Retail POS Printing – Cheap Vs Cheerful?

The value of POS printing technology slowly decreasing with a stream of low cost printing hardware flooding the market, Retailers are now left questioning the use of the product against its replacement costs. The influx of low cost hardware comes at a price, cutting corners using sub-standard irreplaceable components means technology frequently only lasts 6 months and cannot be repaired creating a cycle of consume and destroy. Subsidised hardware also comes with a number of energy and disposal issues making it almost impossible to discard and recycle.

However reputable printer hardware manufacturers are now looking into ways counteract this issue offering a wider range of quality, reliable technology solutions which can be tailored to suit any budget. This initiative offers retailers with the security of having high quality, compliant technology which comes with the option for repair and even upcycling.

To help with this decision making process, BIXOLON has put together 5 simple points to consider when purchasing your next set of POS printing hardware:

  1. Hardware life expectancy – Retailers need to plan their life cycle of their POS estate. Factors such as connectivity and support need to be addressed as technology and customer requirements are constantly changing which may require early upgrades of certain aspects of the POS system compared to other parts. Looking into printer technology with multiple connectivity options may enable simple future upgrades without the need to upgrade the printer.

  2. Energy certification and WEEE Compliance – Understanding the energy and compliancy of a printer is essential in the decision making process. Quality printers on the market today will come with an energy star rating which is identifiable by the blue energy star logo and many printers alongside power saving options built into the printers to reduce costs. WEEE compliance is also important to verify the safe ecological destroying and recycling of the electrical product.  

  3. Design and quality of the product – Quality typically comes at a price, although most quality printer manufacturers now offer a number of printing options to suit any budget. Economical options offering basic essential features and reliability are increased in price by the number of additional features and add-ons.

  4. Warranty – A two year warranty has now become the industry standard with many companies now offering additional warranty add-ons. Maintenance companies also provide additional support for printing estates with tailor packages to suit individual requirements.

  5. Consumables – Printing consumables can often be a minefield. Different types of receipt paper and label media options have a major impact on both cost and the environment. Many printer manufacturers are now offering eco-software add-ons as standard to their printers to reduce the length of receipts and labelling innovations such as linerless labels which eradicates the requirement of silicon based backing paper.

The True Value of BIXOLON POS, Mobile and Label Printers
BIXOLON provides a range of POS, Mobile and Label printing solutions to suite any budget. Combining technology with innovation, a number of its printers also come with power and paper saving functions as standard to reduce power consumption and paper usage, while providing the same high quality, reliable receipt and labelling.

Offering an industry leading 2 year warranty as standard with the option to extend the warranty with tailored warranty packages across our entire printing range. BIXOLON printers are WEEE compliant and energy Star certified to offer an extra piece of mind.

To complement its printing range, BIXOLON also offers a portfolio of efficient printing consumables including including B-linerless labelling (permanent and re-stick linerless label solutions), B-wristbanding (printable wristbanding) and B-post Label (adhesive-free variable length labelling) for a cost effective, efficient printing solutions.

To find out more about BIXOLON’s extensive portfolio of printers or consumable range, visit the contact page or call the team on +49-211-6878-5420.

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