How To Use a Target Cash Register

Cash Registers Area In A Target Store In South San Francisco

As a new cashier at Target, you may need help getting accustomed to using the cash register to maintain a smooth workflow.


To use the Target cash register:

  • Sign in to the cash register with your Target employee login and password.
  • Select the “K” options according to the situation.
  • Scan all the items a customer brings you with a handheld or box scanner.
  • Press TOTAL on the keyboard and select payment method to complete the transaction.
  • Sort the items and put them in bags accordingly.

A long checkout line is a nightmare for any cashier, so we’ve written a guide on using a Target cash register with simple steps to make the process easier and quicker.

Steps To Use Target Cash Register

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The cashiers need to be fast and make minimum errors in the billing to cater to Target’s massive number of customers, day in and day out.

If you are an employee, below are the easy steps to use the cash register at any of the Target stores:

1. Sign In to the Cash Register

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First, sign in to the Target cash register using the login code, password, or Team Member number given to you as an employee. At some stores, the password is the last four digits of a worker’s Social Security number.


Always log out if you need to walk away from the cash register.

2. Screen Options

Close-Up Photo Of Hands Pressing Buy Button Keyboard

Once you are signed in to the cash register, there are different “K” options for the cashier. The “K1” is to enter the ID number of a customer for buying alcohol or any other costly item at Target.

If you are running out of change, press “K2” (Get Change) to notify the customer service desk so they can bring you dimes, quarters, ones, etc.

Sometimes the scanner cannot read the barcode, or there is no barcode on the item, like individual vegetables. The “K3” option helps input the item type to search for the price.


Target keeps a cashier speed score that lies between 1 to 10 based on performance.

The “K5-Functions” option overrides computer commands, and the “K6” button reprints receipts in case of misprinting. You can also use the K8 option to apply discounts or tax exemptions to the bills.

The “K” options are available on the cash register’s screen and the attached keyboard.

3. Scan the Items

Checking The Price Of The Products On The Scanner At The Grocery Store

Every Target store has two types of scanners, i.e., a handheld and one with a hollow metal box. The metal box scanner is a big help for scanning items in bulk during peak shopping seasons like Black Friday or Christmas.

To enter a product on the cash register, swipe an item’s barcode over the clear surface of a metal box with red light. Alternatively, you can use a handheld scanner to read an item’s barcode.


Press the “K3” option on the cash register’s screen if the scanners are not working or picking up the barcode on an item to see the price manually.

4. Use the Attached Keyboard

An Unmanned Self Checkout Machine Waits For Customers Inside Of A Target Retail Store

The keyboard of a cash register at Target has some extra keys to make the job easier for the one working it. If you want to remove an item from the list, press the keyboard’s red “VOID” button.

You can use the “CLEAR” key at the bottom right corner of the keyboard as an alternative to “VOID.”


To skip locating the item on the screen, press “VOID” and scan the product with a handheld scanner that will remove it from the list.

For ending a shift or taking a break, press the “SIGN OFF” key so the system logs out and no unauthorized person can use it in your absence.

Once you have scanned all the items for a customer, press the green “TOTAL” key to sum the transaction amount, which leads to another screen where you can choose the payment method.

If a customer finds the total sum unsatisfactory or has a payment issue, press “SUSPEND RETRIEVE” to suspend the transaction.

After the transaction is complete, hand the receipt to the customer. If they use any gift cards, stack them beside the register to keep them handy in case of a returned product.

The cash register screen becomes clear after successful transactions and won’t show any list.

5. Bag the Items

A Target Store Employee Brings Bagged Items Out To A Customer's Car Parking Area

Now put the items a customer purchased in an orderly manner. For instance, put the same meat, like chicken and chicken products, in one bag. On the other hand, you can bag fruits and vegetables together.

Also, double bag the canned food and put milk in a separate bag. For alcohol or soda bottles, lay them sideways to avoid them falling over or getting shaken up. Use large bags for oversize items at the Target cash register.

Move on to the next customer, and repeat the same process as above to use a Target cash register.


This article discusses using a Target cash register in simple steps like signing in, scanning the items, summing the transaction, and finally bagging the products for customers.

We hope you can increase your efficiency and speed as a Target cashier by learning the protocol.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Money Should You Start With in a Target Cash Register?

You should start with 100 to 150 dollars in a cash register. But, to be on the safe side, keep 20 one-dollar and four five-dollar bills at the start of your shift at Target to be on the safe side.

What Is a Cashier at Target Called?

The Guest Advocate is the one that performs the cashier duties at Target, including scanning items, managing transactions, collecting payments, issuing receipts, etc.

How Long Is a Target Cashier Shift?

A Target cashier shift is 8 hours long that starts in the morning or afternoon. Morning shifts are usually from 7 am to 3 pm or 8 am to 4 pm, whereas afternoon shifts begin from 3 pm to 10 pm or 4 pm to 11 pm at Target.

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