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SalesVu Kitchen Display – A key way to go paperless

                                   Incoming by SalesVu is a iPad based kitchen display that allows users to go paperless. Seamless with the SalesVu and Square POS, heres how it is beneficial to Ryan over at Cocoa Coffee House

We’re a small quick service coffee shop but we serve a large American tourist market on a beautiful Bahamian destination called Harbour Island.  During our season our mornings especially can get chaotic and crazy in a matter of minutes.  And, because we have one iPad register if there is any confusion regarding an order, having to retrieve or query it slows down our operation.  We have long queues so when a customer has been waiting in line for any length of time, we prefer to not disrupt the flow of cashing to query another customers order.  Enter incoming!

With incoming this issue was solved so efficiently we wished we deployed the app sooner.  When considering where to mount the iPad for the KDS, we were initially hesitant as we have an organic vibe and we were worried about looking commercial.  As soon as we deployed the screen however it literally folded right into our operation and did not take away from our overall feel.  We were able to use our older iPad as our KDS running incoming so its a good use case for older hardware.  We placed our screen in a convenient location between the kitchen and Barista floor because we realised that incoming was an excellent compliment to both functions.  

In the kitchen we still print receipts, but using incoming the team can quickly reference large orders, reprint orders and ready individual items in the order so that we operate in a more systematic and efficient way.  Incoming also functions as a time-clock so when team members join the shift in a busy time they are not interrupting the cashing workflow by clocking-in for their shift.

Looking to the future, we would like to deploy mobile ordering.  With incoming, the team will be able to utilise the order pickup and ready features to interact with customers in the mobile app letting them know that their order is ready.

We see SalesVu incoming as a necessary element for any busy operation seeking to be more efficient, seeking to grow (with delivery and mobile), and boost customer service. 

–  Ryan (Owner of Cocoa Coffee house)

 

 

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Three Things to Consider When Choosing a Restaurant Self-Service Kiosk

 

Like an ever-growing number of restaurant owners, you may have decided that the many benefits of self-service kiosks — including higher ticket sizes, reduced wait times, and improved efficiencies — would make them a good choice for your business. If you’re ready to take the next step and start shopping for your solution, here are some things to keep in mind.

 

  1. Spatial Ergonomics

As they say in real estate, it’s all about location, location, location. Every square foot of your restaurant needs to be optimized for maximum efficiency and workflow, so you’ll need to give some careful thought to where your kiosks should be placed. Self-service kiosks are meant to enhance the customer experience by moving diners through your lines more quickly and with shorter wait times; but consider where they will wait for their meals, and how the kiosks should be incorporated into your floor plan for best traffic flow. You’ll also need room for more than just the ordering screen; there will likely be peripherals for payment processing and receipt printing.

 

  1. Durable and Highly Responsive Touchscreen Technology

Users will already be familiar with the projected capacitive touchscreens on their smartphones and personal tablets, so they should be comfortable ordering from a tablet-based kiosk. Projected capacitive touchscreens generally tend to be durable and have a relatively long life because there are no moving parts to wear out. The screens require only light touches to operate (and some can even be used with gloved fingers, depending on how sensitivity is adjusted), so customers won’t need to bang on them like manual typewriter keys. They also have good optical properties, enabling restaurant ordering screens that are easy to read and full of appealing graphic images.

 

  1. Point of Sale Integration

One of the most important features that restaurant owners want from self-service kiosks is easy integration with their point of sale (POS) software. The kiosks need to be able to communicate and share real-time information with several other POS functionalities. For example, with integration, kiosks can update your inventory levels as orders are placed, so that customers aren’t trying to order items that are out of stock (and if your inventory management system is good, it won’t let you run out of popular items). When the systems are connected, any menu or pricing changes are applied across the board, ensuring a consistent customer experience no matter which ordering option they use.

 

Integration with your POS also allows kiosks to access customer information such as purchase histories, allowing them to make personalized upselling suggestions based on customer preferences. If the customer is a member of your loyalty rewards program, POS integration ensures that they can earn and redeem rewards when using the kiosks. Integration also enables the purchase and use of your branded gift cards at the kiosks. All of this sharing of POS data increases customer convenience and satisfaction.

 

When choosing the right self-service kiosk for your restaurant, you also need to look for a knowledgeable vendor. SalesVu’s OrderUp App creates self-service kiosk functionality on an iPad and fully integrates with our other POS solutions, all backed by 24/7 customer support. Contact us today to find out more about how our products can improve your business.

 

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5 Key Benefits of Restaurant Self-Order Kiosks

 

With all of the dining options available to today’s consumers, restaurant owners need to use every technological advantage to draw and keep diners. Great food is important, but food is just part of an overall customer experience that includes speed, accuracy, and personalized service. One key technology that can help to accomplish those goals is the self-order kiosk. Let’s look at the benefits of adding kiosks to your technology profile.

 

  1. Increased Upselling and Larger Ticket Sizes

You can train your staff to upsell by asking the customer “Do you want to make that sandwich a combo?” or “Would you like to try New Item X today?” But odds are, they aren’t going to remember to ask those questions every time. With self-order kiosks, you never miss an opportunity to upsell, because the ordering process automatically includes multiple suggestions for customers to augment their orders. And the upselling prompts contribute to increased ticket sizes: kiosk checks tend to be higher than cashier orders by 15 to 30%.

 

  1. Enhanced Order Customization

One of the most important factors in customer satisfaction is the ability to get orders prepared exactly the way customers like it, whether that means extra toppings, additional cook time, or different side items. With self-order kiosks, customization has never been easier. The kiosk can display all menu information (including nutritional and dietary stats) and all customization options, so your counter staff doesn’t have to memorize every possible combination. Customers can also see how their customizations (substituting a salad for the fries, or adding more cheese) affect their ticket in real time, without having to wait until the order is complete.

 

  1. Improved Order Accuracy

Placing an order with an actual person is a bit like a game of “Telephone”: the more people involved in the transmission of a message, the more chances for errors to be introduced. With self-order kiosks, there’s no opportunity for things to be mis-heard or miscommunicated. Diners input and customize the orders themselves and can visually check the accuracy before completing the purchase, assured that they will be receiving exactly what they requested.

 

  1. Reduced Wait Times/Line-Busting

You want to make ordering as easy as possible for customers, and that includes reducing or eliminating long waits in line. By offering an additional path to purchase, self-order kiosks will break up the long lines that could deter potential diners and cost you business, especially during peak times. Research has shown that if the line to order from a cashier is longer than 5 people, 75% of customers would choose to order from a self-service kiosk instead, if available. And reducing lines and wait times also leads to higher throughput, increasing your revenue.

 

  1. Reduced Front-of-House Labor Costs

Despite what many people may think, self-order kiosks are meant to be used in addition to your front-of-house (FOH) staff, not to replace them. Some customers will still choose to order from traditional cashiers (who won’t feel as pressured to keep long lines moving), and someone should be available to assist with the kiosks as needed. However, you won’t need as many FOH people, and you can reassign some of them to the kitchen for more efficient prep of the increased number of orders that will be coming in.

 

If you haven’t yet implemented self-order kiosks as one of your paths to purchase, you may be losing customers to restaurants that have. SalesVu can help you upgrade your technology profile with a variety of POS solutions, including the OrderUp App, which can turn an iPad into a self-order kiosk. Schedule a demo today and see how kiosks can benefit your customers and your profits.

 

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4 Must-Have Software Features for Specialty Retail Stores

 

Specialty retail stores have many hoops to jump through in order to stay ahead of the competition—in-store cafés and restaurants, omnichannel operations, a great social media presences—all are important parts of an overall retail strategy to stay competitive and increase profits.

Pulling this strategy off successfully is easier in theory than in practice however. To achieve the results you want, you need to have the right tools to help you. Here are a few software features that can help specialty retail stores get ahead:

Seamless Inventory Management

Nowadays, it’s not enough for specialty retail stores to run an omnichannel operation—they have to do it better than the competition. This is why your inventory management software must be omnichannel-capable, offering full, real-time visibility into your inventory and order fulfillment. Not just with your retail inventory, but your café or lifestyle space as well.

You need to be able to easily transfer inventory from one location to another, and know the inventory count of your products at the source location and at the destination location. You also need to have an in-depth view of profitability, recipe tracking, and the capability to be alerted when thresholds have been reached.

Effective Labor Management

Beyond your inventory, labor is one of the biggest expenses for specialty retail stores. In order to effectively manage it, you need software that can help you optimize your scheduling and forecast your needs.

By identifying periods of heavy and light traffic, such as seasonal influxes around the holidays, and slow hours due to weather conditions or certain times of the day, you can plan the number of staff on-hand more accurately. This prevents you from losing money from overstaffing, while still ensuring you have the right amount of coverage.

Effortless Vendor Management

You likely get your inventory from a variety of vendors. Keeping track of vendor orders—open, closed, and partial—through unreliable manual processes can take up your valuable time and lead to errors. Your POS software should be able to easily track orders and alert you when thresholds reach critical levels. It should make it easy to know when you need to reorder stock, and effortless to send those orders. It can also help you plan effectively for vendor deliveries.

Comprehensive Customer Engagement Tools

Customer loyalty is more important than ever. It is absolutely essential that specialty retail stores offer a loyalty and rewards program that incentivizes shoppers to return time and time again. Not only is this critical for fostering better customer relationships, but it provides the data you need to run more effective promotions and tailor your marketing to your customers.

This data helps you understand what your customers are looking for, what types of communications are most effective, and what steps you should take to boost customer engagement.

As digital technology continues to evolve and the internet provides customers with more and more conveniences, it only becomes harder to meet shifting customer expectations and drive loyalty. Though technology advancements have been a burden to retailers, they have also been a blessing.

Retail technology has kept up with these growing demands, and specialty retail stores can leverage these innovative software solutions to not only keep up, but get ahead.

SalesVu offers a number of free and low-cost apps designed specifically to meet the needs of specialty retail stores and their customers. Interested in learning more? Contact SalesVu today!

 

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4 Must-Have Software Features for Specialty Retail Stores

A point of sale (POS) system can do everything a cash register can, plus so much more that will help you run your business better.


 
If you operate a farm-to-table restaurant, you may have chosen to use a traditional cash register for your payment management system. Cash registers can be an appealing choice for small businesses because they’re fairly inexpensive and durable. However, a POS system, especially one that runs on a mobile device such as an iPad, can do everything a cash register can, plus so much more that will help you run your business better. Here are four advantages an iPad POS system can offer your restaurant.
 

  1. Inventory Management

An iPad POS system can provide a great deal more information about all aspects of your business than a traditional cash register. One particularly vital aspect is inventory management. Your farm-to-table restaurant likely deals with smaller, independent suppliers, so finding the right balance for your orders is key. Order too little, and you risk turning away disappointed customers when you run out of a favorite dish. Order too much, and your unused fresh produce spoils on the shelves, creating costly waste. An iPad POS system can keep track of your inventory and tell you when and how much to reorder, based on sales and usage. It saves you the labor of manual inventory, eliminates ordering guesswork, and minimizes potential lost revenue.
 

  1. Staff Management

Another managerial headache that an iPad POS system can alleviate is employee scheduling. Your POS can chart your busiest and off-peak times of the day, week, month, or season, helping to ensure that you aren’t understaffed (creating unfavorable customer experiences) or overstaffed (paying unnecessary labor costs). You can also evaluate each employee’s sales performance, so you can schedule your best workers where you need them most. And you can keep an eye out for employee theft, as the system tracks who is responsible for all transactions, including voids and refunds.
 

  1. Customer Relationship Management

Your farm-to-table restaurant needs to gain and keep customers. An iPad POS system will maintain a wealth of information about your customers — including contact information and purchase histories — which you can use to create targeted marketing campaigns. You can also set up a loyalty rewards program to encourage return visits and increased spending. And you can offer gift cards and discount coupons, all managed with your POS.
 

  1. Integration with Other Systems

Another way that an iPad POS system offers greater functionality than a cash register is in how it integrates with other business tools. Many POS systems can share sales data with programs such as QuickBooks or other accounting software, saving you time and labor. If you’ve already discovered the benefits of a kitchen display system, your POS can coordinate all incoming orders for the KDS, not just in-house but also online orders from your website or app, or to-go orders placed on a self-service kiosk. You can also accept a wider variety of payment methods, as the POS can be equipped with readers for EMV chip cards or mobile wallet payments such as Apple Pay or Google Pay. And if you’re buying (or selling) items in bulk, you’ll want a POS that can integrate with an NTEP Certified scale.
 

SalesVu offers a variety of free apps that can turn any iPad into a POS system. Your farm-to-table restaurant will gain not only payment processing functionality but also reservation and table management (OnTheList); loyalty programs, gift cards, and group discounts (Regulars and VIPz); staff scheduling (Shift); kitchen display system coordination (Incoming); and more. No cash register can do all that. Plus, with SalesVu you’ll have 24/7 customer support. Contact SalesVu to explore the benefits of upgrading your restaurant cash register to an iPad POS system.
 

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POS for Farmers: Sell On-the-Farm and at the Market


 

Traditional cash registers might seem like the best payment management option for small business owners, including farmers. A cash register is relatively cheap and has a long lifespan. But an iPad-based POS system offers a whole new realm of opportunities to improve your business and to add functionalities that no cash register can provide. Let’s look at some of the advantages of POS for farmers.
 

  • Increased Efficiency

An iPad POS system will improve the overall efficiency of your business by providing access to a wide range of data that gives insight into your sales, customer behavior, employee performance, and more. Create more detailed sales and accounting reports than you can with a cash register, and even feed that information directly into your accounting software.
 

Another key functionality for greater efficiency is inventory management. Automatically track inventory based on sales and usage, reducing the labor and potential human error of manual inventory. You’ll get alerts when it’s time to restock, and you’ll know how much to replenish, avoiding waste from overstocking. A POS for farmers who sell items in bulk can be integrated with an NTEP Certified scale for tracking inventory by weight.
 

  • Payment Flexibility

With an iPad POS for farmers, you can accept a greater variety of payment methods than simply cash or check. A 2017 survey by payment processor TSYS revealed that 44% of consumers prefer to pay by debit card, and 33% by credit card. Your POS can be equipped with card readers so you can accept these payments, including payments by EMV chip cards. You can also accept mobile or digital wallet payments from sources such as Apple Pay or Google Pay. According to the 2017 American Express Digital Payments Survey, 46% of respondents said they rarely or never use cash anymore; so you should be prepared to handle the types of payments your customers prefer.
 

You’ll also be able to give your customers more detailed receipts than those provided by a cash register, with information such as item descriptions, prices, and coupons or other discount savings.
 

Another advantage of an iPad POS system over a traditional cash register? Mobility. It’s easy to take your POS anywhere there’s an internet connection, whether you’re selling at the farmers’ market or participating in local festivals or tasting events. Take payments in house or on the road.
 

  • Better Customer Service

A POS for farmers can help you provide a more positive customer experience. Not only can you take all types of payment and give better receipts, but the checkout process will be faster and more efficient. An iPad-based system will have an intuitive interface, one that your employees will likely already be familiar with from their own personal devices, so it will be easy for them to learn and use. And using a barcode scanner to ring up products is much faster (and more accurate) than manually keying in item numbers and prices on a register.
 

With an iPad POS, you can utilize consumer data to create targeted marketing campaigns and implement programs designed to retain customers, such as a loyalty rewards program. These programs create a sense of connection that customers desire, and they increase satisfaction. Buyers will be encouraged to return more often, and they tend to spend more when a loyalty program is in place.
 

You can turn any iPad into a POS system by using the free apps offered by SalesVu. You’ll find the tools you need to run your business better, from payment processing to loyalty programs. For more detailed analytics, you can subscribe to SalesVu’s cloud services. And you’ll have access to customer support, 24/7. Contact SalesVu today to learn more about the benefits of POS for farmers.

 

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SalesVu Partners With Tessitura Network SalesVu introduces Tessitura CRM integration

 

Austin, Texas –April 3, 2019 – Continually striving to innovate and improve its software, iPad POS software provider SalesVu has recently announced its new integration capabilities with Tessitura Network. Tessitura is a unified enterprise system for arts, cultural, and attraction organizations that powers key business functions including ticketing and admissions, fundraising, memberships, education, marketing, analytics, and more. .

With this new integration, museums, attractions, and performing arts organizations using the Tessitura system can look up any customer in their database using the SalesVu POS System.

Customers can be searched using membership number, name, phone, email, or customer membership card. Customer discounts, coupons, and loyalty rewards points can then be directly applied to any purchases. All existing Tessitura gift certificates can be redeemed with the SalesVu POS app by scanning the card or manually entering the certificate. Purchase history from SalesVu is transmitted to the Tessitura CRM providing organizations with a full view of all purchases and interactions in keeping with their 360 degree approach. SalesVu offers a number of free iPad POS apps and auxiliary solutions, which can be utilized for bars, gift shops, and concessions stands in entertainment venues and arts and cultural organizations.

Apps include:

  • POS – primary point of sale system app
  • OrderUP – self-ordering kiosk solution
  • Regulars – loyalty program manager
  • VIPz – discount voucher manager
  • And more.

This integration achieves great strides in the ongoing quest for better overall customer experiences in arts and cultural organizations and enables them to have a unified system. By integrating the Tessitura system with free SalesVu POS apps, organizations can drastically reduce the time it takes to look up customer information, apply discounts, and process transactions.

“Our initial attraction to SalesVu was its mobility and scalability. As a major presenting arts organization, we have an ever-changing range of needs across our venues, events and festivals and we were searching for one system that would allow us to capture both concessions and merchandise sales with an easy to learn interface for part-time/seasonal employees,” said Kate Springer from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “The Tessitura integration will give us the ability to see a more complete picture of patrons’ spending with us and more easily fulfill membership perks. Being able to process Tessitura gift certificates will allow a gift certificate to be used for anything in our venues, not just tickets.” 

About SalesVu

Founded in 2007 in Austin, TX, SalesVu is a leading provider of restaurant management solutions that include a robust portfolio of iPad apps, as well as cloud-based remote management features.

About Tessitura Network

Tessitura is an enterprise CRM system that powers all key business functions for museums, attractions, and performing arts organizations. From ticketing and admissions, fundraising, and memberships to marketing, education, analytics, and more, Tessitura’s unified platform enables a seamless, 360-degree view of all visitors, donors, members, subscribers and volunteers. In addition to its flagship software, Tessitura offers a range of complementary services that empower its users to achieve their goals. Those users form a community of industry leaders that enjoys an unprecedented level of knowledge sharing and collaboration. Tessitura also works with a wide range of ecosystem partners that provide products and services to extend the power of what its members can do.

Operating since 2001, Tessitura Network, Inc. is proud to be a member-owned and governed nonprofit. Tessitura serves over 600 organizations in ten countries including museums, theatres, performing arts centers, operas, orchestras, festivals, dance companies, zoos, aquariums, film centers, historical sites, and more. For more information about Tessitura, visit www.tessituranetwork.com or contact Laura Bowden, Vice President of Administration, at media@tessituranetwork.com.  For partnership inquiries, contact Strategic Alliance Manager Kelly Degenhart at kdegenhart@tessituranetwork.com.

 

Melissa McGaughey

SkyRocket Group

Melissa@skyrocketgroup.com

814-833-5026 x106

 

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The Top 4 Must-Have POS-Boosting Apps for Free for Juice Bar Owners

 
As juice bars continue to grow in popularity with increasingly health-conscious consumers, shop owners need to find ways to stand out among the competition. Offering refreshing juices and vitamin-packed smoothies with unique flavor combinations is great, but today’s customers also expect efficient and personalized service.  Luckily, there are point of sale (POS) apps available —for free —that can accomplish these goals and help you grow your business.
 

  1. Self-Order Kiosks

 
OrderUp is another useful POS app, available for free, which lets you use your iPad POS as a self-service kiosk. Self-ordering can break up long counter lines and increase order accuracy, since customers can enter and check their own specifications. This functionality is great for products that are highly customized and potentially complex. Your staff can devote their attention to order prep instead of transcription, getting that organic turmeric-ginger apple juice with wheat-grass shot on the side made just right.
 

  1. Kitchen Display System

 
Paper-ticket ordering systems are becoming a thing of the past. It’s too easy for paper tickets to get lost or misread, resulting in unhappy customers. Plus, you spend a lot of money on ink and paper, only to end up creating a lot of waste. A kitchen display system (KDS) via the Incoming app will queue orders from several sources (including self-service kiosks, smartphone app or website orders) and send them directly to the appropriate food prep stations. On-the-go customers will appreciate the increased efficiency and accuracy of order fulfillment. And patrons who value healthy, “green” options such as fresh, organic drinks will applaud the eco-friendly aspects of your KDS.
 

  1. Loyalty Programs

 
Loyalty programs can be a significant factor in customers’ buying decisions: they value the personal connection and the sense that their patronage is appreciated. Moreover, they tend to spend more at places that offer loyalty rewards. Regulars is a free POS System that lets your customers accumulate “loyalty cash” (a percentage of their purchase amounts) to unlock rewards to use toward future purchases. The program is easy to manage, and uses SMS text messages to communicate with customers. With Regulars, you can encourage people to make recurring visits to your juice bar part of their workout routines or healthy lunch-break habits.
 

  1. Group Coupons

Since fresh juice and smoothies are often spontaneous purchases rather than planned ones, juice bar owners need ways to attract customers. Group-based coupons and special discounts, like those offered on Groupon and other sites, can bring an almost immediate surge of business and reach a wide range of new customers. Instead of using a third-party site that will take half of your profits, though, use VIPz — a POS app for free that allows you to create and manage your own group coupons, and gift cards as well. Set up offers to run during slower periods, such as during colder or rainy weather, to keep the juices — and the profits — flowing.
 
These POS apps are not only free, they’re offered by the same vendor, SalesVu, so they can be managed from a single account and are supported 24/7. The apps integrate with Square Register and other POS systems. Contact SalesVu to learn more about how these apps can help you improve your juice bar’s operational efficiencies and increase customer satisfaction.
 

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The 4 Best Free POS-Enhancing Apps that Coffee Shop Owners Should Know About

 
Coffee-shop operators have a lot on their plates. They’re serving a high volume of frequently complicated and specialized drink orders in a fast-paced environment, doing everything they can to provide exceptional customer service in a competitive niche — and also trying to operate in the black. Having the right POS system can make achieving those objectives easier. Here are four of the best free POS apps that enhance functionality for coffee shops.
 

  1. Incoming: Kitchen Display System App

 

If you have a kitchen display system (KDS) — and you probably should since it has many advantages over paper ticket systems — then one of the best free POS apps to consider is Incoming. This app allows you to view and manage orders placed from any source. Going paperless not only reduces cost (and waste) of ink and paper, but also improves order accuracy. It also streamlines prep times by sending the order elements to the appropriate stations, such as the espresso machine or the pastry counter, for speedier fulfillment.
 

  1. OrderUp: Self-Service Kiosk App

 
OrderUp is a free POS app that turns an iPad into a self-service kiosk — which has many benefits, especially for businesses like coffee shops where the orders are highly customizable and specific. With self-ordering, customers place all of their requests directly into the system, which greatly reduces the chance that some element will be overlooked or miscommunicated. That venti, low-fat, half-caf, triple-shot, iced caramel macchiato needs to be served just as ordered to ensure customer satisfaction. Plus, patrons placing their own orders tend to include more add-ons and extra items, increasing overall ticket sizes. And self-service kiosks can bust lines at the counter, so busy morning rush-hour commuters can get those caffeine fixes quickly and get to work.
 

  1. VIPz: Group Coupons App

 
For group-based discounts and special deals, one of the best free POS apps is VIPz, similar to Groupon — but it won’t cost half of your profits. You can use VIPz to introduce your coffee shop to new customers and bring in new business. This app also lets you create offers that are valid during slower periods of the day/week/month, to help maintain a steadier flow of revenue.
 

  1. Regulars: Loyalty Rewards Program App

 
Coffee shops have a particularly high potential for earning repeat business, as commuters make your stop a part of their regular morning routine. Another incentive that will increase this likelihood (besides quality products and great service) is a loyalty rewards program. Regulars is one of the best free POS apps that help you set up and manage a rewards program based on purchase amounts.  It’s easy to track balances and redeem rewards. Loyalty programs forge a personal bond with your customers and make them feel that you value their business — which makes them want to keep coming back.
 
Bonus: Your Own Shop-Branded Ordering App for Smartphones
 
In addition to providing these free POS apps, SalesVu can help you create a brand-specific app and modern-looking online ordering website so your customers can place orders on their smartphones and computers. This provides greater convenience for your customers, and increased revenue for you. You may not be a giant franchise like Starbuck’s, but you can look just as professional and tech savvy as your big competitors.
 
These best, free POS apps are available from a single provider, one that offers round-the-clock customer support every day. SalesVu’s apps all integrate with Square Register and other POS systems to provide the add-on functionalities that coffee shops need most. To find out more, request a demo, or set up a free account, contact SalesVu today.
 

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5 Reasons Full-Service Restaurants Need to Set Up a Self-Service Kiosk

The evolution and increased availability of technology has led to high consumer expectations of convenience and personalization in their dining experiences. Self-service kiosks, which have risen steadily in popularity in recent years, are a prime example of how to meet those standards. Self-service isn’t just for fast-food places or QSRs; full-service restaurants can benefit from it as well. Here’s how.
 

  1. Optimize Labor

 
Full-service restaurants can use self-service kiosks to streamline the processing of to-go meals. Orders are transmitted directly from the customer to the kitchen, eliminating the need for a front-of-house middleman. Those staff members can be reallocated to focus on dine-in customers or to help the kitchen prepare the to-go orders faster, providing a better experience for all customers.
 
Full-service restaurants can also place self-service iPads at each table so that guests can start ordering drinks and appetizers without having to wait for the availability of their server. This streamlining not only gives servers more time to provide personalized attention but also speeds up table turnover, thereby increasing revenue.
 

  1. Increase Order Accuracy

 
Restaurant self-service kiosks greatly improve order accuracy, so your staff won’t be wasting time and food on rejected orders. The kitchen gets the order information straight from the customer, virtually eliminating potential server miscommunication or misread tickets. With the visual prompts, customers can see images of exactly what they’re ordering and have the opportunity to review and check their orders before submitting. They can customize the entire meal to their specifications, increasing overall satisfaction with their experience.
 

  1. Enhance Customer Experience

 
While restaurant self-service kiosks are especially popular with millennials, who appreciate and are accustomed to the convenience afforded by technology, older generations can find reasons to appreciate the experience as well. Streamlined ordering expedites the food preparation process, so diners get their food faster. And they can have greater confidence that they’re getting exactly what they wanted, since they customized their own choices based on clear visual imagery. Finally, the social aspect of dining out is actually improved, because when servers don’t have to be running orders back and forth from the kitchen, they have more time to interact with their guests (which can lead to better tips for them as well).
 

  1. Increase Ticket Sizes

 
One of the biggest benefits of self-service kiosks for full-service restaurants is the increase in revenue. As more restaurants and franchises adopt self-service, results consistently show that when customers place their own orders, ticket sizes increase. According to an article in the Harvard Business Review, when Taco Bell introduced its digital app in 2015, orders placed through it averaged 20% higher than orders placed with human cashiers. In 2014, The Atlantic reported that when Chili’s introduced tabletop tablets, dessert orders rose 20% (perhaps, as the article suggests, because diners don’t feel they are potentially being judged by the server for what they’re ordering). And in 2018, Australian chain Hog’s Express claimed their average spend per person rose a whopping 30-37% with self-service kiosks.
 
What drives these increases? For one thing, the graphical interface of a self-service kiosk provides appealing images of the food to whet diners’ appetites. Customers can also access lists of specials or other items they might miss on a regular menu or the specials board they pass by on their way in. Finally, guests placing their own orders tend to select additional ingredients or extra add-ons when prompted by the upselling features built into the self-service software. Restaurants no longer have to rely on their employees remembering to upsell consistently, because it’s automatic — and it works. Those extra toppings, sides, drinks, and combos add up.
 

  1. Anticipate the Future of Dining

 
The new normal for consumers can be summed up in two words: convenience and automation.  Consumers can hail a ride in self-driving cars through Lyft or Uber, they can go to cashierless stores, such as Amazon Go, and even have drones deliver packages right to their doorstep. Sooner or later, they will begin to expect the same convenience and automation in their dining experiences.  We are not far off from having serverless restaurants where diners view the menu, place their own orders and pay their bill all via a device on the table. Quite a few restaurants across the United States are already testing this new experience or implementing a hybrid method that employs waitstaff who are ready on the sidelines and available upon request.
 
Don’t fall behind.  Stay a step ahead of your competition by offering menus on iPad devices at your tables, rather than old-fashioned printed paper menus, in order to provide more information to your diners about the ingredients in each meal and the history of each dish. The menu should be an integral part of the dining experience. After your customers begin to get accustomed to reviewing your menu via iPad, begin to add “order” buttons next to each dish to streamline the ordering process by sending your customers’ orders immediately to the kitchen.
 
For all of these reasons, restaurant self-service kiosks provide a healthy return on investment. Discover how SalesVu can help you quickly and easily implement a self-service solution.
 
Download the OrderUp App for iPad now, or contact SalesVu to learn more.
 

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5 Reasons Full-Service Restaurants Need to Set Up a Self-Service Kiosk
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