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Making a sale

Making a sale in Lightspeed Retail involves:

  1. Opening a sale
  2. Attaching a customer to the sale
  3. Adding items to the sale
  4. Modifying the sale (optional)
  5. Processing a payment
  6. Printing or emailing the receipt (optional)

For instructions on how to make a sale in the POS mode of your Retail POS app, please see Making a sale on your iPad.

 

1. Opening a sale

To begin, you can either start a new sale or continue an in-progress sale that hasn't been completed.

 

New sale

To start a new sale, from the main menu, click Sales New Sale.

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In-progress sale

From Sales on the main menu, you can continue an in-progress sale in four different ways:

  1. Click Continue Sale if it's the most recent sale that you started.
  2. Click Sales history followed by the Continue sale button associated with the in-progress sale.
  3. Under In Progress, click the shopping cart icon associated with the in-progress sale.
  4. Under Today's Transactions, click View All to find and continue a less recent in-progress sale.

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2. Attaching a customer to the sale

Attaching customers to sales is recommended:

  • to easily locate a sale for a refund,
  • to perform a targeted marketing campaign, and
  • for your general reporting purposes.

Attaching customers to sales is also important for your Retail account to recognize if they have a discount or sales tax applied to their customer account or their customer type. Depending on your settings, a customer may also be required to process a sale using a specific payment type or discount.

To attach a customer to the sale, you can either find an existing customer or create a new customer on the fly.

Existing customer

You can attach an existing customer to a sale by either entering their searchable details or using search filters.

To attach an existing customer using their searchable details:

  1. In the Search Customers field, type your customer's searchable details.
  2. Click Search. Your customer will attach to the sale if your searchable details have a unique match.
  3. If the searchable details don't have a unique match, click the Attach To Sale button next to your existing customer.

To attach an existing customer using search filters:

  1. To the right of the Search Customers field, click Search.
  2. Use the available filters to narrow your search results.
  3. Click the Attach To Sale button next to your existing customer.

New customer

If a new customer account is created for an already existing customer, the customer will now have duplicate customer accounts. To avoid duplicates, we recommend searching for an existing customer before creating a new one. If you do have multiple accounts for the same customer, you can merge them into one customer account.

  1. To the right of the Search Customers field, click + New.
  2. Enter your customer's details.
  3. Click Attach To Sale.

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3. Adding items to the sale

The general workflow of adding items to a sale involves the following actions, all of which can be performed from the register:

  1. Locating the items
  2. Selecting or creating serial numbers (if required)
  3. Adjusting the quantity of each item (optional)
  4. Removing items (optional)

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1. Locating the items

During a sale, you can add existing items, create new items or sell or recharge gift cards.

Existing items

You can locate an existing item by using search filters or entering the following searchable details:

  • Description
  • UPC
  • EAN
  • Manufacturer SKU
  • Custom SKU
  • System ID
  • Vendor ID

To locate an existing item using its searchable details:

  1. In the Item field, scan or enter your item's searchable details.
  2. Click Search. Your item will attach to the sale if your searchable details have a unique match.
  3. If the searchable details don't have a unique match, click the +Add button next to your item.

To locate an existing item using search filters:

  1. To the right of the Item field, click Search.
  2. Use the available filters to narrow your search results.
  3. Click the +Add button next to your item.
  4. If you're adding multiple items at a time, select their checkboxes and click + Add Selected at the bottom of the search results instead.

NOTE: To view a item's images, click the item in the sale and click its description to go to the item's details. This is useful if you want to confirm that you added the correct item to the sale.

New items

  1. To the right of the Item field, click the + New menu button
  2. Enter your item's details.
  3. Click Add to Sale.

Gift cards

  1. To the right of the Item field, click the Gift Card menu button
  2. Enter an Amount.
  3. Scan or enter the gift card number.
  4. Click Create Gift Card. The amount will be added to the new or existing gift card once the sale is completed.

2. Selecting or creating serial numbers (if required)

If you added a serialized item to the sale, under its description, choose one of its existing serial numbers or create a new serial number.

  • Existing serial number: From the Choose Serial Number drop-down, select an existing serial number.

  • Create a new serial number: Click Add New Serial and scan or enter a Serial Number, a Color and a Size.

3. Adjusting the quantity of each item (optional)

Optionally, adjust the quantity of the items in the sale by:

  • scanning each additional item individually.
  • scanning one of the additional items multiple times.
  • entering the quantity in the item's QTY. field.

4. Removing items (optional)

If you need to remove items from the sale, click the trash icon to left of their descriptions.

4. Modifying the sale (optional)

In just a few clicks, you can modify the entire sale or the individual items. If you plan on modifying both, we recommend modifying the entire sale beforehand so you don't overwrite your individual modifications.

Modifying the entire sale

You can apply a discount, a sales tax or an employee to all the items in a sale. If you're using the Line Employee report to calculate employee commissions, applying an employee will assign all the items to them. You can also leave a receipt or an internal note.

  1. Under the items, click one of the buttons at the bottom right of the register:

    • Apply Employee
    • Apply Discount
    • Set Tax
  2. Depending on your modification, select the employee, discount or sales tax from the available drop-down.

  3. To apply your modification, click one of the buttons below:

    • Set Employee on all Sale Lines
    • Apply Discount
    • Save Sales Tax

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  4. Optionally, click Show Notes to leave a receipt note or internal note. If you're leaving an internal note, you can also tap Add time to add a timestamp (your name, the date and time).

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Note: For more information, please see Leaving receipt notes and internal notes.

Modifying individual items

You can change an item's quantity, price, discount, tax class, associated employee and set the item as either taxable or non-taxable. If a customer is attached to the sale, you can move the item to the Layaway or Special Order tab in the register if you want to either reserve the item or order more quantities for them.

  1. Click the item's description.

  2. Enter, scan or select your desired modifications: 

    • Quantity: Enter a different quantity or scan additional items in the Qty. field.
    • Price: Enter a new price in the Price field.
    • Discount: Select a discount from the Discount drop-down.
    • Tax: Enable or disable the Tax checkbox to mark the item as taxable or non-taxable.
    • Tax Class: Select a tax class from the Tax Class drop-down.
    • Employee: Select an employee from the Employee drop-down. If you're using the Line Employee report to calculate employee commissions, this will assign the item to the selected employee.
  3. Click Save.

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5. Processing a payment

You can use any of the following payment types configured in Settings Payment Types section of your account to process a payment:

For customers who want to pay for their entire sale in cash or with a credit or debit card, you can also process a Cash payment or a Card payment with Quick Pay.

Depending on your cash drawer settings in Settings > General Options, its also important to note that the cash drawer could automatically open once your sale is finished.

Cash payment with Quick Pay

If your customer is paying for the entire sale in cash:

  1. From the payment screen, click Cash.

  2. Enter the amount of cash your customer has handed you by clicking the cash denomination buttons, entering the amount or clicking the MAX button. The Balance amount indicates whether you need additional cash from your customer or owe your customer change.

  3. Click Finish Sale.

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Card payment with Quick Pay

If your customer is paying for the entire sale with a credit or debit card:

  1. From the payment screen, click Card.
  2. Select a terminal.
  3. Click Start Payment.
  4. Process the credit or debit card at the terminal. If the payment is successful, the sale completes automatically.

Credit/Debit payment

With the Credit/Debit payment type, a customer has the choice to pay for the entire sale with their credit or debit card or pay for a part of the sale and use a combination of other payment types for the remaining balance.

  1. Click Credit/Debit.
  2. Enter an amount.
  3. Select a terminal.
  4. Click Start Payment.
  5. Follow the instructions on the terminal.
  6. Click Finish Sale.

All other payment types

If your customer is using a combination of payment types or paying for the entire sale with a payment type other than Cash with Quick Pay, Card with Quick Pay or Credit/Debit:

  1. Click Payment.

  2. Depending on your customer's payment type(s), click the payment type(s) and enter or process an amount:
    • Cash: Enter the amount of cash your customer has handed you by clicking the cash denomination buttons, entering the amount or clicking the MAX button. The Balance amount on the right-hand side displays how much cash your customer owes you. The Change amount under the Cash field displays how much cash you owe your customer.

    • Gift Card: Click Gift Card, scan or enter the gift card number, enter an amount that doesn't exceed the card's current balance and click Charge. For more information, please see Accepting gift cards.

    • Account: Enter an amount that doesn't exceed the account's available credit or click MAX. For more information, please see Making payments to customer accounts.

    • Custom: Enter the amount or click Max next to the associated payment type.

  3. Click Finish Sale.

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6. Printing or emailing the receipt (optional)

Once you click Finish Sale, you can either print the receipt, print the gift receipt or email the receipt to your customer.

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If the Disable Receipt Auto Printing checkbox is deselected in Settings General Options > Printing, a print prompt for the receipt automatically appears after clicking Finish Sale. You simply need to click Print from the print prompt and hand the receipt to your customer. To select a different receipt option, click Cancel from the print prompt to return to the register.

If you're planning to be ecological and only email receipts, we recommend selecting the Disable Receipt Auto Printing checkbox so you can select the Email Receipt option directly after finishing a sale.

Printing the receipt

To print the receipt, click Print Receipt.

Printing the gift receipt

To print the gift receipt, click Print Gift Receipt.

Emailing the receipt

  1. Click Email Receipt.
  2. In the To Email Address field, enter your customer's email address
  3. Click Email Receipt.

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What's next?

Now that you know how to make a sale, we recommend you review and explore the articles below to continue familiarizing yourself with the different payment features that your gateway supports:

  • To learn how to add deposits, refund deposits and make payments to customer accounts, click here.
  • To learn how to process refunds and exchanges, click here.
  • To learn how to process voids, click here.

 

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