Learn about Fourth's POS Gateway and the integrations available.
The Fourth POS Gateway is the best way to send through daily transaction data from customers to Fourth. Once we've received it, we can do a range of processes across all of our solutions, including:
- Updating inventory — The sales and voided items data sent in enable customers to accurately manage their inventory.
- Performing labor forecasting — We use the transaction data sent in to predict future labor needs, meaning customers can schedule employees only as needed.
- Providing business intelligence reporting in our Analytics — this empowers our customers to make better business decisions.
We designed the gateway to work with many different POS systems, which means it is both comprehensive yet flexible to integrate with. This means the type of transaction data you can include is thorough, from the full remit of payment data you collect — such as discounts, void types or cost analysis; to workforce and productivity data — such as clock-ins, time to prep or time to customer; and much more.
A key benefit of the Gateway is to ensure that, regardless of what Fourth modules your customers use now or in the future, you will only need to integrate once with our systems. This is in contrast to a siloed, custom integration that might be designed to update inventory, but would stop the data from being available elsewhere, such as in Fourth Analytics.
POS Gateway submission via SFTP or API
The POS Gateway accepts POS transaction data submitted as a CSV file. Normally this is sent once a day for each customer location. You can submit the CSV file in two ways:
- Via SFTP
- Using the POS Transaction API
You can find out more about these options and the CSV file requirements in the POS Gateway Guide.