Revel provides the ability to add variations to menu items without having to create a new item each time you want to modify a single item. For example, if you're selling a sandwich, you may want to give customers the option to customize sandwich toppings. These options are called Modifiers. Modifiers allow you to customize orders and provide options for your customers with just a click of a button on the POS. Let's see how to create a modifier and the modifier options you can offer your customers.
- Creating Modifiers
- Modifier Options
- Associate Modifiers to Products
- Copying Modifiers to Multiple Products
- Log into your Management Console (yourdomain.revelup.com) and select Products:
- From the menu on the right-hand side of the page, click Modifiers:
- First, create a new Modifier Class(group name) by clicking Add Modifier Class:
- Under the class you just created, click + Add Modifier,(this is the actual choice or customization to your items). Then type in the name of your modifier:
- The price field is an additional charge on top of the price of your item. Put in a cost to track the value of your modifiers:
- To create additional modifiers, follow the steps above as many times as you need to create the modifiers for your products.
- When you've created all your modifiers, click Save.
Note: Don't forget to refresh your POS stations for your modifiers to appear.
Before you associate a modifier to a product, it's important to understand the options you have available to either create free modifiers (like salad dressings included with salads), or charged modifiers (like pizza toppings), where the customer will pay an additional amount per modifier. Let's take a look at these options!
- Free Type: For some businesses, some modifiers (usually toppings) are sold at an additional price of, say, $0.50 or $1.00. However, oftentimes there are a certain number of toppings that clients that choose from that come free with the product (e.g. first three toppings are free, additional toppings are $0.50). In order to set these free quantities, the parameters for these free amounts have to be set during modifier association.
To set up free amount, first select the kind of Free Type you would like to apply to your modifiers. There are currently two types:
- Quantity type: This is the maximum number of modifiers within that class that you would like your customers to be able to order.
- Price type: This is the maximum dollar amount that you want discounted from the total of all modifiers chosen.
In the example above, the customer will be given the first three modifiers/toppings for free, and all other toppings will be charged at the price listed for that particular modifier. If the Type had been set to Price, then up to $3 worth of modifiers would be given for free.
- Forcing a Minimum/Maximum Amount of Modifiers: In some cases, you might need the ability to restrict the amount of modifiers than can be ordered along with an item. In this case, you are able to set a minimum amount, a maximum amount, or both. Instances in where this would be used is:
- Minimum: Customers have to choose at least a certain number of modifiers. Example: at least one flavor for a smoothie beverage.
- Maximum: Customers can choose at most a certain number of modifiers. Example: at most six kinds of donuts for a half-dozen. Any more modifiers chosen past the sixth donut is not allowed.
- Min & Max: Customers have to choose at least a certain number, but no more than a higher or equal number. Example: Choosing at least and at most one temperature for meat (e.g. medium).
Associating Modifiers with Products
Now that you have created your Modifiers and learned about the options you have for offering them free or for an additional charge, the next step is associating these Modifiers to individual Products.
- From the Products tab, locate the product to associate a modifier with:
- Click the Plus sign next to the Product Class until you get to an individual product:
- On the right side of the item name, click the M for Modifiers.
- Under Select Desired Settings menu, find the modifier section. You should see a list of all the modifier classes you previously created. Check the box for the modifier class that you would like to link to this item:
- On the right side of the page, find the modifier class that you would like to edit. To link the modifiers to this specific item, check the check box for Active:
- Additional settings for your modifier are set within this screen:
- Free: This signifies the number of free modifiers for this modifier class.
- Free Type: This is the number of free modifiers for this modifier class.
- Maximum Modifiers per Group: Customers can choose at most a certain number of modifiers. Example: at most six kinds of donuts for a half-dozen.
- Minimum Modifiers per Group: Customers have to choose at least a certain number of modifiers. Example: at least one flavor for a smoothie beverage.
- Jump to next group when maximum modifiers selected: After the maximum amount of modifiers have been selected, this feature will automatically add the item to your order screen.
- Once you've linked all the Modifiers to Products that you'd like, click the Save button and refresh your POS stations.
Copying Modifiers to Multiple Products
You can save time by copying certain modifiers to multiple products - so if you have say, five different salads and the dressings are all the same, you don't have to assign them to each individual salad, you can just copy them from one product you're attaching to. Let's see how!.
- Navigate to the Product page, and select the product you want to associate your modifiers to by clicking the plus icon (you may have to expand down until you get to the individual product):
- Click the button in the product line:
- A pop-up will appear, showing the Modifier options available:
- Check the box at the top of the page next to Select/Deselect All:
- Next, check the boxes next to the products you want the modifiers applied to on the left-hand side of the page:
- One you've selected your products, click the Copy button at the bottom of the page:
Now you've copied your Modifiers to multiple products! For additional Modifier Settings, see our article Modifiers Advanced Features