Choosing Receipt Paper: How to Get the Spool Rolling


Choosing the type of receipt roll paper for your company requires more thought than you probably realize. You can make this decision easier by considering three main characteristics of receipt roll paper. Choosing the right kind of receipt paper can make an impact on your business, and it is very important to take the time to consider these options.

Thermal or Non-Thermal?

Receipt roll paper is either thermal or non-thermal. The difference between the two is that thermal paper uses heat to imprint images whereas non-thermal paper uses ink. While non-thermal printing methods are more familiar, the vast majority of businesses are starting to use thermal printing. This is often because thermal printing is more economical and convenient.

Thermal printing does not require cartridges or ink, and companies can save a lot of money by eliminating the cost to replace ink and cartridges. With thermal printing, you only have to continuously pay for the receipt paper itself. Since you’re not constantly changing ink cartridges, your day isn’t spent fiddling with the printer. Thermal printing is fast and silent so it won’t distract you from your daily duties when somebody else is using the printer. The quality of thermal printing can also be much higher so you reduce the need to print receipts over again due to smudges or illegibility. Once again, thermal receipt printing does not disrupt your work with unnecessary and distracting noise. If you’re working with customers, a receipt that prints silently and quickly will help to keep the customers happy at the point of sale.

Thermal receipt paper is also weather resistant so during the course of a stormy day, your receipt is more likely to survive. Of course, you need to purchase the appropriate receipt roll paper for your printer.

How Many Ply?

Another factor to take into consideration when buying receipt roll paper is whether you need one, two, or three ply paper. Depending on the nature of your business, your company may require one or two copies of a receipt. One-ply receipt paper will print just one receipt for the customer. Two-ply receipt paper will provide a receipt for the customer and one for the business. Three-ply paper will print one receipt for the customer and two copies for the business. Depending on the amount of receipts your company requires, you will need a certain amount of layers to your receipt paper.

How Customizable?

The level of customization you want your receipt paper to have is the final consideration to take into account when purchasing your receipt paper rolls. Some receipt paper allows you to print business information and logos on the back of the paper. Providing your company details on the back of your receipt paper will supply the customer with contact information, should he or she have any questions for you after transactions have been completed.

The receipt your company prints will affect how your business runs. The type of paper you use can also impact how smoothly your day-to-day operations will run. Taking time to consider these three main factors when choosing your paper will result in a more fluid and successful workday.





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