Prioritize Orders with Square KDS
Before you begin
Prioritizing orders and grouping identical items can increase your staff’s efficiency to prep orders faster with the relevant order information available for each kitchen station.
Prioritize a ticket
You can prioritize tickets and move orders to the front of the queue. To prioritize an order:
On an expeditor station, tap the ticket you want to prioritize.
A cancel loader will appear. You will have three seconds to cancel the prioritization and keep the ticket in its current queue position.
Once the cancel loader times out, a confirmation message will display on the screen that the order has been sent to all related prep stations.
Note: You can only prioritize a ticket from the expeditor station. On the Completed view, the prioritized ticket will now have a Prioritized banner. The same header will read Make Now on tickets visible at other kitchen displays. Once a ticket shows the Make Now banner, you can mute the ticket by tapping it at any prep station.
Group identical items
To customize your item grouping settings:
On Square KDS, select Devices > Kitchen Settings > Order settings.
Toggle on Combine identical items. Items with the same details will then be automatically combined into one line item.
If you toggle on ‘Single item per ticket’, this setting overrides grouping items and automatically prints each item, ungrouped, on its own ticket.
Note: ‘Combine identical items’ is off by default for existing printer stations but will turn on by default for all new printer stations you create.
Learn more about order routing with Square for Restaurants from one of these Support Center articles: