Running a store through the eyes of an implementation engineer

Published on October 28, 2014

Running a store through the eyes of an implementation engineer

    UPD: Article is updated and supplemented .

    I already published this post earlier on Habré, but for some reason I was forced to remove it from publication soon. Nevertheless, during the short period of existence of the post, it aroused some interest from the Habrasociety, which prompted me to revive it from the ashes. So, meet - a new version of the post with blackjack and ...

    cash register equipment for the store

    Surely many of you, being in the store, did not think about how everything is arranged there and how everything works. By the nature of my professional activity, I have to think about it constantly and today I will tell you about how the store is launched.

    To begin with, after all the agreements with the management of the store, we arrive at the facility and are located on a specially equipped workplace:

    equipment setup


    There are different approaches to launching hyper, my one of many does not claim to be the best.

    So there is hyper. Equipment comes to him in the form of a pallet with cash desks. In a set: a system unit, a manual barcode scanner, a stationary scanner, various cables, a product keyboard, a cash drawer, a customer display and a cashier display.

    We’ll take a walk along the empty store shelves:

    trade software


    Usually, if we go to the store, then as a rule together, that is, we share the front of work. One is engaged in the installation of cash registers, the other for example, servers. Installation of cash desks is as follows. In the photo, my colleague is messing with the cash register system units:

    installation of commercial equipment


    After the installation is completed, all the ticket offices are covered with polyethylene so that they do not become dusty:

    cash register equipment


    Now let's get a little bit into the holy of holies, how the installation and configuration of software is done with us. If the server for the store is installed, then you need to add the necessary equipment to it. We enter the server and add the necessary equipment on the server:

    program for the store


    And while the ticket offices are not connected to the network, the server waits for us to connect them. What will we do now.

    To connect the cash register equipment, we use special schemes. Such a scheme helps any engineer:

    store automation


    Next, the image of the cash desk with which the software is installed is stitched onto the USB flash drive:

    software for the store


    Of course, I give an example based on our software . But in principle, this process is similar for any software.

    After installation, we have a keyboard calibrator, which will be behind the cash register. We

    retail automation


    enter the checkout number and the store number on the server in order, set up the network at the checkout: After setting up the network, make sure that everything is normal with the connection:

    cash program


    When the equipment has arrived, connect it to the checkout (this is a clipping directly from the guide to launching one of the clients):

    program for trading


    Set up means. And we are waiting ... And what are we waiting for, but we are waiting for a bank specialist who will bring the bank terminals and files to them, in which the bank’s special settings are written.

    Yes, by the way, I forgot to say that for each major client we have launch instructions that describe all the processes, so the newcomer will not have to tight. Of course, you can’t describe everything and we never leave young colleagues in trouble. For the most curious I applydemo with instructions . The document is not original and in abbreviated form.

    Now you need to configure the LAN. Different customers open stores differently. For example, with client A, the opening and all LAN installation work starts 2 weeks before the opening, client B can have one month, and with client C everything is planned in 3 months.

    The first thing you need to cross it all. Server and server cabinets are different, but, most importantly, to make it look beautiful:

    cash server


    This is the most pompous option, you have already assembled one and cross it, but sometimes you have to assemble everything yourself. You come to mean the object, you see a bare server cabinet:




    Then you put it in the right place under the ceiling, from where pasta from patch cords will hang. Well this is the easiest. And then you need to assemble and mount the server. Here everything is as usual - unpack:




    Then we attach one part of the sled to the server itself: The




    other part of the sled in the cabinet:




    Well, and having stretched it, insert this unit:




    Then it starts: all sorts of services come and put their servers. But all this will not work until you cross:




    Probably experienced IT specialists will say what a shame it is to cross. Do not be afraid, this is how the newcomers cross that we take with us to objects - to learn. Then one of the elders comes, threatens with a finger. And everything becomes beautiful:




    But let's go back to the store.

    Now for the scales. Before the store opens, the scales are brought to the store, where they are placed around the trading floor. I will not particularly elaborate on the intricacies of the settings. As a rule, about 40 different types of weights come to standard hyper. First, you need to make network settings for each scale, then if the scales are Wi-Fi, tie them to a specific point. Well, and then load the goods.

    The store is gradually becoming normal. Price checkers are hung up. By the way, about price checkers, or in Russian - price check devices. They are Wi-Fi. I’m saying right away to those particularly distressed, you can poke your finger at them as much as you want, everything is locked. What else needs to be configured in the store? Well, of course, price tags.

    Somewhere 2 days after the installation of cash desks was completed, all the equipment was connected and set up, a dress rehearsal was held with the cashiers - the main cashier came out and ordered that the shift was opened and hyper workers could buy goods:

    supermarket equipment


    Some rehearse the opening of the store in overalls:

    trading equipment for shops


    By the way , it is worth noting that before the opening of any store, well, somewhere in the week, as mentioned earlier, we check that there is no force majeure:

    complex trade automation


    Well, everything seems to be ready. The dust has been removed, the marafet has been brought in:

    pos system


    Solemn speeches:




    Buyers are eager for battle:




    There are also a lot of people on the street:




    Well, but we will rest after the launch and shoot evil birds from the slingshot:





    On this, our tour of the launch of the store came to an end, I remind you that this is a more complete version of the article previously removed from publication.

    I hope you enjoyed the tour, wait for the following IT photo reports.