If you are tired of dealing with grease, stained order slips, if you’d like to know exactly how much flour to order next week – instead of just going by a hunch, you are ready to invest in a restaurant POS system.
Have you ever thought about how you can make your restaurant operate more efficiently? A Point-of Sale (POS) system can give you a new level of control over your restaurant’s daily operations, helping you increase efficiency, boost profits, and fine-tune inventory management. Switching from a traditional cash register and paper-based orders to a restaurant computer system can be hard, but the return on investment can really make it worth your time and effort.
What is POS restaurant?
In the most basic sense, a POS system is a glorified cash register. The typical restaurant POS station consists of a computer and cash drawer, a receipt printer, and a touch-screen monitor. Most restaurants have several such stations, with additional components depending on the type of restaurant.
For retail-style restaurants like sub shops, POS systems often include printers in the food preparation area, eliminating the errors that can happen when hastily-scrawled orders are passed back to the kitchen. For quick-service restaurants, POS systems are practically a requirement for living up to their name: orders taken on terminals in the front are displayed on monitors in the kitchen, ready to be quickly assembled and delivered to the customer.
POS systems for table-service restaurants and fine dining are somewhat different. These systems need to be set up with your menu and seating plan so they can communicate orders to the kitchen and bar, track reservations and seating, and handle transactions.
Fine dining POS systems typically include more stations: multiple server stations, a bar station, a hostess station, and printers in the kitchen than more basic POS systems. They also have more functionality -- including the ability to create and store open checks, let servers send "fire" orders to the kitchen to start the next course, as well as track which server is responsible for which table.
POS restaurant benefits
One benefit of POS restaurant is that it simplifies communication between the wait staff and the kitchen. Orders go through the computer, directly to the kitchen printer. POS systems can greatly reduce the amount of time your staff spends in the kitchen and speed up the order process. The efficiency gains can be impressive. Additional savings come from reduced shrinkage: servers can't provide complimentary food to friends without entering them in the system.
Another benefit of POS restaurant is that it can track everything from food usage, to the most popular menu items. Because the POS system acts as a time clock, it can also help prepare payroll. This can save you a lot of money in your bookkeeping department. Along with the daily operations of running a restaurant, a POS system can organize profit and loss statement and sales tax.
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