Selecting the correct point-of-sale system can sometimes be agonizing for operators. That's why it's important for restaurateurs to take advantage of trade shows, like the Mid-Atlantic Food, Beverage & Lodging EXPO, where they can learn directly from the many manufacturers.
Mike Moore, service manager for ParTech
, said operators can get in over their heads if they don't know what to look for.
"Today's systems are much more complex," Moore said. "What went into a POS system was pretty basic five years ago. Today, you have the kitchen video system, credit cards, debit cards and gift cards. All those (things) add complexities."
PAR will be exhibiting at the Mid-Atlantic EXPO in addition to Radiant Systems and MICROS and other quality suppliers. In addition to its hardware, Radiant will feature its Aloha software, which allows employees to serve customers and fill orders quickly and more accurately in less time and with less waste.
MICROS vice president Louise Casamento said the Mid-Atlantic show is the most-important one in the region. As an exhibitor searching for sales leads, Casamento said the Mid-Atlantic Show helps MICROS target serious operators in East Coast.
"We won't land many major accounts at the Mid-Atlantic EXPO, but we will pull in a lot of regional operators and franchisees who won't travel to Chicago for the NRA Show," Casamento said. "It's definitely the most important show for us in that region because most restaurant operators don't necessarily want to travel across the country. So they rely on these regional shows."
American POS has been attending the Mid-Atlantic Show for 20 years. Sales manager Milton McMahon said American will be exhibiting the Comtrex 2100, which can be used for fine-dining, fast-casual, QSR and pizzeria environments.
"We usually throw in free support to anybody who signs a contract there," McMahon said.
The Mid-Atlantic Food, Beverage & Lodging Expo is produced by RAM (Restaurant Association of Maryland) and is the largest foodservice show between New York and Florida. In addition to showcasing hundreds of suppliers and distributors to the industry, the show offers free educational seminars, a regional chef competition and chef demonstrations throughout the two days of the show.
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