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Aloha POS: FAQs


Audience:

Operators, Technical Teams, Account Managers, Engineers, & Product Teams

Description: 

This article is iterative and lists the most common FAQs we get from brands that are using Olo with integration to Aloha POS.

FAQs

 

1. Do my guests get charged tax from Olo or from Aloha?

  • Aloha is the final authority on charging tax thru a function called "Tax Validation". The tax that shows in Olo during the process of building a basket is called an "Estimation". Once moving on to Checkout, Aloha POS responds with the correct tax according to the rules in Aloha.

2. Where does pricing in Olo come from?

  • If the automatic updater is on, Olo pulls prices from the POS that are initially shown to the guest while building their basket.
  • There are multiple places in the database that are considered that include: item price, modifier button price, price change, quick combo pricing.
  • If for some reason, the price reflected while building the basket is not the desired price, POS will send the correct price back to the guest on Checkout similar to the tax validation mentioned in Question #1.

3. What do I need to configure in Aloha to support Discounts from Olo?

  • Olo supports the use of Open Dollar Comps for our discounts. They are to be mapped using the Comp record ID with "c" as a prefix. For example, if you are using Comp 123, the reference would be c123.
    • These are user for either $ off Discounts in Olo or % off Discounts in Olo (where Olo calculates the percentage and then sends that value down to POS to the open dollar Comp).
  • Olo supports the use of Promo Type "Check reduction" for our discounts. They are to be mapped using the Record ID with no prefix. For example, if you are using  Promo 123, the reference would be 123.
    • These are to be used only with specified/predefined $ off Discounts and the items on the check must be eligible in POS within the definitions of that Check Reduction Promo.

4. How do I control printing in Aloha POS?

  • All print routing rules in Aloha are followed by the interface employee, interface terminal and applied order mode just as they would for any other employee, terminal or order mode in POS. If an item is not printing where you want it to, your item routing is likely the root cause.

5. What is an interface terminal?

  • An interface terminal is a terminal in Aloha that is not visible like a physical terminal in the FOH. It is a terminal that runs virtually in the background and is dependent on the proper function of the FOH with a running master terminal.

6. What is an interface employee?

  • An interface employee is an employee that acts just like a regular FOH employee in Aloha that is not visible like a real person. It is an employee that logs in and performs action on the interface terminal for order entry. 

7. What does POS Order Ready with a red dot mean on the Aloha Dashboard?

  • It means that the interface terminal (Iber/Iberqs) is not fully booted to a "floating terminal" status (identified in the Olo log as "AlohaPOS Controller Ready").

8. What does Connected mean in the Olo Dashboard?

  • Connected means that the OloAlohaService was able to properly reach our server in the cloud and authenticate the account for that specific location. 

9. Why did my store get disabled automatically? 

  • Stores will get disabled automatically if an error is received back from POS 5 times consecutively without any successful requests.

10. Why do I need to set up multiple Order Modes setup in Aloha?

  • Olo in its simplest form only needs one Order Mode to get orders committed to POS for Online Ordering. However, if your business requires use of the features Aloha associates with Order Modes (like Revenue Center Reporting, Service Charges, Print Routing, etc.), then there are usually reasons to use a different Order Mode for Delivery or Curbside (for example).

11. Can credit cards be separated into individual tenders?

  • Olo in its simplest form only needs one Tender to submit prepaid orders to Aloha (via a "general" tender type). However, if your business requires that prepaid order tenders are split up by Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express, then an additional "general" tender will be required for each.
  • The difference with these above store payments is that they are processed above store and are, therefore, not part of your credit card batch through EDC, but they will be on your Payment Detail Report in Aloha.

12. Where will I see tips from guests on my checks once they are in POS?

  • Tips will be allowed by the Aloha general tender type described in Question #11 (must be configured in POS this way). As a result, the tip will be part of the tender on the check in POS just like a credit card that is processed in POS would. The difference is that they are processed above store and are, therefore, not part of your credit card batch through EDC.

13. Does Olo integrate to Aloha Stored Value gift cards?

  • Olo does have an integration to Aloha Stored Value (ASV). Please reach out to your CSM or TAM for assistance if you wish to implement this integration.

14. Can I accept payment in-store with Olo or do all orders have to be pre-paid?

  • Yes, you can accept unpaid orders that will be paid in-store. When your guest arrives, you will find the check in the following places:
    • Table Service: in your Working Wth Tables (WWT) Screen.
    • Quick Service: in the Olo Order Entry Queue accessed by Recall Order/Check function in the FOH.

15. Can Olo run in the same environment with ATO?

  • Yes, Olo and ATO can run in the same environment. There are typically adjustments to local configuration that need to be made so they can coexist. Your TAM will work with you on that based on your environment during your deployment.

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