Productive Series: POS Hibernation Tips
10 April, 2020
- POS Terminals:
- Cash off all tills – Do a final check of all POS terminals, make sure they have had a z-read, even terminals that normally have no finalized sales. Check all devices, including tablets, and be sure to close any open orders, tabs, or tables as part of the process.
- Power down the POS terminals using the Windows Shut Down.
- Switch off powered peripherals attached to the POS (e.g. printers).
- Take this opportunity to move the devices and clean under them. Surprising amounts of grime accumulates under POS terminals, especially cash drawers.
- Clean the screens with a microfibre cloth. If you use a liquid screen cleaner, spray it on the cloth, not the screen.
- POS Servers:
- We advise against powering down servers, these are best kept running if possible.
- Backups – do a database backup and a full system backup. Archive these offsite (preferably in the cloud).
- Review your backup schedule – your system should have a backup schedule in place that your system administrator maintains.
- Commence a database cleanse. De-activate old products.
- Server upgrades – if these are due, bring them forward if possible to avoid having to do them at unsociable hours.
- Future Planning:
- POS Terminal locations – think about the distance between terminals and general accessibility. Now is the time to review layouts.
- Cable management – over time the POS terminal cables can start to get untidy. Some well employed cable ties could be worthwhile.
- POS Terminal screen layouts – reducing keystrokes greatly speeds up operations at the Front Of House. Take some time to review the main screen designs.