Will English’s Reveal of QuickBooks Point of Sale (QBPOS) powered by Revel
Having worked with Revel more closely as well as attending additional training, I am ready to write this article to give insight into more of the product benefits and features. We can see from QuickBooks Online, any cloud product is a moving target and QuickBooks Point of Sale powered by Revel is no different. Intuit has worked with Revel extensively. Revel has opened up the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) as well as Table Service vertical markets to the resellers who have been trained. This was a huge win as the Revel product excels in these verticals.
Revel is the real deal in hospitality. For the QSR market, the product out of the box supports modifiers, meaning that you can add or subtract items on the order. Think, add mustard, and hold the mayo. You can also set up standard modifiers for each item. For example, a sandwich always comes with lettuce and tomatoes. You can also set up combo’s meaning that the burger combo has the choice of types of sides and drinks. I think you get the idea. Revel also supports kitchen displays/printers meaning that each station can see what they need to cook or prepare to finish their part of the order. Additionally, Revel supports dynamic menu boards as well as customer facing displays showing when the customer’s order is ready. Online ordering and delivery management can be added to round out the QSR offering.
For the Full Service Restaurant, all of this is available as well as table management and the ability to hold a receipt, print a copy to add a tip and then close out the ticket with tip included. I recently had the opportunity to follow a Revel installer to an Italian Restaurant when in the course of a day, replaced 4 registers, 4 kitchen displays and a hostess workstation and got the customer up and running for their dinner service.
This also matters to you if you are the company accountant or if you hire one. The reason it matters is that like in the accounting software world, customers are looking to move to the cloud for hospitality. Think Square, BreadCrumb and the like. It is already happening. I spoke to a friend who has over 20 years in the hospitality industry and they see the power of cloud based POS’s systems. The manager can be watching sales, speed of service, etc. in real time from anywhere in the world by logging into a web browser. Same with meeting with vendors and placing orders. Lastly, there is no expensive servers to maintain, bulky workstations to install nor software maintenance contracts.
As Accountants, we are often trusted advisors to our customers and one of the reasons that QuickBooks Point of Sale Desktop has been so widely adopted is its connectivity to QuickBooks Desktop financial software. Now we have a Cloud based POS system well suited for the hospitality industry that is Intuit branded and connects seamlessly to either QuickBooks Online or with the release of the desktop connector, the QuickBooks Desktop Financial software. Imagine if your POS system made sales and cost of goods sold (COGS) entries automatically. In the firm of the future, zero data entry is the goal.
Lastly, how do you engage with Intuit to start the conversation? I recommend engaging with an Intuit Reseller who has been certified by Intuit and understands the industry. Of course, we hope that would be us, but there are over 100 resellers who are qualified to help.
Author: English, William S., President of English Management Solutions, Inc. October 2015