The crisis of the 1990s was well remembered by the inhabitants of Russia - the decline in production, galloping inflation, unemployment and hopelessness. But even in this difficult time, companies appeared that managed to rise in the production of high-tech products. One such example is the Incotex holding. Currently, the company produces a wide range of products - a variety of commercial equipment, tachographs, LED lamps, car alarms and much more. But fame and popularity of the company brought cash registers "Mercury".
Incotex - the market leader in cash registers
When the company Incotex just released its first model - "Mercury 112", the market was densely occupied. Of the domestic manufacturers, the Kursk "AccountMash" was popular, which had been producing arithmometers since the 1950s.
The Pro-Sam company is also a manufacturer with experience. The older generation probably remembers the Soviet Oka 400 cash registers. Korean models Samsung ER-4615 and Samsung ER-250 were popular - reliable and reliable. They can still be found in stores, despite the solid size and noise.
Description of the model range
Cash registers "Mercury 112", despite the high competition, managed to occupy its niche in the market. A little later, the next development appeared - "Mercury 115". The algorithm of work on the new machine remained the same, but the dimensions were greatly reduced, the opportunity to work on battery power appeared, and the new printer allowed printing checks on a wider ribbon. Having appeared in 1998, "Mercury 115" has become a truly national box office. Moscow outlets were 90% equipped with this particular device. The cash desk was easy to handle and reliable, like a Kalashnikov assault rifle, which determined its long life - so far in Russia it is the most common cash register.
Next comes the Mercury 130K cash register. The main highlight of this model is the appearance. The manufacturer released the model is not only reliable, but also the most convenient and pleasant in appearance. The next model, "Mercury 140", was not widely used. The device had expanded functionality, a large screen of the buyer, but its price was too high.
And the last cash register in the line is Mercury 180K. All the features inherent in previous models were saved in it, in addition, it has a record small size. This box office fits easily in the palm of your hand. She perfectly suited to entrepreneurs whose business is associated with constant traveling. The device is easily mounted on the belt, at any time you can break the check. Mercury cash registers, whose price is on average lower than their counterparts, are willingly bought not only in Russia but also in most CIS countries. Let us dwell in more detail on the two most successful models - Mercury 115 and Mercury 130.
In shape and size, this device, as they say, is brick by brick. But otherwise, Mercury 115 is the best choice for small retail outlets. For 17 years, this cash register has improved several times - instead of a matrix, a thermal printer has appeared, the charger has become more compact, the ability to work with departments has been added.
A powerful 6-volt battery with a capacity of 3.2 A / h with a reserve is enough to work throughout the shift. A rubber keyboard protects the board from liquid ingress. Up to 6 lines of text can be programmed in the header and end of the check - in this parameter, Mercury 115 is superior to all other analogues.
In addition, you can choose one of eight fonts, so that in addition to the details of the organization in the check will fit advertising information. The cash register screen is LED, so it will be convenient to use it even with a lack of lighting. Work with the Mercury cash register is usually straightforward for operators.
Mercury 130 has advanced functionality compared to Mercury 115. First of all, this is a com-port through which you can quickly program the cashier. You can connect a barcode scanner to it or download the product database from a computer. The new model also has a customer display. "Mercury 130" looks like a calculator - large in area and flat. This allowed us to make the keys large and comfortable.
The circuitry of the machine has been preserved from the previous model. Compared with Mercury 115, the new device has a smaller battery, a liquid crystal display is used, so for extreme conditions the 115th will be preferable.
Features of the cashier
As already mentioned, Mercury cash registers are easy to operate. The operation algorithm is described in 4 steps:
- Turn on the device, make sure the date and time are correct.
- Enter cash register mode (press the IT button 3 times).
- Break the check (enter the price, click PI and IT).
- At the end of the day, remove the shift report (press 2 times PE and 2 times IT).
Practice shows that you should not immediately show the cashier all the features of the machine - this often leads to errors in operation. In addition, it is advisable for the employee to know the main errors that may occur when working with a device such as the Mercury cash register. The instruction gives a description of 56 errors indicating actions in case of their occurrence.
No matter how wonderful the device may be, during operation, deficiencies, defects and shortcomings in its operation are always revealed. Cash registers "Mercury" is no exception. Disadvantages are not critical, but familiarizing yourself with them will not hurt.
- The rubber keyboard "Mercury 115" is very thin and with careless handling tends to tear.
- Chargers in older versions of the devices were relatively heavy. A shock transformer can damage the printed circuit board, so handle them with extreme caution.
- The receipt ribbon tray in the Mercury 130 has a very small tolerance, so it may get stuck in the slot if the roll is not wound unevenly. When printing a check, the lines will overlap each other. This can be avoided if, when installing a new roll, it is checked whether it is freely placed in the tray. Otherwise, hit something heavy on the end of the tape to level it.
- The power switch on the Mercury 130 is located on the front panel. If the store has to sell loose goods, then the switch is often clogged, only a central heating specialist can clean it. To avoid this, it is necessary to seal the circuit breaker with tape or cover with a film.