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A good point of sale terminal has to be reliable, have all the features you need for your business and above all, easy to use and program. It could be the difference between reaching your sales targets and offering excellent retail service to failing and losing customers to your competitors. With a variety of POS systems to choose from in Australia, the question becomes how to find one that could work best for your business and where to find it.

What Do POS Systems Cost?

The price will vary depending on the type of setup you need. POS systems are a LOT cheaper than they were 10 – 15 years ago. With a dedicated POS program and an iPad, you can instantly have a full functioning system capable of holding orders, drinks, food, delivery tracking, plus the backend accounting is totally automated and customizable.

Do we Supply the systems?

We can supply the hardware and or software plus setup and integration into your business. We are available 24/7 for support and servicing if needed.

Most common set up is:

  • Main checkout large screen
  • Cash register
  • EFT-POS machine
  • Ticket Printer
  • Waiter/ Ordering tablets (optional)
  • Screens in kitchen

The Best POS System we recommend - Lingo POS

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Linga POS is perhaps, one of the most popular restaurant POS systems in Australia. Apart from its solid userbase and reliability, Linga POS comes with a load of features as standard and is powered by the latest software in the industry. Don’t just take our word for it, though, here are some of the wonderful things you could get should you choose Linga for your business today.

Why We Use Linga?

It’s A Fully-Featured POS System

Every feature you can think of that should be part of a modern restaurant POS system are available on Linga as standard. You will get access to the following standard POS features with Linga:

  • An intuitive and powerful point of sale terminal tailor-made for restaurant operations
  • An inventory module to keep track of inventory of your restaurant including ingredients and meals.
  • Cloud-based and offline capabilities- your POS data will always be available either online or on local storage
  • Flexible and easy to use system that allows you to modify all aspects of your POS terminal, including prices, meals etc.
  • Table management- Linga POS has a powerful module that allows you to manage your tables, including tracking and managing guests, empty tables, bookings, dining arrangements etc.
  • Check management-keep track of all your sales and transactions in the restaurant automatically.
  • Bar management
  • Reporting and analytics- Keep track of and analyze food costs, inventory, daily sale and even payroll from the POS system.
  • Management features- Control who has access to what in your restaurant POS.
  • Timeclock- a feature that will help manage timeslots, alarms and other functions in your restaurant.
  • Custom features- Linga POS is as flexible as they get. Need a feature or functionality that is not included in the standard system? You can always request for a tailor-made solution with your implementation of Linga POS.
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Why we like it

Apart from the features, Linga POS also excels on several fronts in relation to what a modern POS should have. Here are some of the reasons why Linga should be your choice POS in Australia:

Ease of Use

Linga POS is made to be intuitive for any type of user. To achieve this, the user interface was made with all modern UX best practices included as part of the design philosophy. The user interface has a striking resemblance to modern designs that are made to be used by anyone without much training.

Linga is Cloud-Based

You can use Linga OS as a normal web application on your tablet, smartphone or computer terminal without installations or special equipment. All your data will be synced to the cloud and available across all authorized devices. That said, Lingo POS also comes as an offline application or installed in a Linga POS card reader or terminal.

Linga Is Made for Restaurants and Retailers

Linga is, by far, the best POS specifically made for restaurants and retailers. The application or terminals come with all the features you will need to streamline restaurant and retails operations.

Linga POS Integrates with Existing Software

Linga POS provides seamless integration with popular business application such as QuickBooks and XERO. This means data captured on the POS systems can be sent directly to your accounting system for record-keeping, analysis, transaction management and reporting. At the same time, Linga POS will be able to pull data from any of the software it integrates with in your restaurant or retail business.

Linga Comes in A Variety of Hardware Configurations and Form Factors

Whether you need a contemporary tablet POS, or a more traditional payment terminal, Linga has got it all covered. You can get Linga as a tablet application, card reader, fixed POS etc.

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Can the POS Be Used on an iPad Or Tablet?

Yes, Linga OS can be accessed on any tablet provided it is connected to the internet and can access the Linga cloud. Any tablet, be it android or iOS can be used as a point of sale device with Linga POS.

How to Choose the Best POS System in Cairns, Australia

There are five key criteria you can use to select the best POS system in Australia. Some of the common things you should look out for in a POS system include:

1. Software

As you test-run or explore the features on a POS system you are interested in, pay attention to the unique software capabilities that could affect how you use it in your business. You’ll find that most POS systems come with slightly outdated user interfaces and operating systems because vendors rarely update them.

Go for a POS system with the latest software and operating system. The user interface should have an appearance that looks fresh and modern in addition to being user friendly. Don’t compromise the fresh looks for functionality as this is normally a sign the vendor does not take upgrades seriously, or they are probably stuck with legacy development platforms that are hard to update.

Still on software, it’s advisable to check if the one installed is compatible with your existing sales and accounting system. Of course, this is something that should form part of the procurement process. Still, sometimes you might be forced into improvising compatibility when it could have been easier going for one that is made to work seamlessly with your current setup.

2. Features

What features are you interested in as business for your point of sale terminal? Do you need on-demand receipt printing or instantaneous cloud sync? Does it have to provide a touch interface for customers or not. What about payment gateways? How many should it have? Ensure you are very particular about, at least, the essential features before you purchase a POS system.

In some cases, a POS system vendor will be happy to add additional features you need as part of the after-sales services. In this case, you should have a clear picture of what you need to be developed and implemented before you procure the system. This can be done through an internal system needs assessment and shared with the POS vendor for review before you commit to using the POS system.

A modern POS system should at least have the following features inbuilt or offered on-demand at a good rate:

  • Inventory
  • Invoicing
  • Payment processing
  • Accounting and interaction with popular accounting systems
  • Reporting
  • Receipt printing
  • Cloud backup
  • Process automation

3. POS System Size and Specifications

Gone are the days when POS systems were made to be used on a desk or behind a reception counter. Nowadays, you can get a fully-functional POS system of any size, including portable ones that be carried around your store or premises and given to customers for payments. In light of this, you should also consider the size specifications and other unique size requirements that might influence your decision regarding the POS system you use.

Portable POS systems are becoming increasingly popular in Australia, but they also have their shortcomings and may not be practical for every business out there. At the same time, it wouldn’t hurt if you actually went for both portable and fixed POS systems if you have a use for both in your business. A good POS system such as Lingo would have both types available for their customers.

4. Ease of Use

POS systems need to be as intuitive and simple as possible to drive your sales and reduce the workload on your sales personnel. Ease of use means anyone can use it to make or accept payments, configure it and probably troubleshoot it when minor faults crop up during working hours. This will reduce any downtimes you might have had with a more complicated system and reduce the number of calls you gave to make to support.

To enhance user experiences, POS systems also provide some form of automation to reduce the number of steps needed to finish a transaction. For instance, a good POS system should be able to accept payment and print a receipt automatically without intervention from the operator.

5. Support

Regardless of the quality of the POS system you are using, you will find that you need some kind of support from the vendor from time to time. This happens when a major fault or update is required that you cannot handle from your end. For this, it’s advisable to buy a POS system from a reputable vendor. Preferably buy one from a vendor that has a local office, say, Cairns, Australia if you are in this location.

Excellent user and technical support will ensure that your business runs as smoothly as possible. Remember that the POS system is easily the most important piece of technology in your restaurant. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to process any sales or transactions for a period. A malfunctioning or broken POS would also mean losing money or customers if the issue is not caught and fixed speedily.

Are There Free POS Systems?

Most POS systems have to be paid for or have a few features available on a freemium model. Linga POS comes with a free trial period within which you can access all the features included at the time to get a feel of it. This is unlike most other POS systems out there that require a subscription from the start or need you to purchase a POS terminal.

Cloud-Based Pos System Vs Locally Hosted

There are many advantages to having a cloud-based POS as opposed to a locally hosted one. Here are some of them:

Availability- Cloud POS systems are always available as the hardware they run on is centrally managed and made to provide uninterrupted access to end-users. On the other hand, locally hosted POS systems may suffer downtimes due to poorly implemented IT infrastructure and inferior hardware.

Device independence- You can use any device or terminal with a web browser to access a cloud-based POS system. In contrast, locally hosted POS systems often have strict hardware requirements.

Security- Cloud security is handled from the vendor’s side for cloud-based POS systems. This generally means that cloud-based systems are harder to breach as compared to locally hosted ones.

Updates- You don’t have to worry about updates when you are using a cloud-based POS. Every update will be pushed automatically to the cloud application, and the vendor will ensure a smooth transition.

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