During the last decade or so, food trucks have been burgeoning on city landscapes everywhere, showing up at some of the most odd yet ideal locations to deliver a respite of nourishment and drink in spots where no such fare is available. They take a higher grade of fast food to practically anywhere, ratcheting up the venue to an improved level, just by being there. Food trucks offer for many people, a viable way to get into the restaurant business that doesn’t involve the expansive (and expensive) commitment of opening a traditional brick & mortar establishment.
There’s a Restaurant inside of Practically Everyone
The proliferation of food trucks provides perfect evidence of how inside of surprising number of people there lives a little chef, just waiting to get out to reveal his or her talent to the world. Does this describe you? Whether you have already invested your money and time in a food truck biz, or you’re calculating the prospects, you’re wise to include using a POS system. Having this amazing technology to operate, manage, organize, prioritize, execute and advertize your endeavor will be its lifeblood and the key to your sustained success. The caveat is – and this is everything – it’s got to be the right one for you, and best suited for a food truck business.
Understand Two Parts of a POS System
While this may sound a bit laughable, where it matters is in order of purchase. Before rushing into the purchase of a system, look at what you want one to do, then research all the tasks you didn’t know one could do, but you’d love to have (software,) and then put together a shopping list that is formed around the software, next finding the hardware to run it. If you were envisioning a single or small range of best POS options for food truck operations, sorry. You’ll find some consisting of high-functioning, state-of-the-art computers that will store and impeccably manage and track even the smallest of details, and provide options for how you can use a surprising number of them to streamline operations and even increase business. Particularly as a food truck entrepreneur, your best goal will be to keep your POS system on the simple side, in many ways, mirroring the manner in which a food truck simplifies operating a restaurant.
Each of the following items will require you to assess options and operating methods. One issue rather unique to a food truck POS will be size – as you already know, or will soon learn. In exploring each option, keep hardware and software compatibility in mind. In consideration of the more basic components, look at the following:
- Standard computer
- Pin pad
- Cash drawer
- Printer for receipts, as well as a standard printer – inkjet or laser
- Display screen for customers
- Credit card processor – can be the mobile variety, that can be attached to a tablet or cell phone.
Software – the Heart of Your System
Find out whether or not the hardware you’re considering will limit you to strict use of their proprietary software only. There are plenty of options that allow use of third-party solutions. You may prefer to put all your POS marbles in one cannister, so to speak, or your best choice might be to be more specific and comprehensive in choosing your own There is no right or wrong choice, here, only what works for you. The following are some of the most prevalent POS-managed tasks:
- Record food orders successively and even process customer-customizing requests.
- Print out each order, chronologically, for the cook.
- Process multiple orders, all at the same time.
- Manage and track inventory – including notifications when an item is running low, and temporarily removing a menu selection when key ingredients are depleted.
- Process payment transactions – cash, check and plastic – and even authenticate and process gift cards and specials extended by you, such as customer rewards programs (includes discounts and coupons.)
- Compute sales tax, and even create options for adding gratuity.
- Split a bill in any manner, as requested by customer.
- Split payments made by multiple methods
- Generate invoices
- Manage customer accounts, vendor accounts and manage employee scheduling and employee profiles.
- Manage vendor accounts
- Track your business via social media.
- Allow you to keep up, in real time, with every aspect of your business from anywhere, meaning you don’t have to be on site to manage operations and know how they’re going.