How to Pick a POS System for Your New Restaurant

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You’re opening your new restaurant. You’ve managed to attract a great team of servers. The kitchen staff you’ve hired is on point. The bar looks super and the dining area is well-nigh perfect.

However, have you considered a restaurant point of sale system (POS) yet? A POS is usually a key component. However, new restaurant owners commonly overlook this piece, even though it can determine whether your new restaurant succeeds or not.

Most, if not all, lucrative restaurants employ the use of a premium quality POS system. The tricky part is that not every POS has been designed to satisfy your establishment’s specific needs. Below are a few things you need to consider before you choose a POS for your new restaurant.

 

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1. Is It Intuitive and Fast?

It’s an extremely fast-paced world we live in today. Moreover, restaurants seem to be moving at an even faster pace. Not only does your POS system need to be moving at a blazing fast speed, but it also needs to be easy to use as well.

The quicker your staff can get comfortable with using it, the speedier the operations they do with it will be.

 

2. Does It Track Your Inventory?

Tracking inventory is one of the things most business owners would really love to make easier. While it’s not all that glamorous, tracking inventory is a vital part of your new restaurant’s success.

A high-quality POS system can help you do that. It might not solve all your tracking inventory issues. However, it can certainly help a great deal. Most of high-quality systems have the ability to track such things as ingredient usage and orders. Most will also keep a running tally of things your business has sold and let you know when re-ordering time comes.

 

3. Do You Often Change Your Services and Menu?

If your menu is basic, fixed, and doesn’t change much, you won’t need to bang your head too much over menu flexibility. However, if your establishment has menu items that rotate and change a lot, then you might want to consider getting POS software that has a lot of menu flexibility.

Not only will menu flexibility make it easier to take orders on demand using the POS system, but it also helps your restaurant’s customers order your special and temporary menu items more quickly and easily.

 

4. How Loyal Is Your Customer Base?

Whether or not your restaurant can depend on loyal customers can determine the features that your business needs the most. For instance, if you are located in or near an airport, you might not have the same customers coming in over and over again. On the other hand, if you’re situated near a college campus, most of your customers are probably loyal ones.

If customer loyalty is important to your new restaurant, then you might want to consider POS software that has inbuilt loyalty program capability. At the least, choose one that can store customer history easily.

 

The Right POS Can Make or Break Your New Restaurant

Having quality point of sale software generally means smooth operations. It could literally determine the success of your new restaurant business. Hopefully, this article has given you some of that much-needed insight around the topic. Choosing a high-end POS system really doesn’t have to be that hard, does it?


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