It’s been a little over 2 years since the pandemic started and we are still feeling after shocks and seeing new trends that will define this year, and more than likely, stick around for years to come. Customers realized how important going out to eat is to their social well being, and restaurants have learned how important technology is to their success. Here are 4 trends that have helped restaurants stay in the game.
- Simplified Menus
There are many factors that played a part in restaurants shortening their menu. Labor shortage, supply chain issues, and the rise in food costs are a few reasons many restaurants decided to trim down their selections. Having a smaller menu helps reduce waste and helps the restaurant run more smoothly by reducing the production process.
- Investments in Technology
Restaurants are looking for ways to maximize efficiency and minimize cost. By investing in the newest technology, restaurants can do both of these. The labor shortage is still looming, and technology has made a way for restaurants to continue to run by offering numerous solutions to their day to day operations. Back office solutions assist restaurants in tracking inventory, easily scheduling employees, accounting and payroll automation and enterprise reporting. There are even mobile apps to make things easier for managers and employees!
- QR Codes
The world, especially the restaurant industry, is becoming much more touch free, and QR codes are a great way to help implement that. One of the first ways restaurants began using QR codes was for menus. It is a brilliant concept that not only stops the spread of germs, but also saves money, is easy to update without the cost and hassle of printing new menus everytime it changes, and is environmentally friendly. In addition to using QR codes for menus, your restaurant can also use them as a means to accept payments, collect customer feedback, and even accept reservations.
- Increased Delivery Options
Delivery is no longer just a rare occurrence for those who are having a lazy night in. More and more people are having food delivered, but there have been questions and concerns about how this should be done. Third party delivery prices are soaring, so restaurants are seeking alternate delivery options that feel more personal and deliver a good experience along with their good food.
Where restaurants were throwing together technology ideas to help stay afloat during the pandemic, they are now fine tuning those ideas that will more than likely stick around for years to come. These trends are all great ways to save your restaurant money while simultaneously maximizing efficiency.