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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 POS app for free 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 point of sale (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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SalesVu Offers Restaurant Management Solutions for SMBs to Decrease Cost During the Holiday Season

Austin, Texas – December 11, 2018 – SalesVu, a leading provider of restaurant management software applications for iOS devices offers solutions to help SMBs save money during the holiday rush.

Restaurants everywhere are spending additional dollars to handle the chaotic holiday season. Whether restaurant operators are investing in additional seasonal employees or new hardware and software, the end result is the same; higher costs. SalesVu offers restaurant management applications for FREE to restaurants that need to streamline operations during the holidays.

Some of the solutions available at no cost from SalesVu include:

  • Point of sale that allows check-splitting by seat or item
  • Gift card management system
  • Waitlist system for walk-in management
  • Kitchen display system capable of routing to separate kitchen prep stations
  • Reservation management for holiday parties
  • Online ordering for large catering orders
  • Self-order kiosks to handle to-gos and free up staff
  • And more!

SalesVu offers every single one of these solutions as an individual free app. And, because SalesVu does all of the data entry for the customer, these apps can be configured in minutes. Cloud-based versions for multi-unit chains are available for a small month to month subscription and additional iPad terminals can be added for a low one-time cost.

In addition to offering free restaurant management apps, SalesVu has partnered with credit card processing companies to offer no-fee credit card processing during the holidays and into the New Year. This means that the first $10,000 processed, through free SalesVu apps and with participating credit card processing partners, will not incur any credit card processing fees.

As long as the first transaction is processed by December 31st, credit card processing fees will be waived for up to $10,000 or for six months, whichever happens first. 

“Our hope is that these offers will ease the holiday stress on restaurant operators and equip them for 2019 with a reliable bag of tools and solid financial foundation,” said Pascal Nicolas, CEO at SalesVu LLC. “SalesVu customers receive access to free, robust, point of sale capabilities, and 24/7 online tech support. SalesVu’s hearty functionality at no cost means an unbeatable ROI and significantly enhanced business operations and customer experiences for any restaurant.”

Reach out to SalesVu now to take advantage of this opportunity before the end of the year.

For more information about SalesVu please visit https://www.salesvu.com/

About SalesVu LLC

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.

 

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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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Oasis Helicopter Tours uses SalesVu POS system to manage multi-locations!

  

 

Waking up to an adventure and beautiful landscapes is possible with Oasis helicopter tours! They offer their services in Orange Beach, AL and Galveston Island, TX. You can enjoy beautiful beach and sunset tours with your friends and family. Linda Bailey shared with us how SalesVu POS solution has been helping her with keeping record of the different services they offer in the business.
 

‘We’ve been with SalesVu for several years. We started when it was just one module and from to time to time they have been adding many features. We are using the POS module, and initially we decided to go with this software because of the infrastructure of our business. Since we are mobile, we downloaded the app on cell phones and iPads, it was very convenient!’ – Linda Bailey
 

Another reason of why SalesVu was the right fit for their helicopter business was flexibility in pricing. The quality of the product is worth what you pay for. Every module and bundle are designed for clients to customize the tools for their business. In this scenario, the Oasis helicopter tours didn’t wanna have an expensive system that was computer based, and they found an affordable cloud based solution with SalesVu!
 

 

 

‘For us the perfect solution was a balance in between the POS and the back-end. Since we have multiple locations, we needed to see in real time sales per service. With this solution managing both is extremely friendly. When we pull reports we are able to see which products are selling the most and when we have our busiest month of the year’. – Linda Bailey
 

SalesVu has also help Linda with managing multiple locations. They started with 1 location for 3 years and were expanding rapidly, they needed to add more locations. Since the headquarters are in Atlanta, having reporting capabilities of per store was extremely helpful. They were monitoring in real time sales from any computer.
 

SalesVu POS is able to work with different industries! They don’t just specialize on normal industries like Restaurants or Retail. They are able to work with any business because of their flexibility and ease of use. For more information on Oasis Helicopter tours visit their website here and to know more about their tours and services in your area, follow them on social media below!
 

  

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‘With SalesVu POS system my sales increased 23%-24% on slow times’ – Alex Jain

Homemade fresh gelato is the distinctive product that Paciugo Gelato Caffe offers. Located in Oklahoma City, Alex Jain joined us and shared with us why SalesVu was his first option when looking for a POS solution for his business.
 

Alex started his business using Square POS but he was having problems with viewing reports. He decided to go with SalesVu about a year ago because of the incredible analytics that this POS offers. Sales reports were easier to pull and he could obtain information such as : busiest hours of the day, best day of the week and best month of the year.

‘SalesVu has helped my business with mainly reporting, if you know exactly which are the slowest times of the day or the week I can push those hours with discounts. If it’s slow I create happy hour discounts on those days and times. With SalesVu my sales increased 23%-24% on slow times and I am very happy that we decided to switch to this POS solution’ – Alex Jain

Besides reporting, Alex mentioned that Inventory control is very good, he is able to see inside out exactly which products have been sold and which products are coming in. With the profitability report he is able to see total cost of inventory and profit margin per products or categories.
 


 

Having a POS software that gives you reliable and detailed reports was very important for Alex and because of it he was able to push his business even more and got more sales as a result. Mood for a gelato? visit Paciugo Gelato Caffe! Don’t forget to follow them on social media below for their latest products and offers!
 

    

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Learn more about SalesVu Hookah POS system and their integrated modules!


 

Tasteful and relaxing, this retail-vapor-hookah lounge offers shisha, E-pens, E-juices, Dokha and an open vapor / hookah area. The Candy Bar Hookah Shoppe is perfect for a night out and having a great time in Los Angeles, California. Robbie James joined SalesVu last year, she was looking for a software that could handle POS, employee management and a reward program, SalesVu was the complete package for her with no installations / upfront fees at an affordable cost.
 

Quickbooks POS is what she was using to manage her business before and SalesVu integrates with QuickBooks online and desktop version for accounting. Because of these factors, switching was a smooth process since all the modules were going to be integrated into one system.
 

‘I decided to get SalesVu for the hookah bar because the system is able to handle tip splitting better, it has tip signature on the screen and the fact that sales can be monitored remotely in real time was a game changer, all I need to do is login online from any place’. – Robbie James
 

Robbie shared with us that SalesVu has helped in different aspects of her business, but specially for sales, the weekly reports that are provided show previous week in sales and trends. Another report that’s available with the system is ‘labor Report’, this is used for payroll and reconcile the hours worked, sales, overtime, compensations, bonuses and tips per employee.
 


 

Another module that The Candy Bar Hookah Shoppe is using is the loyalty program. This feature allows customers to earn loyalty points based on what they spent on purchases. The two settings that must be enabled are the percentage the customer will earn and the amount they need to unlock before using the loyalty points. This program works with the POS and with the customer’s display, when starting an order, the customer needs to provide their phone number and the activation is done by text.
 

Easy-to-use modules is what you get with SalesVu! Robbie James definitely upgraded to a better solution and now every module that she needs is integrated. If you’re in town and looking to have some fun definitely check this place! Don’t forget to follow them on social media below.
 

      

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‘SalesVu POS system modules: e-commerce and branded app are extremely convenient for our customers and business’ – Ozzie Ramirez


 

Fruta Loca is a juice bar and cafe that offers a variety of pressed juices, smoothies, cafe and breakfast and lunch specials. Located in Miami, FL., Ozzie Ramirez shared with us why SalesVu is the best POS to help with the different aspects of his business.
 

Five years ago Ozzie started his journey as a business owner, Shopkeep was his first POS system but  couldn’t meet his needs and decided to upgrade to a new solution, SalesVu was the perfect fit because of the integrated modules and low price. POS, online ordering, branded app and employee management are the modules that Fruta Loca is using. Fours years have passed and Ozzie and his team are enjoying SalesVu’s features to the max.
 

‘We started with the POS system and online ordering. Both modules work together pretty good, our sales have definitely increased since we integrated the shopping cart to our website. Business is growing gradually and consistent, and the main reason we decided to offer online ordering is because we are located in an industrial area, we are not a retail store located in a shopping center where people pass around, we wanted to give customers the option to order online and select delivery, dine-in or pick up’. – Ozzie Ramirez
 

Besides delivery preferences, SalesVu also manages different payment options, customizable tools for the shopping cart and email notifications for online orders. To enable/disable products is extremely easy and can be completed within minutes.  
 

 

 

Another module that integrates with the POS software is branded app. Ozzie decided to implement the newest feature SalesVu offered because he wanted his customers to have the full experience of his business from their phones. His app, is available on the app store and play store, it works for ordering products online, reservations, electronic gift cards and loyalty. App is totally customizable with their business, logo, colors and fonts. Customers can always check their purchase history and upcoming reservations straight from their device.
 

‘In addition, customer service has been great with us. We like that is 24/7 and any question that we have or issue that we’re facing, we can ask on chat or email and it gets solved right away’. – Fruta Loca staff
 

Are you in the mood for a sandwich, wrap or a smoothie? Visit frutaloca.com! check their menu and order great food. Take the next step and offer your customers the experience of a lifetime with SalesVu POS system and branded app, grow your business’ sales with an iPad based solution. Don’t forget to follow them on social media below!
 

   

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Learn more about how The Tea Trolley has been using SalesVu POS system: Gift Card solution for the Holiday season!

The Tea Trolley offers a variety of teas that you can enjoy with their delicious homemade desserts, scones and sandwiches; they also own a gift shop where you can get some beautiful merchandise. This tearoom is characterized by their gorgeous location which is a restored Victorian house in Delta, Pennsylvania. Business owner, Rachael Cox, sat with us and told us her story with the software and how some SalesVu modules have helped her business.
 

QuickBooks was the first point of sale system that she tried, the reason for a change was to get rid of the paperwork and find a POS software that was able to add gratuity in an easy way. Rachael started her journey with SalesVu 3 years ago and discovered that that system had great gift cards, inventory and tip/gratuity capabilities.
 

‘The biggest thing that SalesVu has helped us with are Gift Cards, we weren’t able to do that before and we were using paper certificates. Our guests like to buy the physical cards and they can also get them online’ – The Tea Trolley

 

The greatest advantage that the staff noticed was that you can scan a gift card to sell it and redeem it. Balances deduct automatically and are saved on the back end for reporting and controlling purposes. With the physical gift cards, you can add the receiver on the POS right away, or if you prefer the online version, you can send it by email, on that email there will be a unique code that customers can later redeem in the business. Rachael decided to implement this feature about a year ago for the Holiday season and she has definitely seen a moderate increase in sales ever since.
 

Another module that has been very helpful for the retail side of the business, is the inventory module. They mainly use it to see the products that they have on stock and to check the cost of inventory and profitability of their merchandise. In addition, they use this module to create purchase orders and send them to their vendors. This particular feature has eliminated the use of paper and spreadsheets and it is integrated with software. After creating the PO, she is able to receive it right from the web portal, inventory updates automatically and a report for open and closed orders is available.
 

     

 

SalesVu has proved to be an all-in-one management solution for this fantastic tearoom! If you want to have the experience of an afternoon tea, go ahead and check their place, you’ll definitely have a wonderful evening with their lovely staff. Follow them on social media below!
 

  

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6.0 has launched!

SalesVu 6.0 just launched and is now available in the Apple Store! In case you haven’t already updated your apps, we highly recommend you do because we came out with a lot of new features that will surely be beneficial to our valued merchants. Here is a complete list of the new additions we have just added in 6.0 – clicking on the feature will automatically redirect you to our Knowledge Base where you can find detailed answers and video guides to any question you may have.

  1. Customer Facing Display 
  2. Waitlist SMS Text Message System
    1. How to notify the customer their table is ready
    2. Assigning the customer a table
    3. Setting up the waitlist time on the web portal
  3. Removing a discount on the P.O.S
  4. Vantiv EMV Chip-Card Reader Integration
  5. Customer Based Discount
  6. Improved Tip Screen
  7. New Appointment Scheduling Improvements
  8. Improved Physical Location Map/Layout Screen
  9.  Improved Customer Screen
  10. Ability to Change Delivery Method and Date
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