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A cash drawer is a big part of most businesses that deal with face to face customers. But cash drawers can be a pain to get going due to the systems required to make them work. You can’t just hook it up to your laptop and expect it to work. But first, what is a cash drawer and how do they work?

How does a cash drawer work?
Cash drawers store cheques, cash, coins and other valuable items. They work in conjunction with your Point Of Sale (POS) system, which has a receipt printer which sends a signal to the cash drawer, signalling it to open when a sale is put through. This means that the cash drawer can’t just be opened at any time. You can also get others that can connect to your POS computer through a serial port and get signaled to open that way. Most cash drawers will have key override, however.

Due to the design of these systems, the cash drawer has to be physically connected to your POS system in order for it to work and be able to be opened. Which leads to the question, is there a way to do this wirelessly, through the cloud?

Accessing the hardware via a browser, is it possible?
This is an issue that the cash drawer needs to be connected physically by means of a cable to your POS, which means that opening it wirelessly is not an option. So is there a way to get the drawer working remotely?

The question is really is it possible to send a hardware command via a browser to a local PC where the POS software is not hosted? In other words, can I trigger a command using a cloud hosted POS system. Many would say this is not possible, in fact we have had discussions with senior developers that have stated that is would not be possible to trigger the hardware if it’s not connected to the machine hosting the POS software. This has long since been a debate between developers that this is not a possible option. Many developers all over the world have been at work on this issue, trying to “crack the code”. And up until now, it wasn’t. YHP have come up with a unique method to enable this to be done by using Chrome extension ability and the right code.

What does this mean?
This solution will allow you to manage a cash drawer without the use of a POS system or printer. Up until now, POS developers have essentially “locked in” customers into buying a printer and POS to manage their cash drawers, which can cost up to thousands of dollars. Now, this is no longer necessary!

With YHP’s cloud solution, we allow you the ability to bypass the printer and POS system entirely, giving you full control of the cash drawer through the means of cloud technology and any computer equipped with Chrome. This means that you can run your business for your laptop should you wish. It also means that you can access your cash drawer remotely, or with a different device, should you need to. And, if you system goes down, you no longer have a disaster. Simply log into a different computer and you can carry on business as usual!

Security
Naturally, the first question would arise is would this not make the cash drawer very vulnerable? We have taken steps to ensure they your cash drawer is as protected as possible. There are two steps to the security verification when it comes to accessing the drawer.

Step one: Online login. You will need a user name and password to access the cloud based POS system which will allow you to access the cash drawer. Being a cloud based system, it can be accessed from any computers with Chrome. However, access can be restricted to only specific machines by means of step two.

Step two: Optional 256bit security tokens can be placed to specific devices and coded to your POS system to only allow the devices with the tokens to connect. So even if you have the username and password, you still won’t be able to log in and access the POS system if your device doesn’t have the token. This prevents the system and cash drawer being tampered with, even if someone manages to crack the login.

Your cloud POS system will be designed around the type of business you run and will a custom solution for you, so we can integrate a range of features you may need for your business into the system. This ensures a fully tailored solution which will go what you need it to. If you would like to begin designing a POS system for your business, talk to us at YHP today!

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Shooting on film continues to get more and more expensive, especially for fans of instant cameras like the reborn Polaroid. Sixteen bucks for just eight shots was far too pricey for Tim Alex Jacobs, so he hacked an old Polaroid camera to instead spit out images on cheap thermal paper, the same kind used in cash registers to print out your receipt.

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Authorities said the man bought something, but when the clerk opened the register, the thief grabbed the cash drawer.

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After you have implemented POS system, you might need a reliable printer which will help you print sale receipts. You can go visit and buy one from shops near you or order online from your favorite online shopping site. The problem faced by many is the decision of buying the right receipt printer. The printer …

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The data are clear: Paper receipts coated in toxic chemicals pose risks to our health and have huge environmental impacts. That’s why Green America is advocating for a wider use of paperless solutions, while also ensuring recyclable, phenol-free paper will be used for customers who still request a paper receipt.

Nearly every U.S. consumer handles a dozen paper receipts every week, and retail store employees may touch thousands in the same time. But few are aware of the toxic nature of the paper receipts, which utilize Bisphenol-A (BPA) or Bisphenol-S (BPS). Even fewer know of the major environmental and climate harms linked to the receipts, which are an easily avoided now that non-BPA receipts and digital sales confirmations are readily available, according to a new report from Green America.

Titled Skip the Slip, a new Green America analysis available online at which finds:

  • Only one-third of retailers have adopted digital options, and the vast majority of retailers issuing paper-based receipts continue to use papers with BPA or BPS coatings. Among the leaders identified in the report as having moved away from BPA/BPS receipts are Apple, Best Buy, GNC Live Well and Lidl Grocery. Laggards cited in the report as still using traditional paper receipts are Family Dollar, Petco, Target, TJ Maxx/Marshalls, Walgreens and Walmart. The report also finds that several companies, including CVS and Whole Foods offer digital receipts, but primarily give customers BPA or BPS receipts.
  • An estimated 93 percent of paper receipts are coated with Bisphenol-A (BPA) or Bisphenol-S (BPS), known endocrine-disruptors. Paper receipts coated with BPA contain between 0.8 to nearly 3 percent pure BPA by weight. The total mass of BPA on a receipt is 250 to 1,000 times greater than the amount of BPA found in a can of food or baby formula, or in plastic baby bottles. Retail employees are at the greatest risk, as studies show workers who have regular contact with receipts have over 30 percent more BPA or BPS found in their bodies, and many employees may exceed the European Union’s limit for safe amount of BPA to absorb in a day.
  • In the United States, paper receipt production uses an estimated 12.4 million trees, 13.2 billion gallons of water, and emits 4 billion pounds of CO2 each year. If just one company as large as Walgreens – with nearly six million customers every day – ends the use of paper receipts, over 55,000 trees and 58.8 million gallons of water are saved, and 17.6 million pounds of CO2 will be prevented from entering the atmosphere. [calculations by the Paper Calculator v 3.2.1.
  • Digital receipts provide a relatively low environmental impact. Each e-receipt is estimated to have a footprint of 4 grams of carbon dioxide. Since a mature tree can absorb roughly 21,772 grams of carbon dioxide each year, by keeping trees in the forests rather than using them for paper receipts, one tree can accommodate the emissions of over 5,443 digital receipt emails.

The Skip the Slip report highlights cost-effective digital and non-toxic solutions for retailers to protect their employees and customers, and reduce their impacts on the environment, while reducing fraud and increasing sales.

It finds that Walmart, Walgreens, Target and Petco are among the retail laggards, while Apple and Best Buy are taking steps to be leaders.

A related infographic highlighting the costs of paper-based receipts coated in BPA and BPS is available https://www.greenamerica.org/report-skip-the-slip.

Consumers and employees who are concerned about the impacts of paper-based receipts and associated toxins can take action to encourage retailers to move to digital and non-toxic options here.

Green America is the nation’s leading green economy organization. Founded in 1982, Green America (formerly Co-op America) provides economic strategies and practical tools for businesses and individuals to solve today’s social and environmental problems. Green America is a Steering Committee member of the Environmental Paper Network – North America.  More at: http://www.GreenAmerica.org

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Ecwid Launches Square Payments and POS in Australia

Omnichannel retailing — which basically means enabling your customers to shop seamlessly across physical and digital channels — isn’t just a buzzword or trend. It’s the norm. Consumers expect brands and retailers to be there for them no matter where or how they’re shopping.

This is especially true in Australia, which ranks third for omnichannel penetration worldwide. According to the PwC Global Omnichannel Retail Index, Australia “is one of the world’s e-commerce ‘powerhouses’ and is in the top three nations for omnichannel retailing.”

What does this mean for you? You need to have an omnichannel strategy and be able to serve customers both online and in person.

Fortunately, Ecwid and Square are making it really easy for you to achieve that. We’re excited to announce that this integration with Square is now available in Australia! This partnership between Ecwid and Square allows you to sell offline, on your website, as well as on social networks and online marketplaces without going through the hassle of managing different solutions.

Why integrate Ecwid and Square?

Integrating Ecwid and Square will enable you to unlock some great capabilities including:

Going omnichannel

Between Ecwid and Square, all your sales channels are covered. Square’s Payments, POS and mPOS lets you set up shop anywhere, so whether you have a brick-and-mortar store or you’re running a pop-up shop or booth, you can serve shoppers and take payments easily. You can also use Ecwid to sell on social sites such as Facebook, on mobile, as well as on marketplaces such as eBay and Google Shopping.

Ecwid is Square’s only true omnichannel e-commerce solution provider, with seamless onboarding, order and inventory sync, and catalog sync-on-demand!

Sync orders and products in real-time

We make managing multiple storefronts simple with real-time sync. Ecwid and Square automatically update your inventory and order data across online and offline channels, thus streamlining store management and preventing issues like double-entry and inventory discrepancies.

If someone orders an item online, you’ll know immediately, so you can remove it from your physical shelf offline.

And the best part? Setting up the integration is quick and easy. You can connect Square and Ecwid with just a few clicks and we’ll guide you every step of the way.

Bottom line is, the Ecwid and Square integration gives you the tools you need to run a thriving business both online and offline. Together, our solutions can help you serve customers better, improve your operations, and offer valuable insights into your business and customers.

But don’t take our word for it. Just look at what Ryan Johnson, founder of FC Cincinnati has to say about Ecwid and Square:

“I found Ecwid while searching for online store plugins with real-time inventory management and user-friendly back-end organization and reporting,” says Johnson. “The synchronization between Square and Ecwid has been fantastic.”

FC Cincinnati, which has a brick and mortar store and website, doesn’t just use Ecwid and Square to stay on top of the stock control, they also utilize inventory reports to get to know their customers better.

“I can also say that knowing your numbers is key,” he adds. ”From your inventory to the bottom line, [it’s good to] always know where your business stands. Ecwid and Square inventory and reporting are perfect for both customer research and marketing as well reporting.”

Ready to get started? Here’s how

If you have an Ecwid account, click here to connect Ecwid and Square.

If you don’t have an Ecwid account, click here to create an account and join more than 1 million users in 175 countries on Ecwid.

Alternatively, if you’re already using Square, simply log in to your Square account, find “Apps” and look for Ecwid’s listing in the e-commerce section. Click “Get Started” and you’ll be on your way to setting up your store.

Ecwid + Square = omnichannel success

Aussie sellers, we hope you’re as psyched as we are about this integration. Both Ecwid and Square are doing wonders for sellers all over the world — just imagine what you can achieve when you have these two great solutions powering your business.

So whether you’re just starting out or thinking of expanding to other channels, be sure to check out what Ecwid and Square can do for you. You won’t be disappointed!

About the author
Erik is Head of Product Marketing at Ecwid. He has spent over 20 years in e-commerce, SaaS, mobile, messaging, analytics and media. His experience ranges from startup founder to public Fortune 500 executive, including 9 years at Yahoo.

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