What EFTPOS Networks are available in New Zealand?
Currently there are two networks available – Paymark and Verifone NZ. Paymark who process approx. 80% of all EFTPOS transactions are currently providing merchant EFTPOS connections to BNZ, ASB , Westpac, ANZ and Kiwi bank. The Verifone NZ network is owned by VeriFone NZ Ltd with ANZ providing the merchant connections, however other banks are soon to come online and be able to process via the Verifone Network as well. Your connection to the either network is through your merchant services provider (one of the major banks). Please note that while you may choose to connect to the EFTPOS network that is owned by your bank, this is not obligatory and you can connect to either network via any of the banks offering merchant services – your EFTPOS and credit card receipts will still go to your bank account even if it is with another bank. We recommend you shop around when choosing or reviewing your merchant services, particularly if you want to accept credit cards as you may be able to obtain a better deal at another bank. Please contact us for further information or to learn what deals might be available.
What is Software version 6.1, 2014, 2015, 2016 and PCI 1.3 and PCI 3.x etc?
To combat fraud, the software in EFTPOS terminals is regularly upgraded. At any given time, there will be several versions of software which are current, with each version having a “sunset” date beyond which it will not be allowed to work on the network. Most terminals when sold new are capable of being upgraded at least once, however the changing security requirements over time means that the terminal will eventually reach a stage where it cannot longer be upgraded to a new version. Furthermore, there are some versions of software which, while still being able to be used on the network by merchants who already have terminals with that version, cannot be sold to new merchants. For these reasons it is very important to check when purchasing or renting a terminal (particularly if it is second hand): 1. That it will be able to be upgraded to a future version as some of the terminals currently working on the network have only a limited future life. 2. If you are a new merchant you should ensure you only buy/ rent a terminal with the latest version of software. If you rent, you should ensure that your rental contract includes the costs of any necessary upgrades and software compliance fees. The latest terminal software specification currently in the market is Version 2015 PCI 3.x. It sets a new standard for EFTPOS terminal processing. As well as greater transaction and card processing security, it supports features such as chip and pin processing, Tap and Go technology (contactless), broadband connectivity support, enhanced message encryption and new offline processing capabilities.
How often should I upgrade my EFTPOS terminal?
Visa/Mastercard/Europay and the banks determine what the dates are for when EFTPOS machines need to comply with security updates and new software versions. These will continue to change over the coming years with businesses being advised of the dates of when they must have a compliant terminal. Total POS offers the latest software available and can discuss the benefits/costs of either purchasing or renting EFTPOS equipment.
Which service level is covered by my TotalPOS rental agreement?
We have two main types of rental agreements. On-site service rental contracts, and cheaper “return to base” rental agreements. On-site rental agreements (only available in Christchurch city and nearby areas) means we will visit your site 365 days a year between 7.30am and 9.00pm with no call-out/visit costs. In most cases the repairs/exchange of equipment are at no cost to you. We also provide an after-hours service where call-out fees will apply. Return to base gives you the option to either bring or send the equipment to us for servicing/repairs or have our service technicians (for a small fee) provide on-site service. If you buy from TotalPOS, we will also provide you with a loan terminal for a small fee while yours is being repaired.
What are the costs in setting up and operating an EFTPOS terminal?
There are two sides to setting up an EFTPOS facility – the hardware cost and the bank setup fees. Hardware (your EFTPOS terminal). The cost depends on whether you choose to: • rent a terminal (monthly rental for a specific period) or • purchase a unit (one-off initial cost and then a monthly manufacturer Software compliance fee from then onwards). In addition, If you also choose a different connection such as GPRS then monthly connection fees apply. Bank setup fees. -Depending upon your bank, the following fees may apply: • Setup/Application fee – one-off • EFTPOS network helpdesk fee, currently $13.50 + gst per month per terminal – includes IP/Broadband terminal connection access. Dial up terminals incur a $9.95+gst per month connection fee charged by Paymark or a backup dial charge of $6.95 per month . • EFTPOS transactions – no transaction charges apply • Credit card transactions – a merchant credit card fee will apply. Fees vary but are charged as a percentage – e.g. 2% of all Visa/Mastercard transactions. Contact TotalPOS for advice on how to get the best deal.
How do I change the time on my EFTPOS terminal once daylight saving starts or stops?
All you have to do is log your machine on to the network and the time will be automatically updated. Or you can wait until you do the first transaction of the day when it will update.
How do I change the name and address details that show at the top of my EFTPOS receipts?
This information is not stored in your EFTPOS machine. It is downloaded from the network, so to make any changes you need to contact your merchant services provider (usually your bank) or Paymark 0800 800996. If you require additional information at the bottom of the receipt, then please contact TotalPOS for a custom header / footer.
What does the error message on my Casio cash register display mean?
Common Error Messages:
E01 (Wrong mode) – this occurs when you have turned the key to a different position before finishing the previous transaction or operation. To correct this turn the key back to the mode you were previously in and finalise the transaction (usually by pressing ‘SUBTOTAL’).
E10 (Printer error) – means that the paper roll has run out or that the printer mechanism has not been closed properly.
The machine beeps when you are trying to enter a price but no error message is showing – this is probably because you are using the decimal point. If you want to sell an item for $3.00, enter 300 and press the relevant department key. Do not enter 3.00.
Can I link my Eftpos terminal to my Casio cash register?
This depends on the model of your cash register and Eftpos terminal. To find out more about Eftpos linking, please contact us.
Where can I find a user manual for my Casio cash register?
Please click here to download a user manual for your Casio cash register.
How do I change the time at daylight savings?
Turn the key to PGM mode, press ‘1’ then ‘SUBTOTAL’.
Input time in 24 hour system; (eg, 1358 for 1.58pm). Then press the ‘x/date time’ button.
Press ‘C’ to end the setting.
What can a Point of Sale (POS) system do?
We stock a full range of cash registers and PC POS systems from the most basic to the most sophisticated. The following guide is intended to describe the more commonly-used POS features. Contact us to discuss the options available on each system.
- Date and time on receipts and end of day report.
- End of Day report (Z read) showing totals by department and by method of payment.
- Void/Error Correct.
- Calculate change.
- Give percentage or $ amount discounts.
- X read – daily total without resetting to zero.
Shows your customer the value of the last item sold, or the transaction total when subtotal is pressed or the transaction is finalised. Available on all Casio models except the 130CR and 130CR-S. A customer display is built in on all other Casio models except the touchscreens (QT6000 and QT6100) although it is an optional extra for these models. On the TE-M80 it is fixed, on all other models it can be raised approximately 5 cm and swivelled to face the customer if required.
A rear display is available as an optional extra on PC POS systems where you have the choice of a traditional display or an LCD screen which can also be used to display promotional information to customers.
- The ability to turn off the receipt printer and only print a receipt when required.
- The ability to print your business details and GST number on the receipt.
Receipt and Journal
Our lower-priced cash registers have only one printer to save costs. Some models to have a two printer option available.
On some of the mid-range cash registers, there is an electronic journal feature which enables you use the machine to print receipts while trading, you can then print the daily journal prior to issuing the end of day report.
The ability to hold stock levels for each item in the system. Opening or starting stock levels can be entered, purchases added and sales removed from the total so that there is a running stock total for each item at all times.
In more advanced systems, re-order levels can be set for each item and used to generate purchase orders. Stocktake sheets can be printed, stock counts entered, and variances and valuations calculated. Handheld PDAs can be used to read barcodes and record stock levels for later downloading into the system.
Parent and child product structures
The ability to link two or more different stock items , such as a keg of beer and the different sized glasses of beer that come from it, so that sales of the glass result in a correct reduction in the stock of beer recorded in the keg, and changes in the cost of the keg are reflected in the recorded cost of each of the sizes of the glasses. Or, in a retail situation, the parent item could be a case of 24 cans of soft drink, with the individual cans being the child item.
The ability to store a barcode for each item and, with a barcode scanner fitted, read the barcode on an item and recall the associated price and description to enable the item to be sold. Advantages include faster transactions, elimination of pricing errors, and more accurate stock tracking.
The ability to print barcode labels and shelf labels for each item from within the POS system. Barcodes can be generated for products without them.
Gift Voucher Issuing and tracking
The ability to issue gift vouchers for whatever amount you require, to store a record of all outstanding gift vouchers and their value, and to recognise valid gift vouchers when they are presented.
Only available on PC-POS. The POS PC acts as the eftpos terminal, so you have no separate eftpos machine, but only a pinpad for the customer to enter their PIN. To complete a sale you press the eftpos (or credit card) button on the POS, the amount is sent automatically to the pinpad, the customer enters their pin. If the transaction is successful the receipt prints and the drawer opens, if it is declined then you get a message on your POS screen. Requires broadband internet connection.
Advantages: removes the possibility of error in keying the amount into the eftpos machine (e.g. $150.00 keyed as $15.00), very fast, clears counter space as no eftpos terminal required, no need for a separate phone line for eftpos which can save money.
Note that due to software licensing costs integrated eftpos is usually more expensive than stand-alone, however most businesses find that the elimination of errors and/or savings on phone line costs will more than make up for the small additional cost.
The ability to connect two or more cash registers to allow centalised reporting and programming to save time and reduce possible errors, and shared table and account information.
The ability to centralise reporting and programming for two or more sites back to one location using internet connections.
Customer loyalty systems
The ability to record spending on selected (or all) items by individual customers and to award various levels of points or discounts to customers. Points can be redeemed against subsequent purchases.
The ability to centralise loyalty points from 2 or more sites so that points earned at one site can be redeemed at another site.
The ability for customers to charge purchases to an account which is stored within the POS system, and to make payments against the account. Credit limits can be set, tax invoices and statements can be printed on an A4 printer. Customer account numbers can be entered manually or can be read from a magnetic stripe card or using a barcode and barcode reader.
Text overlay for video security systems
The ability to send a journal feed from your POS system to a text-overlay capable video security system to provide added security and certainty about the events being shown on the video. You can search the video record for selected events, for example show all Voids, show all sales made by a certain operator, show all sales of a given item. We do not provide video security systems ourselves but we work closely with a specialised provider, Vision Systems, to ensure that your POS system and video security system are correctly interfaced.
The ability to manage a lay-by program within the POS system, with minimum deposits being set and the customer’s payments being deducted from the outstanding balance.
Mobile sales order terminal
A handheld PDA which can be used to scan items and record sales, enabling sales staff to move around in the shop with customers, recording items to be sold as they go. The list of items is then downloaded to a base terminal and the sale completed.
Pre-packed items can have the weight or total price programmed into a barcode which is issued from a scale which is separate from the POS. When the barcode is scanned at the POS, the item code and price or weight are read and used to register the sale.
The ability to print dockets for selected items which can be given to kitchen, barista or bar staff so they know what to produce. Order dockets can be printed either on the POS printer or at a remote printer. A single printer can print 2 or more order dockets, for example one for coffees and one for cold drinks.
Table charging and Table splitting
The ability to charge items to a table on the POS system, and then to select some items from the bill to be paid by each person sitting at the table. On more advanced systems, individual items can be split, for example two couples can pay for their own food and share the cost of a bottle of wine.
Table map layouts
The ability to have a graphical representation of the layout of the tables in the restaurant on the screen, to aid table identification, reduce errors and help with restaurant management.
Hand-held waiter pad terminals
The ability to link to hand held PDAs which can be used in restaurants to enter customer orders at the table, with food and drinks orders being charged to tables and printed respectively at the kitchen and bar. Advantages: speed up service, relieves congestion around the POS terminal and can result in increased sales.
What are the minimum requirements for Idealpos to run?
- Windows: POS Ready 09/7, 7/8/8.1, 10 (32/64bit)
- 2GB RAM and 30GB Free Hard Disk Space
- POS Screen Resolution fixed to 1024×768 or 1280x800px
- Internet Connection (licencing)
- Data Backup Solution (cloud or local storage)
What version of Windows will Idealpos run on?
Idealpos is compatible with many versions of windows, provided the hardware is also suitable.
XP Pro SP3, WEPOS 1.1, POSReady 2009, POSReady 7, Vista 32/64, Win 7 32/64, Win 8/.1 32/64 and Win 10 32/64.
Although Idealpos is able to be installed on older Windows versions, this does not mean it will run efficiently. Some versions are no longer supported by Microsoft and are therefore not recommended to be used.
Can I add additional modules later?
As standard, Idealpos comes as a full-featured Point of Sale software product. You are able to enter stock items, perform stock control, create buttons, add peripherals and use the software for your business needs.
Additional modules such as Restaurant, Integrated EFTPOS, Fuel Console and many more can all be added when you purchase the software, or at a later stage when you are more comfortable knowing exactly what you need.
How does online licensing work, and what if I don't have internet?
Online Licences can be used for Perpetual or Annual (subscription) Licence methods.
Online Licencing requires an Internet Connection. Every 4 hours, Idealpos will connect to the Idealpos.net Licensing Server to reload its licence. If an internet connection is not available, Idealpos 7 will work without an internet connection for a maximum period of 7 days.
Offline Licences will work without an Internet Connection for Annual Licences only. This licence type was designed for Customers who do not have an internet connection. Each year a file will need to be purchased from Idealpos to continue using the product.