Technology has taken off in many places of business, and the restaurant industry is no exception. Restaurant owners are learning that when they invest in different automation systems, they save time and money. In addition to efficiency and profit, they are also able to appeal to Millennials and Gen Z who are more likely to stick around for a longer period of time when technology is up to date, therefore helping restaurants with the employee shortage that many are experiencing. Here are some great ways to incorporate automation into your restaurant.
Self Service Kiosks
Having a way for guests to order and pay at their convenience is a helpful tool for restaurants. At larger restaurants, it saves on the time it would take for the server to get to the table and allows them to serve more customers in a day, increasing profits. Some larger quick service restaurants have kiosks set up at the front of the restaurant where customers can order, pay, get their receipt and number all from the kiosk. This could save the restaurant from having people at the register during slower hours and is a quick, easy way for multiple customers to get their order in at the same time.
POS (Point of Sale) Systems
There are a plethora of advantages to your restaurant utilizing this software. When you use a POS system, you are able to obtain data that you can use to make strategic improvements in your daily operations. Wait staff can utilize these when taking orders as well. Instead of someone trying to read sometimes illegible handwriting or memorize orders, the wait staff can input them in real time which is far more efficient and accurate.
Say goodbye to the headaches of manual data entry for your restaurant’s accounting and payroll processes. With restaurant account software, you are able to pull daily sales totals along with automated vendor invoices directly from your POS System in seconds. Labor hours can also be pulled from your POS System for instant import into your payroll software as well as up-to-date information on your employees to help schedule with ease and speed.
While the idea of all things automation seems like a distant dream, there are restaurants today who are utilizing robot technology to assist in flipping burgers, operating fryers and even delivering food. Technology cannot replace the customer service that humans provide or react to problem solving when issues arise, but they can help in many other ways. Jumping on board and investing in some of these automation tools will significantly improve restaurant operations. Technology is here to stay, so get started today and see the many ways you can save your restaurant time and money!