onPoint Retail point of sale has now partnered with Snapscan, one of South Africa’s leading POS payment solutions. A SnapCode is a QR code (a square barcode) that is linked to a merchantSnapScan account. Customers use the SnapScan application to scan the code and then enter payment details (amount and PIN) to facilitate a payment to the merchant.
OnPoint Retail will make your retail experience less painful and will streamline point of sale transactions with technology, making transactions easy and quick. Switch to Onpoint Retail POS Software today and enhance your customer experience.
Accepting credit cards legitimizes your business. By displaying the logos of the credit cards you accept at your point of sale, register or website, you grab cardholders’ attention and give them a sense of trust in your business. They trust these credit card brands enough to carry them in their wallets, and that trust transfers to the merchants who accept them.
Accepting credit cards can boost sales. When you take your business from a cash-only operation to one that accepts credit and debit cards, your potential customer base broadens significantly. The more customers you attract, the more likely you are to make additional sales.
Accepting credit cards helps level the playing field with your competition. Your competitors are already accepting credit cards. To stay profitable and competitive, you need to offer the same service.
Credit cards encourage impulse buying. Shoppers like being able to complete transactions quickly and easily without having to write a check or run to the ATM, which limit their expenditures to their available funds. Studies have indicated that customers tend to spend more when they’re paying with credit cards, especially in regards to impulse purchases.
Accepting credit cards can improve your cash flow. Credit card transactions are processed electronically and settled quickly, with proceeds typically deposited into your bank account quickly and efficiently. This means no more waiting for checks to clear, no more billing and waiting to collect from your customers, and less cash to handle.
Accepting credit cards is crucial if you do business online. The majority of transactions on the internet are paid for with credit cards. If you are an e-commerce merchant, accepting credit cards is essential for your business.
Accepting credit cards eliminates the risk of accepting a bad check. One bounced check can take a big chunk out of your profit for the day, not to mention valuable time wasted tracking down the customer to make good on the sale. Credit card transactions are screened as they are processed to reduce the risk of fraud. You can also rely on a reputable merchant services provider like ZIPZAP® to deliver secure credit card processing that helps protect you and your customers from data breach and identity theft.
Credit cards are convenient for customers. Consumers want to choose the method of payment that’s most convenient and beneficial for them. Credit cards are not only easy to use in a variety of capacities, but many cards offer points, mileage, or rewards that further encourage the cardholder to use their credit cards whenever making a purchase.
Accepting credit cards is a relatively inexpensive business expense. Credit card processing is a highly-competitive industry. Credit card processing rates are affordable, allowing businesses of all sizes to accept credit cards. Many merchants discover that the increase in sales generated by accepting credit cards often offset the costs involved, making a merchant account an excellent return on investment.
Getting set up to accept credit cards is quick and easy. At RRBS, we can process your merchant account application immediately and have you ready to process credit card sales within 48 hours.
Food costs are a huge factor in the success of
your restaurant. Whether you’re a quick service or fine dining restaurant, food
costs can determine the restaurant’s profitability. Without knowing your food
costs, there is no way to know if your menu items are generating a profit.
There are numerous reasons why food costs can spike. Some fluctuations are out
of your control like seasonal changes, and vendor growth issues. However, most
are internal decisions that can greatly affect your profitability if not taken
care of correctly. Everything your restaurant does from payroll to restaurant
maintenance is controlled by food costs. Read seven tips below on how to keep
your food costs sustainable:
1. Menu Planning It’s impossible to plan for every price change from when it’s grown to when it
gets to the table. Every restaurant experiences price surges at one time or
another. That’s why it’s important to balance expensive ingredients with
inexpensive ingredients. Having a successfully balanced menu involves choosing
foods that have stable prices so they can easily counter needed menu items that
have fluctuating prices. When planning your menu it’s important to always
important to stay at a 30-35% benchmark. That means your menu items should
always be at least 30% more than what you paid for all of the ingredients
within the dish. If this rule is not working for you, it’s never a good idea to
raise menu prices further. Raising menu prices can make people uncomfortable,
and it can be more beneficial to find lower costing ingredients.
2. Control Waste Every day restaurants around the world throw away tons of food. Millions of
dollars are being torched because many restaurants don’t have good waste
management practices or they are just lazy. According to a 2014 study by the
Food Waste Reduction Alliance, 84.3% of unused food in United States
restaurants ends up being disposed of. That’s a huge number that could be
better served recycled or even donated. It’s important to get creative with all
of your ingredients to prevent the least amount of waste within your restaurant
especially if you work with a high amount of non-perishable items.
3. Reduce Theft It might be surprising, but food theft is extremely common within restaurants.
You will encounter a type of employee who thinks because I work in a
restaurant, I deserve to get free food. You should ensure your employees have a
clear understanding of this principle from their start of employment. Having a
software system that accounts for inventory is a great tool to enforce and
track food levels. Making sure your inventory levels reconcile with the kitchen
tallies at the end of every day is a great way to start. StorePoint POS systems
include this as an automotive feature that can make your day-to-day restaurant
operations much easier to handle.
4. Portion Control If your restaurant is not a buffet, you need to ensure you are using adequate
portion controls. The reason why restaurant chains are so successful is that
they use the same portions no matter the location. You can order a Big Mac in
California, and receive the exact same size burger in China. These big
restaurant chains have done their research and have a science down for keeping
proportion in relation to costs. Even if you are a small restaurant
establishment, portion control is crucial. Even if someone says they want to
take some of their food home with them, the goal is to have as many people
finish their meals as possible, while they are at the restaurant.
5. Staff Education Always be educating your staff when it comes to food costs. Ensure that your
chefs understand the value of every ingredient used in their dishes. For wait
staff, you can teach your staff how to present menu items and prevent over
ordering from guests. For example, if a guest says, “I’m not that hungry, but I
can’t pass up the rack of baby back ribs.” Have your staff be prepared to say
something like, “why don’t you try our half rack, and we can always heat up the
second half if you are still hungry?” It’s important that your staff doesn’t
take everything at face value and to always have things prepared to say so
things don’t get wasted.
6. Food Vendors Always do your research before seeing any food vendors. It’s important to not
be afraid to shop around. It’s important to find the best cost, and if you
don’t ask you won’t get it. Find suppliers that you trust and you can build
relationships off of. Building these partnerships can create successful
relations to build your business off. They can bring in new ideas and keep you
up to date with trending ingredients. It can also be a good idea to have
vendors that are specific for different seasons. A vendor in California might
be the best to order carrots from, while Florida might be the best place to get
7. Reporting If your restaurant doesn’t have an in-depth reporting application, you are
surely allowing things to slip through the cracks. Remember every cent counts.
Food suppliers, cooks, and even restaurant owners are known to make mistakes.
You could get double charged for inventory, your cook may not be balancing
ingredients right, or you could accidentally order more inventory than you need
for a particular week. Today’s POS systems offer in-depth inventory management
functions that automatically analyze everything from your vendor orders to
daily inventory used to recommendations on maintaining healthy food cost
levels. Some POS systems will even adjust menu items automatically if you
change any of your ingredients.