If you are here, it is for sure, you have decided to buy a new POS system or are planning to do so for your restaurant. A good POS system is heart of every restaurant that serves as a central place where one can handle operations, customer service and transactions. Opting for the correct POS system is one of the major decision you have to take for your business as it affects all of your operations and services for the upcoming years. But with numerous options in the market, how will you choose one for yourself? In this article we have 7 key questions you must ask to opt for the correct Restaurant POS software and back-office system for your restaurant.
(1) Which features are required?
The POS have changed a lot from just being the cash registers that processed the transactions and recorded the payments. Today, the POS has become an important tool to speed up the operations, increase loyalty, streamline labor, manage inventory and even define the customer experience. It is surprising that an average POS system offers various features but you have to select the ones that you need. Fingerprint login, employee time clock, mobile POS, online ordering, customer database, management of recipes and ingredients and many more sounds to be good features. But yet they are not all as useful to every business.
(2) Is the POS designed for restaurants?
The POS systems are not like one size fits all. Even though some features are common in the retails that can be adapted by restaurant industry, the stores and food service places generally have different needs. Hence, make sure you opt for the POS system that is specifically developed for the usage in your industry.
(3) Is the POS quick and reliable?
The restaurant industry is all about the speed and quality. One thing that you must avoid is the rush during Saturday nights that makes the POS software slow and unresponsive delaying the services and resulting in the queue of grumpy customers. Few of the must ask question here are:
- Is the software intuitive and can it be customized for different uses?
- Can it accept different types of payments, bills moved from bar table, split bills etc.?
- Can I help to speed up the service?
- How much average time it takes per transaction?
- What happens if I face some network issue? Will the software still allow to take orders and process the sales or I will have to go for an offline paper work.
(4) How much I have to invest?
A new POS system is a big commitment but it also pay off in near future. Before opting for the Restaurant software with lowest investment, make sure to have a proper research of ROI that you can achieve. While you analyze the impact of the technology, remember to consider multiple factors such as:
- Time spent in staff training
The restaurant industry faces a high staff turnover, adopting the POS system makes the training of new staff quick and easy that can bring great savings.
- Reduced waste
The POS system must include inventory management software. One can save a lot of money be ordering the correct amount of food and using the one that is stored efficiently.
A POS system supporting the implementation of loyalty programs and enabling to send targeted offers to the registered customers and even the campaigns that help to repeat the customer visits.
- Time wasted in aligning data
If you are using different systems for different tasks such as one to manage sales, another for inventory, third one for staff rosters, fourth one for venders and so on, you might end up spending a lot of time in comparing their outputs and trying to make sense of numbers. A system integrating all such functions in a single end-to-end platform and a single data source enables the user to get more insight of the data as well as simplifies the accounting and saving a lot of hours.
(5) Is the selling vendor trustworthy?
Not all the technology companies are same. While opting for a new POS system, one must consider the provider’s reputation. You will never wish to select a random online POS that is cheap and then find out problems in the system or find that few months later the vendor offers absolutely no support. Such systems never get updated.
(6) What if the business grows?
It is every restaurant owner’s dream to grow the business, increase the number of customers, add patio, start work at multiple locations, building chain – perhaps an international one. While opting for the new system, you must ensure that you can easily add new terminals and open up new locations with limited efforts. A correct system enables you to grow easily by integrating to other software solutions.
(7) Is it possible to communicate to one of current customer?
While reading the marketing brochure, one thinks that all the POS systems can do everything. They are agile, flexible, feature-rich and easy to use. Never believe only the vendor’s words. It is always a good idea to ask for references during the selection process. The best provides will be able to hand you the list of current customers. Reach out to the providers, get the opinions, ask your doubts, and firstly check how the POS system works. Even make sure whether the POS system will fit your bill or not.
These were seven must ask questions while opting for a restaurant POS system for your restaurant.