Toast is a software company that provides restaurants with point-of-sale systems, as well as a host of other products covering ordering, management, and payment solutions. Toast’s flagship product is its Android-based cloud POS, which offers restauranteurs an easy-to-use, efficient software suite and simple, modular hardware. The success of that POS drove Toast’s value to over $1 billion in 2018, and at its peak, the company employed over 2,000 people. But despite all that success, the platform has some significant drawbacks which have only been compounded by the tough economic times the restaurant industry has faced in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Weighing those pros and cons is key to determining if Toast is the right POS for your restaurant, and we’ll take a look at both sides of the issue below.
American consumers are unquestionably big fans of credit, with almost a quarter of all purchases made using credit cards in 2019. But, while most consumers are comfortable pulling out their plastic and enjoying the benefits of accessible credit, the sting of high-interest rates can still be a major purchase deterrent – especially on large purchases. But, what if there was another way for consumers to quickly and easily access manageable credit right at the point-of-sale, without the need to fill out long applications or submit stacks of documentation? That low-friction credit option already exists. It’s in its infancy, but POS financing – installment loans provided to customers right at the cash register – could be the next big thing in consumer payments.
With businesses getting ready to spool back up in the wake of nation-wide shutdowns and restrictions, many merchants will be firing their POS systems back up for the first time in months. But are they firing up the right POS? The amount of variation in POS systems available on the market is immense, with each offering specific strengths and weaknesses. That makes it important for merchants to regularly ask themselves whether the POS they have is still serving their needs adequately, and the following are five of the most important reasons it might be a good time to consider a change. Continue reading “Should You Consider Switching Your POS – Five Reasons it Might Be Time to Make a Change”
Clover is a popular POS system that provides both software and hardware solutions to merchants in industries like retail, service, and dining. In addition to their leading POS application and sleek hardware options like the Clover Mini and Clover Flex, the company also has an app store offering a huge variety of native and third-party applications. The following are four of the most popular and most useful of those apps available to merchants in 2020, but there are hundreds of options available for download, covering everything from inventory management, to fundraising, to games for customers.
In part one of this article, we examined Toast’s discounting and billing structure and how it impacts merchants. Essentially, Toast offers significant discounts to restaurants on hardware and software but then charges significantly inflated transaction fees, which wipe out any other savings for restaurants doing any kind of significant volume. In part two, we’ll look at the functionality of Toast POS, what it does well, and where it leaves restauranteurs wanting more in comparison to its competitors.
From retail stores to restaurants and beyond, hardwired cash registers are giving way to flexible, mobile point of sale (POS) systems designed to make it as easy as possible for customers to pay and for employees and management to go about daily tasks like inventory management, stock ordering, reporting, and more. LightSpeed Retail, ShopKeep, TouchBistro, and Vend represent four of the best mobile touch screen POS solutions available in 2019, and below we’ll take a look at what makes each special and how much merchants can expect to pay to put each to work.
Providing shoppers with a smooth POS, easy checkout experience is key to generating return business and a loyal customer base. There are few things that can frustrate a customer more than waiting in a long line once they’ve made their buying decision or running into trouble with systems at the cash.
That’s why it’s so important for merchants to offer their customers reliable electronic payment solutions, and that starts with a good point-of-sale system. BAMS integrates with 12 of the leading retail POS systems so
that our partners can ensure they’re offering their customers the best checkout and payment experience possible.
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.
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.
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. Thanks to technology and the rise of digital, the restaurant industry has seen its fair share of evolution over the last decade.
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: