Retail Scales/Shop Scales
Retail Scales, also known as shop scales, commercial scales or price computing scales, are weighing machines that are used to calculate a price based on weight. These POS scales typically have access to a front and rear display for the customer, and include built-in PLUs, also known as price look-ups, for quickly recalling the price of products for the most popular weight values.
In many countries, it is a government requirement for retail scales or shop scales to be approved to a standard often called Trade Approved.
In the UK, and across Europe, it is a legal requirement for anyone selling goods by weight to ensure the digital weighing scales they are using are fit for purpose. These digital weighing scales can be described differently which can cause confusion, trade stamped, trade approved, CE stamped, verified, Class III approved, shop scales, OIML approved to name just a few.
To ensure your scale is correct or fit for purpose, you need to check the scale has a sticker with the letter "M" in black on it, a pale blue sticker with an identification number of the verifier (the person who has tested the accuracy) and a CE mark. Also, ensure that all seals on the weighing scale are intact.
Inscale has an extensive range of digital shop scales and retail scales with label printers for sale. If you require more details on trade approvals or would like us to recommend a scale, please do not hesitate to contact us - We are committed to providing our customers with the best retail scales to suit their needs!
Why not take a look at our full range of trade approved scales?
Retail Scales/Shop Scales Help
The M symbol has changed
The M-mark and sticker that identifies scales as being verified as 'use for trade' has been changed from green to black. Some older stickers may also show a black M on a green background.
Q: I work in green grocer, which retail scale would you recommend?
A: All of our retail scales and shop scales are fully kitted out to operate efficiently within any shop or retail environment, and usually the scale preferred is simply down to personal preference.
We would recommend buying a reliable label printing scale for issuing receipts and recording transactions for accurate stocktaking - The AZextra Price Computing Retail Scale is a firm favourite for many retail weighing applications and operates as both a digital weighing scale and price computing device. Alternatively, the WBZ Washdown Retail Scales are useful for shops that have limited counter space and comes both price computing and weighing applications. The WBZ Washdown Retail Scale uses a sealed keypad to protect from dirt and spills.