Subject Area Concepts
The store equipment subject area identifies, names and describes the moveable fixed assets used to support retail operations in a business unit. As the name suggests, the subject area is designed with a bricks and mortar store in mind. Moveable assets are things like fixtures, scales, POS terminals, time clocks any fixed asset that is not a part of the building (real estate asset) housing the store.
The Equipment entity is the core entity type in this subject area. A piece of equipment may be designated as a Workstation which, through WorkStationSiteAssignment, places it in specific, named BusinessUnitSite (physical store location). The relationship between Equipment and Workstation is modeled as an optional relationship to allow data model implementers to link pieces of equipment to a store or not to meet their specific business requirements.
Point of sale devices (represented by a generalized Workstation entity) are usually connected to other devices like personal identification (PIN) data entry devices, bump bar devices, fiscal printers, scales, etc. This connection is represented through the AssociatedEquipment entity which allows different Equipment entities to be linked together in the data model.
In addition to describing store equipment, this view incorporates entities to capture and maintain different kinds of counts and accumulations required to ensure that POS, scales and similar systems are accurate. The EquipmentStatisticsReading entity is the generalized repository for documenting the hardware and software versions used to operate intelligent devices. For devices like fiscal printers which are used in a variety of countries to verify that sales and VAT taxes are properly collected and reporting this information is required to be submitted along with retailer tax reports. Typically, fiscal printers are sealed by tax authorities and access is strictly controlled.
The different subtype entities of the EquipmentStatsicsReading entity handle different varieties of devices like personal identification (PIN) data entry devices, bump bar devices, fiscal printers, scales, etc.