POS System for Cafe’s in Cairns

POS system for Cafe’s in Cairns

Updated: 5 March 2021

Having the right POS system can be the difference between a smooth operation and a nightmare. A good POS system will allow you to maximize your cafe’s client turnover/ productivity and keep all your books in check.

This is combined with the ability to run targeted marketing campaigns and customer loyalty programs, it is easy to see how the right POS system will give you the competitive advantage in Cairns.

At Affordable Computer Services (ACS), are point-of-sale systems experts and we have a wide range to suit the unique needs of different cafes and their owners.

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What’s the Best POS system for cafes?

When evaluating point of sale systems, you have to consider how easy it is to use. The usefulness of the features that it provides, its compatibility with popular hardware and software, and its reliability also matter. And for small to medium-sized restaurants and cafes, the affordability of the system is something that can never be ignored.

To make it easier for you to find a system that is perfect for your business, we took the time to evaluate POS systems based on the features and factors that most cafe owners care about. We eventually narrowed down the list to three of the best that the market has to offer. Here is the list of the best POS systems for cafes in the world.

Linga

At the top of the list is the Linga POS System. This system is incredibly easy to use, user-friendly, extremely customizable, and versatile. Most cafe owners and restaurateurs love it because of how feature-rich it is. And the fact that it has been specifically designed to cater to the needs of retailers and restaurants makes it easy to recommend it as the number one POS software for cafes in Australia.

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Square

Square is one of the most popular POS solutions in the world. It is loved mainly because of its simplicity and its ability to smoothen checkout processing for most businesses. It is easy to use and set up. It also has a host of features that make analyzing customer and business data very easy. However, it tends to be a little bit expensive. It is also limited as far as how much a cafe owner can customize it.

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Lightspeed

In third place is Lightspeed. This cloud-based solution features in our list of the best POS systems for cafes in Cairns mainly thanks to its detailed reporting and useful data analysis. It is easy to integrate with other software solutions and it is great at generating easy-to-understand reports. The customer support that it comes with is also great, which is an added bonus.

Its only shortcoming seems to lie with its limited customization options, something that often necessitates the implementation of cumbersome workarounds.

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What to expect from ACSC

We provide owners with great software and hardware that is suited to their business. We even go a step further and integrate the system, offer around-the-clock support, and POS-related servicing.
If you own a cafe in Cairns and you are looking for an affordable system that is easy to use, reliable, and incredibly useful, you are in the right place. Here is what you should know about POS systems for Cairns cafes.

FAQ’s

Yes, you can just use an iPad with a program to run a POS system. This is because most systems are compatible with an iPad’s operating system. Some systems even run on the cloud, something that makes using an iPad even more convenient.

In order to have a functional POS system for your Cairns cafe, you will need — at a minimum — to have the following:

  • A monitor
  • A cash register
  • A ticket machine

However, if you want to enjoy the ultimate convenience, productivity, and profit-maximizing benefits that a POS system provides, you may need additional hardware. These may include:

  • Handheld tablets for taking orders and automating checkout
  • A ticket machine in the kitchen
  • A monitor in Kitchen

Generally, there aren’t any good POS systems for cafes that are free. The best that one can get in the market are systems that are offered on a freemium model. With these systems, you can get to enjoy a free POS system that has limited features, and when you feel like you need more features, you have the option of upgrading to the paid version.

However, it is important to note that most POS systems for cafes offer free trials. Therefore, you can always try them out for free. And if you feel like they aren’t great for your business, you can always cancel before the free trial period expires without incurring any extra charge.

Linga is the cheapest POS for cafes. And the fact that it comes with a full-fledged suite of all the features that are typically included in pricier alternatives while being incredibly affordable makes it the best choice for cafe and restaurant owners.

No, you won’t own the software. Most companies offering POS software simply rent out the licenses on a periodic term. This may be on a monthly or a yearly basis. Generally, this is the preferred option for most cafes in Cairns because it tends to be more affordable.

However, this doesn’t mean that it is the only way that you can get to use the software. There are a few companies that specialize in selling licenses to the software. While you will get to own the software — subject to the terms specified under the license — this is bound to cost you a lot more than simply paying a periodic fee.

The bulk of the cost that you will incur will be related to licensing. You might however incur additional costs in cases where you need technical help from your POS supplier.
At Affordable Computers Cairns, we offer our clients a number of additional services that include;

  • Setting up the system
  • Integrating the system into your business processes
  • Customizing to meet the specific needs of your business
  • 24/7 support to help solve any issues that may arise
  • Servicing of the software and hardware

These services may attract an additional fee.

If you are looking for an easy-to-use, reliable, and customizable POS system to help you streamline your cafe’s operations and maximize your profits, feel free to contact us at Affordable Computer Services (ACS), Cairns.

Author Bio: Adam Barnes is a college graduate in IT with over 15 years of industry experience. Working a variety of IT jobs with large IT support companies and Hotels, Adam started his own local computer repair service which has been going from strength to strength. Adam is skilled in the areas of POS systems, data recovery, computer repairs, and web design.