There’s a lot of information out there on the pros and cons of iPad POS systems for restaurants. If you’re trying to figure out if a cloud-based system is right for your restaurant, here are 21 reasons why you should give it some serious consideration.

  1. Centralized inventory management. Track your orders, inventory, set or change prices, and everything else all in one place.


  1. Take advantage of the cloud. All you need is your password and an app and you can log in from wherever you can find internet.


  1. The cool factor. Let’s face it: Traditional POS systems are out and iPad POS systems for restaurants are in.


  1. Cost savings. While making the leap to an iPad-based POS system requires an upfront investment, you’ll save on things like maintenance over time (think free, cloud-based updates).



  1. Helping the environment. Goodbye paper receipts, hello digital copies.


  1. Table-side service. Your servers can take orders and process payments right at the table with a few taps.


  1. Easy (and fun) employee training. Picking up an iPad is way better than filling out a booklet, right?


  1. Customization. Legacy systems operate on a one-size-fits-all model while restaurant POS systems that run on iPad are highly customizable to your restaurant’s unique needs.


  1. No pros required. Legacy systems rely on professionals for everything from repairs to updates. iPad systems, on the other hand, require just a few taps to complete a software update and little more than a phone call to your provider to solve.


  1. Increased security. The data on most iPad systems is encrypted, which means more safety and protection for both you and your customers.


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  1. Smarter marketing. Because app-based systems track everything all in one place (including customer data), targeted marketing based on your customers’ preferences and habits has never been easier.


  1. Better tips for your staff. A study by Software Advice found that customers are more likely to tip when a restaurant’s iPad POS system forces them to choose between leaving a tip or marking “no tip.”


  1. Easy setup. If you have painful memories of installing your legacy system and cringe to think of going through that experience again, don’t worry—setting up your restaurant’s iPad system is an easy DIY experience that you can manage from a desktop.


  1. Future-focused. Like almost everything else, restaurant POS systems are transitioning online and that means using apps and iPads instead of legacy systems that operate on their own, internet-less network.


  1. They’re more than enough. Do iPads seem like they couldn’t possibly carry out all of the functions that traditional systems do? They can. It’s the magic of modern software.


  1. Space saving. Those clunky legacy systems take up all kinds of precious space in your restaurant, don’t they? Imagine replacing them with sleep iPads and using all of that extra space for more money making tables.


  1. Hassle-free reporting. Say goodbye to spreadsheets. Everything is tracked in an iPad restaurant POS and lets you filter by options like server, reason, or authorizer which gives you a top-notch bird’s eye view your restaurant’s happenings.


  1. Integrated online ordering. iPad POS systems keep everything in one place including online orders. No more flooding your poor kitchen with too many orders than they can handle.


  1. Simple reservations. Online reservations are just another example of an essential restaurant function that’s now dominated by the internet and a change that restaurants with an iPad POS system can easily absorb.


  1. Floor management, too. Most iPad POS systems let you manage your floor from the app as well, easily moving tables around to accommodate larger parties.


  1. Seamless credit card processing. Yup, another function that happens all in one place with an iPad POS app.

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