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Nicolette Kier

Senior Staff Writer

2+ Years At Merchant Maverick

Expertise: POS, eCommerce

Education: BA English, University of Pittsburg

Nicolette began writing on small business topics in 2020. After hundreds of hours researching, testing, and assisting small business owners with web building and point of sale software, she is now an expert on all things eCommerce and point of sale. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Pittsburgh and resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Kitchen display system

What Is A KDS & How Do They Work?

You may need a KDS in your restaurant if you offer multiple ordering methods (at the counter or the table, drive-thru order window, online, etc.), currently run into order errors and slow turnaround time because kitchen staff has a hard time deciphering order tickets, have a restaurant with more than one prep station, or want to cut down on your physical paper usage.

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Mar 7, 2024 Filed under: Point of Sale, Restaurant POS

How Much Does A Restaurant POS System Cost?

Small restaurants and food trucks will likely only need one countertop POS system with basic inventory management, so we recommend a simple POS system setup that meets a smaller budget. These businesses can save money with a free restaurant POS system like Square For Restaurants and affordable Square POS hardware ($59-$799).

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Mar 7, 2024 Filed under: Point of Sale, Restaurant POS
loyverse versus square

Loyverse VS Square POS Comparison 2024

Square and Loyverse are both great options for new small businesses with very low budgets. When it comes to Loyverse vs Square, the deciding factors come down to whether you plan on expanding your business and what kind of tools you’ll need to run your business.

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Jan 18, 2024 Filed under: Point of Sale

SumUp POS Review 2024

SumUp offers an affordable mobile card reader and POS software that can work for very small retailers and service providers that operate on the go. We appreciate that there is a free POS subscription tier, but believe that these best free POS systems outperform SumUp for the most part.

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Feb 23, 2024 Filed under: POS System Reviews, Retail POS System Reviews
toast pricing

Complete Toast Pricing Guide For 2024

Toast POS costs $0-$165+/month for POS system software, $627-$1,034 for POS hardware, and 2.49%-3.69% in payment processing fees unless you get a custom quote on a Toast POS pricing plan. Add-ons like Toast Payroll and Toast Kitchen Display System also require a custom quote.

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Jan 11, 2024 Filed under: Point of Sale, Restaurant POS
Helcim Smart Terminal

Helcim Smart Terminal Review

We believe that Helcim is one of the best POS systems for businesses in the retail, subscription, and/or service industries, especially B2B and B2G businesses, with higher average transaction sizes and higher monthly sales volumes. This is because larger businesses will be charged lower per-transaction payment processing fees under Helcim’s interchange-plus payment processing model.

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May 30, 2024 Filed under: Credit Card Reader Reviews
Woman worker manager of restaurant holding wireless payment terminal

5 Best Restaurant POS Systems In Australia

Restaurant POS systems help business owners in Australia take orders, accept payments, create menus, manage inventory, and generate sales reports. The best restaurant POS systems in Australia have online ordering capabilities, a loyalty program builder, advanced inventory management, and offline payment acceptance.

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Dec 11, 2023 Filed under: Restaurant POS