POS System Integrations For A More Efficient Bar & Restaurant

Software integrations add another layer of efficiency to your POS system that work for you. Leave the data to the robots and instead focus on serving up the best product and customer service possible!

Optimizing Your Bar & Restaurant
working through POS integrations

Your POS system does a lot of leg work for your hospitality business. Turns out, if integrated with other softwares, you can extend the functionality of your POS!

What the heck are integrations?

POS software integrations connect your POS system with third-party applications through APIs in order to have both systems working together to streamline business data. In other words, it’s connecting your POS software with other softwares that specialize in certain areas of business. This makes your overall POS system more capable, efficient, and data-savvy. 

There are a lot of software integrations out there depending on the business you’re growing. Below we break them down into 7 integration categories, and detail what exactly each type does for your business and POS system. 

1. Inventory Management

A primary goal of your hospitality business is to sell food and beverages, i.e. deplete your inventory. How your POS system handles inventory and how that data flows into other systems is what might save you the most time on a daily basis. With all of that data syncing together, you can identify major business insights that would otherwise require hours of manual data entry and analysis. 

Day-to-day, you’re likely selling from both your physical establishment (or multiple locations!) and from an online storefront. All of that sales information is tracked in your POS system, but then what? You need to know how many goods remain in your possession, and that depletion information needs to update in real-time across your systems for optimal accuracy. That’s where inventory management softwares come into play.

Inventory management is a set-it-and-forget-it tool that helps you plan future production, know when to move products out of storage, and keep track of existing goods. By automating this flow of data from your POS system, you maintain error-free inventory counts and COGS numbers, which are vital to making both sales and financial business decisions.

Most POS systems integrate with inventory management softwares.

Arryved POS integrates with
Other Solutions for F&B Businesses
  • PeachWorks
  • Digital Pour

2. Accounting & Reporting

Another important integration for restaurant and bar POS systems is accounting and reporting softwares. Afterall, these tools help you contextualize your sales, and thus make smarter business decisions. 

For example, you’re looking back at sales in October and you see a substantial increase in sales, but you’re not sure why. You didn’t throw an event and the weather wasn’t great, which are typical reasons for a spike like this. Some reporting integrations suggest other possibilities for why you may see higher sales, and can pinpoint what exactly made your establishment so happenin’ that month. You may realize those high sales were during the World Series, which is an easier conclusion to come to if you have robust accounting and reporting software on your side. 

Other insights these softwares can glean to maximize efficiency for your POS system are:

  • Labor costs and patterns: To optimize staffing schedules
  • Daily task logbooks: To increase productivity and organization
  • Purchasing forecast: To eliminate wasted ingredients

If your POS system doesn’t offer its own accounting and reporting platform, here are some common integrations in the hospitality industry:

Arryved POS integrates with

Shogo even enables connections with multiple accounting partners, making it easy to find the right accounting software partner for your specific business!

3. Websites Built For E-Commerce 

E-commerce is a billion dollar business and growing in the food and beverage industry. By 2024, 7% of all alcohol sales are projected to come from e-commerce, and 61% of consumers reported they ordered food delivery at least once a week in 2021, compared to 18% in 2019. 

Luckily, if you’re not website-savvy, there are several integration softwares out there to help businesses with their e-commerce efforts. These softwares help build online stores, sell goods directly to consumers, and even assist with the logistics of delivering or shipping products. Besides just building an actual website, e-commerce integrations also help drive reach, which ultimately increases revenue. 

That said, by integrating your POS system with one of these software options, you will build traffic both online and on-premise:

Arryved POS integrates with
Other solutions for F&B Businesses
  • Bentobox
Craftpeak's design of Dry County Brewing website

Craftpeak designs websites and beer finders for many craft producers. Here is an example of their design for Dry County Brewing Company, an Arryved customer. Image courtesy of Craftpeak.

4. Online Ordering, Takeout, & Delivery

Speaking of food and beverage delivery, there are software integrations specific to working with third-party platforms to help you collect those orders and manage them directly in your POS system. When your business receives orders from a third party (DoorDash, Uber Eats, GrubHub, etc.) online ordering integrations remove the need for you to manually enter those orders into your POS system. This obviously ensures accuracy and maximizes efficiency in the workflow. 

These integrations can also assist your POS system by managing your online ordering menus and pricing, as opposed to managing them separately if they differ from your on-premise availability. 

Here are a few software integrations for online ordering:

Other solutions for F&B businesses
  • Deliverect
  • Ritual
  • Chowly

5. Kitchen Display Systems

If your POS system is mobile, you likely have a kitchen display system (KDS) built in. If you don’t, KDS software helps your kitchen crew rid themselves of paper tickets and receive orders from front of house staff in real-time, which ultimately maximizes efficiency and eliminates errors in the ordering queue. 

Robust KDS softwares can also automatically prioritize orders and track the time it takes for ordered items to get out the door. These digital ordering solutions synced with your POS system keep front and back of house staff organized.

If you’re on the hunt for a KDS software integration, here’s where hospitality businesses can start:

Arryved POS integrates with
  • Fresh KDS
  • Epson

6. Staff Scheduling

Now, some POS platforms have built-in functionality that allows employees to clock in and out for their shifts. But, the software integrations specializing in staff scheduling offer even greater functionalities so you can track employee hours, schedules, payroll, and performance. 

Some advanced softwares even have predictive scheduling, so they learn your employees’ shift habits and traffic ebbs. They can then estimate how many team members are needed on any given day!

Apart from strictly administrative tasks, some integration platforms also assist in team communications by ensuring when employees have read certain messages and facilitating a synced team dynamic. 

These are common staff scheduling softwares used in to integrate with POS systems in hospitality:

Arryved POS integrates with
  • 7shifts
Other Solutions for F&B Businesses
  • Homebase
  • Humanity
  • When I Work
staff meeting

7. Loyalty Programs

The popularity of loyalty programs in restaurants and bars is gaining even more traction in the coming years. In addition to the growing number of POS system software integrations available, the consumer demand is driving this traction, too. In fact, 1 in 3 customers report that restaurant loyalty programs influence their choice of where to dine out. 

Whether your POS system comes with a built-in rewards program or if you choose a third party integration, these programs make it easy to design your rewards system and track the offerings that are redeemable and then redeemed! Programs that use a straightforward online sign-up and member portal are among the ones most popular, as rewarding your biggest fans shouldn’t be overcomplicated. Some POS systems also provide great tools to design branded gift cards for sale!

Arryved POS has a built-in loyalty program. But for those looking for something a little different, here are some third party softwares that integrate with other POS systems in the food and beverage space:

  • TapMango
  • Craver
  • Pepper

All of the software integrations above add another layer of efficiency to your POS system. These systems should work for you, so you can leave the data to the robots and instead focus on serving up the best product and customer service possible!

Arryved POS saves restaurant and bar owners time, money, and headaches by building a comprehensive POS system that integrates with the softwares you value most. Request a free, personalized demo today!