Lavu Inc. has introduced an iPad point-of-sale system with features and solutions specifically designed to meet the mobile foodservice business, including food trucks.
These features include inventory tracking, mobile payment processing and line busting.
"Food trucks and other mobile food service business models have unique requirements that differ from typical restaurant POS solutions," said Camille du Fou, part of the Lavu Specialist sales team. "We took the time to consult with these business owners to learn about their needs, and even put together a bundled package that removes the guesswork from the POS decision-making equation."
POS Lavu is iOS based, with iPad point-of-sale terminals. Other Apple devices such as iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad mini can also be used as terminals or for line busting during busy periods. Wireless access to the cloud database enables multiple mobile and POS terminal devices to remain in sync, keeping track of sales and inventory in real-time. An Internet connection is necessary for syncing, but integrated system backups are included to bridge gaps of weak Internet coverage or temporary connection interruption.
Zephyr Hardware has partnered with Lavu to provide specific hardware bundles including Star printers,APG cash drawers, cables, routers, iPad enclosures and card swipers. Due to the mobility factor inherent to this industry, Lavu mobile food truck hardware bundles include 3G/4G Cellular modems and routers which allow for cloud data access similar to cell phone coverage.
The Lavu system can accept cash, credit cards, coupons and loyalty promotions. Integrated Lavu marketing and management tools are accessed in the Lavu Control Panel (CP). Receipts may be printed with customized promotions, or emailed to customers who prefer paperless transactions. Compounding email lists can be accessed privately by the business and used to send promotions and notices of times and locations for future food truck service.
New features added to POS Lavu, such as the "86" menu item countdown and Passbook coupon and payment integration, are tailored toward the food truck industry. "86" is an industry term used when a menu item is no longer available. A countdown will appear on the POS Lavu order screen as a menu item's count approaches zero, and will be grayed out when the item is no longer available.
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