Restauranteurs are crazy busy people, and who hasn’t heard the age old adage “Time is Money”. Nowadays, especially with the new Gen Y, the trend has shifted. For your information, Gen Y are the peeps that are slightly older than teenagers who are also constantly glued to their phones. Money isn’t our number one priority anymore. You guessed right – time is! Don’t get me wrong, we still think money is important, but you can’t earn time back and work-life balance has steadily become of greater focus. But why am I even talking about this?
Your legacy POS system might as well be that old Nokia cell phone. It’s kind of cool, you get that nostalgic, familiar feel, but if you are planning on doing anything other than playing Snake for hours on end, you should just use an old-fashioned land line. I have heard some people do still use them. If you rock that way, best of luck to you!
Needless to say, normal people have adjusted with modern times. They use iPhones. Maybe you play on the other team and are an Android user (in which case you might want to rethink your life choices. Just kidding… Not really). Nonetheless, you know what both of those have in common – you can use the cloud with them. Not the clouds in the sky. No, I am talking about the magical data cloud where all your information is stored. Sounds a bit scary at first but it’s great. For your sanity and mine, I hope you already know what the cloud is and even though you are never (and I mean never!) supposed to use Wikipedia as a reference, here it goes:
Cloud computing is a type of Internet-based computing that provides shared computer processing resources and data to computers and other devices on demand.
…And so on. You can google the rest. Just know that cloud processing is not really in the clouds, we just call it that way. It’s really cool, convenient and fast, and once you use it you can’t live without it.
In any case, internet based and on-demand access should have caught your attention. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is, but not in this case. Which brings me to Point-of-Sale systems. In recent times, mobile cloud-based iPad POS systems have emerged. They are faster, more convenient and you can literally access their back office from anywhere – sitting at the airport or the waiting room at your doctor’s office, even standing in traffic. The bottom line is they are a major time saver. We estimated that with a cloud accessible POS system you can save on average at least 15 minutes a day which doesn’t sound like much but consider the multiplier effect. Let’s add some fancy second grader math and multiply that by 30 days, and we got a whopping 450 minutes. For your information that converts to about 7.5 hours in time savings or about a whole work day that you could spend with your family or stay in Pajamas, watch Netflix and eat your leftover Pizza. Whatever floats your boat? Judgement free zone here.
And that’s not even the only advantage to a cloud based POS system. Let me elaborate. It’s quick, which means your POS is quick, which in turn speeds up your check-out line. Potentially it increases the number of customers you can serve in a given amount of time. In case you didn’t know, customers don’t enjoy waiting in line very much. I have been there, it’s annoying. The cloud has unlimited data storage, so you can compare sales date from today and last year. Cloud based iPad POS systems like Linga give you a really intuitive dashboard and because all your stores are connected via the cloud, you can run data analytics on literally all of them from your phone. That is if your eyesight is good enough and you enjoy the small font (otherwise I’d suggest an iPad or any web browser). Regardless, two little pizzerias or a big shot franchise enterprise – it works for all of them.
Lots of people are catching on about the convenience of mobile cloud based POS systems. Worldwide shipments skyrocketed in 2015, increasing by over 62%. It’s not supposed to slow down either as growth is expected to be in the double digits for this year. I could go on about the list of advantages but to be fair that deserves its own blog entry. Just know, you shouldn’t ignore the existence of cloud based iPad POS systems any longer. It’s expected to turn into an astounding 24 billion dollar market by 2024. So for both of our sake’s, just dump that old Legacy Point-of-Sale system for the new cool kid on the block. And while you are at it, explore Linga POS. Why settle for the 5, when you can ultimately date the 10?