Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Best iPad Point of Sale for Restaurant

This blog is a quick tutorial on using Datio POS Restaurant.  The application only works with our credit card processing at this time; contact Vantiv at 800-846-4472 to set up.  Just a reminder our Datio POS App for Quick Serve and Retail works with our credit card processing or any terminal from your favorite provider.  The restaurant version supports saved orders and tipping on the receipt, where our standard quick serve and retail app does the Tip on the screen and doesn't allow saved orders.

Okay let's get down to business.  Download the Datio POS Restaurant App.  You need to add a few items; simply click on the big + on the home screen.

Now that you have some items, let's set up your servers.  Go to EXTRA from the App lower left and then CUSTOM SETUP, then SALES ASSOCIATE.  In my example I added Kelly and John.  If you add their mobile numbers, we will text them each Tip so they have a record.  If you don't want this, leave the mobile number blank.


Now that we added a few items to the cart, lets save the order by selecting SAVE ORDER on the lower part of the screen.  Now you will see order details, everything here is optional.  The table number will help you track or if you are doing delivery or take out, enter the address and phone.  You can also select the server here, or later.  Click SAVE & PRINT TO KITCHEN.  For fastest flow, skip all this info and just click SAVE & PRINT TO KITCHEN.

The Kitchen order will print; you can print locally on the base station or set up a LAN printer in the kitchen.  Now you are back to the home screen.  Let's open that last order by selecting ORDER LIST.
Select the Order we just did; it should be on top of the list.
You are back at the home screen looking at the order.  Let's select the Total shown below as $1.02.

Now you will see a selection to select the server which we call Sales Associate, and then you will see the payment screen.  Select the server.  Let's now PRINT BILL FOR TABLE; then let's go home by selecting HOME.



The server has given the Bill to the table and collected the credit card.  Now that we are home, let's go back to ORDER LIST, pick the Order, then from the home screen select the TOTAL $1.02.

Now we are back at the payment screen select PAY.

Now let's pay by CREDIT.  Le't quickly talk about split payment.  For simple 2, 3 or 4 way split, select the Option and keep doing the payments until you complete the sale.  It is possible to split payments many ways, even as much as 10 or 20.  To split many ways or unevenly, just enter the amount towards the bill and select CASH or CREDIT; the screen will appear again and again until the REMAINING balance is zero.

After we select CREDIT we will swipe the card, and the system will print out a customer copy and merchant copy.  Get the customer to sign and add a tip to the merchant copy.


Okay, we are almost done but there is an important part left.  We have to go back in and adjust the Tip in the system.  You can do them all at the end of the night or update as you get the tips.  In the ORDER LIST select the order to adjust the Tip, it will say PENDING TIP, and enter the tip amount.  For orders with no Tip, you have to enter $0.00 or you cannot close the batch.

The last step is to CLOSE BATCH.  You close the batch from the order list.  You CANNOT close the batch if orders are PENDING TIP.  You need to close the batch once a day, late at night or in the morning is fine.  If you wait too long, more than 2.5 days, the batch will close automatically and you will NOT be able to add the tip; it will be zero.  Make sure you close the batch EVERY DAY!











Sunday, April 1, 2018

Here are Top 8 Reasons why Restaurants are choosing Datio POS

Restaurant
DatioPOS
NCR SilverRestaurant POS
Ambur (Shopkeep) POS
Square POS
Price
$49 for your first register and an additional $10 for each register afterward.          
$169 for your first register. $250 for 2 terminals
$79 for your first terminal.  $139 for 2-3. $199 for 1 restaurant.
Free for Basic. 
$60 for Square Retail and $20 for each new register
Support
Speak to a support agent when you call in. Text and email based support are available at your fingertips. We take pride in supporting our customers.Have question? Pick up the phone. 
Support availableMonday through Friday 9-5
$30 per month foreach terminal.
Very difficult to get. Email support only
Contract
We have no contract -cancel anytime
Long term commitments, 12 or 24 month intervals.
Long term commitments, 12 or 24 month intervals.
Basic has no commitment. Retail has commitment.
Open Tabs
Unlimited number of Open tabs are supported.
Available
Open tabs are supported
Not available
Inventory
Add your Items on register and instantly see it on all your other terminals. Receive SMS alerts when inventory is low.
Basic Inventory
Register can only show 270 items, rest can only be scanned. 
Alerts on Inventory is not available.
Inventory is very basic.
Split Check
Accept split payment any number of ways. 
Available
Available
Not Available
Sales Associate Tracking
Track order by Sales Associate. 
Employee Login is not available
Available
Advanced Employee login, Time sheet is available.
$5 per Sales Associate
Offline
Cash only.
Cash only
Not available.
Credit and Cash are available in Offline.
External Processors
Vantiv or any processorof your choice (use Terminal Credit)
Only NCR supported integrations
Various integrations and 3rd party is available.
Only Square payments
Gift Cards
$11
Available
$29 in addition to per gift card charges
Charges $1.50 per card
Customer Profiles
Ideal for Take-out and delivery customer tracking. Does not support advanced functions.
Not available
Supports all advanced customer based look up for orders.
Not available

Here are Top 8 reasons why Retailers are choosing Datio Point Of Sale.

Retail
DatioPOS
Square POS
Shopkeep POS
Price
$49 for first register and an additional $10 for each register afterward. 
Free for Basic. 
$60 for Square Retail and $20 for each new register
$69 for each register, $3Collect Tips on Screen.
9 for each additional
Support
Speak to a support agent when you call in. Text and email based support are available at your fingertips. We take pride in supporting our customers. Have aquestion? Pick up the phone. 
Email support only and is very hard to get a response.
$30 per month for each terminal
Contract
We have no contract  cancel anytime.
Basic has no commitment. Retail has commitment.
Long term commitments, 12 or 24 month intervals.
Inventory
Add your Items on register and instantly see it on all your other terminals. Receive SMS alerts when inventory is low. Accept split payment in  any number of ways. 
Inventory is very basic and no alerts.
Register can only show 270 items, rest can only be scanned. 
Alerts are not available in the basic package.
Sales Associate Tracking
Track your Sales by Sales Associate or commission. 
Included in standard package.
$5 per Sales Associate
Not available in basic
Offline
Cash only.
Credit and Cash are available Offline.
Not available.
External Processors
Vantiv or any processor of your choice (use Terminal Credit)
Only Square payments
Various integrations and 3rd party are available.
Gift Cards
$11 to enable gift cards
Charges $1.50 per card
$29 in addition plus individual gift card charges
Tips
Collect Tips on Screen.
Collect Tips on Screen.
Collect Tips on Screen.
Salons
Receive Tips on Service Only, select category which Tips are charged on. Receive Tips for each  Sales Associate that helped customer e.g: Kids + Dad's haircut. Sales Associate love receiving txt for amount of Tip they got right after sale.
Not Available
Not Available

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Thank you Don, for such an excellent review.

We received an excellent review from Don.
Don J: "We have been using the Datio Point of Sale terminal in our hair salon since April of 2016. Before we acquired it, we did an extensive comparison of Datio to many of the other top cloud based POS terminal solutions including Square, Clover, Talech, POS Tablet, Revel Systems and several others. We compared functionality, cost of ownership, ease of use, reliability and looks. For our kind of business, Datio won the comparison study hands down. It took only 15 minutes to set up the terminal after we opened the box. We process a lot of credit cards and Datio has been very reliable. Datio's merchant services provider, Vantiv, gives us great rates on all cards including Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Our stylists really love the text messages they receive after each of their guests checkout. It tells them the amount of service sales and the tip. The reports are simple and straight forward. We have only had to make one service call. The technician was polite, helpful and solved the problem within a day. Bottom line, this is a great POS terminal that is low cost and is backed up by great support. We are recommending it to all of our friends and colleagues that have service businesses and retail shops."

Thank you being such a valuable customer.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Update the Datio POS Base Station firmware.

The Datio POS Retail and Quick Service App Version greater than 1.20.10 and Full Service Restaurant Version Greater than 2.4.5 have the ability to update the firmware that controls the Base Station.  The firmware upgrade from 9.011 (9.11) to 10.09 (10.9) speeds printing and in some cases improves the stability of the connection between the iPad and Base Station.  It is best to keep the Datio App and Firmware updated.

To update your Firmware.  First check if your version is more than 1.20.10 or 2.4.5 by going to extra and reading the version after the V such as V1.20.10.


Next go to CUSTOM SETUP, HARDWARE then BASE STATION FIRMWARE UPGRADE.  


Next you will see the message "Your current version is 9.011 or 10.09 or newer, please do not close the App or turn off or unplug the base station, Ok." Hit "Ok" to update.  Give the Firmware time to update.



You will then see a message "Firmware update successfully, ok."


FIRMWARE is now updated, thank you.
New payment screen as of January 30, 2018 and version 1.20.10

We have updated the payment screen to enable gift cards and split payments.   In the older version and new one hits the "Total" on the home screen to check out.


The old payment screen would look like below.  Or if you are using your own credit card terminal Credit and Manual Entry will be replaced by Terminal Credit.


The new payment screen with split payment and gift cards will look like below.  Gift cards will not show up unless you have enabled from Extras, Custom Setup, Gift Cards.  You can treat this screen just like you did before, simply hit Cash, Credit or Manual Card Entry to continue like you have always done.



To use split payment, you can hit 2, 3 or 4 way to split the check evenly.  Or you can enter the amount  by hitting the "C" to clear and then enter any amount.  After processing the partial amount you will return to this screen to do another partial or pay the remaining amount.  You can split or pay partial as many times as you wish, even 10 or 20!  Each split can be cash, credit or gift card.


THANK YOU