No one wants to be the victim of a security breach. Your customers don’t want their personal information and account access to fall into the wrong hands — and you don’t want the negative press, reputation damage, and the hassle or cost of dealing with the outfall from an IT or a compliance perspective. Having a secure point of sale (POS) system must be one of your top priorities so you can protect your customers, your business, and your future.

PCI DSS Compliance

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a great place to start to secure your point of sale system. Although some merchants view the standard as something they need to check the boxes to comply with so they can continue to accept credit cards, it’s actually more valuable to look at the standard as a collection of industry best practices that will help to protect payment card data.

Unfortunately, research for the annual Verizon Payment Security Report found that PCI compliance decreased in 2018 to 52.5 percent of merchants in compliance compared from 55.4 percent the previous year. This is troubling since Verizon has never found a confirmed case of a data breach at a merchant’s business that was 100-percent PCI DSS compliant in its 14 years of producing Data Breach Investigation Reports. PCI compliance can help keep your business and your customers safe. 

In general, PCI DSS requires:

  • Building and maintaining a secure network, including a firewall and strong passwords
  • Protecting cardholder data with encryption or other technologies
  • Using regularly updated antivirus, antimalware or other security solutions
  • Keeping applications updated and secure
  • Enforcing strong access control measures
  • Monitor and test networks
  • Develop and enforce a security policy

Every part of your business that handles payment data is in the scope of the PCI DSS, so it’s smart to limit where cardholder data is stored or used. Limiting PCI scope by separating your POS system from the rest of your business’ network is a smart strategy. You can also use tokenization and encryption, so plain text versions of cardholder data are never stored in your system — if a hacker can’t read it, they can’t use it to commit fraud or other crimes.

Take a Practical Approach 

At most businesses, customers make other types of payments besides using credit cards — cash, check, electronic benefits transfer (EBT), gift cards, etc. You need a secure point of sale for all types of payments — including a secure cash drawer that can contain checks with customer account numbers and other sensitive information.

A secure point of sale doesn’t only depend on technology and processes. A vital part of establishing secure point of sale is properly training employees. People can often be the weak link when it comes to cybercrime or fraud, so make sure your cashiers or sales associates are well-trained in best practices and how to follow your security policy.

Work with the Experts

You have a lot of responsibility for maintaining a secure point of sale and payment security, but if you run a retail business, a grocery store, or a café, security probably isn’t your primary area of expertise. You need to partner with an expert in secure point of sale — security is too serious of an issue for guesswork.

Fortunately, you can work with a POS solution provider that can serve as your trusted partner for point of sale security, giving you the guidance and tech solutions you need to comply with security standards and keep your customers and your business safe. Contact PlazSales to learn more.

To help pizzeria owners, pizza point of sale (pizza pos) is more than just a cash register or adding machine — it’s a hub where you can manage your entire business. 

Pizza shops have long managed their business in the traditional, manual manner. Much like pizza itself, why stray too far from what has worked? This may mean using pen and paper to order ingredients, taking down orders over the phone. You may be using a non-integrated payment system to swipe credit cards. But that means workflows that take extra time through a shift and at the end of the day. Modern customers want the convenience of online ordering and payment. And like customers always have, they still expect prompt service and their food served warm and tasty as ever.

With Pizza POS, you can streamline your operations to reduce waste. It’s a win for everyone: The more efficiency you can build into your business, the more successful you will be at keeping your customers and employees happier.

Pizza POS Features

Point of sale systems for pizzerias are unique among those for other restaurants and businesses because pizzerias are a different kind of operation. Pizzas are almost endlessly customizable in a way that other restaurants are not expected to deal with. How big of a pie does a customer want? Which certain toppings only go on which certain halves? It’s easy for a mix-up or misunderstanding to occur when relaying these orders verbally and recording them manually. Better to have a system that is designed and optimized for these specific kinds of orders. 

Pizza POS systems need to give your business these capabilities:  

  • Modify options for size and toppings on pizzas. When the menu changes, the system can easily adapt as well. 
  • Inventory management that lets you know exactly what you have, how much you use, so you never run out of ingredients while reducing food waste.
  • Online ordering to suit busy customers’ schedules and for added convenience.
  • Delivery management to provide your delivery drivers with directions and constant traffic updates to get them where they need to be on time. You can also let your customers know when their delivery is dispatched so they aren’t left guessing. 
  • Loyalty program features to keep your customers coming back by rewarding them for doing so. The right pizza POS system will allow you to digitally manage your customer accounts and rewards with ease. 
  • Customer relationship management (CRM) that allows you to optimize your sales and marketing campaigns, forecast future sales, and automate simple digital features to leave your staff more time for complex tasks. 
  • Integrated payments — no longer take that extra time at the end of the day to do your payment reports. 
  • Offline mode for business continuity, even if your network connection is interrupted
  • Reporting that provides you with visibility into what your customers are ordering, their preferred methods of payment, the times the rush comes in, and track labor hours and employee performance. 

Just What You Ordered

In this day and age, pizzerias face steep competition and small profit margins. To keep operating while making a profit, you need the ability to operate efficiently and build a base of loyal customers. When it comes to optimizing your business, in all specifics unique to pizzerias, pizza POS can help.

To learn more about point of sale systems that help pizzerias run efficiently and profitably, contact PlazSales

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