Lodata introduces flexible checkout

On Saturdays in particular, the traffic in the retail outlets is often remarkably high. Especially in Germany, where stores are closed on Sundays. Saturday peaks quite often lead to crowds and annoying waiting times, especially at checkout. Retailers are therefore increasingly asking for checkout solutions that flexibly adapt to the highly volatile workload of their employees.

Manned cash register and self-checkout

Be it due to a general lack of staff for attended checkout or because of employees temporarily being tied up elsewhere, self-checkout solutions can reduce bottlenecks. In turn, an employee-operated checkout offers a more direct customer approach and can speed up the checkout process compared to self-checkout. Therefore the experts at Lodata are now combining proven hardware and software components from HP Retail Solutions, Almex and Combase in a complete hybrid POS system.


The HP Engage One Pro All-in-one POS system forms the basis, with a customer display and receipt printer. A variably usable cash terminal from Almex enables operation by both employees and shoppers. And if desired, cash management and a check scale can be integrated in addition to common EC terminals.

Software from Combase is designed to make the barrier-free system easy for customers to operate. Both software and hardware are designed to make the system adaptable to retailer needs and industry-specific requirements.

Clever twist

In just five seconds, the checkout system can be converted so that employees can take the payment process into their own hands when there are large crowds. By simply turning it 180 degrees, a manned checkout workstation can be transformed into a self-service checkout, and vice versa. According to Lodata, the modular design of the hybrid POS system is suitable for many industries. Whether for grocery retailers, textile retailers or in the DIY market, many possible applications are conceivable and can be implemented individually.

Lodata aims to offering the hybrid checkout solution not only for purchase, but also for leasing.  Thus giving retailers the opportunity to test how they can integrate the new checkout system into checkout structures in their stores.

Lodata Microcomputer is a specialised value-added distributor and reseller for POS systems. The checkout experts procure all components from checkout systems to classic peripherals and special peripheral units to offer complete turnkey solutions. With its products, the family-run company addresses almost all areas of the retail trade.

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Kai Walter

Kai Walter has been working in the field of journalism and public relations for many years. A technical vocational training, a degree in German & English studies and a great curiosity for topics in a wide variety of fields are the basis for his work as a journalist and translator. He has written for daily newspapers, weekly newspapers and specialist journals, and worked on information strategy and its implementation in a development cooperation organisation.

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