Many of the older and smaller mom-and-pop type restaurants have been puttering along with the same old cash register for quite some time. Investing in a quality point-of-sale system for many of the owners has been something that they are reluctant to do. In addition to that, restaurants can’t use the same point-of-sale machines and software that most regular retail businesses can do to differences in the types of products and exposures in a restaurant.
In A Restaurant Speed Of Service Is One Of The Biggest Reasons To Have A POS System
In many retail businesses reading the barcodes on all of the packages is one of the best reasons for a POS system, however, in a restaurant that is not always the case, since almost nothing that they sell will be barcoded. Retail locations also rely heavily on the software of a POS system to order new products based on what has been sold and create graphs of which products have sold the most during which seasons so they can pre-order and be ready for each upcoming month.
In a restaurant, one of the main objects of a POS system is in helping take the orders and transfer the information to the cooks in back so they can begin preparing the food as rapidly as possible. When people are ordering food, they are either in a hurry because they are on a lunch break, or they’re hungry and would like to eat immediately. In either case, the faster the order can be started the sooner they can begin eating
The Cash Register At The Heart Of The Restaurant POS System Is Different
Many of the cash registers in restaurants will be connected to monitors in the kitchen area so that the cooks can read what is being ordered in real time. Then, as each item has begun cooking, they are able to check them off and move along to the next one.
The cash register itself may have individual keys that are dedicated to certain commonly ordered foods in order to save time entering in the data. Items such as coffee, sodas, french fries, and hamburgers might all be ordered by hitting just one button. A typical cheeseburger could be ordered by hitting the hamburger button, cheese, then hold mayo in order to expedite entering the information.
The keys also need to be protected from dampness and other contaminants by a special plastic covering in order to keep the keys from becoming inoperative on a weekly basis. There are special cash registers specifically designed for use in restaurants that will hold up far longer than the standard retail machines.
The Software Of A POS System Will Also Be Different
There is special software that is designed to help the restaurant owner keep track of the amounts of food that has been sold each day. The software can be pre-set to keep track of how many pounds of ground beef have been used at the end of the day based on the number and sizes of each hamburger sold.
If you are considering adding a restaurant point-of-sale system, it would be a good idea to do plenty of online research to see what is available and how it can help you in your restaurant business. Depending on the types of food that you sell, some options may be more valuable to you, while others worthless, just depending. As always, you should take the time to read the customer reviews to see how the POS system has worked for other business owners and see what tips they have to offer that can help you.