Lavu is an iPad-based POS system made for restaurants, bars, and take-out businesses like coffee shops, food trucks, and pizza shops. The system allows customers to pay with cash, credit or debit cards, or touch pay systems like Apple Pay and PayPal. Lavu is also EMV compliant for use with new chip cards. How do you know if it’s right for your business? Read on for details about Lavu’s features, pricing, and more.
What You’ll Need
If you want to use Lavu to take credit card and debit cards at your business you will need the Lavu POS software, an iPad, and a merchant account with a compatible credit card processor. (See Lavu and Credit Card Processing section for more info on compatible processors.)
Lavu provides a variety of features for the restaurant and bar industry, such as, customer loyalty programs, employee management, kitchen displays and printers, and inventory management.
Basic Restaurant Functions
There are some functions that restaurants have come to expect from a POS system, and Lavu has all of those basics. The software includes the ability to create tabs, split checks, and track delivery orders.
Customer Management and Rewards
Lavu lets you create customer profiles and offers a rewards system that tracks the purchases of individual customers to allow them to earn points that can be redeemed for discounts. You’ll be rewarding your most loyal customers and encouraging repeat business.
If you need to keep track of your employees’ shifts and hourly rates or manage time cards, Lavu has an in-depth Employee Management system. You can even set different access levels for different roles, allowing for certain functions, like manager discounts, to only be carried out by the appropriate members of your staff.
Along with the ability to use standard kitchen printers for orders, Lavu has its own Kitchen Display System that can function an on iPad for easy touch management of orders. Need something the whole kitchen can view? No problem. The Kitchen Display System can also run on any size monitor to suit your needs.
With the Lavu software, you can track and manage your stock of food items and set up alerts before items run out. The inventory can also integrate with your menu and warn your servers when a certain menu item is running low in real time.
Lavu provides customizable sales reports, customer data, employee tracking, and inventory control that is available from a back of house computer or your smartphone. You can receive live sales updates from anywhere with an internet connection through Lavu’s cloud based system and the Lavu Pilot app for your iPhone.
Lavu and Credit Card Processing
Lavu is not a credit card processor itself. To use it for taking cards, you’ll need a merchant account with a compatible processor.
Fortunately, Lavu is not limited to one processor, giving you flexibility to choose the company that is right for your business. Lavu recommends using Mercury or Heartland but is also compatible with processors that utilize USAePay, Authorize.net, and MerchantWARE gateways.
Want to know exactly what you’d pay? Request a Lavu quote using CardFellow’s quote request tool. It’s completely free and private, so you can check your pricing to use Lavu with no pressure from sales reps and access expert customer support anonymously.
Aside from the costs of credit card processing, Lavu has a service package for a single location and one for multiple locations. The packages feature free updates and 24/7 customer service. Only pricing for the single location is published, as follows:
-$59/month or $709/year (additional terminals $59/month each)
The multiple location (enterprise) package has customized pricing based on business size. Additional terminals beyond the first machine are available at $20/month.
Hardware and Accessories
You can install the Lavu POS software on your own iPad and be ready to go. You’ll also have the option to purchase accessories as needed. Available accessories include kitchen displays and printers, iPad stands, magnetic strip credit card readers, receipt printers, cash drawers, RFID readers and scales.
Alternately, you can create a hardware package to fit your needs by contacting Lavu.
|Product Category||POS Systems|
|Features||Tableside Ordering, Tableside Payment Processing, Patron Online Food Ordering, Inventory management, Sales reports, Employee tracking & management, PayPal acceptance, iPad-Based System, Bar Code Scanners, Card Readers, Cash Drawers, Receipt Printers, Kitchen Printers & Monitors, Checkout Scales, Portable Receipt Printers|
Review posted: 04/20/16
Title: great features
The Lavu POS has plenty of handy features, especially for restaurants. Downside is that it’s not Android compatible.