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Square today launched a new app called "Square Dashboard," which aims to provide business owners with complete overviews of their businesses thanks to real-time data read-outs of various sales and analytic figures (via TechCrunch). The app sees Square's continued expansion away from its simple start as a third-party payment processor, and into a more widely used enterprise-focused software company.

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The app will allow business owners to track the sales figures of their business, and is even able to distinguish between individual locations for a franchised business. Users will be able to set dates and goals to meet, and compare items for sale, categories, and gross sales. Thanks to the app's ability to go back and see sales from previous weeks, months, and years, business owners can more easily track their busiest seasons or discover the cause behind a bump or decline in profit.

Speaking with TechCrunch, Sidecar Coffee owner Andy Fuchtman noted the new app succeeds in keeping him up-to-date on the daily goings-on of his business, and even provides useful glimpses into the most popular items on sale at the shop.
I use the data to help me build the schedule, to see if my ideas for the shop are working, and to help me understand the identity of my business. For example, it turns out that vanilla lattes were among our top five selling items almost every day this spring so I had my staff make and taste a vanilla latte every time they started their shift. I tried a cappuccino happy hour to promote our favorite drink to make, then I watched to see if it worked.
Business owners interested can download Square Dashboard for free today from Square's official website, after first creating a free Square account with the company.

Article Link: 'Square Dashboard' Gives Businesses Ability to Track Sales in Real-Time
 

ArtOfWarfare

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I use the data to help me build the schedule, to see if my ideas for the shop are working, and to help me understand the identity of my business. For example, it turns out that vanilla lattes were among our top five selling items almost every day this spring so I had my staff make and taste a vanilla latte every time they started their shift.

I don't understand. Why would you have your staff taste the same product every day?

I get requiring every employee to taste every item, or nearly every item, on the menu, so that they can make recommendations and know what goes into every item and what it should look and taste like when it's done right, but why would you have them taste it every day? That just seems like a waste of money. If it's meant to be a perk of working there, then I would think you'd let them try anything off the menu, not just a single item.
 

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I don't understand. Why would you have your staff taste the same product every day?

I get requiring every employee to taste every item, or nearly every item, on the menu, so that they can make recommendations and know what goes into every item and what it should look and taste like when it's done right, but why would you have them taste it every day? That just seems like a waste of money. If it's meant to be a perk of working there, then I would think you'd let them try anything off the menu, not just a single item.

That may be to help keep the consistency of making and taste of their top products.
 

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Does anyone know when square will upgrade to accept NFC payments like Apple Pay? I read a while back they were talking about it, but haven't heard since.
 

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I don't understand. Why would you have your staff taste the same product every day?

I get requiring every employee to taste every item, or nearly every item, on the menu, so that they can make recommendations and know what goes into every item and what it should look and taste like when it's done right, but why would you have them taste it every day? That just seems like a waste of money. If it's meant to be a perk of working there, then I would think you'd let them try anything off the menu, not just a single item.

Probably for consistency. Wouldn't you want something for free if your boss told you that you can have it?

I mean if I sold cars - I'd be rocking some nice vehicles every day haha
 
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