The cash register had its glory days – but they’re behind us now. As the world turns digital, so do restaurant POS systems. One of the biggest advances in restaurant technology and operations has to do with the use of iPads as complete restaurant POS systems. Many restaurant owners still find it hard to digests that an iPad can do everything a PC-based POS can … when the truth is, an iPad can do much more.

And there is good news for you if you are a small business owner – you can now easily afford enterprise level software and devices on a small business budget. In fact, that’s great news for every size and scale of business in the restaurant industry.

But before you jump to the App Store to purchase a restaurant iPad POS system or software, here’s what you need to know about this simple technology.

Today, a cash register also knows a point of sale system or software, exists in the cloud. This means you can now access your restaurant information on any device with an internet connection. You can remotely add or edit data on your system from any other device anywhere you are and the changes will automatically reflect on your iPad POS in real time.

What it’s really doing is making the software the hero not really the hardware. This makes the software the most valuable place – the heart and hub of everything from your employee management to vendor management to inventory management as well as customer relations and most importantly, your data and reports.

Traditional POS systems and legacy PC-based systems came with their fair share of problems, especially for the small business owners who often lack the time and resources needed to maintain these devices. Nirvana XP was born out of the same frustration and built by a restauranteur for the other restaurant operators so they could find an easy to use and affordable option that is enterprise level, yet well within their means.

So thanks to Steve Jobs, we now have an iPad, which has revolutionized the restaurant industry with tablet and iPad based POS systems. There are so many companies offering their software that choosing the right one can be a daunting task. This is the reason, we are breaking it down to you so you know what to look for when shopping for a restaurant iPad POS system to streamline your operations and boost your bottom line.

  1. Ease of Use
    You have limited time and resources and operate in a highly competitive industry. The last thing you need is a complicated POS system that takes hours to get comfortable with and is difficult to use. Technology is meant to save time, effort and money. A restaurant IPad POS system should be easy to use and train your staff on.
  2. Easy to set up
    When selecting a restaurant IPad POS, you need to make sure it is easy and quick to set up. By quick, we mean it should be set up in minutes and not take hours. The same goes for training. The POS company should be able to train your staff quickly on how to use the technology.
  3. Single, integrated platform for all your business needs
    If you have ever used disjointed apps and systems, you know how frustrating it becomes to use different parts that do not speak to each other. The result is high costs, more effort and time in managing all these different disjointed apps for reservations, waitlist, feedback, CRM, time clocks, etc. Again, technology should make your life easier and operations more streamlined. That’s why at Nirvana XP, we offer every single tool you need to manage and grow a profitable restaurant business – from inventory and employee management tools to CRM and data plus everything in between on a single, integrated platform. This is a critical area to check off your list when shopping for a POS system.
  4. Detailed / Comprehensive real time Cloud reporting
  5. Separate reports for all departments/areas
  6. Built in Feedback system
  7. Built-in CRM feature
  8. Data Security
  9. Customer Support
    Needless to say, the POS provider you with should be able to provide you with customer support and care.

At Nirvana XP, we have built everything you need onto one single, integrated platform. Here’s what a powerful, single integrated platform should be capable of handling:

  1. Reservations
  2. Waitlist
  3. Online Ordering
  4. Feedback
  5. CRM
  6. Business Intelligence
  7. KDS
  8. Delivery service


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