For many restaurateurs finding their new normal coming out of the pandemic has proven to be a juggling act. The stress welcoming back patrons to their dining rooms while maintaining takeout and delivery operations that in many cases grew exponentially during the past three years, has proven to be a major challenge.
With a labor force that has been stretched thin, many operators are simply trying to keep up the pace of business. For many the key to a solution has been to embrace technology that can solve daily operational challenges. DAVO Technologies LLC, by Avalara is at the top of the list for many restaurant operators.
DAVO’s technology automatically connects to point-of-sale (POS) systems to extract the amount of tax owed, set sales tax funds aside daily, hold the funds, and then file and pay sales tax when due to state and local tax authorities. DAVO provides merchants, restaurants, and sole proprietors with an automated sales tax compliance solution that also ensures available funds for sales tax obligations.
Operators from across the country have turned to DAVO by Avalara to bring simplicity to their operations. “I’ve been in business just about 15 years, I was late and behind tens of thousands of dollars,” noted Jeff Daigneau of West Springfield, MA based Lattitude1338. “I installed Toast in the summer of 2020 during COVID to help move the restaurant in the technology sector COVID required. I stumbled across DAVO in the integrations section and signed up the week I installed. It has single-handedly changed my business. I’ve never been late or behind because you can’t be. I was on a payment plan with the state and once I told them I was doing this, they were actually impressed. It gives you a comfort level as a business owner as its small payments everyday vs a large pull all at once.”
Alabama restaurateurs Matthew and Melissa Pipkin of Pip’s Surf & Turf in Greenville have found that DAVO has enabled them to automate crucial back office functions. “There is nothing to think or worry about. It’s automatic!!! It brings a level of peace of mind that you can’t imagine,” they said.
Orlando, FL restaurateur Stephen Facella operates a high-volume eatery across from Disney’s Magic Kingdom. “DAVO helps you alleviate the time needed to manage sales tax. Time is money, not to mention the discipline needed to make sure that the cash that’s deposited is not assumed to be operating capital,” he explained. “DAVO builds in the structure needed to understand that it’s a holding account. It’s hard for restaurateurs to understand that it’s not your money. DAVO segregates it for us instantaneously and they handle the filing for me. It integrates with my point-of-sale system, so I never have to think about it and that they file immediately so I get my early filing discount from the State.”
DAVO has worked diligently to make certain that on the onboarding process is simple. “I was able to do the entire setup on the phone myself,” Facella continued. “I simply went into my point of sales system, authorized DAVO with a single click, entered my state credentials, bank account information and I was ready to go,” added the Central Florida pizza maven.
Today, DAVO by Avalara supports more than 4,000 small businesses in the United States, including coffee shops, bike stores, flower shops, bakeries, restaurants, and many other types of local businesses. Integrated within trusted point of sale systems such as Clover, Square, Toast and more, DAVO alleviates the burden of sales tax management so that small businesses can focus on their core operations and customer service.
Restaurateurs seeking more information on DAVO by Avalara can find it on the web at their website.