Bren’s Traveling Bistro Serves Up Success with Star Micronics and iConnect POS

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Adventurous diners are common in many places and Chef Bren Jones wants to feed them! With this in mind, Jones established Bren’s Traveling Bistro, a unique food truck that moves from various locations introducing a variety of dishes from around the world to customers with a taste for new and exotic cuisine. With customers lining down the road whenever it made its temporary home, Bren’s Traveling Bistro needed a solution that would enable easy, rapid access to customer information from the counter to the kitchen while conducting business operations simultaneously.

After researching a variety of options, Jones chose a POS system bundle comprised of an Apple iPad®, iConnect POS software, and a TSP650IIBTi thermal receipt printerbrenstravelingbistropic from Star Micronics. Jones identified the software’s Blod-based platform and the printer’s Bluetooth communications capability as a perfect fit for Bren’s Traveling Bistro because it would support a POS system running entirely on mobile devices. Installation of the solution took just a few seconds and necessitated only that the app be downloaded on a single iPad®. A user-friendly interface between the iPad® and the app made training employees a painless process.

iConnect enables all transactions at Bren’s Traveling Bistro to be processed via the Cloud no matter where the food truck has traveled. Complementary positioning of buttons and icons on the screen ensures rapid service with minimal errors. Similarly, the Bluetooth connection between the iPad® and the TSP650IIBTi indicates that the printer can receive messages from a distance away, minimizing the duration between the moment orders are placed and the time of service.

The solution also yields access to the back office on-the-go, sales, inventory, and other critical business data that is instantly available via Internet or the iConnect app. Maintaining a secure handle on the operation, coupled with the ability to quickly serve more customers no matter the location, has helped Bren’s Traveling Bistro to establish a footprint and, in turn, boost profitability. Further upping the profitability ante, the low cost to acquire and use the solutions give Jones continued flexibility to invest in other aspects of the business at a local level.

“I truly value the products provided by iConnectPOS and Star Micronics,” Jones says. “They make running our food truck business simpler, organized, and less stressful. I will be using the POS system bundle to not only impress customers with fast paced service, but also provide exceptional food quality.

– Bren Jones, Owner and Chef, Bren’s Traveling Bistro

Read the full case study here: Star_Brens-Traveling-Bistro_Case-Study

Bac’n Me Crazy Improves Customer Wait with Star Micronics and Wholly App

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Bac’n Me Crazy is a gourmet food truck based in Charleston, SC that specializes in out of this world dishes that are loaded with bacon. Bac’n Me Crazy was one of many food trucks in the Charleston area that was searching for a way to help their customers avoid the crazy and unpredictable South Carolina weather, and create a smoother workflow for employees. Wholly App and Star Micronics teamed up to provide Bac’n Me Crazy with the ideal solution for their food truck.

Bac’n Me Crazy, one of the most popular food trucks in Charleston, SC, was searching for a way to make ordering not only easier for the customer, but for the employees as well. The unpredictable east coast weather made standing in line at an outdoor food truck an undesirable prospect for customers. Always putting the customer first, Bac’n Me Crazy sought an online ordering solution from Wholly App that would help to make the ordering experience more convenient for customers, and create an easier and smoother workflow for employees.

By installing Wholly App’s solution with Star’s TSP650IIBTi printer and WebPRNT, Bac’n Me Crazy was able to not only create a better ordering experience for customers, but improve the overall daily workflow of their business. Wholly App was able to create a customized solution for Bac’n Me Crazy, allowing customers to order from their phones, and receive an alert when their order is ready. When the customer ordered, the order would be sent directly to the Star printer using WebPRNT. WebPRNT eliminates the need to install any drivers, and enables printing from Wholly App’s native application built specifically for Bac’n Me Crazy. Star’s TSP650IIBTi has the durability to withstand the rush hours, and offers ultimate mobility with its Bluetooth feature, allowing employees to move the printer throughout the truck as necessary.

AR-160129982 “This solution has been a dream come true for us,” says Jason Broz, Founder of Bac’n Me Crazy. “Wholly App and Star Micronics’ solution allowed us to increase our business and make the lives of our customers easier – which is really the most important thing to us.”

“When developing this app for Bac’n Me Crazy and thinking of printing options, Star was our first choice,” says Mike Werner, Found of Wholly App. “The TSP650IIBTi with WebPRNT made our job so much easier by providing a mobile and durable solutions that could print orders right from the app.”

 

Download the full success story here: Star – Bac’n Me Crazy Case Study

Finding the Right mPOS for Your Food Truck

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It’s food truck season, folks! The warmer seasons are the best time to grab an outdoor bite from your local food truck or food stand. We see them popping up more and more as the weather gets warmer, and people flooding them to snag some quick and tasty street food. This often times results in crowded trucks with long lines, making business very hectic for cooks and cashiers. Luckily, Star Micronics has the perfect mobile point of sale technology for these businesses, making their job all the more easy, while also keeping customers happy and satisfied with their service.

When thinking about finding the right mPOS system for your seasonal food truck or food stand, there are a few key considerations. Are you looking to solve the issue of line busting? Are you trying to create a more efficient workflow for your employees? Do you want to save space in your compact location by switching to a more mobile printer peripheral?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, Star has the solution for you!

Kitchen Printers

If you’ve ever ordered from a busy food truck in the middle of the summer, you can see that it can be a hot and hectic environment for cooks. The “old-school” process of writing down orders and passing them off the cook becomes inefficient when handwriting is hard to read, the cooks are very busy, or when the order gets lost or damaged in the transition between order-taker and cook. Using a POS system to input orders and send them to an impact kitchen printer makes for an easier workflow because the order is being taken and entered into the POS in real-time. The order can then be sent directly to the impact printer, eliminating miscommunication between the “front of truck” and “back of truck” staff. Impact printers are also often times noisy, making it easier for the cook to know when a new order is coming through, and the paper remains durable in hot environments.

Receipt Printers

Just because your customer is ordering food on-the-go, doesn’t mean they don’t need their receipt. A thermal POS printer is necessary for food trucks for the obvious – to provide a proof of transaction, but the key for food trucks is to keep the printer mobile. A Bluetooth thermal desktop printer or a portable printer is the best solution for food trucks. When working in such a small location, things can get tight. With a Bluetooth enabled thermal printer, you can move your printer daily throughout the truck to wherever space allows. Portable printers are also a viable option for receipt printing because it not only allows you to move throughout the truck, but to move outside of the truck for a line-busting POS solution.

Multi-Function Printers

Again, when trying to navigate a food truck on a busy summer afternoon, space can be limited. For those who are looking to really save counter-space, a multi-function peripheral might be the best option for you. Star Micronics’ latest mPOP™, all-in-one mobile point of purchase combines a cash drawer with a two-inch receipt printer, and a 1D barcode scanner to create the perfect mPOS solution for small spaces. Using Bluetooth connection, the mPOP can also be repositioned in the food truck or food stand in order to maximize counter space, and can be operated on-the-go using a tablet or mobile device.

To find the right mPOS solution for your food truck, visit www.starmicronics.com.