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How to Choose a Point of Sale for University Dining Locations

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Millennials have grown up with technology and convenience. Why should they expect anything else when it comes to university diners, cafeterias, or restaurants? Whether it’s a cafe or university club restaurant, the Point of Sales needs for college campuses need to cater to the needs of today’s students.

It can be a complex environment. With multiple locations, a POS for university diners needs to handle diverse menus for different cultures, different nutritional needs for students, and handling thousands of students at different times of the day. Does the system need stand-alone kiosks, self-service point-of-sale devices, and/or more traditional cashier-driven services? Does it need to account for cash, credit, debit, and other cashless transactions? Do you need it to handle different languages?

A modern tablet POS system, like Linga POS, can handle all of that.

Features to Look for In Your Next POS System

If you’re considering adding or changing your campus POS solution, here are some of the features you will want to look for in your next system:

  1. Multi-language and currency conversion
  2. Ingredient inventory and cost per item tracking
  3. Custom ordering
  4. Online or offline use
  5. Barcode scanning
  6. Cash drawer management
  7. Digital, paper, electronic receipts

Back Office and Management Control

The POS system isn’t just for the students, though. Linking systems across campus dining locations provides an easy platform for inventory management and distribution. Here’s what a modern POS system should do to make managing university food service easier:

  1. Customize menu and food options
  2. Modify pricing with automatic adjustments
  3. Deliver custom alerts based on pre-set parameters
  4. Custom receipts and kitchen tickets
  5. Integrate with KDS to show what’s needed
  6. Custom access and permission settings

Your system should also be able to track inventory costs over time, calculate ingredient costs as you change menu items, and provide detailed sales reporting to help you hone your offerings. It should also track peak hours of student dining, so that you can adjust staffing and operate within budget.

Choosing the Right POS System

The right POS system can streamline your university dining operations and satisfy the food service needs of a diverse and growing student customer base. A system like Linga POS can not only support the modern university campus, but has been selected as a training tool for college hospitality career programs.


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