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05/20/2022

NRA Show News: Square Unveils Mobile POS

The new Square for Restaurants mobile POS enables seamless tableside service and order management. Plus, restaurants can now use Soundhound to take voice orders automatically without having staff answering the phone. NRA booth 6057.
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Restaurants can see Square's new mobile POS in action at NRA booth 6057.

Square introduces Square for Restaurants mobile POS, which gives servers the power of Square for Restaurants, an all-in-one restaurant POS, in their apron pocket, enabling them to quickly and seamlessly take orders and payments tableside or in line.

Restaurants using the Square for Restaurants mobile POS beta program have been able to turn more tables and grow their sales even when they were short on staff. Square for Restaurants mobile POS runs on two handheld devices: Square Terminal and the forthcoming Restaurant Mobile POS kit, and as a launch promotion, restaurants will be able to use the software for $0 per location, until early next year and just $50 after the promotional period ends.

More Efficiency, More Sales 

“We’re seeing a lot of additional efficiency in our operations with Square for Restaurants mobile POS because our staff are spending more time on the floor rather than out of reach putting in orders,” said Frankie DiCarlantonio, owner Scaffidi Restaurant Group. “With the layout of our restaurant, Square for Restaurants mobile POS is saving a lot of physical steps, which has increased staff satisfaction and alleviated some of the stress on their positions. Alcohol sales also rose by 22% and we have seen voids due to out of stock items decline by 57%.”

Tighter integrations with other operating systems are driving 46% of restaurants’ POS upgrades, according to HT's 2022 POS Software Trends report

Square also announced Square Stand Mount, a versatile iPad point-of-sale that can be easily affixed to any wall or countertop right out of the box, or used as a kiosk. 

Also, there are updates to Square for Restaurants POS system, including:

  • Coursing, a feature that helps restaurants manage the flow of orders to and from the kitchen, is now available on Square Register, Square for Restaurants mobile POS, and Square KDS. 

  • Square KDS will soon enable restaurants to route tickets from a specific POS to a specific KDS, giving restaurants more flexibility in how they organize their kitchens to better support growing delivery and pickup orders. Restaurants can now use KDS as a full digital replacement for kitchen printers.

  • Square’s powerful ecosystem offers first- and third-party integrations

    • With Square Loyalty, sellers can schedule one-off or recurring promotions to drive more business on slower days.
    • Square Payroll includes popular employee features such as On-Demand Pay, which enables W-2 employees to access up to 50% of their earned income before the pay period ends.
    • Square will soon be introducing its first reservation & table management system integration with OpenTable.
    • Restaurants can now use Soundhound to take voice orders automatically without having to dedicate their limited staff to answering the phone, and this summer will be able to power their own delivery services (and maintain higher margins) via new integrations with Cartwheel and Vromo.

Restaurant operators attending the National Restaurant Association Show from May 21-24 can visit Square’s booth 6057 for a preview of Square’s new and existing restaurants product suite. Attendees who meet with our Sales team and sign up with Square at the NRA Show will receive 3 months of Square SaaS software and may qualify for additional discounts on hardware and from Square partners. To make an appointment with Sales, please visit https://squareup.com/us/en/campaign/nra.