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Point-of-Sale Systems – Why Every Restaurant Needs One

HeatherPetersenby Heather Petersen


Restaurants today face the daily challenge of creating delicious experiences for their guests, while juggling day in and day out operations. Owners often find themselves buried in details, trying to turn their restaurant concept into a venture that generates income. The minutiae of daily operations is complex and varied, dealing with everything from inventory control, labor management, and kitchen productivity, to the often confusing world of financial accountability, sales and payment processing. Owners too often find themselves with a restaurant that is totally dependent on them to run.


There are new technology solutions today that can help owners streamline operations and increase their bottom line. A variety of new Point-of-Sale (POS) systems are now available to meet the needs of virtually any type of restaurant. These new all-in-one systems do more than just point of sale and payment processing, they also integrate inventory control, labor management, and customer tracking.


One such standout POS system is the Pioneer POS S-Line, available through National Merchants Association (NMA). The POS terminal has a user-friendly touch screen and built-in printer that will save on precious counter space. The Pioneer POS S-Line, is also capable of integrating cutting edge restaurant management software which NMA assists their clients in selecting.


Restaurant owners like the Pioneer POS S-Line because the feature rich software system is versatile. Restaurants can manage gift/loyalty card programs, control guest lists, and track customers easily. The software can also help owners reduce labor costs and employee theft with the integrated employee scheduler and time clock. Inventory ordering becomes a breeze through the integrated purchasing capabilities and detailed inventory reports. Also, owners can drive sales during off-peak seasons with dynamic, time-based pricing.  


If you are considering an upgrade, do your homework — not all POS systems are alike. Often new restaurant owners make the costly mistake of locking themselves into a lengthy commitment to proprietary POS systems and software, which in turn, limits their growth. It’s important to consult with an expert who can help you find a system that works for you.


Heather Petersen is the CEO of National Merchants Association. National Merchants Association, a financial services company, is a nationwide Association dedicated to reducing the unnecessary fees involved with credit card processing. As a member of The National Merchants Association, you not only save on your merchant services program, but you gain a partner in business development. To find out more about NMA and affordable POS solutions for your business, visit their website, or call them at 866-509-7199.