Breadcrumb Review

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Date Established
2011
Location
New York, NY

NOTE: Breadcrumb POS and Breadcrumb Payments are no longer accepting new clients. Find a list of top-ranking restaurant POS alternatives here.

Overview:

It seems like no matter who we are or where we come from, we all end up taking a job in food service at one point or another. I can still remember my days of waiting tables through college; dealing with difficult customers, writing food tickets by hand, and adding up checks with a calculator (believe it or not, this was in the 2000s; the restaurant I worked at was just very technologically behind). These experiences were nothing special or out of the ordinary, unfortunately. Most people have similar unpleasant memories to draw from, including the team of former managers, bartenders, and servers who got together in the early part of this decade to design Breadcrumb, a cloud-based POS system intended to alleviate some of the major headaches of the restaurant/hospitality industry.

Breadcrumb, an easy-to-use, low-cost POS solution, was founded by Seth Harris, a former restaurant and nightclub manager with over 12 years of hospitality experience. Tired of costly POS systems that were outdated, slow, and unreliable, Harris decided to create a new kind of software that would not only made the jobs of restaurant crews easier, but also make establishments themselves more efficient and lucrative. Co-conceived with Harris’ friend and Two Bulls founder Noah Harlan, Breadcrumb allows hospitality businesses to focus on increasing business, rather than simply getting business done.

With features for specialty ordering, table management, and customer management, this POS has everything you’ll need to run a bar, restaurant, nightclub, or café. Best of all, the system works exclusively with the Apple iPad, making it a mobile POS solution. Servers can take and send orders directly at the table, as well as provide digital checks and collect payment.

Although it’s only been around for four years, Breadcrumb has already grabbed the attention of a couple high-profile New York restaurants: Donna, a Brooklyn favorite, and nu-Mexican hot-spot Empellon Cocina. In fact, this POS system has had such great success that Groupon recently bought the entire company for roughly $10-$15 million. Harris and his team were kept on board for their knowledge of the industry, expertise in the POS, connection to current customers, and extensive list of new leads. The Vice President of Groupon’s mobile division, Mihir Shah, describes Harris as “uniquely empathetic to the tight budgets and unique needs of business owners in the food and beverage industry, who often struggle to find technology products that will work perfectly for them.”

Pricing:

All plans include unlimited users and free upgrades for the life of the subscription. Keep in mind that the Breadcrumb app can be downloaded for free on as many iPads as you want, but only run simultaneously on as many as your plan allows. Though Breadcrumb does not offer any kind of free trial, it does have a 30-Day Satisfaction Guarantee which allows you to return any hardware you ordered through the company and receive a refund for the subscription fee. As with any guarantee, this one is subject to terms and conditions.

There are four paid plans available:

  • Solo – $99 per month, up to 1 device.
  • Café – $199 per month, up to 2 devices.
  • Mid-Size – $299 per month, up to 5 devices.
  • Flagship – $399 per month, up to 10 devices.

Any more than 10 devices will require contacting the Breadcrumb sales department.

Web-Based or Locally-Installed:

Breadcrumb is web-based and exclusively mobile—the system will not work on traditional desktop computers, and is only suited for iPad use. Like other cloud systems, it may be accessed via a web browser, so to run the system you must have a wireless network and a broadband Internet connection. Fortunately, Breadcrumb has an Offline Mode, which allows you to keep operating during Internet outages.

Specific Industry:

Breadcrumb is built for quick service restaurants, full-service restaurants, cafes, bars, lounges, and nightclubs. The POS supports all sorts of ordering: table (eating in), to-go (eating out), delivery, and bar tabs. Basically, Breadcrumb is intended for any business that requires a menu.

Specific Size of Business:

Breadcrumb claims to accommodate all menu sizes, whether your dining selections are as extensive and intimidating as those at the Cheesecake Factory, or as small and specialized as In-N-Out Burger (though, smaller businesses seem to have better luck–see the “Negative Reviews and Complaints” section). Breadcrumb allows you to manage and compare data from multiple restaurant locations.

Ease of Use:

Breadcrumb features the kind of design, customization, and mobility that allows business owners to focus on earning revenue without the distraction of a complicated POS.

  • Design – The Breadcrumb interface is elegant and orderly. Navigating the system is extremely easy, making training new employees a simple task that can be done in less than a day. Since the system only runs on the iPad, swift and simple taps and sweeps of the finger operate the entire terminal.
  • Customization – Breadcrumb is highly customizable, allowing you to create as many menu items as you want and organize them to your liking into groups (e.g. appetizers, salads, entrees, drinks, etc.) that appear as tabs on the right side of the screen for easy access.
  • Mobility – The mobility of the iPad makes tableside ordering a breeze without the need for scratch pads or hand tickets. With a few taps, you can edit an item from the check by deleting or modifying items, indicating seat position, specifying quantity, and making notes (e.g. VIP guests, allergic to shellfish). You can even change the prices of certain items right at the order screen.

Hardware and Software Requirements:

Breadcrumb only operates on the Apple iPad, though Breadcrumb Live is accessible from any Apple and some Android devices (see “Product Features” for more info). Parameters for the iPad are very relaxed and the 16GB model has more than enough room for the app. Breadcrumb will not work on a PC or Mac (the software is built to run only on Apple’s mobile operating system iOS 8 or later).

In regards to peripheral hardware, Shopify hosts Breadcrumb’s POS Marketplace, where merchants can purchase supported hardware and warranties.

  • iPad, $399 to $499 – Though not necessary to do so, you do have the option of purchasing iPads through Breadcrumb’s online platform. They offer the iPad Air 16BG, iPad Air 2 16GB, and iPad Mini 3 16GB.
  • Wi-Fi Router, $99 to $379 – Breadcrumb supports the Apple Airport Express (which is the cheapest at $99) along with the Meraki MX64W and Meraki Z1. Both Meraki routers are sold exclusively for use with Breadcrumb software.
  • Receipt Printer, $320 to $370 – The Citizen Wired Receipt Printer is the less expensive of the two, but for $50 more you can get the Wireless Citizen Printer, which communicates with the Breadcrumb software through a 5GHz Wi-Fi signal.
  • Kitchen Printer, $292 – This is a wired mPOS Epson Impact printer with two-color order printing to highlight modification in red.
  • iPad Stand, $99 to $199 – Breadcrumb features the Slice 2 Stand for iPad Air 2 on its main website, though other options include the more basic Windfall and Simplicity stands. The Slice and Simplicity can both swivel for on-screen signatures, but not without paying an additional $50 for the rotation base.
  • Credit Card Swiper, $105 – The only swiper that will work with Breadcrumb is the Magtek iDynamo reader, which comes with either a 30-pin port or a lightning port.

Breadcrumb also offers several hardware and software packages on its site and advertises customizable packages available upon request.

Product Features:

Breadcrumb performs all necessary functions from the moment a guest is seated to the moment they leave: table management, seat positions, order-taking, adding modifiers, firing orders, printing checks, and accepting payment. What follows is a list of features that go beyond your basic POS software.

  • Customization – All of the terminal functions can be customized to your specifications at any time. Breadcrumb representatives can program the preferences to your liking when you purchase the system and then train you to make any future changes yourself.
  • Remote Printing – Customizable remote printing means that you can send orders and receipts to as many printers as you’d like (e.g. kitchen printer, bar printer, receipt printer). Terminals can even be set up to communicate only with certain printers or with all of them. It’s up to you.
  • Breadcrumb Live – Probably the most convenient of all of Breadcrumb’s management features is the ability to access all of the reporting functions through the Breadcrumb Live app for the iPhone and some Android phones. You can check on sales and real-time data from anywhere.
  • Breadcrumb HQ – This is sort of like the back office, where reports are generated; settings can be toyed with; and menus, items, and employees can be created from any device with an Internet connection. Access can be customized per employee responsibilities so not all employees can or should have access to Breadcrumb HQ.
  • Offline Mode – Since web-based systems require access to the Internet, Wi-Fi outages can cripple businesses, bringing transactions to a halt. Fortunately, Breadcrumb safeguards against this with Offline Mode, which encrypts and stores credit card data within the iPad until a wireless signal is restored and the transactions can be processed.
  • Order Functions – Breadcrumb comes with two modes: Quickserve and Server. Quickserve is designed for to-go ordering with menu items arranged as buttons on tabbed pages. Server mode, on the other hand, arranges the menu in a list on tabbed pages and includes a search function for item names.
  • Table Management – Number and organize tables by tapping and dragging them across your virtual floor plan. Divide tables in your restaurant into different zones for simpler server assignments and restaurant management. Color-coding allows you to keep tabs on occupied seats and the meal progression graphic shows which course a table of guests is on.
  • Course/Menu Management – Create as many menu items as you want and organize them to your liking. Store item descriptions within the menu so your servers can provide your guests with accurate descriptions of meal ingredients and preparation. You can cancel a menu item as soon as it runs out so servers and bartenders know it’s not available.
  • Reporting – Get reports on sales, payments, product mix, labor, check details, voids, comps, and pay in/pay out. The dashboard feature displays report summaries of your most important figures.
  • Employee Management – Track employee hours with the built-in time clock and keep your staff informed with the in-app bulletin board. Track cash and credit tips, customize employee access parameters, and assign roles.
  • Payment Options – Merge, transfer, or split checks, and process as many credit card payments as you want to pay off a check. Void, comp, or discount individual items or entire checks, set automatic gratuities (like for large parties), and provide either printed or emailed receipts.
  • Cash Management – Run checkout reports at end of shifts to balance your till. Set times at the end of day when the system will automatically reconcile batches with your credit card machine.
  • Security – Breadcrumb is PCI DSS compliant.

In compliance with the shift to EMV and chip card technology in October, Breadcrumb is also in the process of integrating EMV readers with its POS software. Breadcrumb’s blog states that they plan on having the modifications up and running by September.

Integrations and Add-Ons:

QuickBooks – Not surprisingly, Breadcrumb integrates with the popular accounting software QuickBooks. This function is performed through Breadcrumb HQ, where the system exports a journal file of your sales data that you can then upload to Quickbooks.

Groupon – One of Breadcrumb’s more popular selling points is its seamless integration with Groupon, making it easy for merchants to accept Groupon codes and measure the effectiveness of certain promotions. This integration also enables BPay, Breadcrumb’s payment processing service through Groupon.

Compatible Credit Card Processors:

Breadcrumb works with 6 different processors for its integrated credit card processing, 5 of which are highly ranked by Merchant Maverick: TSYS, First Data, Chase Paymentech, Heartland Payment Systems, and Global Payments. The sixth is BPay, Breadcrumb’s own payment processing system, which is it most customers end up using. Rates and fees vary from provider to provider. If you need help negotiating rates with any of these processors, let us know.

Even if you’d like to stick to your current provider but they are not one of the ones listed, Breadcrumb states:

“If your payment processor is not listed above, please send an e-mail to activations@breadcrumb.com and we will look into the possibility of integrating with your processor.”

Customer Service and Technical Support:

Breadcrumb does not charge additionally for any sort of support plans, but that’s because most of Breadcrumb’s support is available online in training videos, a searchable support knowledgebase, a community forum, and also via email (support@breadcrumbpos.com). Individualized phone support from a Breadcrumb representative is available through a technical support line.

Although Breadcrumb has a blog and Facebook page, these social media outlets offer little in terms of system support information, focusing more on new Breadcrumb users and Breadcrumb events. However, the company has two Twitter feeds: one for news and the other for service updates and technical support questions.

Of the positive reviews I’ve read, very few have mentioned Breadcrumb’s technical support, leading me to believe there haven’t been many particularly positive experiences. The lack of positive reviews could simple indicate that merchants don’t have feelings one way or the other about the tech support. However, there have been enough negative responses to Breadcrumb’s customer service to know there must be a problem. Some Breadcrumb users have said that the representatives are nice, yet poorly trained and unhelpful. More than half of the negative reviews from various sites voice much stronger opinions though, calling Breadcrumb’s customer service “atrocious” and “non-existent.” My own experience with the sales department was not completely negative, but quite a few of my questions went unanswered.

Negative Reviews and Complaints:

No eCommerce Integrations – In an age when technology is becoming more and more cohesive and helping to streamline our daily functions, the fact that the system currently offers no integrations with any sort of eCommerce applications is a big let down. I mean how much cooler would it be if the system also allowed for people to place orders online with the option of delivery or take-out? It’s a whole new outlet for generating business that is being passed over. One Breadcrumb user claims a sales representative told her this capability would be available in 2013 (she purchased the system in 2011), but that has yet to become a reality and at least one customer is not happy about it.

Limited Inventory Tracking – Now you might ask why is inventory such a big deal for a hospitality business? Well, knowing your costs and the quantities of ingredients on hand is an integral factor in determining menu pricing and profit margins. Other POS systems I’ve reviewed with hospitality capabilities (namely PC America) have the power to track how much of an ingredient should be used for an item, a function especially helpful at the bar for identifying overpours, unjustified comps, and theft. Ingredient tracking could also help in maintaining appropriate stock levels so extra food is not purchased only to be thrown out later from spoiling.

Poor Customer Service – As mentioned above, customer service has been a common complaint in the comment sections of most review sites. A Brooklyn merchant writes that Breadcrumb’s “customer service is quite poor” and that “people have been outright rude more than a handful of times, and different people give conflicting information about certain troubleshooting issues.” This sentiment is repeated multiple times by various users. Even Breadcrumb employees are taking note of the issue with a Product Support Specialist in Chicago writing, “upper management is so out of touch with what the merchants deal with problems take for ever to get solved.”

Breadcrumb Payments – Aside from complaints about customer service, the most negative reactions to Breadcrumb software concern Breadcrumb Payments (BPay), Breadcrumb’s own payment processing service. This platform requires you to provide a bank account into which Breadcrumb will deposit your revenue after taking a processing fee from each credit card transaction. However, Breadcrumb reserves the right to suspend your account or hold your revenue at any time. This is a security measure designed to protect against fraud, but it has been the cause of a major outcry from merchants. First off, Breadcrumb does not send any notifications when an account is suspended or revenue is withheld. Also, the process of validating larger transactions is arduous and requires the disclosure of personal documents and company details to Breadcrumb. One merchant even claims that Breadcrumb simply canceled his account without warning. When he asked why his account was canceled, he was told that they did not have to give him a reason. If you’d like to read more, please follow this link.

Of course, these reviews are isolated experiences and don’t exactly establish a pattern, but they should serve as a caution to potential clients nonetheless.

Positive Reviews and Testimonials:

Though out-numbered by negative reviews, there are some positive sentiments floating around the Internet about Breadcrumb POS. The Breadcrumb site has some testimonials from different New York businesses:

“Breadcrumb easily beat out its competition because of its functionality, easiness to program, and most importantly the customer service that was apparent from the very beginning.” –Leif Huckman, Donna, Brooklyn

“My favorite part about Breadcrumb is the reliability and the number of features that are available to help run your business. I own a bar, coffee shop, and restaurant and it allows me to run multiple types of hospitality businesses off one system.” –Ben Sadler, The Queen’s Kickshaw, New York

“I love that I can log into Breadcrumb from anywhere. I can jump on the iPad from home and be in the system with staff in the restaurant. I think Breadcrumb is hands down the best POS system on the market today.” –Adam Elzer, Empellón Cocina, New York

Most of the positive reviews to be found are mainly concerned with how easy the software is to use. Some have mentioned “good customer service” and “low rates,” but the majority of people who rate Breadcrumb highly do so because of the simple and intuitive design and how easy it is to train staff to use it. One pattern I have noticed is that small business owners relate almost all of the positive experiences, while negative reviews predominantly come from large to mid-size businesses. Perhaps this means that a small-time coffee shop will have better luck with Breadcrumb than a larger dine-in restaurant.

Final Verdict:

Designed by former waitstaff and restaurant owners, Breadcrumb has several features that make it an up and coming success. With a highly customizable interface and intuitive design, creating a menu, arranging a floor plan, taking orders, and keeping staff informed has never been easier. Breadcrumb HQ and Breadcrumb Live make it easy to manage the back office, monitor sales, and view reports from any place with an Internet connection. Of course, though, like any POS software, there are some downsides to Breadcrumb.

The lack of an eCommerce platform means a potential for lost business without a way for clients to make online orders and purchases. For a Groupon-owned company, this surprises me, but also indicates that the feature may become available soon. Based on user complaints, limited inventory tracking, and the relatively light reporting functions, I’d also caution large business owners against this system. It seems to run well for smaller business, but may not yet be able to accommodate anything larger than a bakery or a coffee shop (though the testimonials on Breadcrumb’s site would beg to differ). Lastly, I would avoid Breadcrumb Payments all together. You have five other payment processing options that have been vetted and highly ranked by Merchant Maverick reviewers. It’s best to just avoid the risk.

Bottom line, if you’re opening a new restaurant, I’d advise you to roll the dice with customer service and allow a sales representative to walk you through a demo version of the software. If you like what you see, be sure to keep in mind the risks of using this system and remember to do your homework before making a decision. You might want to also test out a competing point-of-sale system, for example, you could compare TouchBistro vs. Breadcrumb POS. If you need help with the decision-making process, let us know and we’ll be more than happy to lend you our expertise.

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62 Comments

    Marilyn

    I’ve contacted Groupon 4 times in regards to the system upgrade on Breadcrumb. It’s been almost 2 months of leaving messages for someone to contact me. Why isn’t there a phone number for Customer Service?

    I can no longer process or see any records of my charges via a pc. The mobile app still works but the information I can access is very limited. Can someone PLEASE help me before I start looking for another company to use. TY

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    Jordan Nelson

    Hello Marilyn,

    I’m sorry you’re having such difficulties with Breadcrumb. Here is the technical support number I found: (888) 514-4644

    Best,
    Jordan

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    Liz Young

    Hi Marilyn,
    I apologize for any issues that you have experienced. We will resolve those issues for you right away. What is the best number and email to reach you on? Please let me know, and I will have one of our top support agents reach out to you tomorrow.
    Regards,
    Liz, Breadcrumb Head of Sales

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    Gabrielle Jacques

    Hi Marilyn…

    We can assume Breadcrumb won’t be around for much longer as they are no longer accepting new clients, and apparently fired half their staff.

    Feel free to check us out at http://www.lightspeedhq.com as we work with the same hardware as them!

    You can also call me directly at 866-932-1801 Extension 658 or email me at gabrielle.jacques@lightspeedhq.com

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    David H

    We used Breadcrumb Pro POS with Breadcrumb payments for about a year and a half. We are a full-service restaurant with 2 iPads, 1 cash drawer, 1 receipt printer, 1 kitchen printer. We are very tech savvy and knowledgable and wanted Breadcrumb to work out. It most certainly did not.

    The good: The app itself is nicely laid out, very easy to learn and use, and has a lot of useful functionality built in and easy access. Support, when I spoke with them, were polite and courteous and tried to be helpful. For issues OTHER than reliability/outages, they were helpful.

    The bad: Reliability. For us, it all boiled down to this key issue. When we set up the restaurant, we brought in the nicest multi-WAN router we could afford and two separate internet connections with a cellular backup, all because we presumed that the internet connection would be our weak spot. A year and a half in, and our equipment has suffered essentially no downtime but the Breadcrumb servers went down or had so many issues that it made us go nuts. I’m not going to speculate on how Breadcrumb is hosting their service but I can say they have some very big problems and those problems did not go away but seemed to intensify during the time we used them.
    Sometimes, the outages would be for hours on end, and always during the busiest portions of service. Offline mode was a complete joke and despite the best efforts of our servers, orders would be messed up, payments applied to wrong orders or double charged to customers, or even orphaned items left unpaid. There was ALWAYS a mess to clean up after offline mode. These larger outages were once or twice per month – I’m trying to be honest and not exaggerate. Perhaps that is a reasonable level of reliability for you, but for us it was a major headache and pain in the rear, especially since they always happened during service.
    I think the technology (related to iOS) and connection to the service within the app has some deep issues. Often, just opening the app, it would have trouble connecting for a bit, or one iPad or the other would take turns having a little connection issue. Restarting the app often fixed these intermittent issues, but you could just get the feeling that the connection was not solid. Our staff came to dread seeing the connection errors when they would type in their codes. During a busy night, these little glitches added a lot of stress.
    If you sign up through their website to get network status updates, you’ll soon discover that even the official, acknowledged outages happen much more than they should. Nothing like being away from the business, relaxing, and then getting the dreaded texts from breadcrumb about the newest outage and knowing that your restaurant is about to fall into chaos and hoping your Yelp doesn’t take the hit.
    The reliability was just really bad in so many ways.
    Other issues: The backend development was very slow – it’s a clunky, slow interface on the backend. Reports, especially for longer, busier time periods, could take FOREVER to run or even timeout. The Quickbooks Online integration is very new – during the time I used it, it had none, and we use Xero accounting software in any case, so no integration meant LOTS of manual data entry to book sales.
    The Breadcrumb Payments website is completely a joke – very old, very clunky, VERY VERY slow. It’s agonizing to reconcile when a page takes this long to load, and it didn’t even total balances when viewing transfer to bank account, so I’d have to wait for it to load, then export it to Excel and sum the columns in there to get the data I wanted. Naturally, exporting was also very slow. The payments website does not even have the correct numbers, except for the transfers to bank. Support actually tells you not to use it for any other purpose. It’s kind of unbelievable.
    It has no other useful integrations that I’m aware of, with other time tracking/HR/payroll software.
    They only use one gift card program which is extremely expensive to setup and maintain. So much so that even the account rep from the gift card company said “it’s more designed for national chains” than a single restaurant. So, gift cards were out of the question until we changed POS’s (if you want an integrated solution. There are other ways to do gift cards but integrated is nice).
    The app works better if you can maintain connection to the service as much as possible, but when the iPad goes to sleep, it disconnects. You would think the answer would be to disable sleep, but then the iPad can’t charge fast enough, because the screen requires more power than the charger through the credit card swiper is able to provide. So, you have to keep sleep active so it can charge at night, and whenever it slept, whether Breadcrumb would be able to reconnect to their servers smoothly felt like a gamble.
    The credit card swipers were a pain in the butt. They would lose connection to the iPad often, requiring being pulled out and then reinserted, sometimes multiple times, to reconnect. They also got worn out pretty quickly so our servers would have to swipe cards 5, 6, sometimes more times before it would read the data.

    Finally, after giving up on any hope that Breadcrumb would improve their service and product enough to satisfy our reasonable expectations, we switched to Clover POS, which we also had big doubts about. Compared to Breadcrumb, the interface is not as nice, easy to learn, or easy to access functionality, BUT it has not gone down once, not even a hint of an outage, in the 3 months we have been using it, it has integrations like crazy so my time entering data has shrunk to near nothing, multiple inexpensive gift card options, and nice looking, reliable and solid hardware. I’m sure there are other products we would have also been happy with, but for now we are very happy to be with Clover and most of all, very happy to NOT be using Breadcrumb any longer.

    Hope this helps someone!

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    Leo Schneeman

    The Breadcrumb POS system is the new software that all restaurants need to get. This is a very cost efficient system that drives your business to success. Breadcrumb HQ is very easy to use and I believe that it is the best system out there at the moment. The software is constantly updating to accommodate to your restaurant’s needs and the technical support is fantastic. I definitely think this system is the way to the future and that there is a lot of potential in this product. I would recommend this POS system to anyone who wants to better their business and to someone who is tired of all the old, unreliable systems out there. Breadcrumb HQ is without a doubt worth investing in.

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    Gabrielle Jacques

    Hello Leo,

    We can assume Breadcrumb won’t be around for much longer as they are no longer accepting new clients, and apparently fired half their staff.

    Feel free to check us out at http://www.lightspeedhq.com as we work with the same hardware as them!

    You can also call me directly at 866-932-1801 Extension 658 or email me at gabrielle.jacques@lightspeedhq.com

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    Donald I.

    I have used this company since the beginning. For the first couple years they were fine. I never had any issues to resolve so I never tested their customer support service. BUT THEN…
    I started noticing my business checking balance was consistently lower than I expected. I am a small operation (flight school for gliders) and have my hands full delivering the service. After a couple of months I became concerned. My account was very low and I began thinking I might have to fold. The numbers just weren’t working any more. One night as I review the accounts I noticed something funny. I had issued a refund to a lady and I could see where they pulled that dollar amount from my account, but I couldn’t find her original deposit even though she had bought the ride a few days earlier. How could I refund an amount that I never took in? Hmmm…after a little digging I discovered that Breadcrumb was not transferring the credit card swipes into my account! They were accepting the swipes, but not transferring the money. It had been going on for FIVE MONTHS. They were holding $22,000 of my money. I take checks and cash and Paypal, so I didn’t catch it. When I called them, they said that they had SUSPENDED DEPOSITS because I didn’t swipe any cards over the winter months (we don’t fly gliders in MN is the winter). That was true of the last three winters, too, though. They did agree to release the funds, thank God, but not until damage was done to my business. They never notified me that they were going to stop transfers. They never communicated in any way with me about anything. They just decided to keep the money until I came knocking. And if you read the fine print in their contract, apparently they do can whatever the want if they suspect fraud (which they can define, too). STAY AWAY FROM THIS COMPANY.
    Also – this is kinda funny too – how can the average of all these reviews be 3.5 STARS? If you look, they are 95% ONE STAR, with several wishing they could rate a ZERO STAR (me included).

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    Shawn Sparks

    Breadcrumb was the simplest system to implement that we have ever used. The tech support is great. No question is too small. The system itself was very easy to figure out and adding new products and dishes to the menu is a snap. We enjoy the ability to monitor the business remotely so that we can track labor and sales in real time. We personally enjoyed working with our sales rep. who answered all of our questions and was not afraid to say if she needed to find out more from another department. In addition, we were not forced to sit through a dog and pony show – our sales person tailored the meeting to our specific needs which saved us time and money. We would recommend the Breadcrumb system to any restaurant that is looking to streamline inventory, labor, payroll, and sales tracking.

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    Karen D

    Where were all these negative emails when we were searching the internet for reviews on Breadcrumb 6 months ago? I swear they were not here.
    So we have been working with Breadcrumb for 5 months now and, if I had not invested several thousand dollars in equipment (which is useless for any other POS system, BTW) and we were actually making positive cash flow already and had a few thousand extra $, I would RUN to the trash and throw this system out and buy a new POS and my managers would applaud. Buy a POS from whom, you ask? ANYBODY but Breadcrumb.

    Yes, it is easy for the servers to use. It was a big selling point. But my servers are not idiots and could honestly learn any system. The tech support at Breadcrumb on the other hand? Complete effing idiots. I ran into a lady last week who used to work for Breadcrumb and she got a big kick out of the fact that our password was “BreadcrumbEatsS#@t” and we get a very small amount of satisfaction from typing that in every day. She said there was a good reason why she left the company! Cuz they suck!
    Specifics? First, the equipment is faulty. The ipads that you must buy from them don’t fit their chargers very well and sometimes you come in in the morning and find that they did not charge overnight. We finally figured out that we MUST shut down the entire system every evening or the system crashes all the time. We also MUST completely disconnect and reset our internet system once a week. We also do NOT offer free wifi service to our customers which keeps the system from overloading (this would be a problem if you are a coffee shop that needs to offer free wifi. We are a beer bar/restaurant and can get away without it) and crashing. This has helped the amount of crashing and “Loading…..loading…..loading”.

    When the system does crash? Nobody on the other end of the phone can help you. “I will have somebody call you back” they say. Nobody ever calls. We have sent back two credit card swipers because they stopped working and breadcrumb sends you a new one but refunds you the money…..when they receive the old one in the mail. All of the accounting woes and complaints outlined in reviews above are exactly correct. Any of you who are leaving good reviews have no clue what you are doing with your accounting or you own coffee shops with 3 tables and could do everything by hand anyway. There are no reports if you use Groupon as your processor and no way of knowing what they are charging you. Man, I could go on and on.
    And speaking of credit card processors, we made a sweet deal with our local bank’s processing company…..the amount of money charged per swipe was WAY better than Groupon…but Groupon refuses to change our processor over to our bank. They just totally ignore the requests. I have called them, the lady who does the processing accounts with our bank has called them, and I have emailed the Tear/TSYS sheets to them 3 times. They just completely ignore us. Which means that I am forced to have my credit cards processed via Groupon and I am being charged whatever rate they feel like charging. Also, instead of depositing my money in my account the next day (which my bank would do), Groupon keeps my money for 2 days. Oh, and they don’t deposit on the weekend. Which means that the money I make on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday is not in my account until Monday. Sunday’s sales go in my account on Tuesday….. Last week, I called the payment processing phone line AGAIN and bitched. The lady took my name, email, and phone number (AGAIN) and said somebody would call me……..it has now been 7 days. The next problem, if I EVER get my processor switched, is going to be that every time I have a problem, Breadcrumb will blame it on my new processing company….I can just see it coming.
    DO NOT. DO NOT purchase this system!!

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    giyad

    It seems as though Breadcrumb is cutting jobs and possibly Groupon is trying to sell it off. This whole thing happened a few months ago and is causing hell for Breadcrumb users. In response to the merchant processor, I agree 100%. I recently got on the Breadcrumb interchange plus plan, and they are required by law to give you a detailed breakdown of every single transaction, yet they haven’t given me anything yet.

    All in all, breadcrumb is actually good software, but the main advantage of it was always the customer service, ever since that went down, breadcrumb has lost its competitive advantage. I’m not having the same issues as you when it comes to keeping it on over night, but I did have issues with my card swiper and had the same experience as you. They have really lost it, I will be switching soon if it stays this way.

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    Jon Field

    Our first two days on Breadcrumb were not good for our floor staff and even worse for our guests . Breadcrumb demonstrated pathetic customer service in nearly all phases . They did not help you s resolve function issues, did not return calls as agreed, and left our managers for dead. If you they were not planning on providing any tech service, they should have at least taught us how to resolve our own issues.Our sales rep assured us these issues where in the past prior to starting our agreement. He wasn’t very honest . All the great features this system appears to offer have been undermined by a lack of support and follow through within the organization .We already wish we would have taken these comments more seriously before initiating an agreement with Breadcrumb. My bad.

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    Laia Borges

    Breadcrumb=Groupon=Ripp Off. Two months working with them. Told them we would go through another credit card processor but they never changed it. Now it turns out they only assist payment issues by email –go ahead and grow a beard while waiting. Meanwhile, charging whatever they want for credit card transactions that we didn’t agree on. Looking to different POS options. Not recommended. Ever.

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    Mark Gram

    Breadcrumb has been awesome for my location. My staff was able to just jump on the system and get going. We have been using Breadcrumb for 8 months now and i’m happy with the marriage.

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    Deb

    Not much I can say that hasn’t already been said. All the concerns in the posts before me are legit. Just got my system in July, needs a lot of tweaking and I could have helped with that. The card reader/chargers are flawed, that is going to come back and bite us all in the butt big time. Now they have no support at all which terrorizes me as the problems in the system have not been worked out. Also, no settlement reports or batch numbers! So far if a batch didn’t show up you could call and get someone to get it handled for you, no longer so. I will have many, many sleepless nights in my future wondering if my money is going to show up as I have no proof the transactions even happened. If you want a Mac based system (as I did) keep looking. They told me the system has been sold and have no idea when and if support will be available again.

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    Jeremy

    Breadcrumb recently eliminated telephone customer service, and they have not responded to my email requests for assistance for over two weeks, despite repeated assurances from Groupon (breadcrumb’s parent company, in the same administrative building) that they would be responding by email within 24 hours.

    How can a credit card processing company deny telephone customer service to its clients?! And not to mention denying any form of customer service at all! The only reason I haven’t switched processing companies yet is because of the time I need to find a new one. But I’m outraged.

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    Jordan Nelson

    Hi Jeremy,

    I’m sorry to hear about your negative experience with Breadcrumb. If you would like any help choosing a new POS and/or processing company, please let us know.

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    Ziyad

    I just switched to Square for now while I search for a better option. Not going to use breadcrumb anymore, I’m only trying to get in touch with them now to cancel my subscription and I can’t even do that!

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    Nick Deleguino

    Breadcrumbs support is HORRIBLE!!!! Any issue that we call with they always blame our credit card processor even when I know as the business owner these issues are out of the processors control. After weeks of calling and complaining to them an email was sent back with the wrong processing parameters and I have no clue who’s account they have actually been trouble shooting. I would strongly recommend a PC based system over this “novelty” POS system.

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    Roberto Taylor

    Breadcrumb is damaging my business. Somebody please recommend another POS.

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    Amad Ebrahimi

    Roberto,

    We recently created a tool (see here) that may help you find the right POS for your business. If it doesn’t help you send us an email and I’ll help you out.

    Best,
    Amad

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    Dave Eliason

    CRAP!
    service is CRAP
    the system crashes and the credit cards transactions dissapear CRAP
    we ask for help, get an automated email CRAP
    Im throwing my system in the river and moving to NCR
    good luck Breadcrumb your gonna need it
    COST ME THOUSANDS in lost transactions

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    Jeff Jones

    I have tried to stick by Breadcrumb for over a year…..they keep trying but good intentions only get you so far….sooner or later, you have to deliver and they just cant seem to get the damn thing to work. After much hoopla, they created this offline mode that was supposed to save us from the internet or cloud going down. But tonight we got our first real test, as all of Breadcrumbs system went down. So we assumed the new offline mode would save the day….ooops…..Can you say Sh!tshow!!!! Dont even think about getting this POS system, no matter how much they tell you the problems are in the past, etc…..they just don’t seem to have people that know what they are doing. What a nitemare experience it has been….

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    Dave Eliason

    your not alone, the system crash cost us thousands in product and missing credit card transactions, Back to NCR for me

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    Vic S

    Stay Away From Breadbrumb POS & Breadcrumb Pro.
    The system is the worst. No support, reports don’t work, no one ever calls you back. Seriously, the company is a joke.
    I regret spending any money on a system with that company.

    You wonder why the stock is going down the drain.

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    Ed Braden

    Do yourself a favor and dont invest in Breadcrumb. We have been using it at our restaurant for almost 2 years and I am so ready to move on… They recently rolled out a V2 release which has some nice features but the implementation was horrible.

    All of our users that were used to logging in to look at reports, daily business etc. had difficulty logging in because they required you to create a new Groupon account before you could log in and this was never made clear. When I called tech support about this, they claimed that they sent all users an email with instructions about this… none of our users got this email. Why couldn’t they just create these accounts themselves to make things more seamless for the users.

    Also be prepared at any time (even during busy hours) to be forced to enter an admin PIN to perform an upgrade… really? what are those people thinking. When this first happened I called tech support and they said they could turn off these auto-updates which I asked him to do.

    Just tonight I get a call from our shift manager stating that they needed the admin PIN because the system was requiring an update. I called tech support again and asked why this happened and was told that they can only mark a setting to disable a push for one upgrade at a time and there was no way for them to set my account to never be pushed updates… really? in the middle is a busy shift… do yourself a favor and pass on BreadcrumbPro.

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    Ian

    I did a lot of research before starting up with Breadcrumb and just wanted to post a more positive view, after about 9 months of use. The system has obvious shortcomings, some of which are by design. Our general feeling is that is serves us well. It has gone down a couple of times during peak hours which is totally unacceptable, but I’m going to say we have about 98% uptime, maybe 99. The product is being improved with new software releases. Basically for $99 a month after about a grand in initial expense, I have a POS that works for me and I can track sales, inventory, etc. from any computer anywhere. It definitely lacks some features but we are saving enough in processing costs to pay for its monthly fee. So it’s essentially free for us. We are a relatively low volume, but full service, restaurant, and it gets us by. If I were doing 200 covers a night I would invest in an industry leader. For us (about 35-40 covers a night) it’s fine.

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    Shaun

    I’ve asked 3 times for you to stop emailing me. Now you get a bad review.

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    bill davis

    Several years ago we setup our bistro and wine tasting room and were really pleased with Breadcrumb. As time went on, we realized the limitations of Breadcrumb. For simple businesses it’s probably okay but as of late pathetic. Always crashing and customer service is awful. We are going to give NRC Silver a try.

    Thank you,

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    Robert

    Only left one star, because it won’t work if you don’t leave at least one.
    Worst company, worst service. DO NOT use breadcrumbs. It is the biggest waste of money. You will regret it. They never answer the phone. Service goes down all the time. We have lost hundreds of dollars not being able to accept credit cards.
    Horrible, horrible.

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    David

    Worst service we have ever had. Can’t ever get help. They lie to you when you finally get a call back weeks later. Run, don’t walk away from breadcrumbs. We wish that we never spent the time and money. Absolutely the most unprofessional, worthless company ever created.

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    Bart

    the system sucks

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    Bart

    it is the worst service i have ever experienced. the company is a total joke.

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    Heather

    I’d say no stars, but that might look like I forgot to rate it. I second every single one of the negative comments above, after 6 months of use and -no exaggeration- weekly shut downs of the system. Plus:

    No ability to print reports or end of day Z
    No gift card ability (oh, but we can upgrade…)
    No plans to integrate w Apple Pay
    At least one guy in tech support is rude, condescending and not particularly helpful
    Sales person was hard to track down, evasive, made promises Breadcrumb didn’t keep and wasn’t well versed in the specifics of the software- just the taking of our money.
    Not enough flexibility in payroll options despite initial indications to contrary by sales person (oh, but we can upgrade…)
    No ability for guests to sign without paper or to flip the screen so they can finger-sign a tip and e-mail themselves a receipt (email capture would have been nice for customer database)
    No live support; to second the comment above you’d better be a DIY kind of business owner and have HOURS and hours to devote to phone conversations.
    System shuts down constantly, bringing us to a halt. We have 3 IP’s and still are told by Breadcrumb “we don’t have enough bandwidth”. One customer streaming music is enough to shut us down – and we’re a coffeehouse.
    In six months we’ve had to replace their equipment 3 times: they charge you for it, then don’t refund $ til they receive the non-functioning equip. back, when the malfunction is their problem. This can be hard on cash flow.

    If we weren’t already in for so much on hard- and soft-ware we’d have ditched this already. Don’t buy this headache. You’ll have enough already, just trying to get started. Wish there had been reviews like this avail when we were looking!

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    Heather

    I gave this one star, as I indicated above, so it would appear in the rating system. It deserves no stars.

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    Teresa

    This has been a horrible experience. We are down with this system more than we are up. Don’t waste your time, money and frustration. This system is never running that’s why they came up with an off line system which is joke.

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    Sinead

    Dreadful system, far too many issues to recount here, but would completely advise against buying, or even taking a free trial.

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    Alice

    This is by far the worst and most horrible POS system I have ever encountered. It is so awful and lacking in so many areas that I want to scream from the top of the tallest building so that no one else is suckered into purchasing this system. I don’t even know where to begin.

    BASIC functionality. This system does just that…the basics. As a whole concept, the Breadcrumb system appears to be great. It’s very user friendly and easy to understand, so your service staff should have no problem adapting to it. BUT, on the back end, it can’t do simple basic accounting functions! I can’t process a negative cash transaction…ever! So that means if I have a customer who purchased something and paid cash yesterday and today they come in for a refund for whatever reason, there’s literally no way to give that customer a refund without completely messing up my accounting reports. The only way to process the refund is to do a “pay-out” which means that the refund will reflects on your cash drop for the day, but doesn’t reflect in your total sales. So if you have to process a cash refund, your sales will report will be completely inaccurate.

    Then, on top of that, Groupon purchased Breadcrumb and Groupon literally invented the internet coupon craze. Yet their system can’t process taxes on discounts! So that means if I have someone who comes in with a coupon for a buy one, get one free entree, they’re supposed to pay taxes on the pre-discounted price. But Breadcrumb doesn’t allow you to do that. But of course the items are all accounted for in your daily sales, so YOU as the merchant may end up paying the taxes even though you gave that item away for FREE!

    And God forbid you try to do a discount on something. Their discounts feature is so limited that it actually gives money BACK to the customer if your discount isn’t set up properly. Most systems have a max value limitation, but not Breadcrumb. So, in our case, we have a bakery, so we have day old items that are buy one, get one free. Our old system would allow us to ring in both items, and then select the lower priced item and discount it. The system would automatically deduct the price of that item from the subtotal. But Breadcrumb forces you to put an actual price on the discount, so if your muffin only cost $2 but your discount was set to $5, you would actually give the customer back $3 to purchase your muffin. There should be a limit on value so that the discount never exceeds the actual cost…wouldn’t that make more sense?

    Does your server ever go on lunch and still have a few open tables that just won’t leave? Well your server can’t clock out until all their tables are closed. So, that means you end up having to go back at the end of the day to fix everyone’s times clocks.

    If you have your system set to auto close and you happen to have run late that particular day past your auto close time, auto run CLOSES EVERYTHING regardless if there’s still open checks. So that means if you have an open check that hasn’t had payment collected, Breadcrumb still accounts for it in your sales report, but then automatically puts the payments into a category called “no payment”. WTH is no payment?? Is that even an accounting concept?? That doesn’t even make sense! Your sales should always balance your payments….it would make sense if you could go back in and maybe modify the check to reflect the accurate payment method, but No, thats impossible with Breadcrumb. If you want to take a credit card payment for a check that was automatically closed, you have to reinput the entire check and make a whole new sale. So that means your sales report once again is messed up because that sale was billed twice.

    So, other than that the fact that their entire system is flawed in the way that it’s designed, it crashes ALL THE TIME! I’ve had the system for two weeks, and I have spent at least 40 hours on the phone with tech support. The trading days are constantly messed up, so my sales reports are always inaccurate. Kitchen tickets mysteriously disappear and then print two days later! I can’t tell you how many upset customers and much wasted food I’ve seen in these last two weeks because of Breadcrumb. My cash drop is constantly “off” and I have no idea why. I had 99% accuracy with cash drops before Breadcrumb and somehow now, I’m down to 60%.

    Oh, and there’s no offline mode, so if you internet goes down, so does your ability to operate. And my favorite screen is the “reloading” screen because I see it so often. My servers gather around and get all their ipad minis together so that they can see who’s ipad gets up and running first. Its a COMPLETE NIGHTMARE! I’ve wasted so much money on this system and I can’t warn you enough to STAY AWAY from Breadcrumb at all costs. It will cost you lost money in labor, your own time, and lost tickets.

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    Jacob Poozhikala

    I was excited to implement this system in March 2013. Now it’s August 2014 and I stuck by the product. They have made huge strive to correct major bugs but it’s still not working well. The thing is they don’t have a solution to fix the problems. I have a huge system 10 ipad minis and 4 Ipad server stations. My servers literally refuse to use the Ipad mini (which one of the biggest selling points) Because at the table it will continue to say reloading. slowing down the ordering process. So my my ten ipad mini’s sit in my office. I don’t think they understood the problems with routers and when a 100 customers are in your restaurant pinging the router causes the “bottleneck effect” and the router just crash. Three times in the past 16 months the entire network nationwide simply crashed at peak dinner hours! This is unbelievable nightmare. No orders can be taken . No receipts can be printed.

    Positive: Can’t just trash things right? The interfaces are real easy to use. Training is a easy. Reports are also simple to use and understand.

    I stuck by them so far because I believe that they are working hard to correct these issues. And I am a sucker for the concept. Besides, I have already invested way too much..

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    gary fiter

    Warning-

    I tried using breadcrumb pro for my small business. They are a NIGHTMARE to deal with!

    Yes they are less expensive than others such as sq. but they are not set up to service a merchant. IMO they operate like a gift card company vs. a payment processing company.

    HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE. AVOID AT ALL COSTS! Just trying to save someone a bottle of excedrine extra strength.

    Gary

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    Just a Little Guy

    Six very frustrating months. The iPads never charged with the start-up components on unboxing. We’ve been through about a dozen peripheral switch outs involving cables, credit swipers and get shady half-answers from service. They generally do answer their phones so I’ll give them credit for that. Before you call for service, remember to restart everything, starting with the bc app, then iPads, the router and modem. Was told to wait for the next update to fix some problems, then new problems arise, then told to wait again for the next update. I think this is still in development for Breadcrumb, a beta program of sorts. Some reports and screens are only visible from remote login and not from the iPads. Security is sketchy, and impossible to secure the cash drawers, in-house. Seems, some basic CC security issues are overlooked, such as: naming the wireless network “POS User”, and leaving blue tooth activated when not needed. Overall, it is not the product they sold me on but a sorting-it-out version of it.

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    MB

    I use this in a small bar operation… It is very basic and thats fine, but needs more inventory tracking features. I wish I could add stock quantities (not the stock levels that reset at the end of the trading day). I would like to be able to run a report that tells me what I should have left in stock…..

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    Warren Bell

    We have had Breadcrumbpos since April 2014 and we have found it to be easy to implement and use. There are some features which they have told us will be available in Version 2, but they cannot tell us when Version 2 will be available. However the most business disruptive issue we have is the Bar terminals (iPad Air) going into a “Loading Venue” grind right when our bar is very busy and bartenders dont have time to reboot to get the terminal back. Over the past few weeks we have worked with Breadcrumb and Meraki support to try to identfy why this is happening. Nobody has answers. It looks to be to be an iPad/Breadcrumb issue and not a network issue. Has anyone out there had similar symptoms?

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    Sarah

    Can we get an updated review on Breadcrumb? I’ve read they have added more features and have worked out some bugs. Also, thank you for such thorough reviews…this makes shopping for our (first!) POS system SO much easier!!

    Sarah

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    Darin

    Sounds like a great idea with many pieces still missing. It needs to operate even during downed internet times then upload info later. It needs to compare info beteween stores. It needs to have a rewards program built in AND prepaid or gift card program.

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    David

    Dave, since this review was done in 2012, any chance you will be doing an updated review for Breadcrumb like you did for Shopkeep and others? Thanks.

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    Neculai Papaghiuc

    What about other iPad POS options? BReadcrumbs seems quite expensive based on what it does. I am using the posIPOS point of sale for iPad, for $29 per month per iPad, and I’ve been quite happy with it. It is cloud-based, and has some unique features: if you have multiple restaurants at different locations, you can manage all locations from one central web administration interface, so you can define the shared menu items in only one single place, and share it between all restaurants.

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    Paige

    Amad: Have you had any more-recent feedback regarding Breadcrumb PRO? The most recent above is 6 months old. I am considering BreadcrumbPRO for our business but the reviews above are VERY concerning. Wondering if Breadcrumb has instituted any updates in the past 6 months that would address any of these concerns.

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    kelli

    The most important factor in making a decision about what POS system to use is working with POS specialists that understand your business, how it integrates with new, now, and WOW technology, and what those things mean to a hospitality business. The Merchant Maverick’s Review reflects on the better features of this POS option. I’m surprised that a key considerations in POS functionality and rating is not associated with stand-alone capabilities if internet is lost. I can’t see how this wouldn’t be a deal breaker for many restaurateurs. Especially when the trend for monthly managed services focuses upon maximum “up” time. We live in a world of crappy customer service, high level promises, and people selling us what they have rather than selling us what we need. A good methodology, in addition to reading valuable reviews like the Merchant Maverick provides, is to work with a local POS dealer that is certified and recommended by the National Restaurant Association, or the Retail Solution Provider Association, or another reputable organization designed to have your back when it comes to making technology decisions that need to do more than keep track of revenue and taxes. That action could impact the success of your chosen hardware/software, and in turn, your restaurant. Make the most of the technology, budget, and have local support when it’s needed. You know you’ll need it, especially since the hardware isn’t cloud based.

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    MarviNg

    It’s great… Better than squarescam. And reachable customer service, compared to squarescams no service. I personally just hate square… those bastards are nothing but thieves, they are holding 15k of my moneys hostage for who knows what and no explanation. breadcrumb owns them. use breadcrumb don’t use square. i’m in ruins for 6 months =[.

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    Darren

    The system is window dressing, looks nice but is far from complete. The people have been nice but have resolved nothing.
    I had big hopes for this but have disappointed and I am now searching for a new cloud based system.

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    unhappy

    So unhappy. Swiper never worked and not getting paid. Holding my money over a week. Got my act mixed up with another stylist. Took hold of hers but froze mine for 30 days saying i need to be verified. Second time now. Going back to my old merchant.

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    Chris

    I would highly suggest NOT using the Breadcrumb service.

    I recently launched a new business venture and decided to use Breadcrumb for payment processing due to the lower rate than Square.

    Upon running my first transaction I was contacted by them with like 10+ questions they wanted answered for verification, including business documents, invoices, etc.

    I spent 2 hours compiling the requested information only to receive the response “Your payments processing has been turned off.”.

    Their reasoning? I processed a charge that was not directly related to my business, however IT WAS RELATED. Maybe it was the amount? I don’t know.

    Either way I had to REFUND my customer as they would not release the funds to me, and rebill them via another method. I cannot even begin to explain how bad they made my business look to this customer. As a result I actually lost the client.

    If you value your business and your clients I would highly suggest steering clear of Breadcrumb.

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    Rick Yarussi

    Been using it for 6 weeks. Very frustrated with it and looking for other solutions. It keeps losing the connection to the wireless network, and to the receipt printer which is right next to the iPad and cash drawer. It also likes to hang while authorizing credit cards. We FREQUENTLY have to restart Breadcrumb, the iPad or the routers to get it back up. Obviously this is a big problem when you have a line of customers. One time, there happened to be a customer in line who worked at another place with Breadcrumb and she said they had the exact same connection issues.

    It is lacking some really basic and important functionality. In CA, some to go items are taxed, and some are not. Breadcrumb has no way to deal with this.

    The woman who came to help us set it up the first day was clueless and we ended up spending many hours figuring it out ourselves.

    Even worse, one of the tech support people is a jerk. My girlfriend called them and told them that it had incorrectly closed the trading day. He was pretty rude. He literally said “You are incorrect. It could not have done that.” Well, she’s not dumb, it did do that. She called again today, got the same guy, and he was rude again. Really unacceptable.

    I wil give them a few days to come back to us with a credible plan to fix their problems, but I’m looking at other solutions.

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    Leslie

    This is the worst experience I have had in using a POS in 25 years of opening restaurants. To sum it up: No one to program your menu into the system properly (things printing to the wrong printers, items not printing at all, categories incorrectly entered) and NO ON-SITE SUPPORT the first week you are trying to use the system in real time. Other negatives: No House Accounts, No kept data for delivery customers (that is a huge negative for busy delivery restaurants) VOID/COMP are the same feature so you cannot give some folks the ability to do one or the other, it’s all or nothing. Checks disappear from the system, mid-transaction, and God forbid the internet goes down, you are back to dupe pads and tax calculators, which no one under 40 even has a clue how to do.

    My biggest complaint however, is that the sales people don’t tell you from the beginning that this is a DO-IT-YOURSELF system. As the owner, I have spent AT LEAST 60 HOURS in the past two weeks, trying to troubleshoot. I am not a techie and neither our restaurant managers. We have lost so much business in the past weeks because of all the problems. Not small problems, big problems. Maybe this system is fine for a small, small restaurant but I wish we had never agreed to this nightmare. Truly, I am not exaggerating when I say this is the WORST experience I have ever encountered in running businesses.

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    paul

    After using Breadcrumb for two days…yes TWO days it is extremely basic and does not have the feature set that it touts as ab revolutionary cloud based solution. It is a plain and simple POS that has hospitality centric functions distributed to the cloud.

    There are so many simple functions that REAL hospitality operaters need that are missing?

    The system requires a router hooked to each cash draw & printer to function correctly.

    The Groupon Payments (credit card merchant solution) is still a PAPER system – yes that means you have to print the reciept and have the customer sign it and keep a piece of paper. You can currently implement Paypal, iphonemerchants and many other fully digital solutions that allow customers to sign on the screen and save and manage your merchant accounts without paper.

    We have seen some major bugs – like the trading day is stuck on one day even though its the second day (support says they fixed it) even though the settings were enabled to automatically end the trading day. The hours and timesheets are inaccurate and incomplete they do not calculate correctly – however you can download and manually manipulate in excel… but didnt you do that before you got a POS?

    The implementation has not been perfected for all situations…. and you really need 8 weeks at a minimum to put everything in place correctly to go live.

    It has potential but it really is in it’s infancy and has major gaps to become a real player.

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    Rafael

    I agree completely. I used this system and returned it within the 30 day trial period. I’m not sure if they ever implemented this system in a pizzeria before, but we had countless issues
    that would come up only to find out that it could not be resolved.
    The usage of paper was completely in excessive. This system is good for a very basic restaurant with very simple needs.

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    Courtney Barbiaux

    I am curious to have feedback on TouchBistro. I have a small restaurant and am looking between the features and cost effectiveness of these 2. Thank you for all of the wonderful reviews. This was exactly the website I was looking for!!

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    Amad E.

    Hi Courtney,

    Unfortunately, we haven’t reviewed TouchBistro yet, but it’s definitely in the works. I will let you know once the review is posted.

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    Amad E.

    Courtney,

    Just a heads up; we recently reviewed TouchBistro if you want to check it out.

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    David

    Do not use breadcrumbs. You will regret it!

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    Matthew Starobin

    The lack of integrations does look like a serious negative.

    We have a back of the house food costing product (CostGuard), and I vainly tried to find contact info on their web page to start a converation about interfacing (we interface with all the major POS systems out there).

    Breadcrumb, if you’re watching, please get in touch! We can help you get chefs on your selling side!

    Matthew

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