THREE SYSTEMS FOR RESTAURANTS....
This month I've find myself thinking, "the procedures in the restaurant arn't current!" Restaurants, cafes and breweries are ever changing, and hopefully ever growing. Adding technology is part of those changes. When a technological solution and system is working, then every day feels less chaotic. More like a train moving down the track. Ultimately if your not making money in your restaurant, chances are there is little to no structure. Are you reading this thinking, "Oh, yah, we need to improve!"? Here are some solid computerized systems your business needs to stay current.
Your point of sales system serves your business every day. If you are choosing one, then read this article. If you have a POS do you know the system completely? Here are some questions to ask yourself to know if the system is working for your business:
Are our managers changing and editing it regularly--managers are owners should be comfortable with their POS. Stay fresh on the ability to get in, make changes, and know how to get data. Does your system do everything you need: Does it integrate with your inventory? Ask the correct questions of the staff while they are ringing in order, so that they capture charges correctly?
Does your POS have kitchen display capability? Here is a great article on why kitchen displays are part of growth strategy.
Do you have a system to capture invoices, track your bill paying and create invoices for parties and trays. If you do, then you can do a regular profit and loss statement that really does help you know where you are, and change what needs to be changed in real time. Remember, an accountant does not need to come in and do your bill paying. In fact you don't even need someone to do your bookkeeping, unless you actually know what you want them to do. Data entry can be done be a bookkeeper or a manager. Either way, you need the accounting system to record your expenses, your daily takes and any other incoming bills, and outgoing invoices. Depending on your needs, here are industry standard that are worth considering:
BOH RESTAURANT MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE:
This is new to many restaurants, but if you are growing and you can't keep up with back of the house duties (staff scheduling, inventory, purchasing), then you are ready for this. Here are a few companies to look into
Some of these are POS' and management software, so do your research and ask good questions. Choosing one will make a big difference in your daily work, and will require cooperation from the entire team. Do not invest until you are ready.
Choosing computerized systems for your business is a daunting adventure. You will have to allow time to research, choose, and invest into the one you want. Don't be hasty, but do not ignore that technology can improve what you do. These systems are making the difference, and giving a competitive advantage to those businesses that choose to invest in themselves.