It has almost become a tradition when a customer walks up to a cashier to pay for his or her purchases to be issued a receipt that is printed on thermal paper.
Even in this day and age where the use of paper based products have been scrutinised, thermal paper at point of sale checkouts have become even more popular than ever before, and based on statistics, they are the most common form of receipt that businesses use to verify transactions or on the other hand customers use as proof of purchase.
The fact that thermal paper has become part and parcel of businesses that include not only retails stores as most think, but also by ticketing agencies, lotteries, banks as well as restaurants among others due to the quality and reliability of the paper.
As a matter of fact businesses use thermal paper more than they use any other kind of paper that uses ink due to the fact that thermal printer generates long-lasting output without being attached to hefty price tags and the added cost of buying ink.
Based on estimations, most POS save substantially on ink costs by using thermal paper. However, based on market intelligence thermal paper costs can vary significantly due to not only quality, but also supplier. It is common knowledge that most suppliers of thermal paper obtain their supplies from third parties which increases the cost for the end users due to the mark-ups added to the final price.
However, there are suppliers who deal direct with manufacturers and therefore are able to provide high quality thermal paper rolls to end users at relatively lower costs.
Companies such as POS Paper & Ribbons for instance deal directly with manufacturing agents and due to the bulk purchases, companies such as these are able to supply thermal paper to end users at significantly lower prices.
The company which specialises in supplying a variety of POS related products including bond paper rolls and printer ribbons , besides thermal paper is located in close proximity to the Inner Melbourne Metropolitan area of St Kilda, Victoria have been leading the industry for more than 3 decades.
The assortment of thermal papers supplied by the company includes:
57mm x 45mm
57mm x 57mm
80mm x 80mm
However, most thermal paper tend to fade over time if not stored properly and therefore if the POS system requires receipt copies that withstand the test of time the use of dot matrix printers that use high quality bond paper rolls and an ink based printer is advised.
However from a cost based perspective, it would be much more cost effective if the thermal receipts are scanned and stored as digital images on a hard drive in the event a receipt is required in future for some reason.
Storing receipts in digital formats are the best way to keep receipts as they could be transferred via email from one party to another without physical effort or much hassle.