So here’s a compilation of the features that are a must for best restaurant management systems. To arm you with all that you need to consider when you evaluate the hardware, software and technology that is right for your food business.
features of POS:
Be sure that whatever retail management system you go with allows you to upload all your products in a bulk upload. Unless you have only a few items on sale, manually uploading each product you have will get tedious and is a waste of your time when you can just get a system that will run a bulk upload.
Look for a system that allows you to create variants of products. Think about a clothing store, for instance. If they sell the same shirt in six colors, the system should be able to record that as the same shirt in multiple colors rather than as six different shirts.
Composite products are a similar idea. A composite product is a product made out of your pre-existing products. For instance, a wine store might want to be able to sell a case of wine as an item because they provide a 10% discount on cases. Rather than ringing each of the bottles and doing the math to take the discount, their inventory system could allow the associate to ring up a case as an item itself at that lower price.
Your inventory system should be able to print barcodes (or other labeling methods) so that you can keep each of your products neatly tagged and trackable. That barcode allows the inventory system to know exactly where the item is in your system. You’ll use barcodes to scan when an item enters your stock, when you ship it to another store, or when you sell it.
Your inventory management system should also make it a snap to order more stock for your store. You should be able to both create the stock order in your system and then send it out to your suppliers through the system.
Some businesses will also benefit from a system that can automatically generate orders for them. If you have some items that are perennial, an auto-filling feature will save you a lot of time.
nventory counting is tedious but necessary, as you need to track your stock and check for loss. Not only should you use a system that makes your inventory counting easier, but you should use a system that will allow you to use a scanner so you can count digitally rather than manually.
For a store with more than one physical location, a stock transferring feature is essential. Stock transferring will make it easy for you to transfer items between stores so you can easily move stock from one location to the next.