POS systems should complement your business, not stand in the way of customers. For a food truck, this typically means features that help process sales quickly and manage orders between customers in a queue.

Mobile food truck POS systems rarely require floor plans, reservations or a complicated food menu. It is also common just to manage one truck, not many, so it’s enough for the software to suit just one location. That being said, there are scalable multi-food truck POS systems too.

Of the many till systems in the UK, only few brands of mobile POS for food trucks are great for the price. Most of them only work on iPad, but some are Android-compatible too. Let’s compare them.

Food truck POS system Till cost* Best for Website
iZettle Food & Drink £29/mo Quick-service food trucks on a budget
TouchBistro £49/mo Complex inventory & self-service ordering
Square £0+/mo Hard-up food trucks with multiple sales channels
Lightspeed Restaurant £59+/mo Breadth of food & order management features
Goodtill £29+/mo Useful add-on features for e.g. delivery & collections
Loyverse £0+/mo Popular free POS system for simpler operations

*Excluding VAT.

Food
truck
POS
Best for Site
iZettle Food & Drink Quick-service food trucks on a budget
TouchBistro Complex inventory & self-service ordering
Square Hard-up food trucks with multiple sales channels
Lightspeed Restaurant Breadth of food & order management features
Goodtill Useful add-on features for e.g. delivery & collections
Loyverse Popular free POS system for simpler operations

iZettle Food & Drink – food truck POS app built for speed

Best for: Budget-conscious food trucks

Pricing: £29 + VAT/mo per till

Compatibility: iPad

Pros: Easy to use, records wasted orders, works smoothly with iZettle Reader

Cons: No offline mode, no Android app, not that many features

iZettle Food & Drink is a new POS system for small eateries in the UK. From the outset, it looks pretty simple, but it has essential features for food trucks and no complicated extras that full-service restaurants would want. The software works on iPad only and costs £29 + VAT per month with no contractual commitment.

iZettle Food & Drink POS with iZettle Reader.

The POS features include inventory management with modifiers, options and portion sizes, stock counts, detailed sales analytics, end-of-day reports and staff management. The till interface is straightforward and built for speed, i.e. buttons are a good size to avoid typing errors and there are not too many buttons to confuse you.

Card payments are accepted through iZettle Reader for 1.75% per transaction (no other payment processors can be connected). You can also accept cash, payments on account and payment links for remote transactions.

iZettle Food & Drink costs
Software licence per iPad £29 + VAT/mo
iZettle Reader payments 1.75% per transaction
iZettle Food &
Drink costs
Software licence per iPad £29 + VAT/mo
iZettle Reader payments 1.75% per transaction

The Food & Drink POS system comes with customer support on working days between 8am-8pm and weekends between 9am-6pm. Generally, iZettle gets good reviews in the UK, but some users report slow responses.

What about downsides? There is no offline mode, which could be bad news for merchants with bad WiFi/mobile connectivity. You should therefore aim to have a good internet setup – or backup connection – in place at your food truck.

Payment integration: iZettle

Can you try before you buy? Yes, you can get the first 3 months’ subscription for free without commitment if subscribing by 30th September 2020.

TouchBistro – for advanced food truck operations

Best for: Advanced but user-friendly

Pricing: £49 + VAT/mo

Compatibility: iPad

Pros: Easy to use, highly rated support, advanced menu & order management

Cons: Customer loyalty features extra cost, no Android compatibility, 1-year commitment

TouchBistro’s POS system is excellent for most single-location food establishments, from busy full-service restaurants to food service trucks. The system has a wealth of features for complex operations, but suits simpler businesses just as well. The interface is user-friendly with not too much clutter, and settings are easy to get around even for first-timers.

The POS system costs a monthly fee of £49 + VAT for the first iPad licence (£45 + VAT monthly for the second iPad), but you do commit to a minimum of 12 months with TouchBistro if you decide to proceed from the free trial.

Image: TouchBistro

TouchBistro POS system for food trucks

TouchBistro has many food truck features and works in both portrait and landscape formats.

The POS system is great for food trucks with a larger food menu, as there are quite a lot of settings that can be applied to each product, menu, order etc. For instance, you can track ingredients, analyse costs versus profits, monitor cooking times and track stock levels. At the same time, employee accounts can have tailored till permissions. You can also add a self-ordering screen to bust those queues waiting to get their orders in.

TouchBistro includes features for takeaway and pick-ups, but you can also integrate it with delivery platforms like Deliveroo and Uber Eats.

TouchBistro costs
Software licence for first iPad £49 + VAT/mo
Loyalty features From £29 + VAT/mo
TouchBistro
costs
Software licence for first iPad £49 + VAT/mo
Loyalty features From £29 + VAT/mo

The TouchBistro app only works on iPad, not Android tablets, but it works smoothly offline if the internet should get patchy. Card transactions typically require a WiFi or 3G/4G connection, but that depends in part on the card machine.

You get 24/7 customer service by telephone, chat or email with TouchBistro. The customer support is generally highly rated and there’s a good resource section online to answer most queries.

Payment integration: Barclaycard, Paymentsense, Square

Can you try before you buy? Yes, TouchBistro offers a 7-day free trial and a further 21 days’ trial after creating an account.

Square Point of Sale – good free POS & payment features

Best for: Simplicity and integrated sales channels

Pricing: Free

Compatibility: iPad, Android

Pros: Expandable to restaurant system, user-friendliness, no ongoing cost

Cons: Only for Square terminals, no evening or weekend support

Square appeals to many startups and new food businesses with small budgets and an uncertain future. The Square Point of Sale app is free to use, has no lock-in contract and comes with several free payment tools ideal for multi-channel businesses. You also have the option to upgrade the POS system to Square for Restaurants with additional features ideal for multi-till locations with a kitchen.

The free Point of Sale software works on iPad, iPhone and Android devices. Some things may work offline, but you should have a reliable WiFi or mobile connection to accept card payments for sure.

Photo: Square

Square Point of Sale app

Square Point of Sale is a great place to start at a low cost.

It has features to manage inventory and orders (incl. modifiers, options, categories), employees and customers. You can sell and accept gift cards, send invoices and payment links and take payments over the phone. Your business can link to an online store, food delivery services and much more through third-party integrations.

The system works with Square Reader for card transactions, but can also be connected with Square Terminal if you have a secure WiFi connection (it doesn’t work with 3G). Square Terminal has a large touchscreen showing the Square POS interface with nearly all the same features as the tablet app, but cannot connect with a tablet till directly, so it is better to use that on its own.

Square POS costs
Square Point of Sale app Free
Card reader payments 1.75% per transaction
Square POS
costs
Square Point of Sale app Free
Card reader payments 1.75% per transaction

All Square transactions are settled in your bank account within 1-2 working days. For an extra cost of 1% per transaction, you can receive payments immediately via the Instant Transfers feature.

Point of Sale only includes customer support on weekdays between 9am-5pm. To get 24/7 support, you’ll have to subscribe to Square for Restaurants Plus.

Payment integration: Square

Can you try before you buy? The Square Point of Sale app is free to use indefinitely – you only pay for transactions.

Lightspeed Restaurant – many features for the price

Best for: Advanced features for managing your food business

Pricing: From £59 + VAT/mo

Compatibility: iPad

Pros: Advanced hospitality features, very adaptable system, good customer support

Cons: Many features mostly relevant to restaurants, offline mode requires Liteserver

Lightspeed Restaurant is a feature-rich POS system for restaurants primarily, but food carts could benefit from its detailed hospitality features. It has detailed staff permissions, ingredient-tracking, in-depth sales reports and advanced menu, order and food management options.

There are options to add a self-order menu app, which is a great way to accept socially distanced orders and payments while you just focus on preparing the food. A separate customer-facing display can also be added, showing transactions, offers and anything else you want customers to read while waiting.

Image: Lightspeed

Lightspeed food truck POS

Lightspeed Restaurant has a lot of advanced features for food operations.

The POS system integrates with online ordering systems like Uber Eats and Deliveroo. Lightspeed also has its own ecommerce platform synced to your food and sales system.

The till software works on iPad only and requires an ongoing internet connection to run and accept card payments. It can work offline, but that requires a special server (Liteserver) costing several hundred pounds – or you can use a WiFi booster to ensure a more stable internet connection.

Lightspeed Restaurant costs
Software licence per iPad £59 + VAT/mo (annual billing)
£79 + VAT/mo (monthly billing)
Liteserver for offline mode Around £500
Lightspeed
Restaurant
costs
Software licence per iPad £59 + VAT/mo (annual billing)
£79 + VAT/mo (monthly billing)
Liteserver for offline mode Around £500

Every subscription includes round-the-clock support every day of the week. Once subscribed, you get a free onboarding session to help you get started with the software.

Subscriptions are paid monthly or annually and there is no minimum contract period. The first iPad licence costs £59 + VAT per month if you choose the annual plan and pay for the year upfront. Paying monthly can cost £79 + VAT, so it’s certainly not the cheapest system – but it’s clear why when you see the myriads of restaurant features.

Payment integrations: iZettle, Paymentsense, SumUp

Can you try before you buy? Yes, there’s a free 14-day trial without lock-in.

Goodtill – starts cheap, with modular add-ons

Best for: Affordable feature customisations

Pricing: From £29 + VAT/mo

Compatibility: iPad

Pros: Good user experience, online ordering, choice of third-party integrations

Cons: Extra modules add to costs, no Android compatibility

Goodtill is an adaptable, user-friendly POS system for iPad. Food trucks may be able to stick to its core features intended for most kinds of businesses – or add some of the optional modules for food and drink.

You basically subscribe to a Core POS Module (£29 + VAT/month) that includes general POS and reporting features. If needed, you add optional modules (£9-£29 + VAT/month each) with advanced, specialised functions for inventory management, customer loyalty, hospitality and more.

Image: App Store

The Goodtill POS app is intuitive with just the right features for a food truck.

The core-module software will suffice for many small food trucks, so whether you need more is up to the complexity of your food services. Core features include ingredient-tracking, product management, detailed sales reports, self-checkout mode and some loyalty tools.

The till interface is intuitive without too much clutter. You can actually tailor the food menu with different button sizes, images and colours to improve the user experience.

Goodtill costs
Core POS module £29 + VAT/mo per iPad licence
Optional modules:
Hospitality, Customer-Facing Display
£9 + VAT/mo each
Optional modules:
Advanced Stock, Advanced Promotions, Loyalty
£18 + VAT/mo each
Optional module:
Business Analytics
£29 + VAT/mo
Goodeats online orders 5% per online transaction
No monthly cost
Goodtill
costs
Core POS module £29 + VAT/mo per iPad licence
Optional modules:
Hospitality, Customer-Facing Display
£9 + VAT/mo each
Optional modules:
Advanced Stock, Advanced Promotions, Loyalty
£18 + VAT/mo each
Optional module:
Business Analytics
£29 + VAT/mo
Goodeats online orders 5% per online transaction
No monthly cost

The system can be integrated with one of five card processors including iZettle and Barclaycard, and it can also integrate with third-party software like QuickBooks, Xero and WooCommerce. The Goodeats integration for online orders is free, but online transactions cost a fee of 5%.

Subscriptions require a year’s commitment, but there may be exceptions if you get in touch with Goodtill. Customer service is generally well-regarded, but Goodtill does not disclose their opening hours, so you can’t expect support round the clock.

Payment integrations: Barclaycard, iZettle, Paymentsense, SumUp, Square

Can you try before you buy? You can book a free demo or trial of the software by completing Goodtill’s contact form.

Loyverse – good features for a free POS system

Best for: Food carts on a budget

Pricing: Free (optional add-ons available)

Compatibility: iPad, Android

Pros: Free software, customer loyalty features, 24/7 chat & phone support

Cons: Can’t expand system beyond Loyverse’s own software, not the most user-friendly

Loyverse is similar to Square Point of Sale, as it is entirely free to use and works on both Android tablets and iPad. The till system is suitable for retail and hospitality alike – and for many mobile food trucks, the range of features is just perfect.

The free software has a range of features for inventory, staff management, sales reporting and customer loyalty. You can even reward customers with loyalty points to be redeemed at your food truck. The till interface is fairly user-friendly, but takes a little bit of getting used to.

Image: Loyverse

Loyverse POS

Loyverse has simple, general POS features suitable for food operations.

There are two add-on modules available at a monthly or annual cost: one with extra features for employee management and another for advanced inventory.

A downside of Loyverse is that you can’t integrate the system with any external software for e.g. accounting or online ordering. This is why Loyverse is generally recommended as a cheap starting point for small businesses, with the prospect of later changing it to something more scalable. As a food truck, however, you might never need anything more advanced than Loyverse.

Loyverse costs*
Loyverse POS – Point of Sale app Free
Loyverse CDS – Customer Display app Free
Loyverse Dashboard app Free
Employee management add-on £5/mo per employee (pay-monthly)
£40/yr per employee (pay-yearly)
Advanced inventory add-on £20/mo (pay-monthly)
£200/yr (pay-yearly)
Loyverse
costs
Loyverse POS – Point of Sale app Free
Loyverse CDS – Customer Display app Free
Loyverse Dashboard app Free
Employee management add-on £5 + VAT/mo per employee (pay-monthly)
£40 + VAT/yr per employee (pay-yearly)
Advanced inventory add-on £20 + VAT/mo (pay-monthly)
£200 + VAT/