Many primary schools, secondary schools, teaching academies and businesses are realising the benefits of issuing pupils and staff with biometric swipe cards that are pre-paid in order to pay for food purchased from on-site school or staff cafe’s. These pre-paid card payment solutions are easy for users as they simply make online payments quickly and efficiently, which in turn helps minimise administration time. No longer do catering or accounts staff have to reconcile till payments at the end of each luncheon service.
When The Bemrose School decided to benefit from a new cashless catering system, they reached out to their IT Support Team at Link ICT to manage the project and procure the best cashless catering system for their needs. The VeriCool cashless catering solution offers flexibility how the software is run and hardware used, can mean huge cost savings, with options to host on a local server or in the cloud. The Vericool system has a comprehensive reporting package which means multiple locations can be linked and users can be offered a choice of dining room options if available.
Parents and employers also like the system because they have access to an integrated portal to make payments for lunches and school trips, pre-order food, log food allergies and offer meal deals.
These advantages combine to ensure stock control is accurate and can be easily managed.
The VeriCool system can also include a payment portal which provides each pupil and staff member with an individual log in to view their balance, past transactions and top up their account.
This user interface is fully customisable and offers full reporting on amount of money taken in the canteen and an email facility to notify employees when their balance is getting low
The benefits of cashless catering solutions eliminates cash from a school or workplace.
This helps to reduce the opportunity for bullying and removes stigma associated with free school meals as everyone is paying with the same card.
Employers and parents receive data on what people are choosing to eat which helps with diet management, as well as helps to plan menus and stock management.
The fact that cash is not having to exchange hands Improves speed of dinner service and biometric fingerprint profiling assists with identity management.
If your school would like to introduce a cashless catering payment system within its school dining room, Link ICT can help with procurement, project management and installation. Contact our team today.