Types of Till Rolls

There’s no getting away from it. Technology is all around us, wherever we go. These days, it’s almost impossible to lead a tech-free life. And with most of us relying on technology for our daily lives, I can guarantee you that technology is here to stay.You might think that I’m talking about technology in a negative light. I love technology, but there are some folks out there that loathe it. If you run a business, for example, technology is an essential part of your firm’s daily functions.


Paper: an essential part of today’s business technology

 Believe it or not, paper is still an important part of today’s business technology. Most offices will have at least one printer. Retail businesses use point-of-sale systems.

 Point-of-sale systems enable customers to pay by cash, debit or credit card. Those systems will use a form of paper called till rolls. Customers get offered paper receipts for the things they buy.

 In the "good old days," cashiers used to write down everything by hand on receipts. But in the 21st century, the point-of-sale system takes care of that by printing the details out on a till roll.

 Those systems perform their tasks in seconds. And all the cashier needs to do is take payment from the customer and give them their receipt.

 Are you about to set up a retail business? Perhaps you are already established and have a point-of-sale system? To use your point-of-sale system without any hiccups, it is important that you buy the right till rolls for it.

 It doesn’t matter whether you have a basic cash register. Or even a cutting-edge PC-based point-of-sale system. If you don’t buy the best till rolls for your needs, it could spell disaster for your cashiers!

 Lucky for you this handy guide will show you how to choose the best till rolls for the job! Here is what you need to know:


How to choose the right size of till rolls

 One thing that you need to be aware of is that there are different till rolls that you can buy. Till rolls are universal in the sense that they work with any brand of cash register or device. But there are different sizes of till rolls.

 The manufacturer of your cash register or device can tell you what size you need in the user manual. Trouble is, what happens if you don’t have that information to hand?

 If you are on your last till roll, you need to make a note of its dimensions before you use it all. The measurements you need to take are as follows:


●     Width. In case you wondered, the width is what you’d look at when you read a till roll receipt from left to right;

●     Thickness. Before you use your last till roll, you need to measure the diameter or thickness of it. You measure the thickness from the side of the till roll, including the hole in the middle;

●     Core. Measuring the core isn’t essential, but it’s useful for tracking down uncommon till rolls for your device.


What till roll types do you need?

 There are two main till roll types that you can buy.


●     Thermal paper gets used in chip and pin machines and many electronic point-of-sale systems;

●     “A-paper” gets used in standard cash registers as well as some point-of-sale systems.


The way to tell the difference between the two is that thermal paper feels glossy. Whereas “Grade A-paper” feels like normal printer paper.