What Does 'Program' Mean?For practical purposes 'program' to an end user of software in a consignment shop means a 'computer program' that is or can be used to manage the consignment business. 'Program' (like 'system') is also often used to describe software and 'hardware' (printers, scanners, cash drawers, etc.).
- A program for resale shops keeps track of information related to consignors (and sellers for buy outright).
- Consignment software records inventory including that belonging to the store owner and that belonging to consignors.
- Consignment programs can print a variety of things including price labels and tags (with barcodes), reports, consignment agreements and checks.
- Most programs can be used to process sales.
- Most importantly programs keep things organized (from unsold inventory to items sold), who is owed and the amounts, and information about clients.
Technically a 'program' is a compilation of software code (programming language) which instructs a computer (or a machine) to perform logical and mathematical operations (on data). 'Software' is a set of programs that enables the hardware to perform a specific task.