You have 3 types of replication:
Reference Link - Selecting the Appropriate Type of Replication
Per Microsoft, these are easily broken down into two broad categories:
- Server to Server
- Server to Client
In the scenario of Point of Sale (POS). You are recommended to use Merge Replication due to it's Server to Client category and scenario.
Reference Link - Merge Replication
Merge replication, like transactional replication, typically starts with a snapshot of the publication database objects and data. Subsequent data changes and schema modifications made at the Publisher and Subscribers are tracked with triggers. The Subscriber synchronizes with the Publisher when connected to the network and exchanges all rows that have changed between the Publisher and Subscriber since the last time synchronization occurred.
Reference Link - Consumer Point of Sale (POS) Applications
POS applications typically have the following characteristics, which an appropriate replication solution must address:
- Most data is entered and updated at the remote sites.
- Remote users must be able to make updates independently, without
requiring a connection to the central site.
- Data updated at a remote site is not updated at any other sites;
therefore conflicts typically do not occur.
- Some data should only be updated at the central site; for example,
data in product description tables.
- Users synchronize data at scheduled times (such as the end of the
- The application must control how long a remote site can remain
- Some tables require filtering so that each store receives different
data for one or more tables. For example, each store receives
information only for products it stocks.
- The application might require custom business logic to be executed
when data is synchronized.
- The application might require that data be synchronized over the
Internet rather than through a dedicated connection.
Hope that helps!