Tablet POS Stands and Enclosures Can Help
Be honest – is your restaurant still in the Dark Ages? Today’s modern restaurants are turning to Apple iPads® and Android ™ tablets to run their operations. From saving money to improving customer service and increasing sales, the use of tablet technology can boost your bottom line.
Here are five ways:
- Save money.
Purchasing a point of sale system with tablets and enclosures puts less of a strain on your pocketbook. While a traditional PC-based restaurant POS system can cost upwards of $5,000 per terminal, iPads and tablets can provide you with the same solutions for under $1,000. You do the math. Switching to a smaller, sleeker model brings real bottom line benefits. Many tablet-based POS systems are available in a SAAS model for a low-priced, per-month subscription.
- Stay secure.
Each iPad comes with a one-year warranty, while traditional POS systems typically have up to a five-year warranty. Even if you end up replacing your iPad every few years, it would still be much less expensive than replacing your POS system twice a decade – but secure iPad enclosures protect you from having to do so. Plus, iPads have built-in upgradability – the latest version of iOS is always available to be downloaded on Apple devices.
- Improve customer service.
Enabling servers to type orders into a tablet while at the table reduces the risk of order entry error. Instead of having to travel to a traditional POS system at the other end of the restaurant to enter orders, servers can send them to the kitchen at the point of sale to speed up preparation times. Many POS solutions also offer suggestive upselling and packaged commands to help restaurant staffs upsell to their clients while they are tableside.
- Make more sales.
A Mobile POS solution allows restaurants to expand their service to an outdoor patio or tent sale. Depending on the type of enclosure, servers can remove mobile devices from their kiosk or mount and bring them outdoors to take orders and make payments. More seating allows for more customers and more sales, which would benefit both managers and employees as it could increase the average ticket size and tip.
The mobility of iPads and tablets also allows servers to accept payment while at the table. Swiping cards and applying discounts at the table eliminates the time it takes servers to travel to a traditional POS system. Speeding up the payment process can increase table turnover.
- Leave a smaller footprint.
With enclosures, restaurant employees and managers can either operate their tablet technology while it is mounted on a wall or counter, or they can easily remove the device from its docking base to go mobile in a matter of seconds. The flexibility of iPad and tablet enclosures allows restaurants to choose a solution that works best for them.
A mobile POS system helps restaurants stay current in more ways than one. The current trend in the hospitality industry is smaller, sleeker restaurant designs – tablets and enclosures are a space saver in these cases. They leave a smaller footprint than traditional PC-based POS systems, making them ideal for smaller stores where space is limited or where the ability to go mobile is a requirement.
Tablet technology – coupled with mounts, kiosks, stands and enclosures – has a lower total cost of ownership over a lifetime of use than traditional PC-based POS systems. Not only are they less expensive than terminals at the point of purchase, they can save you money down the line. Their security and mobility enables restaurant staffs to save money on more expensive point of sale solutions, stay current with the latest technology, reduce order errors, speed up service times, increase the average guest check, increase table turnover and expand seating areas.