More and more small businesses today are benefiting from using POS equipment. In the past, many small businesses could not afford a proprietary point of sale system. They had to rely on systems that were cobbled together, or standard PC's running some type of POS software. With modern point of sale equipment being so affordable many business owners are making the investment now to reap savings in the future.
Today's POS systems are designed solely with performance in mind which allows business owners to avoid many potential complications. Since the software and underlying hardware are fine-tuned for maximum performance they allow the system to perform transactions much faster than a standard PC running POS software.
Time can also be saved on nearly all parts of the transaction, leading to more efficient employees, happier customers, and lower costs overall. For instance, when running a credit card, transaction time can be saved using a point of sale system's magnetic card reader. A PC using POS software might require the clerk to type the credit card information manually into the POS software. A proprietary POS system would be complete as soon as the card is swiped by the customer or clerk.
A key benefit to using a proprietary POS system is employees are only able to utilize the point of sale software. This eliminates the potential for lost productivity or infecting the system which is a common risk associated with using standard PCs.
With the convenience, savings over time, and ease of use there's really no reason for a savvy small business owner not to use POS equipment.