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Point of Sale and Chinese Menu’s

Thanks in large part to today’s global economy many businesses need multi-language support from their point of sale system whether it’s due to location, clientele, or just stems from the want to grow internationally, multi-language support from a point of sale system is no longer an option, it’s a necessity for businesses worldwide. With many international clients Cafe Cartel Systems is perfectly positioned to help you with multi-language support for your point of sale system.

Chinese Menu's in Point of Sale

CCS makes it simple to toggle between languages on your menu with an easily accessible alt language button built right in to the POS software and supports languages such as: Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, and Russian, among others. Ordered items will be displayed with both the English name and the name of the alternate language you select, all while supporting up to three languages at the same time. You can also select the seat number for each item ordered making it even easier to keep track of which customer ordered which item when the server returns to deliver the food. CCS really does make setting up multiple languages in your POS software a breeze.

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See this handy instructional video on how to set up Chinese in your system today.

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How to Get Ahead of Vape Store Competitors

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There is a strong following for vape products and flavors, but there is even a bigger market size of people that are on the rise to join in. Since vaping in general is a product of from this decade, customers are not as familiar or have not been able to test out different flavors on the market. Likewise, there number of e juices are constantly increasing from different flavors and brands. This is great opportunity for your vape shop to seize customers by offering in-store tastings.


Customers will enjoy the interactive environment of talking about their vape experiences and trying new ones. Also, you can promote certain flavors and brands that are new or popular. Customers will appreciate the ability to try products, and in return will be more inclined to buying a flavor after they have enjoyed the tastings.


By setting up this service, it turns new customers into likely returning ones. Customers will have incentive to come back to try other flavors or to continue purchasing the one they enjoyed.


Tips for Setting Up Tastings:


In order for this to be a success, people need to know of your service.   Use your social media platforms to touch base with your customers about this availability. Also use these sources to keep customers updated on the new flavors that are available for tasting.


Set-up your bar and lounge to have enough space. You do not want customers bumping into one another and instead allow them to enjoy the flavors.  Also, the customer service must be on point. This means the seller must be very friendly and attentive to each specific customer. Observing people is important, some will like to engage in a conversation while other would rather be left alone to decide what they like and want for themselves.


Of course this is a major concern for mouth tasting products. Here you have two options to use. First, you can encourage customers to bring in their own mouthpiece- which customers will prefer as well. If customers are not equipped with a mouthpiece, this can also be a source of vapor product sales where you customers can purchase one on the spot. The second alternative is to have pipewipes that are cheap disposable cleaning cloths to wipe down and disinfect the mouthpiece. This is not the recommended source, but should be readily available- especially first time customers or vape users.


 Get started to increase your customer base today!

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How to Control and Manage Inventory by Recipe

For restaurants and bars, management and strict inventory control is vital. With the competitive prices of purchasing supplies and competitive prices of selling your product, there is no room for excess waste and avoidable mistakes. Gross margins are slimming down and inventory needs to tighten up to maximize profits.


– step 1: keep a detailed track of all inventory used during operations.  For bars this would be the amount of each bottle that is poured out for each drink, for restaurants it is all of the food ingredients that are needed for each recipe.

– step 2:  use the collected data to control and limit waste so that you decrease your product cost and earn more from your customer’s payments.


Goal: To optimize waste products by having a set system for preparing the meal, controlling the amount of ingredients used, analyzing usage results and determining and setting reorder points; all in an efficient manner.


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  • Input all of your initial inventory and their prices
  • Add all of the recipes and how much servings of each ingredient will be used
  • Also include additional notes for making the product- to make each recipe consistent
  • Use the POS system for customer orders/transactions
  • The recipes and precise amounts will show up to the cooks
  • At the end of a trial period, see what recipes were ordered the most, and what ingredients were used to decide the optimal reordering point to save money on excess products or from understocking.


The control of current inventory, use of measured supplies, analysis reports and set reordering points will allow the business to run in its full potential.


Alternative Coffee Shop Business: Diversification

photodune-1618560-coffee-xs-300x199The US coffee market is an 18 billion dollar industry, where 2014 showed had over 20,000 running coffee shops across the US.

With such a hot market with high competition and almost no barriers to entry, coffee shops must implement a successful strategy to differentiate itself in order to gain market share.


With coffee shops being ubiquitous, differentiation is key to succeed in this industry. Top players such a Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts have seen the success and of their business and have established a strong brand presence with a loyal following. Customers experience little to no switching cost, so get your coffee shop to obtain some of the market share through these innovative ideas:


A coffee shop in 2014 provides more than just coffee. What makes you different?

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Change up the mood and setting of your place. Decide on what kind of theme you want to have in your coffee shop. Take in mind decorations, music, lighting and interior design.  Your atmosphere creates your culture. Most importantly when choosing a setting, make sure it is a comfortable and friendly environment for people to meet up, chat and enjoy their coffee.



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Majority of the customers will enter before 11 Am to get their morning caffeine. Play around with other food items that will match these customers. Consider including a fresh bakery where baked goods are made every morning.  Other great breakfast items can be oatmeal, granola, yogurt and fresh squeezed juices added to the menu.  When business slows down during lunch time hours, increase revenue by providing specialty drinks, sandwich and salads to encourage more sales. Whatever you add, make sure it is either a different product from local competitors or tops them in quality.


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If you are a smaller operating coffee shop competing primary with the large chains, try to get your community involved to support your shop instead. You can promote cultural events such as art displays, movie premieres,  live music nights or other interactive ideas.

Create special day events to promote families to come in like “Family Coffee Sunday” where families can enjoy discounts. This will also bring in more people at once and allow customers to interact with each other and bond at your shop.


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Whether you have different loyalty cards, gift options, promotions or even a whole new paying system it will intrigue customers. Take for example a self-serve coffee shop in North Dakota that lets customers physically get their own coffee and choose how much they want to pay for it. This risky move of using an “honor system” has paid off where customers have been seen to be an average of 15% more generous than paying for a normal costing drink.

    Other store differentiations can include cool apps or special services. For example you can offer customers the option of calling in or placing an order through an app or online to pick up coffee at a certain time to avoid long waits and lines. Analyze your surrounding community to see what needs they have and what services they would value in a coffee shop.


    Do something eye catching that your neighboring coffee shop does not provide.  Perhaps you can add a temporary or consistent artisan that will make special designs in your coffee. These can be requested by customers to add a fun element to coffee. Another options is to include a servant to come around and refill customers that stay at your shop with free black coffee. Other options are to include some mini contests where you show off the winner and offer gifts to encourage future participation from others.



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Best Breakfast Smoothie and Juice Must Haves

Whether it is 6 AM or 8 AM, customers are at the door ready to buy a smoothie or juice to start their day. For the early morning starters, customers want a nutritious version of coffee to give them a healthy and tasty boost to their morning.

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In your menu, you want to offer fresh squeezed juices, energy boosts and whole-hearted smoothies with all of the nutrients that customers like.  Let’s start with the juices offer pure juices of one fruit or vegetable

  • example 1: apple juice, orange juice, carrot juice

offer tasty juice mixes of fruit and veggies:

  • example: 1. apples and kale
  • example 2: carrots and oranges
  • example 3: pineapple, spinach and mint

offer the special juices(make fun names):

  • example: 1. “tropical thunder”: cucumbers, fig, pineapple and strawberries
  • example 2: “wildberry”: blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, banana and kale

offer drinks of the health fanatics:

  • example 1: “green-goers”: kale, cucumber, spinach and lemon juice
  • example 2: apples, romaine lettuce, mint in carrot juice

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mix and match to create healthy options for your customers (or even offer them to make custom smoothies)

  • apples
  • raspberries
  • bananas
  • oranges
  • lemons
  • kiwi
  • melon
  • cherries
  • strawberries
  • chia seeds
  • flaxseeds
  • pineapple
  • low-fat yogurt
  • almond milk
  • soy milk
  • 2% milk
  • coconut water
  • honey
  • ginger

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These are great starters for healthier breakfast options that you want to incorporate into your smoothies or juices to give your customers and your business sales a morning boost.  Use a point of sale software to monitor all of your inventory to know your reorder point for fruits, vegetables or juices.  Your POS system will show the analysis of which drinks and ingredients are the most popular for breakfast so that you have better control over inventory, turnover and sales.

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Alternative Coffee Shop Business: Suspended Coffee

Suspended coffees have quickly grown in popularity. The idea of a simple act of kindness to buy1536731_575812622513760_1252572853_n someone in need a coffee was a genius idea.  Not only do customers feel good about their purchases, but business owners create an appealing brand image and also make great profits from it.


Here’s how it works:

Customers come in and purchase their coffee. At the register they have the option to buy another coffee for someone else that is in need. The cashier then “suspends” this coffee by keeping it in the inventory system and does not remove it until it is used.

What that means for someone looking for some coffee is that they must walk  up to the cashier and ask if there are any available. If there is a suspended coffee, that customer can take it and then that coffee is taken off the list of “suspended coffees”. This community building idea allows people that are living through financial difficulties to come to enjoy a coffee, meanwhile the buyer feels good about themselves that they are helping and making an impact.


When this concept was implemented you can only imagine how quickly word of mouth and social media spread about this model.  All of the positive feedback endorsed the store’s program to get more people to come and participate in the generosity.  Their Facebook page saw 20,000 likes under an 8 hour time period.


Such an idea is a fantastic way to differentiate a coffee house from the large chains.


With fierce competition from large chain coffee shops such as Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts, small shops need to find alternative way to compete with the top dogs.  Small coffee shop business must find a niche market, adapt to a location’s environment, have a unique atmosphere and/or products or create another sort of benefit for a customer to choose them over the leading brands. Suspended coffee is a great example of how to bring in revenues, improve customer’s satisfaction and differentiating your business from others.


Tune in next week as we list other innovative ideas of how to separate your coffee shop from your competition.


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Taco Tuesday’s Must-Have Summer Recipes

image.w174h200f3Taco Tuesdays are great celebrations to enjoy tacos and margaritas! A rush of people will come in after work to grab Mexican food that comes with great deals. Here are some must-have-recipes for your restaurants during Taco Tuesday:


Many customers will come to socialize with friends or a date. Let’s focus on the key food items to suite their meal.




Ingredients (For a 2 cup serving) :

  • 2 avocados
  • 1 tomato
  • ½ onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons of cilantro
  • 1 lime
  • salt and pepper



Peel the avocado and cut it into chunky pieces. In a bowl, add the avocado chunks and the chopped up the tomato, onions and cilantro.  Next you will add the minced garlic clove and squeeze the lime juice.  Carefully mush and mix everything together. Then add salt and pepper to your taste.  Make sure to not over mix, you want to be able to feel avocado chunks in the guacamole.  Cool for at least 20 minutes and you are ready to serve.

CHIPS AND SALSA are a classic with any meal:

Ingredients(Serving size: 3 cups) :

    • 2 cups of chopped tomatoes
    • ½ bunch of cilantro leaves
    • 1 jalapeno (seeds removed)
    • ⅓ cup of bell pepperchips-and-salsa
    • 1 tablespoon of lime juice
    • ⅔ cups of chopped onion
    • salt and pepper


Directions: Stir everything together gently.  Mix well. Then refrigerate for 20 minutes.


Ingredients (Serving Size: 12) :

    • tortilla chips
    • 1 pound of beef
    • 2 cups of beans
    • 2 cups shredded cheeseNachos
    • 1 diced jalapeno
    • 1 diced onion
    • 1 cup salsa
    • 1 cup sour cream
    • 1 cup guacamole
    • salt and pepper

Directions: Depending on what kind of beef or ingredients you use you will want to oven it differently so adjust to your specialty recipe. The key is to have your own recipe that differentiates you from generic tacos, so play around with it. These ingredients are your basics, but feel free to add others such as corn, guacamole, chicken etc.

Meals: TACOS

Ingredients (Serving Size: 4 Tacos):

  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, halved lengthwiseernesto-tacos
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 8 (6 inch) flour tortillas


Directions:  Use 8, 6 inch, flour tortillas to wrap these ingredients in. Then get creative by making fish combinations, beef and chicken. Change up the recipe for each taco so that your customers will want to try them all!


Here is a simple Margarita recipe that can be your base. With this recipe you can play around with it to make different flavors (syrups) or add different liquors to it.



Ingredients (Serving Size: 1) :

  • 1.5 oz. silver tequilamargarita
  • 1 oz. Cointreau or Triple Sec
  • 1/2 oz. lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon of syrup (optional)
  • salt rim

Directions: Pour all of the ingredients into an ice-shaker. Shake well until drink is chilled. Serve on a salt rim glass.

Now you are ready to take on the hungry Tuesday night crowd. Just remember, you will have a lot of customers, so give them so good deals to enjoy with the fantastic food.


pepperAnd now.. vamos a comer!!


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