Operating a food truck can be an overwhelming experience without the right tools. Since real estate is scarce in your mobile restaurant, it is crucial to consolidate and simplify your fast-moving business. One of the most effective ways to do this includes investing in a Point-of-Sale (POS) system.
“Along with facilitating the daily operations of running your food truck, POS systems can organize your profit-and-loss statement and can track your sales tax from each city you operate in. With this information, you’ll be able to track the performance of your business operations,” said Richard Myrick, author of Running a Food Truck for Dummies.
In this article, we will provide a step-by-step guide in choosing a food truck POS system.
Understanding POS Features
POS for food trucks are packed with numerous features that can help you run your business. It is important to familiarize yourself with everything your POS is capable of doing, in order to maximize its full potential. Before diving into customization and workflows, one should first understand that a POS system is composed of two parts: hardware and software.
Hardware refers to tangible components of the POS that you or your employees can physically use to complete transactions, execute commands and manage data. Such components may include any of the following: laptop, receipt printer, credit card scanner, touch pad and etc. POS software is the digital platform (can be a program or an app) that contains all of the features in the system. What you see on the screen of a POS is the software. POS software features may include any of the following: inventory management, e-receipts, integration with other apps or platforms, customer rewards program and payments processing.
Evaluating Your Business Needs
Now comes the most difficult part of the POS selection process: choosing a POS system. There are endless options available in the market today, each with their own pros and cons. If you don’t know what to look out for, it’s easy to commit to a POS with features you don’t actually need. With this in mind, before seeing what’s available out there, you should first make a list of components that you think can contribute to your food truck business.
For example, if you don’t offer customer rewards, you probably will not need loyalty program features. If you want to streamline slow payment transactions, it might be worth investing in a mobile POS system that is equipped to handle wireless transactions. As you make your list of essential POS features, don’t forget to consider your future business needs. Lastly, when doing research, look for POS providers that specialize in food trucks or the quick-service food sector.
How eHopper Can Help
Food truck businesses are fast moving and complicated to manage. With the eHopper POS, you could make your business more productive, secure and profitable. It is compatible with a wide range of popular devices that run on Android, Windows and Poynt (for mobile POS features). From order and inventory management to reporting and payments, the eHopper POS can help you take your food truck business to the next level.