Lavu POS: All Success Takes is a Screen
In 2010, when Lavu launched, it brought with it a new type of POS that changed the whole game. The old POS, or what is called legacy systems, used to cost more, cause more hassle, and need a lot of maintenance. Lavu's POS changed everything and made it all easier.
Lavu started what we now call the mobile POS, an easy-to-use, simple, cost-effective Point of Sale system that all managers need to think of to take their businesses to the next level of success.
Lavu goes the extra mile in developing restaurant-specific point-of-sale systems that offer dedicated solutions to each one. Such point-of-sale systems and their key features include:
- Ice-cream shop POS
- Scale integration
- Minimal footprint
- Ingredient level inventory
- Food Truck POS
- Top security
- Quick-serve mode
- Winery POS
- Menu customizations
- Offline mode
- Simplified payments
- Brewery POS
- Quick select items
- Schedule shifts
- Pizza POS
- Pizza Creator
- Build Any Pizza
- Customer-Facing Display
- Bar POS
- Promotions and Happy Hours
- Preauthorized Tabs
- Inventory Control
- Coffee Shop POS
Simple, inexpensive setup
Industry-leading processing rates
Lavu offers a variety of features in every field to make your restaurant prosper in the best ways.
Lavu provides your restaurant with all the menu customization features you might want or need. For example, you can create menu groups and assign modifiers to certain menu items. You can also assign deals to certain items (e.g., Breakfast deals). Lavu also allows you to create a combination of orders to assign them a different menu; the Combo menu. For example, you can combine a burger sandwich with soda and fries.
The best thing about Lavu's menu management is that it synchronizes to your inventory, meaning that if a certain ingredient is out of stock, the menu automatically updates so that customers know the product is not available.
Lavu has a feature that allows you to track your inventory in real-time so you can always have an idea of what items you have and the value of each item so that you never run out of something. You can also place orders directly from your POS. In addition, you can automate the system so that it restocks any item before it goes out of stock, and you can transfer inventory between your different stores and warehouses.
Lavu has a tool designed for your employees to punch in and out using ID numbers. This tool also allows you to create and customize schedules for your employees, assign roles to each worker, and assign them their pay rates. You can also assign each worker different levels of access to the system, allow workers to trade shifts among each other, and finally, split tips between them at the end of each shift.
With Lavu, you can create and keep a customer database containing a customer's order history, contact info, and payment info (you should always ask for their permission).
Lavu also has a loyalty program called "Lavu Loyalty." This feature allows you to give your customers a loyalty card where every time they buy something, they get points in return, and eventually, they can exchange these points with shop cash.
The system also allows gift cards; you buy these gift cards from the website and offer them to customers.
As expected from a restaurant POS, Lavu supports tableside ordering. You can bring your iPad to a table and take the customers' orders easily.
For tableside ordering, Lavu has two helpful features:
- Quick Select - this makes sure that all the hot dishes and items are always on top to make it easier for you to add them to the order.
- Hold and Fire - with this feature, you can assign each item a time to be prepared, in case not everyone wants to be served at the same time.
As for takeout, there is the great, user-friendly app "Lavu to Go"; this is a software app you can plug into your restaurant website and integrate with your POS. Customers can place orders on the app/website, and then orders will go directly to the kitchen once a customer completes the payment.
If you want to offer delivery at your restaurant, Lavu provides you with a feature for that; Lavu Routing. With this feature, you can create and assign routes for drivers to do the delivery.
Reports and analytics
The system generates real-time reports and analytics of sales, inventory, and performance. There is also a free iPhone app you can use to track data; the app is called "Pilot."
You get to see and control many reports related to your restaurant, including daily and hourly sales, costs, and top-selling products. Data can also be for your physical or online store, or both at the same time.
Lavu costs $79 per month if paid monthly and $69 per month if paid annually. This payment includes one terminal only, and if you want to add any hardware device, you need to pay for it either separately or as part of a bundle.
Lavu has three starter kits for hardware that is compatible with its software, as follows:
- Simple Bundle for $399.99 - it includes an iPad stand and a card reader.
- Quick Service Bundle for $1,220.99 - it comes with a stand, cash drawer, receipt printer, and a card reader.
- Full Service Bundle for $1,499.99 - it comes with everything included in the Quick Service Bundle + a kitchen printer.
All plans come with a 4-hour setup and free consultation.
If you don't want to buy a whole bundle, you can buy hardware devices separately. Lavu sells iPad stands, mounts, enclosures, credit card readers (accept swipe, dip, and contactless payment), receipt printers, barcode scanners, barcode label printers, cash drawers, and routers. You can also buy gift card packages.
You can even buy digital menu boards that can be customized according to your business and its needs. On these menus, you can share photos of your meals, prices, nutritional info, and if there are any daily specials. Menus can also be set to automatically change and update according to the time of the day to display breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals. Digital menus can also work offline.
Lavu is a good choice for a POS if you have a restaurant, a coffee shop, an ice cream shop, and so on. It offers a variety of features at an affordable price.
Lavu offers the whole package of menu management, order management, inventory management & tracking, online ordering, real-time reports, and much more.
The whole system has a user-friendly interface that is easy to use by workers and customers.