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What is POS? What to look for in a POS?

A POS system allows your business to accept payments from customers, keep a record of sales, and food inventory. Modern POS systems are completely digital thus making it simpler for the user to perform all these activities at ease. The POS tracks all these reports and keeps them in an organized manner. Some POS systems act as credit card processors as well, they have the feature of card swipe to make a payment.

While buying a POS for your cloud kitchen, you should see whether all these features are included in it

  • It should provide daily sales report
  • It should be able to keep a track of the inventory.
  • Identify inventory based on serial codes.
  • Keep track of customer’s purchase history.
  • Collect basic information about the customer.
  • Should track the payment history of all the orders placed.

What are the top 5 best POS systems for your Cloud Kitchen?

1. Toast POS

It provides advanced employee management and multiple ordering options. It also provides the user with payroll management and a custom kitchen communication feature. They have started a new feature after this pandemic that enables a customer to place a contactless order by using the phone. 

It provides 24×7 customer support without any additional charge for a lifetime. The professional US-based support team guides you through all your problems in simple language.

Charge: $79 per month for each terminal (excluding additional hardware costs)

2. Shopkeep

It can be an option for complete contactless order processing. It is mobile-friendly and is mostly suitable for small cafes and cloud kitchens. It provides its software on a monthly subscription model. 

It provides the features of daily report tracking, inventory management, and payment processing. Pricing varies from business to business depending on hardware, licenses, and specific demands. 

Charge: Ranges from $69 — $199 per month

3. Lightspeed 

Lightspeed Restaurant is arguably one of the most feature-rich POS systems on the market. Lightspeed offers unique events to push certain items or reward hard-working servers. It allows the user to place an order from their mobile to the kitchen from wherever they want. 

Key features include menu management, food cost and inventory management, purchase order support, and adjustable floor plans to update the seatings. It offers detailed reports of product management, reports, and sales tracking. 

Charge: $69 per month for one POS terminal

4. TouchBistro

It is an iPad POS and integrated payments solution built for restaurant and cloud kitchen owners. With its clean and attractive look, it is the most preferable POS system in the market. TouchBistro’s unique model allows you to run your entire restaurant on an iPad, even with no internet connection.

Key features include ingredient management, report tracking, and processing of multiple payment gateways. It allows the user to integrate the system with several other apps to manage inventory and staff. TouchBistro also integrates with third-party delivery services, custom floor plans, kiosk options, and tableside ordering functions.

Charge: $69.99 per month (free trial available)

5. Square

It is widely known for its mobile-friendly features along with payment processing gateways. It is one of the basic POS systems and can be purchased by someone who is just starting his cloud kitchen. It provides a sleek design and a big display making it easier to use for the user.

Key features are menu management, inventory control, table management, and discounts. You can create and customize your menus in a matter of minutes. You can manage your entire restaurant remotely if required, it provides you to track real-time sales monitoring.

Charge: There are no monthly charges to use the basic version. You’ll only pay the standard 2.6% + $0.10 transaction fee for accepting in-person payments. The plus version costs $60 per month.

A POS system helps to save a lot of time by tracking and managing several reports and processing payments. Each and every cloud kitchen, restaurant, cafe, etc should have its POS system to stay organized and reduce manpower. I hope this article will help you understand Point-of-sales systems and the various software and its features. 

Thank you!