The restaurant business is hard; there’s no question about it. However, with the right tools you can make life a little easier for yourself and your staff. When it comes to the delicate balancing act that is restaurant management, you should use any tips, tricks and tools in the trade to streamline your job.
Thankfully over the last couple decades POS systems have crawled out of the Dark Ages of clunky hardware and ancient software to become one of the best tools in your operation. Modern tablet-based POS systems can be customized to streamline the simplest and most complicated tasks – especially for your servers. Check out these 3 ways a tablet-POS can enable your restaurant staff to manage businesses and serve customers more efficiently.
Customize menus to fit the way you do business. Customize menus, create courses, or 86 items with a simple dragging motion. Add, edit, or delete menu items right on your iPad at any-time. Plus you can even organize them into categories for faster ordering. With software like Upserve POS you can keep lines moving whether it’s the morning rush or evening happy hour.
Handle seating and table assignments with a custom floor plan on your tablet interface. View table availability in real-time, draw new tables and merge existing ones. Color code sections for each server and even know when a table has closed out for easy seating. With software like Touchbistro you can even add walls to represent a bar. Sounds like you’ll have a happy host in no time!
With an iPad point-of-sale, tipping is as easy as touching a button. iPad POS software like InsStore can be preprogrammed to give suggested tips” of 15, 20, or 25 percent or simple dollar amounts. The system then does the math for customers. Having the ability to customize the way you suggest tips can be a huge benefit. Coffee shops or QSRs may benefit from dollar amounts, where as full-service restaurants may prefer percentages.
Looking for more features? Not sure what tablet-POS software will fit the needs of your business? Check out our handy chart to help you navigate the top restaurant POS systems.
In the end finding the right POS system for a restaurant can be a daunting task. Reach out to a tablet expert for a free consultation today! (888) 299-7574 or drop us a line, and we can talk more about how POS Portal can help your business.