Restaurant POS hardware is a requirement for anyone operating a business from a physical storefront.

FREMONT, CA: Until a few decades ago, cash-only firms could function without any problems. In recent years, however, technological advances have pushed consumer tastes toward engaging with restaurants through several sales channels using technologies that didn't even exist all those years ago.

Everything from online purchasing and delivery to inventory management, and more, must be handled by small firms to remain competitive. Suppose a business is trying to modernize and streamline its operations, minimize the complexity of IT at the restaurant level, swiftly extend guest service and lower its costs. In that case, cloud-based POS solutions are the best bet. No restaurateur ever wants to operate a complicated point-of-sale system from their kitchen. Then yet, they don't want to give up the benefits of advanced POS systems in making their company more customer-friendly and profitable. All POS software, regardless of whether it is cloud-based or not, must be run on POS hardware. According to the size and scope of any establishment's operations, the hardware required to run it can vary widely. Small enterprises can get started with just a tablet and a credit card reader. It may be necessary to invest in many workstations and tablets for multi-revenue center establishments with a wide range of sales channels.

Here's a closer look at the most prevalent forms of point-of-sale (POS) equipment required to run a restaurant.

Workstations and tablets: In every POS solution, POS workstations and tablets are the system's heart. The use of workstations gives personnel a unified view of all parts of the restaurant's operations and gives them complete control over the dining experience for customers. Controlling the financial accountability of business requires workstations, as well, to reduce or eliminate pilferage and waste.

POS workstations must be built to withstand the inevitable wear and tear they would face. If a pint of beer is spilled on a regular touchscreen or a consumer tablet is dropped by a server, it is likely to shatter—and these mishaps happen more frequently in a restaurant than any server would want to admit.

The POS system's powerhouse, fixed workstations typically command computing power several times more than tablets. In restaurants, these workhorses commonly operate essential services and applications like payment and printing services and numerous APIs that interface with third-party solutions because of their design.

Customer-facing display: Customer-facing screens enable restaurateurs to deliver a more streamlined customer experience and significantly enhance order accuracy throughout the ordering process. Customers may examine their order, verify their order total, and monitor their loyalty points immediately on the touch screen display. Additionally, clever usage of the rear-facing display enables restaurant owners to leverage these devices to run promos and position them directly in front of their guests for maximum impact and adoption. Utilizing the client front display to generate automated intelligent upsell is a proven way to improve average check, which is why these systems have such a devoted following among many counter service and fast service operators.