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Just because iPads are considered to be the future for restaurants doesn’t mean that their value is obvious. Especially for established spots that have been doing things a certain way for a while, it can be difficult to stray from a tried and true method.

If you’re on the fence about going with a tablet-based POS system, here are a few of the perks you can expect if you decide to take the leap.

An iPad POS system is easy to implement

As Business News Daily puts it, “turning your iPad into a point-of-sale (POS) system is easy…  [it’s] a simple solution for your business.” At the bare minimum, all you’ll need to turn a regular old iPad into your brand new POS system is an iPad (of course), a credit card reader, and a POS app.

Most credit card readers pop right into the headphone jack and are often free, although you might have to pay for multiples if you need more than one. The technology has stayed in lock step with credit card technology with almost all major systems offering a chip reading option in addition to accepting mobile payment systems like Apple Pay.

When it comes to the app, most vendors provide their own app that deploys everything you need to operate the restaurant POS software system. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

iPad based restaurant POS systems look good

Think of the last time you walked into a trendy new bar. Were the servers and bartenders punching orders into clunky old POS systems or were the tapping away on slick iPads installed around the space? Probably the latter. Using iPads as POS systems have become a design trend. Not only does it signal that you’ve thought through every aspect of your business all the way down to what can seem like small design choices, but it communicates that you’re an on-trend, technologically savvy place which customers love.

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Using iPads as POS systems have become a design trend.

Upcoming generations demand advanced technology

Speaking of technologically savvy, Gen Z, the upcoming generation that’s beginning to flood into the workforce, practically requires up-to-date technology in the jobs they take.

“Generation Z is defined as being born in the mid-90s to early ‘00s, and came of age in a time when iPads were normal, all mobile phones were smartphones, and social media was the norm,” explains another Upserve article. Gen Z grew up using iPad-based services and expect to make the most of their digital native status at work.

They’ll step your customer service game up

As The Balance explains, “for small businesses such as restaurants, the portability of the iPad and other mobile devices means wait-staff can make paying the bill more convenient for customers; they can take the iPad POS right to customers’ tables.” No more forgetting orders or add-ons—with the POS system right at the table, orders will get in faster and more accurately than ever before.

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Cinnamon is a Minneapolis-based freelance writer and journalist who paid a large part of her way through college and graduate school by serving. Her work has been published with outlets like National Geographic, the Washington Post, Pacific Standard, and more. You can read more about her at www.cinnamon-janzer.com.