What POS Systems Do Restaurants Use?

The POS systems provide flexible functionality and strong staff management features.

Below is a brief list of the pros and cons of this POS system:

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Fully mobile
  • Excellent customer service

Cons

  • Relies entirely on Apple infrastructure

Lightspeed

Lightspeed has been on the market for over a decade. This system makes it possible for clients to pay however they want on the front end, including by means of credit. On the back end, it also features a myriad of functions such as managing inventory, purchase orders and staff. Among their newer features is merchandise return management, which comes in handy when you have damaged goods or shipment errors.

This restaurant POS enables smart budgeting, easily tracking unit costs and shipping fees. If you have more than one venue, you’ll enjoy complex inventory functionality. You can also set varying prices on a location basis for the same SKU, helping you maximize your profit margin.

The cheapest Lightspeed plan is their small plan, which costs $99 a month for a single register with access for up to five staff members. The medium plan costs $169 a month and offers up to two registers and access for ten employees. They have a large plan too – the plan you select depends on the size of your establishment. This POS is relatively expensive, and not only in terms of the present review. You will need to pay more if you want to add more registers or employee accounts than your plan allows. On the upside, even the smallest plan includes 24/7 support, free software updates, multichannel capacity and secure cloud backups.

Revel POS

This POS won the Best iPad Business App of the Year Award at the Macworld/iWorld event in January 2012. Since then, the system received SFBT Tech Awards’ “Best Enterprise Technology” and Business News Daily’s “Gold Award for Top iPad POS Systems.”

Revel features excellent reporting, a modern kitchen display system, a solid list of integrations, and even kiosk functionality. Its only disadvantage is that it can take some time to set up.

Revel has over 25,000 terminals that are being used actively and a solid reputation as a stable, reliable POS provider. They are best for big chains, but they have plenty to offer small and medium-size enterprises as well.

This POS gains an edge over the competition thanks to its ever-expanding features, services, and integrations. Some of the best ones include remote support, offline functionality mode, a partnership and integration with QuickBooks Integration, and an intelligent reporting suite.

The company offers industry-specific software packages for a fixed amount per month. The software license is included in the subscription. Industries range from retail and restaurants to smaller-scale food trucks and ice cream shops. Pricing is flexible and broken down per terminal.

Each subscription package includes unlimited data storage and security, 24/7 live support, unlimited software updates, and a QuickBooks integration.

Web-Based and Locally Installed

Revel POS is both web-Based and locally installed. Even if you lose Internet access, the POS will continue to function. You can run it locally through your Apple iPad and sync all data to the cloud. Payment authorization for credit cards may not be possible while the Internet is down, so it can be risky to accept cards without an Internet connection.

Revel works best with quick service restaurants. Recently, their software has expanded to include grocery stores, pizza shops, and coffee shops.

Conclusion

Other great POS systems for restaurants are Toast, Square, Breadcrumb (now Upserve), Lavu, Clover, ShopKeep, and Cake. You can’t go wrong with any of these.