FastCasual reports on Square’s reinventing the register with Stand and Groupon’s release of the free iPad app Breadcrumb POS. Both affordable solutions are great replacements for traditional POS. Are you a user? We’d love to hear your experience with them or other iPad applications.
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It sounds like the new features, as reported in FastCasual, – order modifiers and custom kitchen tickets, will enable merchants to customize orders while keeping the line moving, and record orders while improving communication with the kitchen. The customizable kitchen tickets attach a number or customer’s name to an order.
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Leaf, a fast-growing provider of POS systems, business intelligence and customer loyalty platforms, has announced its latest solution: Leaf for Quick Serve. The tablet-based POS gives operators a cost-effective alternative to traditional POS, one that also increases visibility into their business through sophisticated, user-friendly analytics and an improved customer experience.
New features include:
- Support for take-out and delivery: Built-in customer look-up functionality allows QSRs to save customer preferences and delivery addresses that can be looked-up by phone number.
- Clock in/out: The LeafPresenter can now double as an employee time-keeper to track employee data and strengthen its business analytics.
- Email and text receipts: Customers now have the option to receive their receipt via text or email.
- Custom or default tips: Merchants can set a default tip amount or let customers choose an amount after swiping a card and signing with their fingers.
One plus of this proprietary system? A one-tablet system is $50 per month, additional tablets are $250.
Restaurant operators are always looking for the latest solutions to help them cut costs and provide better and faster service. Technologies claiming to do all three emerge daily, so FastCasual.com sat down with the CEOs or founders of four such companies — FrontFlip, Breadcrumb, Irisys and GoPago — to find out if their solutions are worth the investment.
Similar to mobile payment service Square, Breadcrumb runs its point of sale system (POS) with iOS apps. This keeps costs lower because businesses aren’t stuck buying pricy cash register equipment. At a restaurant, Breadcrumb can manage an entire patron’s order from the time they walk in the door to when they pay their check. Groupon alludes that it will integrate its services into the Breadcrumb POS system.
David’s Teas Integrates Multiple IT systems for One Platform including scheduling, POS and inventory management
While the company’s rapid growth is just what business owners want, it has also presented challenges — most notably within the IT systems. The inventory and sales systems were not connected, so the system might show an inventory balance, but not provide any value to it. The warehouse management system lacked the ability to track each store’s inventory to a specific location within the facility. And because the merchandising system lacked effective forecasting or replenishment tools, the buying function was handled via spreadsheets.
Management needed a way to assemble more accurate information in order to reduce stock-outs and increase inventory turns. Choquette and his colleagues began looking for a new system in early 2010, ultimately deciding on Microsoft Dynamics AX.
David’s Tea integrates multiple IT systems to create one platform
The days of waiters and waitresses scribbling down orders on scraps of paper may soon be coming to an end. There’s now an app for that. It’s the work of two former servers who ditched waiting tables for entrepreneurship.
The two former servers have launched a company around their app known as Refulgent Software. In January, the business was accepted into the University at Buffalo’s business incubator. As former UB students, O’Leary and Khan say running Refulgent out of an office in the incubator lends legitimacy to their business. They’re also able to tap consultants and professional advisers in making decisions about Refulgent’s future. The company has grow steadily in its one year of existence and now employs five people. Ambur is available on the iTunes App Store.
New IPAD restaurant POS from UB alumni
By the scan of QR code or manually adding/deleting product items, mobile consumers can now place purchases on their phone. The app also bills consumers simultaneously with their saved credit card info.
PayDragon partnered with several food trucks to promote the app at a recent event. Patrons were encourage to sign up for the app and place orders for extra free goods
Square Register allows small business merchants to process credit card payments using the Square dongle to the Square Card Case. To use the software, the app is available for free on Apple’s App store. Registered merchants pay a flat processing fee of 2.75% per transaction.
Take a look at the video of the new Square Register. Would you use it in your operation?