Subject Area Concepts
This subject area presents the point of sale department view of items. The point of sale view of item organizes items into named categories called point of sale departments. The point of sale department is a simple, single level category that groups items around their position on the sales floor. Point of sale departments may also feature workstations that are in proximity to a given department and tailored to ring up sales for the items in that department. For example a grocery store deli point of sale department includes prepared food items and typically incorporates a scale to weigh items sold by unit weight.
The POSDepartment is not the same kind of merchandise category defined by MerchandiseHierarchyGroup. As noted, the POSDepartment is a simple one level structure based around grouping items on the sales floor. Because items on a selling floor tend to be clusterd together based on item functions, POSDepartment classifications typically correspond with a higher-level MerchandiseHierarchyGroup instances.
In the ARTS Data Model the way point of sale departments classify item varies by BusinessUnitGroup. The BusinessUnitGroupPOSDepartment associative entity allows different POSDepartment entity instances to apply to different BusinessUnitGroup instances. Retailers can tailor their method for mapping items to point of sale departments by BusinessUnitGroup to support market area differences in how how shoppers navigate through stores.
POSDepartments supply default values from ItemSellingPrices and ItemSellingRule to enable the sale of unlabeled or badly labeled merchandise.