Tips for Storing Thermal Receipt Paper

Posted June 2, 2014

thermal-case-largeThe switch over to thermal receipt paper has become commonplace across most  retailers due to the cost savings and faster printing it offers. While these thermal paper receipts get us out of the store faster, there is a downside. Thermal paper receipts can fade, are sensitive to heat,  and require proper storage to ensure you get the most of them.

To better understand the best way to handle thermal receipt paper it helps to know how exactly it works. Thermal paper has a special heat sensitive coating which purchase information is heat transferred onto as the paper runs through the receipt printer. The coatings can be affected by a variety of things; heat and exposure to direct sunlight being the primary problems.

Excessive heat will cause your thermal paper receipt to turn gray at best or turn completely black and illegible at worst. You should always store your thermal paper receipts away from heat sources. Sunlight will also fade your receipts faster than the normal rate. As a general rule it is best to store your paper in a cool, dark, and dry location to ensure the longest use from it.

Another concern when dealing with thermal receipt paper is to avoid oils and liquids. Like any paper, liquids and especially oils will degrade the paper itself. In the case of oils, they will react with the coating on the paper and discolor it.

At the end of  the day, it will be best to find a convenient storage closet or under-counter location to keep your un-printed rolls of receipt paper away from any sources of trouble but still easily accessible. For printed receipts that you need to retain, most current cash drawers have a storage slot to keep the receipts inside the drawer below the till and for long-term needs a filing cabinet will keep them secure and safe.

For more assistance finding the right thermal receipt paper or receipt printer for your business, contact us at Barcodes Inc.

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