How to Choose the Best POS System for Your Restaurant

Business.com / Technology / Last Modified: March 20, 2017

The right POS system can streamline your business and help you get the most out of your business.

A point-of-sale (POS) system can help streamline your business practices and save you money by minimizing order errors and providing useful reports that let you analyze your business’s performance. 

More than just a sales portal, a POS system works with every part of your business by helping you update menus, send orders digitally to the kitchen, track inventory and more. No matter what kind of restaurant you own, a POS system can be a key asset for your company.

Here are some tips on choosing the best POS system for your restaurant:

Decide What Service You Need

Different types of restaurants have different needs. The needs of your restaurant will determine which type of POS system you should look into. If your restaurant does not offer tableside service, like a coffee shop or deli, then a simple POS system will meet your needs.

However, if you own a full-service restaurant with tableside service and a detailed inventory system with food and alcohol, then a more in-depth system is a better choice for you. A more in-depth POS system will help you track your inventory and sales. This saves you the time of manually reporting inventory.

Decide Which Features Are Most Important

Most POS systems on the market let you manage seating and tables from your system. However, few offer features like custom-order builders and table-ready text messaging. If you own a pizza restaurant, where people expect to customize their options, then you need a custom-order builder with your POS system. If you have long wait times during rush hours, then a text message system gives your customers the freedom to leave and come back when their table is ready.

When evaluating your POS system options, carefully look over the service features that will best suit your business and your customers’ needs. Certain features offer a high level of convenience for your employees and guests.

Determine How Many Locations You Require

Certain POS systems only work with one restaurant location. If you own multiple locations, find a POS system that will link them all. This allows you to track inventory over multiple locations and directly compare how each location is performing against the others. 

The correct POS system can streamline your business and help you get the most out of it. Even better, it lets you offer convenient features for guests, so that their experience at your dining establishment is more pleasant. Carefully consider what features and level of service you need before committing to one POS system.

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