In the dynamic world of food truck entrepreneurship, staying ahead of the curve is essential for success. From crafting mouthwatering dishes to delivering top-notch customer service, every aspect of the food truck business demands attention to detail. One area that is often overlooked but holds tremendous potential for streamlining operations and maximising revenue is the implementation of Point of Sale (POS) and Electronic Funds Transfer at Point of Sale (EFTPOS) systems. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the benefits of food truck POS and EFTPOS systems and the key considerations for implementation.

The Rise of Food Truck Culture

Food trucks have become an integral part of the culinary landscape in cities around the world. Offering diverse cuisines, unique dining experiences, and convenient access, food trucks cater to a broad customer base ranging from office workers seeking a quick lunch to festival goers craving delicious snacks. They’re even popping up at wedding venues as a cost effective and rustic catering option.

The versatility of being able to move to where customers congregate, and the attractive prospect of lower overheads means food trucks are enjoying a resurgence in New Zealand. Coffee carts are now being joined by food vendors offering delectable meals and beverages.

Enter Food Truck POS and EFTPOS Systems!

POS systems have revolutionised the way hospitality businesses transact, monitor orders, and interact with customers. These systems typically include software, and hardware components such as touchscreen displays (customer, vendor and/or kitchen facing), cash drawers and receipt printers. 

The newest addition to this bundle is the amazing outdoor mounted EFTPOS card reader which Eftpos Now is proud to offer their food truck and coffee cart clients. Very similar to the mounted EFTPOS terminals you might find in a drive-thru, these all-weather devices facilitate faster transactions and faster moving queues. Servers will no longer need to lean out of the cart/food truck window to customers, and customers avoid having to stand on tiptoe straining to see the EFTPOS terminal.

It’s a very innovative and simple solution and Eftpos Now can assist you with any questions you may have about renting and installing this technology.

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Benefits of Food Truck POS and EFTPOS Systems

1. Improved Efficiency

By employing food truck POS systems, food truck operators can streamline order-taking, payment processing, and inventory management. Integrated EFTPOS further enhances efficiency by reducing the time spent on cash transactions and minimises errors associated with manual payment processing.

2. Enhanced Customer Experience

Long gone are the days of customers waiting in line to place orders or fumbling for cash. Food truck POS and EFTPOS systems enable quick and convenient transactions, leading to shorter wait times and increased customer satisfaction. Additionally, features such as digital receipts and loyalty programs can help build customer loyalty and drive repeat business.

3. Real-time Reporting and Analytics

POS systems provide valuable insights into sales trends, popular menu items, and customer preferences. By leveraging real-time reporting and analytics, food truck operators can make data-driven decisions to help with menu creation, pricing decisions, seasonal demand, and supplier orders. Master the art of avoiding waste by reviewing seasonal sales and customer preferences.

4. Secure Payment Processing

EFTPOS systems utilise encryption and tokenisation technologies to ensure secure payment processing, protecting both customers’ sensitive information and the business’s financial assets. This enhanced security is particularly important in an era of increasing cybersecurity threats and data breaches.

5. Scalability and Customisation

Whether operating a single food truck or managing a fleet of mobile kitchens, POS and EFTPOS systems can be tailored to suit the unique needs of each business. From customisable menu layouts to multi-location inventory management, these systems offer scalability and flexibility to adapt to changing business requirements. This also extends to hardware where you might opt for both a server and kitchen-facing screen to further enhance communication and order handling.

6. Hygiene

Reduced handling of cash notes and coins means sales can be transacted easier and with less risk of contaminating hands, gloves, and surfaces.

7. Cash and More

Accept cash as well as all major debit and credit cards and watch/phone applications.


Food Truck POS Considerations for Implementation

While the benefits of POS and EFTPOS systems for food trucks are undeniable, successful implementation requires careful consideration of several factors:

1. Cost

Investing in a food truck POS and EFTPOS system will reap rewards if approached in the correct way. Eftpos Now can help you quickly settle on software and hardware that best suits your business needs. You will get a system that is appropriate for your workflow, staff numbers, customer base and budget. Don’t waste time trying to cobble together a POS and EFTPOS bundle from multiple suppliers when Eftpos Now is a one stop shop.

2. Compatibility

Before selecting a POS and EFTPOS solution for your food truck, it’s essential to ensure compatibility with existing hardware, such as tablets or existing software. Our preferred POS software is Idealpos which links to Xero seamlessly. If you don’t use Xero, we have a handy workaround which will make taxation and accounts a breeze.

3. Ease of Use

Food truck environments are fast-paced and often chaotic, requiring intuitive and user-friendly POS interfaces. Operators should prioritise systems that are easy to learn and navigate, minimising training time for staff and reducing the risk of errors during peak trading periods. With software and menus that resemble online ordering platforms and shopping carts, users will already be semi-proficient when it comes to navigating POS.

4. Reliability

Downtime can be costly for food truck businesses, especially during busy events or festivals. Choosing a reputable POS and EFTPOS provider with a track record of reliability and responsive customer support is essential to minimise disruptions and ensure smooth operations. Our helpdesk is available 24/7 so you’re never stranded.

5. Connectivity

A food truck is always going to have a power source to operate fryers, fridges, and coffee machines so with electricity on hand there is the potential to install a Wi-Fi router. This will provide the connection required to operate the POS and EFTPOS units. If the Wi-Fi connection is unstable, then our Portable POS option, Salespoint, would be a great alternative.

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A brand-new POS alternative

As you can tell, there is very little difference between installing POS in a food truck or coffee cart, and one based in a permanent position in a bricks and mortar store. If you are going to be working remotely and you have a small number of menu items, we have a great new offering which combines POS and an EFTPOS terminal, all on one hand-held device. Ask about our Salespoint terminals which utilise GPRS/SIM card technology to communicate wherever cell phone coverage is available and offers cloud-based analytics like its countertop counterparts.

This small but mighty portable terminal is worth looking into and is proving very popular in the marketplace.


In conclusion, integrating food truck POS and EFTPOS systems into your operations offers a myriad of benefits, ranging from improved efficiency and enhanced customer experience to real-time reporting and secure payment processing. By leveraging the power of modern technology, food truck entrepreneurs can streamline operations, drive revenue growth, and delight customers with exceptional service. Embracing POS and EFTPOS systems isn’t just about upgrading technology—it’s about empowering food truck businesses to thrive in an increasingly competitive market landscape.

The POS, Portable POS and mounted EFTPOS scanners are identical to anything offered in a retail/hospitality store on a strip or in a mall, so installation and implementation is super easy.

Ask Eftpos Now how we can elevate your food truck/coffee cart business to a new level of customer satisfaction!

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