Whatever you do, DO NOT BUY a POS system until you have
had a 'walk-through' or 'guided tour' of the software.
If a vendor does not have a downloadable demo, DO NOT
even consider them.
You have to be careful when you buy a POS system. Some are hard
to learn, hard to use, some are restricted in their features,
most are buggy. And, the majority do NOT provide Free Support
so, the actual cost may be substantially greater than the initial
Basically, all POS systems do the same essential things. The
manner in which they do all those things can, however,
be dramatically different in terms of efficiency and speed.
You don't want to make a hasty or ill-advised decision when
you are buying a system to run your business.
Again, whatever you do, INSIST on receiving a demo version
of the software (NOT a Slide Show or PDF file) so that you
can evaluate it properly. Ideally, get the vendor to walk
you through the software over the phone so that you can
see exactly how it works. This is VERY important.
This brings up the problem of exactly HOW you evaluate
a POS system for your business.
One thing for sure, DO NOT select a POS system based solely
on price. And, do not buy one because you like the general appearance.
Click here to see how a $299.00 system can add up.
In order to help you in your evaluation, we have prepared
two routines which you should follow to evaluate a system
for Table-Service or Delivery/Take-Out/Fast Food.
When evaluating the software, keep a count of the number of
steps involved in each operation, i.e., how many keystrokes
or screen-touches does each step require.
Also, think about how you would find training your staff
in the use of the software. How long might it take?
Remember that you should be able to use your Mouse on
the screens as though you had a touchscreen.
Click here for Table-Service Evaluation Routine.
Click here for Delivery/Take-Out Evaluation Routine.
The majority of POS systems are designed to be pretty. Whatever
you do, don't choose a system because you like the colors or the
way that it looks. You can read more about POS system design
and usability by Clicking here.
Here is an example of a pizza POS screen from SpeedLine. It is
obvious that appearance figured high in the designer's priorities.
See how much wasted space there is on the screen which could
be used, for example, for additional and more usable buttons
for the menu or, larger, more readable fonts.
Apparently designed to work with a mouse (the buttons are too
small and no one could use a finger on the toppings), it is a
good example of a poorly designed POS system where a slick-appearing
interface was their first priority in the design.
The other bad thing about SpeedLine is that it appears to
be designed ONLY for pizza. - what happens if you also sell
burgers, sandwiches, desserts, etc.? In reality, a well-designed
POS for Food-Service should be able to be used by any type
of Food-Service business - Like Foodman.
It is not that we are opposed to 'prettiness' but NEVER at
the expense of efficiency. Accordingly, the Foodman screens are
not 'pretty', but they sure are efficient, easy-to-read and
easy-to-use and learn. Function before Form.
The following Foodman screen shot shows a sandwich category,
but it could just as easily be pizza or anything else, including
We didn't waste time or screen space with fluff - this is
Industrial-Strength, No-Nonsense software.
Look how big and easy to read the screen is.
Most importantly, see how the big Foodman screen can accomodate
up to 54 menu items at a time, with simple, uncomplicated buttons
which are very easy to setup.
So, what do you want, something which is nice and pretty or
something which is supremely efficient, totally dependable,
fast, easy to learn and use and comes with Free Support?
Click Here to Buy Foodman On-Line via PayPal.