Define Your Restaurant POS System

    Define Your Restaurant POS System

    Defining your Restaurant POS system includes the hardware and software that your restaurant will need.  This is the important first step, without a good understanding of your POS requirements you will waste a lot of time investigating POS solutions that do not satisfy your needs.  You must have a good understanding of your POS requirements before you can request POS quotes from providers.

    Here are some things to consider when Defining your Restaurant POS System:

    Type of restaurant:

    • Fine dining
    • Quick serve
    • Eat-in or
    • Take-out


    Floor plan

    Menu items

    Management style

    and Staffing needs

    Next, consider your restaurant POS system must have requirements, features and options needed to operate efficiently.  Here are a few things to consider:

    Number of POS terminals, tablets and handhelds

    Number of cash drawers for bar, cashier and drive-thru

    Number of customer displays at POS terminals (optional)

    Drive-thru order confirmation board (optional)

    Caller ID interface for phone-in ordering

    Back office PC with report printer (optional)

    POS network, wireless access and DSL requirements

    Reservations and wait list module

    Liquor control and monitoring interface

    Time keeping and labor scheduling module

    Online ordering from your website interface

    Credit card merchant provider and loyalty interfaces

    Mobile payments, pay at the table and gift card interfaces

    Once this is complete, you can begin investigating restaurant POS systems, scheduling demonstrations and requesting quotes from qualified POS providers.


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