A new, iPad-based point-of-sale solution for the hospitality industry will lower operating costs for restaurants, bars and cafes and allow them to accept credit cards easily and affordably.
After a successful New York City test run, Breadcrumb, a property of online discount giant Groupon, launched nationwide this week. Created by hospitality industry insiders and with price plans starting at just $99 a month, Breadcrumb is an affordable option for small cafes and restaurants looking to keep costs down.
Breadcrumb replaces “overly complex and unreliable POS systems”
Seth Harris, the general manager of Breadcrumb, says that while he found traditional point-of-sale systems complicated, hard to use, prone to malfunction, and expensive, Breadcrumb offers a user-friendly, streamlined, and affordable way for bar and restaurant owners to run their businesses. “As someone who worked in the hospitality industry, I grew tired of paying tens of thousands of dollars for overly complex and unreliable POS systems that were difficult to use,” said Harris.
Breadcrumb customers will receive a “Breadbox” with everything they need to set up and install their new payment system, including an iPad with a stand, a credit card swipe, cash drawer, printer, router – even cables. Breadcrumb will also work with Groupon Payments, a low-fee payment-processing system that reduces the swipe fees charged to merchants by credit card issuers.
Groupon Payments reduces costs associated with credit cards
Groupon Payments was introduced last month as a competitor to PayPal and Square, big players in the mobile-payments sector. Merchants attach a small device to their phone or iPad and use it to swipe credit cards, which are processed by an app at a lower cost than PayPal, Square, or other payment processors. Swipe fees are generally two to three percent of a total purchase amount, but Groupon Payments fees are 1.8 percent for Visa, MasterCard and Discover. (American Express still charges three percent to process payments.)
Using the Breadbox POS will be as easy as using an iPad app – servers or bartenders can merge or split checks, move tables, insert notes for specific tables and guests, change or add menu items and more with just the swipe of a finger. Managers can also use Breadbox to manage employees and generate sales and work reports, using the time-clock to track work schedules and setting different access levels for different employees.
Breadbox offers 24/7 customer support from a team of seasoned hospitality workers who know the ins and outs of restaurants and payment systems, and all updates are automatic so clients don’t have to worry about whether they’re running the latest version.
There is a 30-day money-back guarantee, so restaurant and bar owners can try Breadbox out for a month and see how it works for their business. More information is available at http://www.breadcrumbpos.com, and the Breadbox app can be downloaded free from the iTunes App Store.