Managing iPad Based Point of Sale System for Restaurants

  • February 21, 2020
point of sale system for restaurants
Point of Sale System for Restaurants

Digital transformation has touched every industry, dramatically revolutionizing our every-day lives. The restaurant industry is no different. The restaurant industry is rapidly embracing technology in its various operations to improve efficiency, optimize its process and most importantly, create an exhilarating experience for its customers. According to a study¹, 81 percent of restaurants use a POS or electronic register system to improve the guest experience.

Restaurants deploy digital devices for several use-cases, for ordering, order processing, inventory management, workforce shift management as well as customer-facing use-cases such as self-ordering, feedback surveying and most importantly- as POS systems. Since more and more people across the globe are moving towards cashless transactions, restaurant management POS is widely used to process quick payments. 

Read more: How Kiosk Solutions are Transforming Guest Experience in Restaurants

What is the Best POS System for a Small Restaurant?

And while restaurants can opt for a sophisticated POS system, the easiest way for small restaurants to create a cost-efficient POS system is to turn an Android device or an iPad as a restaurant POS.

So if you are wondering what POS systems do restaurants use typically, iPads are the answer. iPad restaurant POS looks sleek, is lightweight, is easy to configure, easy to use and has sufficient battery backup.

Thanks to the cost-effectiveness as well as ease of use, iPad restaurant POS systems are widely popular. So although it is difficult to put a number on how many restaurants are using an iPad POS system, it is large enough to create a need for an effective iPad POS system management software. 

Managing iPad Based POS System for Restaurants

Managing restaurant POS iPad is critical to ensure that the devices are performing optimally, and for the designated use. This is also to make sure that the customers have a consistent experience and there are no glitches, errors or chances of misuse.

Managing the iPad-based restaurant POS with Scalefusion iPad MDM can result in multi-fold advantages for the restaurant owners. The device’s ultimate control and ownership lie with the restaurant, they can deploy it for any use-case within their business effortlessly- iPad POS can be turned into order management device anytime, the restaurant can ensure that the device is not misused, always tracked and secure.

With Scalefusion, you can do the following on iPad POS for restaurants: 

  • Lock the iPad to single app mode with only one business app running in loop eg. restaurant POS management 
  • Lock the iPad to multi-app kiosk mode to run multiple apps for business
  • Block non-business apps and websites
  • Push Wi-Fi network settings
  • Configure display, branding, and logo
  • Control screen brightness
  • Disable hardware keys
  • Track location and set geofences, get an alert when the device leaves the geofence
  • Monitor device health, battery status
  • Run presentations and business ads as screensavers

Here’s how you can set up the best iPad restaurant POS system using Scalefusion MDM:

Step 1: Get started on Scalefusion

Sign up on Scalefusion to get started. If you have purchased your iPads from Apple, its authorized resellers or carriers, you can easily supervise the devices using Apple DEP. Complete the APNs, Apple DEP and Apple VPP setup on the Scalefusion dashboard.  

Detailed reading: A Beginner’s Guide to Apple Business Manager

Step 2: Creating an iPad restaurant POS device profile

Navigate to the Device Management section of the dashboard. Start creating a device profile (settings configuration).

Step 3: Select Apps

Select the apps to be allowed on the iPad POS. You can choose one or more apps depending on your use-case. In this case, we’ve whitelisted the survey app- Brew Survey.

Step 4: Whitelist Websites

Whitelist websites that you want to allow on the POS device. Note that the whitelisted apps will only be accessible if a browser has been enabled on the device.

Step 5: Reflect branding

Apply your restaurant’s branding on the iPad. This is a crucial step while offering a consistent user experience.

Step 6: Push the iPad in single app mode

Now, you can configure the restaurant POS in a single app mode by selecting the app that you want to run continuously on the iPad.

Now, you can create a profile and apply it to the restaurant iPad POS.

For restaurants that are looking for a POS system that doesn’t cost too much, iPad POS systems are a great way to leverage technology for enhanced customer service.

Start managing your restaurant iPad POS with Scalefusion today!

  1. Restaurant.org
Renuka Shahane is a Sr. Content Writer at Scalefusion. An engineering graduate, an Apple junkie and an avid reader, she has a 5+ years of experience in content creation, content strategy and PR for technology and web based startups.

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