The Essential Blog

Should You Move to a Cloud-Based Point of Sale?

Posted by Michael Tash on Jun 11, 2018 12:17:11 PM

As technologies continue to move to the cloud, point of sale (POS) systems are following that trend and becoming increasingly cloud-based. Cloud-based POS systems can offer many advantages over the more traditional “hardwired” systems.

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Topics: POS Security, Point Of Sale Repair, Point Of Sale

Providing Online Ordering (OLO) Through Your POS System

Posted by Michael Tash on May 14, 2018 1:29:49 PM

Your customers enjoy many benefits from the option of ordering online. They save time and skip the line, while your employees can minimize error in preparing their meals.

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Driving Customer Loyalty Programs through your POS

Posted by Michael Tash on Apr 4, 2018 5:06:06 PM

Customer loyalty programs are essential to bringing back your most enthusiastic guests, again and again. The days of paper punch cards have passed, so how can you bring your business into the digital marketplace?

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Topics: Point Of Sale

Are You Leasing Your Credit Card Terminal?

Posted by Michael Tash on Mar 27, 2018 10:11:39 AM

Do you want to pay $2160 for a $300 terminal?  One of our customers did just that.  He had a $45 per month lease for 48 months on a credit card terminal that should have been purchased for about $300. 

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Topics: Credit Card Processing

5 Ways to Improve Your Yelp Listing

Posted by Michael Tash on Mar 6, 2018 3:07:44 PM

Yelp can be an intimidating place for business owners. Reviews can make or break a restaurant. Still, many restaurant owners still avoid Yelp— even though we know that whether you create a listing or your guests do, you can’t avoid Yelp any longer.

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Topics: Restaurant tips and tricks

Third Party Online Ordering Fees: Are They Worth It?

Posted by Michael Tash on Feb 20, 2018 2:52:53 PM

Third-party online ordering systems can be helpful to businesses. They generate sales, and even new customers, and can be convenient for restaurants. But at what costs?

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Topics: Online Ordering

Essential Employee Spotlight, Scott Fuller-Logistical Operations Manager

Posted by Heather Leekins on Jul 7, 2017 1:21:52 PM

Not All Superheroes Wear A Cape

Scott Fuller is the Logistical Operations Manager here at Essential Systems Solutions and in this position Scott is responsible for running the warehouse, ensuring that the incoming POS equipment and materials from suppliers are in good order and properly stored.  He ensures that the all outgoing customer orders leave in the right quantities and in good condition.

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Topics: Company Culture

Essential Employee Spotlight, Judy Manahan-Controller

Posted by Heather Leekins on May 23, 2017 3:54:21 PM

Judy Manahan is company controller here at Essential Systems Solutions andas the Controller and head of the accounting department for the company, Judy Manahan oversees cash management and risk management for the company. She is responsible for the company's financial statements, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and budgeting. If you’ve ever met or talked with Judy, one of the first things you’ll notice is that she is committed to this company and making Essential the premier POS technology company on the East Coast.
Judy loves her job, but who is the REAL Judy Manahan? We asked Judy 9 questions and this is how she answered.

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Topics: Company Culture

Ransomware...Don’t Let It Cost You Money You Don’t Have.

Posted by Heather Leekins on May 17, 2017 1:19:09 PM

Last Friday, a huge ransomware attack began in Europe, Japan, China and is still lingering. The WannaCry software has locked thousands of computers in more than 150 countries. Users are confronted with  a screen demanding payment in order to restore their files.

 Ransomware is a very fast growing and threatening type of malware attack. Everyone is a target, no matter how large or small your company is. Large companies like Target, T.J. Maxx, and Home Depot, have been attacked and had their customer data compromised. But what about smaller businesses? 1 in 5 small businesses hit by a ransomware attack are forced to close their doors. They just aren't able to afford the payment demands and have lost years of company data.

Download! 7 Tips to Defeat Ransomware

Luckily, Friday's the attack was thwarted before it could hit every state in the U.S., but it's not over.  The attackers will realize how they were stopped, they’ll change the code, and start again. Your POS software and firewall updates are urgent right now.  Your POS solutions provider can make these updates. There are solutions available to help you safeguard your POS system and your biusiness. The cost to protect yourself from a threat can be far lower than the cost in time & money of losing your data, and not being able to serve your customers or potentially having to rebuild your IT infrastructure.  Download our "7 Tips to Defeat Ransomware" for additional information.  Just one tip could save your business. 

 

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Topics: POS Security, Industry Information

Mastercard Is Changing Their Numbers, It Will Impact Your Business.

Posted by Heather Leekins on May 10, 2017 1:27:11 PM

All merchant POS (Point of Sale) terminals, credit card processing systems, webpage checkout software, and anywhere a Mastercard card number is accepted or housed, must be 2-series ready by June 2017.

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Topics: Industry Information