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About revenue centers

When you install a Toast POS system, you use a front of house floor plan to determine your main revenue-generating areas (dining room, bar, patio, ballroom, and so on). You also decide on the location of your Toast POS devices and determine what mode they will typically be used in (quick order, table service, payment terminal). For front of house areas where guests will be seated at tables and devices will be used in table service mode, you define service areas in the Toast POS system, and configure where tables are set up within the service area.

Revenue centers are an optional feature that give you the opportunity to identify and group revenue-generating areas for comparison and analysis. To identify meaningful revenue centers in your restaurant, you use information from your front of house floor plan to assign service areas, devices, and even specific tables to different revenue centers.

As a result of this flexible approach to defining revenue centers, it is possible that:

  • A table can be assigned to a revenue center and also be located in a service area that has a different revenue center.

  • A device can be assigned to a revenue center and also be used to place an order for a table that has a different revenue center assignment, or that is located in a service area with a different revenue center assignment.

In situations like these, where multiple revenue center assignments exist, the Toast POS system prioritizes the revenue center assignments that apply to each order to ensure that sales are reported only once, for just one of the revenue centers. When the system identifies multiple revenue center assignments, it prioritizes them as follows:

  1. Table

  2. Service area

  3. Device

For detailed examples of identifying revenue centers in a restaurant, see Identifying revenue centers.