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    Square POS & Bottle Deposits

    We use the Square POS in our taproom and recently started some small scale bottling. Does anyone have a suggestion for how to collect bottle deposits within the Square software? Right now I'm just adding up the bottles sold to figure the amount I need to set aside, but I can see that becoming cumbersome in the future. I considered adding a new item for a deposit, but that seems prone to bartenders forgetting to add to a sale. Any help?

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    Sorry I cant answer your question. But I would like to inquire about your experience with Square, would you recommend it for a 3BBL Brewery/Taproom? Focusing on in pint/growler sales.

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    We have a separate item for deposits. It requires that all staff remember to use it and we set it to bring up the amount entry so that we only have to enter a single item for the complete deposit. For returns we have a discount item. We make sure to enter the full deposit and the full return on each transaction. Occasionally we get bottle returns without a sale which means we take a note of the amount and deal with it off line so that our cash box matches.

    As for suitability for a 3Bbl taproom, it will do fine. Depends on what you are looking for. We use it in our taproom (12oz, flights, 4oz, ice-cream, coffee, retail items, bottle and growler sales). We don't use the Square processing as it does not include debit cards in Canada. Does not integrate with accounting software which makes for more work reconciling the books but as far as POS goes, it's fine.

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    Square works

    Quote Originally Posted by fluxgame View Post
    We use the Square POS in our taproom and recently started some small scale bottling. Does anyone have a suggestion for how to collect bottle deposits within the Square software? Right now I'm just adding up the bottles sold to figure the amount I need to set aside, but I can see that becoming cumbersome in the future. I considered adding a new item for a deposit, but that seems prone to bartenders forgetting to add to a sale. Any help?
    I use square for both the taproom and separate food business. I agree with later posts, you need to train and verify your employees are following procedures. I would set up an item for returns. Square also dumps into Quickbooks on the web. I have not done this yet because we have the two business and it would cost more than we have now but I do use square for time cards. Only enhancement I'd like to see is swiping cards to set up a ticket then charge to it at end of day if they walk out.

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    Square works well in our small tap room as well. As far as bottle deposits we have a button for the deposit right next to all the bottle sku buttons,and that button is highlighted a bright color. Also have a note taped to bar reminding people to add deposits as a backup. Gotta have it in your SOPs and train them as well. As far as returns we don't handle bottle returns, just the occasional growler return, and for that we treat it as a paid out, which keeps the drawer in check.


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