What is a KDS?
With an advanced point of sale system, using technology to support a fast and efficient kitchen operation is an important part of a complete solution. In the past, the technology most commonly employed has been a kitchen printer – a dedicated device passing orders from the floor directly to the kitchen. More and more we are seeing kitchens embrace KDS technology – for a variety of reasons.
Kitchen Display Screens (KDS) or Kitchen Video Screens (KVS) are simple monitors or touch screens that replace the traditional kitchen printer. They are a digital order viewer displaying orders from the floor instantly on the screen.
How do they work?
A SwiftPOS KDS can be configured in different modes to suit the service environment:
There are also multi-screen modes where stations can ‘Bump’ their order from their station, while the chef master screen or pass screen shows the full list of items coming from all stations.
The SwiftPOS KDS comes with light and dark modes, bump and serve options for “Order Ready” screens, automatic paging from bump, customisable colours, item bump, course bump and table bump. In addition, the analytics reporting shows kitchen KPIs like including “Time to make” stats.
Benefits of a KDS
Kitchen printers are a simple and reliable technology, but Kitchen Display Screens has distinct advantages including:
A well-configured KDS will improve prep time and accuracy, reduce waste, improve kitchen operations overall, and give your customers a better experience at your venue.
By Rohan Genn – MSL Solutions