POS System, Restaurant technology / 20 February, 2019

How POS Manage and Optimize Table Turnover Rate

It is now becoming now a daily affair to dine out in a restaurant, or order food from the restaurant for home delivery or takeaways.

To provide the better guest experience almost all the restaurants are opting for table reservation system. Table reservation system is not only helping the restaurant customers by saving their time, but also helping restaurant to serve its customers in a better and efficient way.

Tables are reserved by the restaurant staff with a aim to offer pre- reservation of tables for the restaurant guests, so that when they visit the restaurant for lunch or dinner or eating out they are not required to wait for their turn to get the table.

In the old days the tables were reserved by the restaurant through telephone call by customers and done manually by restaurant staff. But now the technology is helping the restaurant in reserving tables for the restaurant guests. The restaurant POS system now have a built in system for table reservation for restaurant guests or a separate table reservation system can be integrated with Restaurant POS system. This system help the restaurant in catering the loyal customers during the rush hours and peak seasons and offer them table when they visit restaurant without any waiting time.

What is Table Reservation System and How it Works

Tables are reserved by guests by using the Table Reservation System through their mobile phone, telephone or through web . They can log on to the table reservation system and can select the following details:

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Date and Time: Guests can book the exact time slot with date when they want to visit restaurant for dinning so that restaurant staff can be prepared for their arrival and make all the necessary arrangements to serve them in a better way.

Exact Number of Guests: Guests can book table for exact number of persons visiting the restaurant.This provide restaurant a definite idea as how many people they have to serve.

Details of Venue: Guests can also book the venue of their sitting in the restaurant. They can select the area like pool side, AC sitting area or can specify their choice so that restaurant can plan a proper turnover of table at the preferred place.

Likely Order Details: With the help of Table Reservation system guests have a option to pre-define their order before they visit the restaurant. They can ask for what they want on their arrival, like any juice, soup or some snack. What the main course should include and then what type of desserts they will prefer in the end of their food. They can also register any type of allergy if any member of their group have any, so that only that food served to that guest is allergy free.

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The food choice selected by the guests help the restaurant to store the necessary inventory before the arrival of their guests and help them that they don’t run the risk of running out of material when the guests arrive.

Payment Options: The Table Reservation system is also integrated through POS to the payment gateways. This help you guests to make payments to the proposed restaurant visit before hand . Moreover restaurant can also apply promo-codes or discounts using the system.

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Takeaways and Home delivery can be Offered: Restaurant Table Reservation system has a built in system which can manage Takeaways and Home delivery of orders for the guests. As a Restaurant Contractor you can also offer your guests for home delivery of their orders or they can takeaway their order from restaurant in case the table is not available at the preferred time as an alternate option. All this helps in retaining the restaurant guests and also make them loyal customers for the restaurant. Restaurant gains a lot from using a table reservation system for their restaurant, and help them grow their business in long run.

Little Gecko Technology consultants are leading restaurant technology provider and handles technology installation and there up keep in Boston and Greater Boston area. We supply and service all kind of restaurant technology solutions in the field of Micro POS System, including installation and training, Fail Over Internet solutions, restaurant acoustic solutions, routers and cabling solutions yo connect all your computer to share printer, scanner and internet at amazing speed and reliability. We offer restaurant contractors assistance in Opening restaurant in Boston.

POS System, Restaurant technology / 14 February, 2019

How Restaurant POS Help in Saving Money

Running a restaurant business is very risky business, unless you have a complete hold over the finances.

The principles of running a Restaurant business are same like any other successful business ventures. As a Restaurant Contractor Boston or Restaurant owner you have to pay full attention to your restaurant finances and to know where your money is being spent.

In the restaurant business lot of money is squandered. There are food wastes, slow and inefficient service, mis-communication between staff members, all resulting in unnecessary expenses. If the restaurant management keep a tab on these activities then they can save lot of money and keep restaurant finances in good health.

By installing a good Restaurant POS system, restaurant management can save lot of money. Let us see how it is possible to save money in restaurant business by installing Micro POS System.

  1. By Reducing the Food Waste: Food waste in restaurant accounts about 15% of the restaurant inventory. Lot of inventory goes to trash due to wrong practices followed in the restaurant and lack of proper inventory management.

With the use of a proper Restaurant Management POS software, restaurant’s inventory can be managed such a way that each and every item used in restaurant can be utilized to its optimum potential leading to reduction of waste of inventory items.

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With the POS system restaurant inventory can be monitored right from its arrival of stock, a complete track of the expiry dates of stocks and also the usage of the inventory in details. All this help management to quickly take corrective action in case there is undue waste of inventory.

Restaurant POS management system not only help in waste management of inventory, but it also help in inventory replenishment. You can set the inventory levels of all the inventory. If any inventory item’s level goes beyond the level set in the system then POS system will send notification to the management about it for necessary corrective action.

Thus your restaurant will never run into trouble of under or overstocking of inventory. All this will cut down your inventory waste and resulting in restaurant to save more money in the restaurant business.

  1. Helps in Bringing down the Labour Cost: Labour constitute a large part of restaurant expenses. There are many tasks that are performed on day in and day out and labour is required to perform them.

The areas where the labour is required in the restaurant are billing operations, preparing food and other stuffs, offering speedy service to customers and maintaining the restaurant neat and clean to offer restaurant guests a great experience when they visit the restaurant.

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With the help of restaurant POS software management system you can cut down the time spent on the various tasks mentioned above by half. Since POS helps in taking orders and bill generation, the need of staff to perform these operations is reduced to a bare minimum.

You can even reduce the labour cost if you integrate your POD system with a Kitchen display system. By doing so you can update your kitchen display system in the real time, and serve your guests in a better way without any delay.

You can manage all the restaurant services effectively with even a less number of staff members and that too with ease. All these helps you to save lot of money in various operations involving labour.

  1. Helps in Increasing Table Turnover: One of the main source of restaurant income is from table service and tables are greatest asset of restaurant. Number of tables served or table turn rate is the main factor that determine the restaurant’s success.

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With the use of POS system in taking orders from the guests, you not only be able to serve your restaurant guests in a better way, but also saves your staff time also. The orders are immediately updated in real time in kitchen display system and your chefs start working on order without any delay as soon as it is displayed on the system. The chance of human error due to miscommunication is also reduced leading to early execution of orders on the table, reduction of food wastage and this make your restaurant customer a happy lot.

  1. Guest’s Loyalty get Boost: The restaurant POS system can save all the history of your guests easily. Later on when the same guests visit your restaurant it is very easy for you to know their dinning choices with few clicks. In this way you can serve them in a better way and also provide a personalized service to them as you have the complete history of their food preference, their allergies to food , their preferred dishes and their preferred table in the restaurant.

All the POS stored information allows you to tailor a personalized experience for your guest. This pleases your guests and it adds to the value of your restaurant. The valued customers are the one who become loyal. The loyal customers add to the value of your restaurant, and help you to earn more.

  1. Saves Environment: By using a cloud based POS software you not only save money for your restaurant but also save environment also.

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By taking all the orders on the system and also keeping all the transactions in digital form you save lot of paper. By not using paper in your restaurant operations or using only when it is essential (like bills printing for guests) you save the environment by reducing tree cutting for making paper and thereby reducing carbon footprints generated due to your restaurant business.

The cloud based restaurant POS system help you to cut down on unnecessary restaurant expenses thus helping to save money for you in every restaurant operation.

Little Gecko technology consultants are leading restaurant technology provider in Boston and Greater Boston area and handles all restaurant technology installation and their up keep. We are leading supplier an service provider of complete restaurant solutions in the field of Micro POS System, including installation and training, Fail Over Internet Solutions, restaurant acoustic solutions, routers and cabling solutions to connection all your computer to share printer scanner and internet at amazing speed and reliability. We offer restaurant contractors assistance in Opening restaurant in Boston. We have a sincere aim that your restaurant business grow by leaps and bounds and achieve new height.

Restaurant Online System / 12 September, 2018

How to choose Best Technology solutions for Your Restaurant?

Before opening a restaurant or in a running restaurant one main thing the restaurant owner confronts is how to implement best technology solutions for the restaurant, so that the restaurant business turns more profitable, and also it provides the restaurant guests a wonderful experience when they visit restaurant for dinning besides food.

Restaurants owners don’t want to spend time and money to update technology in their restaurant and also averse to this thought. Though restaurant want to make great food, create amazing experiences for their guest and make money. But any deal with technology is clear no; or want to invest very less in technology. The blame is clearly on the high cost and old thinking in respect of modern technology. The new start ups in the field of restaurant technology are constantly bombarding restaurants with an overwhelming number of new and improved “solutions”. The systems with which restaurant owners interact on daily basis are– Point of sale( POS) Systems, reservations, payment, payroll, scheduling, delivery, customers analytics, app and many more.

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There is a great boom in the innovations in the hospitality industry, and the restaurants are eager to stay competitive and stand out from others, so many times they get tempted from the manufacturers of technology products presentations and emails. Without consulting any expert they place orders for the products which are not relevant to their restaurant. While not every innovation is suitable for the restaurant, owners must use their prudence to find which products are suitable for his restaurant and will take his restaurant to next level.

Here are few tips which can help the restaurant owner/contractors to spot right technology for the restaurant and decide which technology products are best suited for his restaurant.

  1. Does it provide Ease of use? : It doesn’t matter how great technology solution is?, if it is complicated for you and your staff, customer and your staff will hesitate to use it. Choose only those technical solutions for the restaurant which are easy-to-use, otherwise the excitement of inducting technology in restaurant will turn out in disappointment. There should not be steep learning curve for employees and the technology is users friendly. Simplicity and productivity of technology is necessary as it impacts day to day operations in the restaurant. So before inducting a new technology you should engage teams to gather information from the user customers that they like it or not and also the productivity is enhanced by the technology in the restaurant.
  2. Is it enhancing personal customer service? : People visit restaurant to get served in a better way and not by technological Robots. Unless your restaurant is a quick service restaurant trying to serve food like a factory in the midweek lunch hour rush. Technology should be able to enhance quality of personal customer care so that your restaurant stays at the top and drive more revenue. Studies has shown that making a new customer costs six to seven times more than keeping an existing one. So technology should be able to retain the old customers and also bring more new customer to restaurant on dining table.
  3. Does it bring Growth in Revenue? : Technology which is newly introduced in the restaurant should be based on ROI meaning that technology introduction cost should be less than what revenue is gained from its introduction. It is of no use to implement technological solutions which cost more but gives less benefit to restaurant. Quality technology may not pay in short run and its cost may look more but in the long run it covers costs of introduction and also help restaurant to earn more revenue by increasing customers returning more frequently in the restaurant as they get value for their money.
  4. Does it Improves Security and Protection? : Once the technology is chosen on the basis of above criteria and considered good fit, the security should also be front and centre. With large number of customers victimized by credit card fraud and threat is increasing day by day, it is very necessary that new technology should provide improved security. And for payment technology security assume more significance. It is better for the restaurant owner to be informed about the latest trends so that he can enquire about right questions concerning about technology. Before implementing mobile payment technology, ask if payment data transmission is encrypted and the date remains secure.
  5. Is it offering Affordability? : Determining the affordability of technology solution depends on each restaurant experience and appetite for technology. You can determine affordability by comparing the costs with the revenue generated. A better idea can be gathered from the peers spending on technology.- at high end 18 percent restaurant spend 6 percent of their revenue on technology where as large number of about 65% are spending 1% to 3% of their revenue in new technology. Costly upfront fees and hefty long term contract fees can also raise red flag in the decision making in introduction of technology.

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In the end it one thing that should the technology be able to pay for itself, and should not break the bank is main point stressed upon by every wise business decisions and restaurant is no exception. But seeing the trends restaurants are bound to increase spending on the suitable new technology developments.

Little Gecko Technology consultants are a leading consultants and contractor of restaurant technology in Boston. If you are opening a restaurant in Boston and are in need of restaurant technology implements in your new restaurant or in your running restaurant, then you can contact us and we shall help you in providing latest technology solutions in your restaurant. We are in business of installation of POS Systems, Wi-fi, back up internet, routers, video and acoustic systems and also providing training in POS systems. We are here to help you to grow your restaurant business to new heights.

AUDIO/VISUAL / 22 June, 2018

Restaurant Transformation through Audio Visual Systems

Restaurants are created to provide an enjoyable atmosphere to guests during each visit. However, even after the restaurant owner has taken care of lighting in the restaurant and invested a large amount of money to provide impeccable decor, the restaurant is often not in a position to engage guests.

Now, with a restaurant audio visual system, restaurants can easily present an entertaining and appealing atmosphere that can delight restaurant guests and attract them to visit the restaurant again and again.

Below, we discuss how an audio visual system can lighten the mood of guests in the restaurant, and why it’s worth investing:

Videos are there to set the scene

Customers visit restaurants to enjoy good food with their friends and relatives, and if the restaurant adds another component of visuals, guests have yet another way to enjoy and experience a better time during their visit to the restaurant.

Restaurant Audio Visual Solutions

Setting up large screen TVs in restaurants where guests sit, whether it is in the bars or strategically placed so that each guest can view, makes the establishment a warm and charming one. Many times, restaurants arrange special screenings of important events, such as the Independence Day parade or popular big games to attract customers to the restaurant. Investing in TVs, tablets and other smart devices not only enhances the restaurants image in the minds of guests, but it also makes them eager to come back when a big event is happening.

Pleasant tunes enhance the dining experience

If your restaurant guests don’t like the loud sounds of the restaurant’s TVs, you can mute the sound and play lovely music for everyone in the restaurant to listen to and enjoy.

Moreover, you can coordinate the day and time to the music you play, and change the tunes according to occasions and celebrations that are planned in the restaurant. Volume of music can be turned down or raised as per the talkative nature of your guests at any given moment.

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Install an easy to manage system

The system installed in the restaurant should be operated from one source. You should be able to choose what, when and where to play the music.

No music should be playing in empty bars and private dining rooms when no one is there to enjoy it. The control panel has the ability to play different playlist in bathrooms and open spaces in addition to what is being played in the main dining hall or bar.

A good audio visual system can change the perception of restaurant guests, who will know they are being looked after by being offered the comforts of the restaurant experience. This encourages them to come back again and again for a wonderful dining experience.

As Little Gecko Technology consultants, we install in-ceiling and external speakers, integrated television wiring, projectors, projection screens and televisions to create the audio and visual experience necessary for a given space.

If you are planning to open a restaurant in Boston and need any guidance in restaurant audio visual aids, we invite you to contact us. We also assist restaurants by supplying and installing Micro POS systems, Internet Failover Solutions, and Wi-Fi routers. We also provide Micro POS training in Boston Call @ 617-749-7139.

Micros POS System, Resturant Contractor / 18 April, 2018

What Should the Best Restaurant POS System Include?

Over the last several years, a restaurant Point of Sale System (POS) has managed day-to-day sales in restaurants. Lately, Micro POS systems in restaurants have started to include pay at the table options as well. Now restaurants meet customers’ needs in multiple ways without the use of cash registers or computer terminals in the restaurant. With the added functionality, it is now more important to find the most reliable and dependable POS system, which enables the restaurant to meet the varied needs of its customers.

There is a need today to process payments quickly and easily, as the payment system is the technological heart of the restaurant business. For this reason, a POS system is vitally important to the restaurant business.

Best Restaurant POS System

Since the POS system for restaurants is very important, its significance cannot be ignored. But the question is: What should a restaurant POS system include so that it can fulfil the needs of restaurant management and ensure customer satisfaction? Below are a few things the restaurant POS systems should include for the restaurant to get the maximum benefit:

  1. It Should be Mobile: Research has shown that about 65% of restaurant POS systems currently are hosted in cloud. The remaining 35% are also considering doing so. The benefit of this is the faster speed, lower maintenance cost and greater amount of scalability. Mobile POS systems also help in payment processing, a key factor in revenue increase and reduction in the overall cost of the overhead in restaurants.

. Mobile POS systems also help in gathering orders at the table, and transferring those orders directly to the kitchen for further processing. Faster order placement and pay-at-table processing helps with customer satisfaction and allows restaurants to serve more guests at a time.

  1. It Should Help with4 Data Intelligence: POS systems should have a capability to gather various amounts of data available in restaurants, such as which dishes are the most popular and which items consumed in restaurants are more profitable. If the restaurant POS system is capable of data mining, it should be shared with restaurant management to let them plan what further action is to be taken to make restaurant business profitable, and make guests fully satisfied with your restaurant offerings.
  2. Should Help in Employee Management: Good restaurant POS systems are equipped to include integrated employee scheduling tools. These tools help in tracking and monitoring employee hours with ease, and in some cases also predict sales and staffing needs. Now restaurant contractors, with the help of a POS system, can plan for the volume of business that is expected on a daily and hourly basis, as well as plan for staffing needs.

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A smart restaurant POS management system helps to better control payroll costs and maximize employee efficiency. A labour efficiency report gives management information about the highest and lowest performing employees in the restaurant.

  1. Should be Capable of Inventory Control: A great deal of diligence is required in the managing of inventory in the food and beverage industry. Restaurant management is concerned with inventory management so as to reduce food waste, spoilage, theft, and over production. The good thing is, inventory management capabilities are becoming increasingly sophisticated and are becoming an integral part of next generation restaurant POS systems. Now restaurant operators can track inventory depletion in real time to help reduce food waste in restaurants, monitor inventory levels and help increase the profitability of the restaurant.
  2. Should Be Capable of Processing Mobile Payments: A smart restaurant POS system should be capable of processing and accepting EMV payments. This contactless EVM acceptance payment system provides many benefits to restaurant management. Management is spared the fear of fraudulent transactions made by guests through stolen cards.
  3. Should Help Guest Management: A robust restaurant POS system should include customer management including loyalty program options, order tracking history, capability to integrate with social media and other marketing tools. These guest management tools help management to plan their action in such a way that it leads to more footfall in the restaurant, thereby increasing restaurant revenue.

Little Gecko Technology Consultants are installers of the latest generation of restaurant POS systems in Boston and the greater Boston area, along with guest/internal wifi network routers, audio, TV and security cameras. If you are planning to open a restaurant in Boston, or you’re already in restaurant business and plan to install the above mentioned systems, we encourage you to contact us. We have a team of experts to help you in every sphere of restaurant management, and we’re here to help you to earn more in your restaurant business.