Friday, June 17, 2011

BPA in Receipt Paper: Cause for Worry….Or Not?

Over the last year I have read numerous articles about BPA and its possible toxic connections to cancer, learning disabilities and infertility. POS Supply Solutions has been following the news on BPA’s effects on human health since 2006 and we have even written two other posts on BPA in Thermal Paper and Identifying BPA Free Paper in the last year. With all the blog posts, independent studies and government reports to sift through, it’s hard not to get confused and overwhelmed by all the information. Here’s the latest news that I have read regarding BPA recently:

Last month on the 23rd, the Environmental Health Research Foundation (a nonprofit research foundation specializing in Health and Environmental Science) stated “Despite the prevalence of recent media articles and blogs about Bisphenol A (BPA), there has been no change in US regulatory policy”, “The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) position on BPA remains unchanged, noting the lack of any creditable evidence of risk to human health”. In addition, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) has stated that further regulation on BPA would require more scientific findings than are currently available.

On June 8th, the state of Connecticut House of Representatives approved a bill banning BPA in store receipts after a lengthy debate. This bill would take effect beginning July 1, 2015 unless the EPA issues a mandate before then. The state decided to delay the ban until the middle of 2015 to prevent a burden on businesses that may already be under excessive regulations, giving them time to develop alternatives. Maybe they don’t realize that business owners already have alternatives today? We at POS Supply Solutions have been offering BPA free receipt paper rolls for over 5 years.

What are your feelings are on the subject? Do you think that BPA should be banned in all receipt paper? We’d love to hear your take on this controversial topic!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Less is Not Always More: 3 Reasons Larger Point of Sale Paper Rolls Save Time and Money

In an effort to save money, a large number of customers are now ordering smaller point of sale paper rolls. While it may appear to be a cost savings to order a smaller roll, the cost per foot is actually higher than larger rolls. Most standalone POS thermal printers can hold a 3 1/8” x 301’ paper roll, however we are seeing an increase in sales of 200', 220’, or even smaller rolls. Credit card terminals normally hold a 2 ¼” x 110’ paper roll but people are often buying the 80’, 85’ or even smaller. Simply put, ordering the largest roll your terminal or printer can handle is the wisest choice. Here's why:

  1. Larger Rolls reduce your shipping, handling and warehousing costs. Purchasing larger paper rolls means a reduction in your shipping and handling because you have to order less often. 
  2. Less roll changes and register downtime save valuable time and money. Changing rolls less frequently equates to lower personnel costs and an increase in customer satisfaction. The time you save can be better spent servicing customers! 
  3. Larger rolls offer a lower cost per foot of paper. While there is a higher up front cost, the larger paper roll is actually less expensive and lasts longer.
Smaller Rolls Just Don't Measure Up
Check out our roll comparison sheet below to see the yield differences:

If you purchase a 2 1/4" X 110' Roll:

Original Roll Size
Increased Yield  
with 110' Roll
2 1/4" X 80'
2 1/4" X 85'

If you purchase a 3 1/8" X 301' Roll:

Original Roll Size

Increased Yield 
with 301' Roll 
3 1/8" X 200'
3 1/8" X 220'
3 1/8" X 230'
3 1/8" X 273'

Our paper roll products are designed to deliver high performance and compatibility in all common transaction printers while minimizing the user's total cost of ownership. Our paper rolls are used in a wide range of applications including Point-of-Sale, Cash Register, Credit Card Terminal, Kiosk, Fax, Pay-at-the-Pump, Medical, Casino/Gaming, Self-Check-out, Mobile Printers and many others.