Groupon has announced additions to its free Breadcrumb POS iPad point-of-sale app to provide the most popular types of local businesses with a pre-built, customizable experience adapted to their specific industry. With Breadcrumb POS v.1.2, restaurants, salons, spas, wine bars and retail outlets have their own point-of-sale experiences designed for their unique merchant environments, according to a company press release.

Launched in May 2013, Breadcrumb POS delivers features for a broad range of merchants, including: The ability to use pre-loaded menus and inventory lists, process offline transactions, scan and redeem Groupon vouchers, track deal performance, add custom item modifiers and more. As a result of the 1.2 updates, Groupon now has a point-of-sale solution for every type of local business. These offerings include:

  • Breadcrumb PRO for Restaurants
  • Breadcrumb POS for Salons/Spas
  • Breadcrumb POS for Quick-Service Cafes/Bars
  • Breadcrumb POS for Studios/Retail

"Groupon has worked with several hundred thousand local businesses around the world and through these relationships they've told us they want a point-of-sale that is specific to their type of business," said Mihir Shah, VP, merchant OS. "Breadcrumb POS is free, easy to use, designed for seven of the most popular types of local businesses and comes with one of the most competitive payment processing plans in the United States."

Breadcrumb POS now addresses the following scenarios:

  • Thousands of menu items to load or choose from — Breadcrumb POS comes with seven preloaded menus and inventory lists for the most popular types of local businesses, enabling merchants to start running their systems within minutes; merchants can also now add, scroll and search thousands of menu items.
  • WiFi signal goes out — Breadcrumb POS keeps checkout lines moving in the event the Internet connection is disrupted, storing transactions for up to one hour and processing offline transactions once WiFi resumes.
  • Customer has a Groupon voucher – Built-in Groupon redemption provides for a smooth transaction experience for both merchants and consumers; in addition, the system enables merchants to exclude products and services not eligible for the discount and tracks overall deal performance.
  • Modify a latte with soy milk and add extra whipped cream — Make changes or add to any item or package and seamlessly apply them to a customer's bill.
  • Put this drink on my tab — Merchants can now serve more than one customer at a time by allowing them to keep their tabs open during their dining and shopping experiences.

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