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Old 23rd January 2013, 05:27 PM   #1
annachristie
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Hi Everyone

We just bought an ice cream shop with a view to put in a bakery as well (we are bakers and had an online bakery for 2 years which became very busy). We have all sorts of business expertise to share but know absolutely nothing about cash registers. The ice cream shop itself was very busy as it's right on a beach, so the summer weekends are crazy in there. We are also selling drinks, coffees, lattes, and of course cupcakes, pies, tarts, cookies, and other sweet baked goods.

The research is SO CONFUSING. We're being told we don't need a POS system but we want a touch screen, don't have a computer we can use there, and want it to track our sales in each category of thing. Sounds simple enough, yet we can't figure out what to even start looking for and the prices seem outrageously high. Our budget is $2500 before tax. Would prefer not to spend it all of course!

Thanks for any advice.

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Old 24th January 2013, 11:35 AM   #2
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I completely understand your frustration. The POS business is unbelievably fragmented, and it's a fairly complex product that is difficult to evaluate without a huge time investment.

I think many people get their approach backwards, in that they look at hardware first, without thinking about what software they will use, or who they will call for support.

Start by choosing software or a local support company. Then follow their recommendations on hardware.

Budget for an ongoing expense, rather than a one-time purchase. More like a cell phone contract than a cash register purchase. In fact, just like a cell phone, if you sign up for a period of credit card processing, you can get the hardware for free. And just like phone contracts, that may or may not be a good deal depending on the details, and only works if you are not already locked in to a merchant contract.

Which brings up the whole question of PCI compliance with card processing. The most secure approach is to use a stand-alone terminal, and don't run the cards through the computer. You just have to type the total in to both machines (the POS and the cc terminal).

If you want it all integrated, you need to have trust in your support company to help you keep your computer secure. If you try to do this without a support contract, I would advise keeping card processing on a terminal.

One last thought: focus on what you need now, and ignore talk about expanding and interconnecting. In fact, you might take a "throw away" approach. Spend as little as possible with the least commitment on your first POS system, because after you use it for 6 months, you'll have a much better understanding of what you really need.

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Old 16th July 2013, 05:15 PM   #3
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Hi Everyone

We just bought an ice cream shop with a view to put in a bakery as well (we are bakers and had an online bakery for 2 years which became very busy). We have all sorts of business expertise to share but know absolutely nothing about cash registers. The ice cream shop itself was very busy as it's right on a beach, so the summer weekends are crazy in there. We are also selling drinks, coffees, lattes, and of course cupcakes, pies, tarts, cookies, and other sweet baked goods.

The research is SO CONFUSING. We're being told we don't need a POS system but we want a touch screen, don't have a computer we can use there, and want it to track our sales in each category of thing. Sounds simple enough, yet we can't figure out what to even start looking for and the prices seem outrageously high. Our budget is $2500 before tax. Would prefer not to spend it all of course!

Thanks for any advice.
If you're working on a limited budget and need equipment for your operation then i would suggest you consider leasing the equipment instead of doing an outright cash purchase. This will help you a lot. The leasing companies will be able to offer you some assistance on this if you are unsure what kind of equipment you need since they are well versed with clients who are looking to lease equipments related to restaurants/food industry. Hope that helps!

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Old 18th January 2018, 03:50 AM   #4
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Take a look at mobile POS solutions.
Mobile POS hardware bundle will cost up to $1,000 – $1,500. Software is also affordable and there are some free POS solutions.
Choosing POS software make sure that it has all the important features for your business including inventory management, employee management, reporting and others.

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