How to Test Restaurant POS or Point of Sales Software
How to test Restaurant POS system? What makes Point of Sales software testing different? What are the challenges of the process? Read this article and find out!
POS or Point of Sale system is a place where transactions (cash or credit card transactions) take place. You may notice POS systems in restaurants, retail stores, boutique stores, hospitals and everywhere where payments are involved.
Most of you may understand what a wireless payment device or a barcode reader is, but Point of Sales software includes a lot of different components and each of these components needs to be used and integrated well for it to work properly.
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Each of the Point of Sale terminals is connected to a file server. The main configurations or the settings get done on the server. Once they are done, they are pushed to the terminals in the store. Usually, the XML’s are used to do such updates.
For large restaurants, none of the changes or modifications required are done locally. The Point of Sale systems accept credit and debit card payments and these systems are connected with third-party providers who do credit card processing. Whenever a credit card transaction takes place, information is sent to the third party (the bank) for a further authorization.
The Retail POS System has 7 physical components:
– Terminal: This is the main screen where details of the transaction are entered. The terminals are usually touchscreen devices and they are the main devices used at any Point of Sale system. Terminal testing asks for a validation to ensure that the devices are connected to the network.
– Display Pole: This is the device that displays the price of the item once the item is scanned.
– Handheld Device: These are wireless devices used to accept credit card payments. Testing can be done by making transactions and choosing a mode of payment as a card.
– Printer: These devices are connected to terminals and they are used to generate the receipt after the transactions. The testers can check for alignment, verify receipt printing, text overwriters, and more.
– Magnetic Swipe Reader: This device is used to swipe cards used for payment. This is used in restaurants and retail stores. The MSR’s are used for balance check or expiry date.
We hope this article explained Point of Sale system testing in details.