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How to Choose the Best Bar POS
First of all, we applaud you for researching before picking a new restaurant POS. We know it's one of the most critical business decisions you'll be making this year. As a business owner, you have to balance your time. You need to give this question the proper attention, but at the same time, you don't want to get bogged down into unnecessary distractions, biased or out of date information.
That's why we developed this easy to read, no-nonsense guide to modern POS systems for bars. Our experience in restaurant management, up-to-date knowledge of current technology and trends, and the foodservice industry puts us in an excellent position to help you by giving clear advice about what you should be looking for in a new bar point of sale.
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Technology in particular moves quickly, and it's not just a matter of fast chips and better screens (although there is that too). If you were looking at POS systems in the past, you really should know about some groundbreaking changes. What you can get today is more affordable, more capable and more accessible to use than ever before. There's really been no better time than now to be getting a new point-of-sale for bars.
This guide will help to clarify the most significant changes in point of sale, including the biggest sea-change, iPad POS. Before now, you simply could not get this much computing power into such a small package, this affordably. It's a real game-changer that takes your bar register from just being a dumb terminal to a full bar management suite.
A modern bar POS should have the ability to track pours, manage labor, help with bookkeeping, manage specials and promotions and more. Thinking of your bar POS this way helps you understand the true scope of your undertaking. Choosing the best point of sale for your bar isn't just finding a cash register app, it's picking a new digital bar management system you want to tie yourself to. But we've got you covered, and this guide will step you through the process of how to evaluate a point of sale's true effectiveness for bar management.
For example, a fully featured POS for bars should be integrated with the cloud. This means your bar's data, like sales reports, labor and of course menu configurations are stored securely off-site. This means that if you need to switch out an iPad for a dead battery it's simple and you don't have to skip a beat.
But the most significant change that cloud-based POS introduces is remote management. If you're working in the back office, you no longer have to be at the bar. You can work from the comfort of your home and have full, up to the moment access to everything going on at the bar. And when you're on the go, as long as your phone has data you can get it all there too.
As important as the cloud is, it's essential to make sure it doesn't limit your POS's offline capabilities. This guide will also help you understand what offline mode is, how to evaluate a point of sale's offline mode and how to choose the POS that also works the best when internet access isn't available.
Download the guide to choosing the best bar POS system now and read it anytime, online or offline. It's a short but detailed guide to everything you need to know about choosing a new, up to date point of sale for your bar.