Groupon's Breadcrumb Adds Inventory Management (And More)

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Groupon's Breadcrumb announced today that it has updated its iPad POS app to include new inventory management features, and some other stuff. The update, the company says, is based on conversations with hundreds of merchants and insights gained from over 10 million menu items sold with the offering.

In the inventory management area, the app adds "seamless uploading" of new and existing menu items and inventory counts to all Breadcrumb terminals. It also displays how much is let of a specific menu item, which the company says is ideal for venues with large, but limited wine lists or daily fish specials. Breadcrumb says this also facilitates easier tracking of food costs.

There are also some expanded features for delivery businesses in the update. For example, it integrates caller ID functionality without additional hardware. It also includes faster phone order entry by automatically pulling up customers' addresses and saving them in the system for future use. Users can also import/export customer data.

Finally, the update includes improved tip application and monitoring. It prints recommended tip amounts on receipts, permits venues to track declared server tips, and adds an automatic gratuity based on party size.

"Our venues never want to be in the awkward position of promising something to a customer that they don't have," says Breadcrumb founder Seth Harris. "Among other important upgrades, Breadcrumb 1.4 displays what's in stock in real time, so operators can provide a better customer experience."

About a month ago, Breadcrumb launched its AirLift emergency parts replacement service. More on that here.

Chris Crum
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