4 Mistakes to Watch Out for When Upgrading Your Restaurant POS System

Whether you are upgrading your restaurant POS system to establish compliance with EMV liability shift, or you feel there is much left to be desired in terms of leveraging sales insight from the current deployment—hence the decision to upgrade—knowing the challenges can help ensure a smoother transition. One mistake and even the simplest POS upgrades can go derail. So here are few things to keep in mind when upgrading your restaurant point of sale systems… Ignoring software integrations You are likely to be using different software tools with your current POS system. It could be a payroll generation app, a tax calculating tool, a marketing automation platform or any other type of software – it’s important to ensure that your new system provides seamless integration with all other software in use.

You don’t want your new system to be broken. Tossing the old out without keeping into consideration the important data it stores You have got a new baby. And with a new system, you will be leveraging new tools and features to run your restaurant more efficiently. However, that does not mean you toss the old one out.

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It still has valuable data stored in it – data that you can use to your advantage. Transfer that data to your new system before getting rid of the old. Not communicating your plan with your suppliers and distributors You work with your suppliers and distributors to maintain an intact and efficient supply chain. Any miscommunication can prove to be costly. The new POS system that you are getting, it may require the change in workflows. These changes need to be communicated beforehand and ample time should be afforded to your suppliers and distributors to help them get familiar with the new ordering system.

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Not training your employees on the new system Many restaurant owners think that skipping out on staff POS system training is absolutely fine. Employees can learn to use it along the way. However, it’s a mistake. If your employees don’t know how to use the upgraded POS system, they will never be able to put the deployment to an effective use. Not to mention the chaos in the workflow it would bring.

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Therefore, it’s important to organize POS system training sessions. If needed, break the training into multiple workshops so that your staff can easily consume and retain the information. Keeping these mistakes in mind, and ensuring that you don’t commit it on your part can make the adoption of your new restaurant POS system drama-free and more effective. A BONUS read: [How AGNITECH Can Help Manage Your Restaurant Business?](http://agnitech.com/bludit/how-agnitech-can-help-manage-your-restaurant-business)