an additional wet cover for the raised button portion of the keyboard as the manufacturer supplies a cover for the flat portion only.

For more information on the SE-C3500 and other Casio cash registers please check out our website: http://www.shopstuff.co.uk/

CASIO SE-S3000

My SE-S3000

Casio SE-S3000 Cash Register Review

The Casio SE-S3000 is one of our most popular retail cash registers. The SE-S3000 replaced the outgoing SE-S2000 model in the spring of 2013 and has several key features, which have helped reinforce Casio as one of the key players in the UK cash register market. The first feature that makes the SE-S3000 stand out from the crowd is the large tilting multi line LCD operator display. The operator screen clearly shows both the price entered and the name of the item or department sold. This makes it very easy for the cashier to spot an incorrect entry before they quote the subtotal to the customer or cash off the sale. The SE-S3000 has a review order screen, allowing the cashier to easily void any incorrect lines. This cuts down on over rings and the resulting discrepancies in the till takings reports. In addition to the operator display, the pop-up customer rear display is also alpha numeric so the customer can see what items are being rung through giving them confidence that the correct amounts are being rung through the cash register.

The next big feature on the Casio SE-S3000 is the twin station, fast, quiet thermal receipt printer. Twin-station is cash register jargon for two! Twin-station simply means that as well as having the receipt roll the SE-S3000 also has a real-time audit roll – just like the on the old SE-S2000. The SE-3000 is flexible enough to use the printers in a variety of ways. The audit roll feeds onto the take up spool at the back of the cash register, whilst the receipt printer can be set with the receipt function switched off so it is only issued on customer request. The SE-S3000 can also be programmed to enable copy or duplicate receipts on request. The receipt header can be customised to include your shop name and promotional details. As with most cash registers you can issue an end of day sales report.SE-S3000_TwinRoll

In terms of other cash register features, the SE-S3000 has a secure key lock ensuring manager control over reports and programming. The SE-S3000 has 30 department keys allowing sales to be easily split into different categories. Should you have more than 30 categories of sale, then the SE-S3000 could still be the answer as it has a total of 200 departments, with numbers 31-200 accessed via the shift or hash functions. The SE-S3000 also supports up to 7,000 plu’s and barcode scanning with up to 3,000 barcode lines. At the time of writing the SE-S3000 is our most competitively priced twin-roll barcode scanner friendly cash register in the UK, making it the perfect entry level scanning cash register.

The SE-S3000 has a full size metal cash base. The removable plastic insert has 4 note holders and 8 coin pots – enough to cover the UK denominations. The dimensions of the SE-S3000 are 400mm wide x 450mm deep with a height of 220mm. The ‘low-slung’ profile of the Casio SE-S cash register range in general make them popular to retailers who prefer sleek design to the more bulky, traditional style of other manufacturers.

The SE-S3000 also has an inbuilt SD card slot, which can be utilised for backing up the cash registers programming – a big advantage should your business utilise multiple tills with the same products – and for extracting your end of day reports into a spreadsheet.

The only limitation we can find on the Casio SE-S300 is that the journal roll cannot be switched off. If you only need a single printer or aren’t fussed about keeping a journal roll please see our review of the SE-S3000’s ‘little brother’ – the SE-S400.

For more information on the SE-S3000 and other Casio cash registers please check out our website in full: http://www.shopstuff.co.uk/

Z & X Reports

My Z&X Reports

Cash Register X & Z Reports

The Shopstuff technical team often field calls from bewildered retailers trying to retrieve the correct reports from their cash register. We’ve put together a basic guide to explain the differences between the various reports available. Each cash register will be different in terms of the level of reporting available, but there are basic rules which can be applied to all cash registers.

X Reports

Cash register X reports (also called ‘flash reads’) can be summed up as ‘read only’. X reports do not reset any totals. X reports can be used to check how much you have taken in the day so far without affecting the end of day report. Care should be taken not to run ‘read only’ X reports when you are meant to be running a reset Z report. The data will be correct for that day, but tomorrows Z report will be incorrect as it will include today’s figures.

Z Reports

Cash register Z reports can be summed up as ‘read and reset’. The data is printed and reset. For this reason Z reports are normally run at the end of a trading period. This is usually the end of the day, but this can vary depending on your business set up and when you do your cashing up. A common assumption is that a Z1 financial report is a daily report. The only factor that makes the report daily is that it is taken on a daily basis. Any Z report is a periodic report – the data is consolidated from the last time that Z report was run.Casio X&Z Reports.png

X2/Z2 Reports

Some, but not all cash registers, have periodic X2 and Z2 reporting. These reports can be used as weekly, monthly, quarterly or yearly reports – very much depending on your internal house-keeping. The best way of thinking about X2/Z2 reports are that every time you run a normal Z1 report the figures are moved into the consolidated X2/Z2 file. The totals in the X2/Z2 files build up with every Z1 report until the next Z2 report is run. How often you run the Z2 report dictates whether it is weekly or monthly report. If you run it once a month then it is a monthly report. Some of the high end cash registers will enable more than two report period files, but this is something that would have to be specified before you order your cash register.

Other Reports

Confusion often arises when the cash register is used to pull different reports at different times. This needn’t be the case if a simple rule is understood – all report files are separate. So if you have a cash register that has the ability to run PLU, group, clerk and/or time reports in additional to the normal financial report, these will all run separately to each other. For example, you may run a pub and need to reconcile the till takings on a daily basis, but you also have a quarterly stock take. Providing you have the correct cash register set up in the correct way, you can run a normal Z report at the end of each day when cashing up. Then at the end of the quarter you could run a PLU Z report, which would show the quantity sold on each PLU since the last time the report was run. This system only works if you run the report every quarter and that you don’t run the X report by mistake – the X report will provide the correct data this time, but next quarters report will be incorrect as the figures will have consolidated.

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CASIO SE-C450

My SE-C450

Casio SE-C450 Cash Register Review

The Casio SE-C450 cash register replaced the outgoing SE-C300 in the spring of 2013. The SE-C450 – like its predecessor – is a ‘split-keyboard’ cash register, with a raised set of ‘function’ buttons on the left hand side and a flat set of 72 product or department buttons on the right hand side. In addition to this unusual style (cash registers traditionally have either an entirely raised or an entirely flat keyboard) the SE-C450 has several stand-out features. One such feature is the large tilting multi line LCD operator display. The operator screen clearly shows both the price entered and the name of the item or department sold. This makes it very easy for the cashier to spot an incorrect entry before they quote the subtotal to the customer or cash off the sale. The SE-C450 has a review order screen, allowing them to easily void the incorrect line. This cuts down on over rings and the resulting discrepancies in the till takings reports. In addition to the operator display, the pop-up customer rear display is also alpha numeric so the customer can see what items are being rung through giving them confidence that the correct amounts are being rung through the cash register.SE-C450_3500 Buttons

The next advantage of the SE-C450 is the professional, fast, quiet thermal receipt printer. The SE-C450 is flexible enough to use the printer in a variety of ways. So to start with, depending on your business operation, you can set the SE-C450 to work in either receipt or journal mode. In journal mode you are unable to issue customer receipts through the till, but you have an audit of every transaction recorded saved on the take up spool. In the more popular receipt mode you can choose to issue receipts with every transaction, or you can have the receipt function switched off so it is only issued on customer request. The SE-C450 can also be programmed to enable copy or duplicate receipts on request. The receipt header can be customised to include your shop name and promotional details. As with most cash registers you can issue an end of day sales report, in addition to this the SE-C450 also provides the ability to issue a journal report of the days takings (providing you run the report prior to the Z report.

In terms of other cash register features, the SE-C450 has a secure key lock ensuring manager control over reports and programming. The SE-SC450 has 72 buttons on the flat section of the keyboard. These buttons are departments by default, but the cash register can be set up with them as PLUs (individual products). The SE-C450 also supports barcode scanning with up to 2,000 barcode lines.

The SE-C450 has a full size metal cash base. The removable plastic insert has 4 note holders and 8 coin pots – enough to cover the UK denominations. The dimensions of the SE-C450 are 400mm wide x 450mm deep with a height of 220mm. The ‘low-slung’ profile of the Casio SE-C cash register range in general make them popular to retailers who prefer sleek design to the more bulky, traditional style of other manufacturers.

The SE-C45 also has an inbuilt SD card slot, which can be utilised for backing up the cash registers programming – a big advantage should your business utilise multiple tills with the same products – and for extracting your end of day reports into a spreadsheet.

The only limitation we can find on the Casio SE-C450 is the single station thermal printer, but should you need two printers (one for receipts and one for audit) please see our review of the SEC-450’s ‘big brother’ – the SE-C3500. If you are ordering your SE-C450 for a hospitality application (café, restaurant, pub, deli etc.) we would recommend ordering with an additional wet cover for the raised button portion of the keyboard as the manufacturer supplies a cover for the flat portion only.

For more information on the SE-C450 and other Casio cash registers please check out our website in full: http://www.shopstuff.co.uk/

Casio SE-S400 Cash Register Review

My SE-S400

The Casio SE-S400 is one of our most popular retail cash registers. The SE-S400 replaced the outgoing SE-S300 model in the spring of 2013 and has several key features, which have helped make the 400 one of the best-selling cash registers in the UK over the last few years. One of the first features that make the SE-S400 stand out from the crowd is the large tilting multi line LCD operator display. The operator screen clearly shows both the price entered and the name of the item or department sold. This makes it very easy for the cashier to spot an incorrect entry before they quote the subtotal to the customer or cash off the sale. The SE-S400 has a review order screen, allowing them to easily void the incorrect line. This cuts down on over rings and the resulting discrepancies in the till takings reports. In addition to the operator display, the pop-up customer rear display is also alpha numeric so the customer can see what items are being rung through giving them confidence that the correct amounts are being rung through the cash register.

The next advantage of the SE-S400 is the professional, fast, quiet thermal receipt printer. The SE-S400 is flexible enough to use the printer in a variety of ways. So to start with, depending on your business operation, you can set the SE-S400 to work in either receipt or journal mode. In journal mode you are unable to issue customer receipts through the till, but you have an audit of every transaction recorded saved on the take up spool. In the more popular receipt mode you can choose to issue receipts with every transaction, or you can have the receipt function switched off so it is only issued on customer request. The SE-S400 can also be programmed to enable copy or duplicate receipts on request. The receipt header can be customised to include your shop name and promotional details. As with most cash registers you can issue an end of day sales report, in addition to this the SE-S400 also provides the ability to issue a journal report of the days takings (providing you run the report prior to the Z report.SE-S400 KEYBOARD

In terms of other cash register features, the SE-S400 has a secure key lock ensuring manager control over reports and programming. The SE-S400 has 25 department keys allowing sales to be easily split into different categories. Should you have more than 25 categories of sale, then the SE-S400 could still be the answer as it has a total of 200 departments, with numbers 26-200 accessed via the shift or hash functions. The SE-S400 also supports up to 3,000 plu’s and barcode scanning with up to 2,000 barcode lines. At the time of writing the SE-S400 is the most competitively priced barcode scanner friendly cash register in the UK, making it the perfect entry level scanning cash register.

The SE-S400 has a full size metal cash base. The removable plastic insert has 4 note holders and 8 coin pots – enough to cover the UK denominations. The dimensions of the SE-S400 are 400mm wide x 450mm deep with a height of 220mm. The ‘low-slung’ profile of the Casio SE-S cash register range in general make them popular to retailers who prefer sleek design to the more bulky, traditional style of other manufacturers.

The SE-S400 also has an inbuilt SD card slot, which can be utilised for backing up the cash registers programming – a big advantage should your business utilise multiple tills with the same products – and for extracting your end of day reports into a spreadsheet.

The only limitation we can find on the Casio SE-S400 is the single station thermal printer, but should you need two printers (one for receipts and one for audit) please see our review of the SE-S400’s ‘big brother’ – the SE-S3000.

For more information on the SE-S400 and other Casio cash registers please check out our website in full: http://www.shopstuff.co.uk/