Top Mobile Restaurant POS Systems of 2019

Restaurant POS System

A point-of-sale system is an important factor in a restaurant’s success for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, it’s the system that facilitates all electronic payments, and in a world where plastic is king, a flawlessly operating POS is a must.

On top of that, paying the bill is often the last step of a customers’ dining experience, and any hiccups could be the difference between a great review and a customer walking away with a bad taste in their mouth (no pun intended).

It’s clear why no restaurant can afford to do without an effective, reliable POS. Luckily, BAMS integrates with 24 of the most popular point-of-sale systems on the market today, including the following four merchant-favorite mobile systems.

 

Lavu

Lavu’s is a highly flexible iPad-based point-of-sale system that has become the leading mobile POS for bars and restaurants. It offers a full suite of mobile payment options, including contactless payments and traditional swipe or chip card payments via integrations with hardware like Square. Lavu also integrates with PayPal’s EMV-compliant chip card reader for merchants processing their payments through PayPal. In addition to their iPad-based POS, the company also offers self-serve kiosks to help streamline the guest ordering experience.

Lavu’s system offers an entire suite of features to aide front and back-of-house staff, including menu customization, automatic tab authorization, pre-selectable happy hour settings, inventory tracking and control, advanced reporting, and much more. The system offers an open API so that restaurants can customize and configure their implementations based on their evolving needs.

 

Lightspeed Restaurant

Lightspeed offers the same tableside ordering and mobile-POS benefits as most of its competitors along with some unique features that make it an attractive solution. One of those features is Lightspeed Accounting, an integration that allows the POS to be synched with a restaurant’s accounting software to automate parts of the bookkeeping process, automatically sync data, and offer advanced reporting to managers.

Lightspeed comes with a no-cost EMV-compliant terminal which, while a bit bulkier than some other options, allows servers to process card payments directly at table-side without having to walk away with a customer’s card.

 

Clover

Clover is a cloud-based mobile POS company that offers point-of-sale systems built on Android. Unlike Lavu and Lightspeed, Clover only offers proprietary hardware, and their system can’t be loaded onto an existing tablet. With that being said, the products Clover offer are innovative, and their line covers a wide-array of customer needs.

The Clover Flex is a small handheld POS with a touchscreen built-in, perfect for tableside ordering and payments. Their Clover Mini is a more traditional mobile POS that offers a wider feature set useful to restaurants including configurable floor plans, tab pre-authorization and more. Both are EVM-compliant and can accept swipe, chip, or contactless payment. At $499 US and $599 US respectively, they’re also very affordable POS systems.

 

ShopKeep

ShopKeep is another iPad based mobile POS popular with bars and restaurants, processing over 289 million transactions per year. Their POS can be integrated with card readers like Square, but ShopKeep also offers a complete hardware kit providing all the components a restaurant needs to accept payments, including an iPad enclosure, cash drawer, EMV-compliant card reader, receipt and kitchen printers, and more.

Their POS software offers fully-featured front and back of house management, advanced analytics, tableside ordering capability, staff management, accounting integration, online ordering, and many more of the features restaurateurs expect from a mobile POS.

In addition to these four popular mobile POS systems, BAMS also integrates with 21 more of the industry’s best mobile and fixed point-of-sale solutions. Whichever system your restaurant chooses, we’re ready to help get you up, running, and accepting electronic payments with the minimum hassle possible. Contact us today to request a quote or find out more about how BAMS can help your restaurant take the headache out of electronic payments.

What Tools Does BAMS Offer for Offline and Online Merchants?

Online Merchant

BAMS is the industry leader in payment processing, trusted by thousands of merchants across the globe. That success is due to our full suite of features designed to help businesses like yours accept electronic payments with less fuss, and lower fees. BAMS has been designed from the ground up to provide all of the functionality needed by both our online and offline partners, and thanks to that client-focused design, 98% of our users report lower stress when working with BAMS merchant accounts.  Here are just a few of the many features BAMS offers to our clients in both digital and brick-and-mortar sales.

 

BAMS Online Merchant Tools

Payment Gateway and eCommerce Integration

BAMS integrates seamlessly with all of the most popular payment gateways and ecommerce solutions, including Authorize.net, Magneto, WooCommerce, BigCommerce, and many more. Partnering with BAMS for your merchant services means you won’t have to worry about making changes to your online store, ensuring maximum uptime and the smoothest possible experience for your customers while you get set up.

Customer Information Management

BAMS’ customer information management tokenizes and securely stores your customers’ payment information, ensuring that their sensitive data will always remain secure, boosting your PCI compliance, and enabling easy management of recurring payments. It also enables customers to store multiple payment methods so that they can easily select the most convenient options for future purchases.

 

BAMS Offline Merchant Tools

Point-of-Sale Integration

BAMS works with virtually any point-of-sale system, from fully integrated multi-terminal systems to standalone pads. That means that regardless of your existing in-store setup, partnering with BAMS will be a hassle-free process. We’ll also help you ensure that your equipment is updated to comply with EMV chip-card requirements in order to protect you from unnecessary liability exposure, and we offer a full range of EMV-compliant terminals ready to easily integrate with your in-store system.

Business Funding

One of our goals at BAMS is to help our clients get the funding they need by offering the most affordable cash advances possible. We accomplish that goal by integrating with Fundomate, the first search engine for business cash advances. BAMS partners can take advantage of our easy online application, enabling the entire process and all document submissions to be handled electronically, saving both time and paperwork. The result is that applying for cash advances through BAMS is faster and easier than ever. It’s also cheaper than ever, since we also don’t charge any of the fees associated with traditional brokers.

 

BAMS also offers a number of features and services that apply to all of our clients regardless of whether they operate online, offline, or both. That includes our powerful chargeback management tools to help minimize losses, and our industry-leading reporting and analytics suite that helps our clients make more informed business decisions. We also help all of our clients become fully PCI compliant, ensuring data security and peace of mind.

Contact us to find out more about the full suite of BAMS features and how your business can put them to work today. Our low-price guarantee and unique five-point price comparison process ensure that partnering with BAMS will not only make your payment processing easier, it’ll also help boost your company’s profitability as well.

The Best Payments Processing Service Provider For Restaurants

Restaurant Payments

Thanks to technology and the rise of digital, the restaurant industry has seen its fair share of evolution over the last decade.

From self-ordering kiosks to tabletop and handheld server tablets, restaurateurs are finding new ways to invest in customer experience. Having a point of sale (POS) and payment processing system that’s both reliable, secure, and flexible is one area, in particular, that’s of primary focus.

You need to partner with a service provider you can trust when handling the payments of your customers, especially as POS data breaches become more commonplace.

For the sake of your customer’s satisfaction and the long-term success of your restaurant business, this is why BAMS is the best payments processing service provider for restaurants:

#1: It’s Easy to Integrate with Your Existing POS

Putting BAMS to work for your restaurant business shouldn’t require a change in your existing POS technology. After all, convenience and organization are key when it comes to managing payments successfully. This is why BAMS payment processing integrates seamlessly with a wide range of popular restaurant POS systems, including Braintree, MICROS, FreedomPay, and ShopKeep.

Best of all, when it comes to support, our specialists are experienced with a variety of systems, which allows for easy setup and troubleshooting throughout.

#2: It Enables EMV POS Transactions

The shift to EMV (which stands for Europay, Mastercard, and Visa) has been gradually taking place across restaurants within the last five years.

Consumer cards have become globally equipped with computer chips in an effort to protect consumers and reduce the risk of fraud. And because of this, restaurants have had to keep up with emerging POS and payment processing technology that complies with new liability rules around consumer data.

If your current POS doesn’t read EMV chip transactions, you’re putting both your business and customers at risk. Along with our processing system, BAMS’ EMV POS solutions are easy to install, set up, and integrate into your current customer experience workflow.

#3: It Centralizes Your Analytics

Storing your customer data is one thing, but making it easily accessible and actionable can change the way you do business. BAMS provides an easy-to-use analytics dashboard for restaurant businesses, providing an ongoing glimpse into business operations.

Additionally, BAMS e-commerce merchant accounts gain access to our proprietary portal — one that allows you to better streamline operations to maximize profit down the road. Storing all of this data in one CRM also helps you improve upon customer experience with easily searchable transaction history, as well as statements for simplified reconciliation.

Final Thoughts: The Best Payments Processing Service Provider for Restaurants

When it comes to the success of your restaurant business, payment processing is one piece of the puzzle where you do not want to cut corners. For the sake of customer satisfaction, security, and peace of mind as a restauranteur, partner with a payments processing service provider you can trust.

Eager to learn more about whether BAMS’ solutions are right for you? Contact our team today to request a free quote.