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Coloured Thermal Paper Uses

9 January 2014

Most businesses tend to use white thermal paper at their point of sale (POS) for their receipts, due to thermal printing being easier and more economical than using printers that require inks or toners. This is all very well and good, but we’re puzzled as to why people feel that their receipts must be printed on white paper. Why not yellow, pink or orange?

Here are some uses for coloured thermal paper that you may not have thought of before:

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The Composition of Thermal Paper

6 January 2014

Thermal paper is a special paper that is used in conjunction with thermal printers to primarily produce receipts for ATM’s, cash registers and other points of sale (POS). The reason that this paper is used so commonly with POS systems is that no ink is involved in the process, which makes the printers small and more manageable than traditional printers that require either toner or ink cartridges to be regularly replaced.

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Storing Thermal Paper

3 January 2014

Thermal paper is not something that people think of very often, but it is something that is used by virtually every business that provides a product or service to consumers. It is used in cash registers, ATMs, automated petrol pumps and many other point of sale (POS) functions.


Because thermal printing doesn’t require inks but instead relies on the thermal heating of the paper to create the desired image and/or words, the paper is coated with special heat-reactive chemicals. These turn the paper black where heat is applied. For this reason, it’s essential that you store thermal paper correctly to prevent the paper from being damaged.

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Organising Your POS Area

3 December 2013

A point of sale (POS) area, now also commonly known as a modern point of service (mPOS) is where a transaction - primarily retail - is traditionally completed. For example, in a store this is where money would be exchanged for goods, while in a restaurant this is where the bill would be processed for food that has been ordered and/or received. The reason for the changing of the term from ‘sale’ to ‘service’ is due to the area now also being used for customer orders and also for the returning or exchanging of goods.
According to the requirements of the industry and the individual needs of the provider of services/goods, the POS will differ in the software and hardware that is used. Retailers may use everything from scanners and scales to manual and electronic cash registers, touchscreens and EFTPOS machines, while a restaurant may only need an EFTPOS machine, a receipt printer and a cash register.

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Receipt Apps

30 November 2013

An unavoidable aspect of being a consumer in today’s society is the inevitable accumulation of receipts that clutter up your filing cabinets and work areas. Unfortunately for most people, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) advises Australian residents that for tax purposes you should keep any written evidence supporting tax deductions for up to five years from the date that your tax return is lodged. As you can imagine, this results in a lot of receipts floating around.

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