A new calendar year brings new foods, new drinks, new decor trends and brand merchandise, but if you are not managing all of these pieces of your business with care and attention to detail, then it could be all for nothing. You may have noticed that technology in restaurants has grown dramatically in recent years and it is not going anywhere. Each restaurant will have to decide for themselves what technology makes the most sense for them and we have covered a few different trends and how they can benefit your business in past articles, however, there is one particular piece of technology that is important to each and every restaurant. Using a restaurant management software system does not only make running your business easier, but can save you money and boost your profits. Here is what you should look for in a restaurant management software solution.
This is going to save you so many headaches and so much time. From adjustable sales forecasting, to labor analysis and even mobile apps for employees and managers, you just can’t go wrong. Hitting your labor goal has never been easier. Managers can easily detect when an employee is clocking in too early or clocking out late and address the situation before it gets out of hand. While it might not seem like a big deal, several occurrences like this can add up over time costing your restaurant a lot of money. Scheduling doesn’t have to be an impossible puzzle, and it shouldn’t be with the technology that is available.
If you want to know exactly where your money is going and be able to pinpoint potential problem areas, then this is for you. With this kind of technology, you no longer have to manually enter data and vendor invoices are automatically imported giving you the most accurate pricing and eliminating errors. You will be able to calculate exact plate costs and charge the correct amount per plate. Portion size matters, number of pickles matter and ketchup packets matter. If you are not paying attention to these details, now is the perfect time to start. Some management solutions even offer a digital sheet to shelf count sheet using an inventory app, making counting simple, efficient and allowing multiple employees to count simultaneously in different areas.
A simplified payroll process is here. Labor hours can be pulled from your POS system for instant import to your accounting and payroll software. No more long hours manually entering data, plus it can integrate with most accounting software, making the transition smooth and effortless. Accounting can be one of the most challenging aspects of your business, but thanks to technology, you can handle it with confidence and ease, not to mention your accountant will be forever thankful for the automated process.
So, if you have not jumped on the technology trend, this is the year! Before you buy the next fun gadget or add a hot, new menu item, invest in your business.