An Edinburgh-based startup plans to take the food and drink industry by storm with an Android-based point of sale (POS) app to automate hospitality operations.
The app, developed by ePOS Hybrid, allows business owners to create offers and update menus, which could help streamline day-to-day activities for staff.
ePOS said that its digital menu capabilities could enable restaurants to serve a greater number of diners, as staff will be able to work more efficiently. On average, the firm predicts an extra 30 tables could be made available per evening service.
Customers will also be able to access allergen advice due to the digital menus being continually updated.
As well as improving operational efficiency, the platform’s ‘Smart Tables‘ feature means that diners will be placed in full control of their experience and will be able to request a waiter or place orders. Gaming functionalities will be made available for juvenile diners, who can often become restless when eating out.
Bhas Kalangi, founder of ePOS Hybrid, said the inspiration behind the app draws on past experiences working in the hospitality sector, where he experienced first-hand the difficulties that traditional POS systems caused.
“Traditional point of sales systems mean that business owners can get locked in a myriad of processes and it can be very hard to keep on top of everything when you have to manually make the connection between stock levels, orders and staff performance, and then link this to income,” Kalangi explained.
“With the click of a button, digital menus can be updated, offers can be created, staff performance levels can be monitored and stock management can be controlled,” he added.
Over the past two and a half years, Kalangi has invested more than £500,000 of his own money into the research and development process of the app, and plans for future growth are on the horizon.
“We’re really excited about our future growth plans and have already employed 15 people on our team in roles across design, standards checking and now marketing and our plan over the next five years is to expand into America and India,” he said.