Restaurant technology / 26 November, 2018

Why Most Restaurants Love Technology ?

Like any other business the idea of using technology in the restaurant is not a new one. Thousand of restaurants are using technology in their day to day operations like any other businesses doing it.Use of Digital POS Machines, Customers-Facing Table tops Tablets, email service, restaurant entertainment technologies, wi-fi, fail over internet, automated inventory tracking and scheduling software are some of the common technologies used by restaurants presently.

Restaurants that have multiple branches, that serve multiple roles-operator, chefs, managers, etc. -good technology can be the reason behind a successful restaurant and that one that have fails in business. This is because owners and contractors of every restaurant face unique problems when they deal with the restaurant inventory, guests satisfaction, employees management and managing restaurant financial accounting. Below are some of the important issues why restaurant love technology in every sphere of business operations.

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  1. Helps restaurant in getting reviews: Success of a restaurant now a days depends on the customers reviews. Dealing with restaurant reviewers has traditionally been a right of passage for any up- and coming restaurant. Hospitality industry today has turned upside down with the popularity of blogs and social media. Customers are able to talk about their experience online immediately, which can either spread priceless awareness and publicity or leave a restaurant open to potentially harmful reviews. So knowing about customers reviews is important for the restaurant as it plays a greater role in success of the restaurant.Technology comes here to help the restaurant to get instant reviews through various social media platforms.

  2. Helps in communicating with the public: Technology helps restaurants to communicate with the public.Customers turn to the internet for any kind of information about the restaurant and if your restaurant is nowhere found on internet, customers are most likely go to search other restaurant.Most of the restaurants with the help of technology turn to either a website or social media or both to stay in touch with their customers and potential customers. Many times chefs from the restaurant turn to the online world to communicate with their guests openly- for posting cooking videos online, giving general tips and building long term relations with patrons via social media.

  3. Helps in providing convenience of mobility: Technology helps restaurant in providing convenience of mobility. Convenience has become a buzz world and a modern catchphrase in every industry. Convenience in hospitality industry generally associated with portability, time-saving, and order accuracy. Modern technology is raising the standard in very one of these areas. Wait times at a restaurant are being drastically cut as servers are able to turn over their tables faster with the help of mobile devices like hand held POS machines.Smart devices are now being used to place orders ahead of time or from designated order stations.

Tech Trends for Restaurants in 2018

Besides restaurant guests using their convenience for visiting restaurant, restaurants are also getting benefits by serving more customers by immediacy provided by technology by being able to quickly update a menu online due to any seasonal change in foods, chefs interests or any local or important international events.

  1. Use of OR Codes: Technology helps restaurant to tap reviews of international customers through use of OR codes.. QR codes are anything like a URL can do, from linking tech-sevvy customers to promotional or restaurant websites to asking for feedback after a meal. QR codes are quickly gaining popularity within the restaurant industry. Without technology such thing is impossible for the restaurants to think off.

  2. Helps in Geo-localiziation of restaurant business: Now with the help of technology like restaurant apps , restaurant guests are able to check into restaurants on their smart phones. Now people turn to face book to know about their friends location, instead of asking them where they are as people generally put their status and local there. Restaurants have tapped into this technology for identifying their frequent customers in order to offer them promotions or communicate with specific customers directly. With this restaurants can serve their customers better and reap rich rewards in terms of increased footfalls.

  3. Helps them to distribute online coupons: Restaurants turn to technology for offering discount coupons to its regular and new customers. The value of putting a discount online is greatly disputed- that whether it drives repeat business or not, and many feel that coupons have little effect on restaurant business, other than eroding the value perception of a restaurant. But what ever is the case, generally restaurants think that customers often turn to coupons to try new things as the online coupons often offer something free to them.

These are some of the points why restaurants love technology but there are many more, and all depends on the restaurant location, customers served and many more.

Micros POS System, Resturant Contractor / 30 May, 2018

Technologies that Help Restaurants to Earn More in 2018

If we look back in time and compare it with the present, we see that lots of changes have occurred in our daily lives. This change has occurred due to technology, from our holiday shopping and the way we watch TV, to the way we interact with people around the globe.

The same is the case with restaurant businesses where technology has taken center stage. Now restaurant owners, developers and restaurant technology contractors have set new targets for restaurant businesses. With new cutting-edge technologies, they are leaving no stone left unturned and including these technologies in every sphere of restaurant operations, including online orders, inventory management and improvements in the guest experience.

The following tools are bound to increase not only the restaurant business and earnings, but also improve restaurant image as well:

  1. Mobile Point of Sales System: In the recent past, we’ve witnessed the exponential growth in mobile use, and this had led to the growth in mobile restaurant technology. Restaurants are increasingly using mobile online applications and tools in many restaurant operations, such as receiving orders, making food deliveries and receiving payments.

Mobile POS has integrated many technologies directly, and there is automatic movement of online orders to the kitchen for preparation and then delivery without any manual labor. POS systems have brought many previous manual operations to the digital platform, and these are being completed now without any manual involvement.

As an example, when orders were taken manually, reservation were also taken by phone. Now these processes can be completed online through mobile apps. Guests are informed when their table is free and they can come to restaurant.

Now, the restaurant operations team is free to do other duties and their services can be utilized elsewhere in the restaurant. Moreover, new restaurant Micro POS systems integrate many more functions like inventory control, informing guests about new offers and reward programs and much more. Now, restaurant owners can look after the restaurant sales and other operations on their mobile devices without being physically present in the restaurant. They have full control over restaurant operations even from a distance.

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  1. Inventory Management: Now restaurant owners don’t rely on their memory skills for inventory management. More and more, inventory management jobs are dependent on machines, where software creates a central database without any manual reviewing of sales invoices and data spread sheets. Now, software has become so sophisticated that sales data is automatically tracked and orders for inventory are placed without any human involvement. This has resulted in orders for inventory placed on time; there is no overstocking of perishable items. The loss due to over-ordering and wastage in inventory is reduced, thus increasing restaurant profits.
  2. Use of Beacons: Now, customers hate to download different apps for different restaurants on their smart mobile phones. But restaurant managers cannot ignore the fact that smart phone access has great power to attract customers to restaurants by influencing their dining decisions and behavior. The beacons are the answer to this problem. Now with the aid of beacons, restaurant managers can push those relevant content to customers. These include sales alerts, custom menus and discounts offered directly to customers with smart WI-fi enabled phones without any additional downloads through Bluetooth-enabled devices near the restaurant coverage area. Beacons also have back end use in restaurants, and can accept mobile payments and real time gathering data of occupancy in restaurants instead of manual headcount and many other restaurant operations.
  3. Use of Analytics Software: Restaurant contractors and owners always have one worry as to how they can learn the preferences of customers and provide them a better restaurant experience.

Use of Analytics software

But now, new analytic software is capable of looking into customer preferences and behaviors, something that could never be possible with human intervention. Many hard-to-answer questions can be answered with big data analytics, including the question of why there are fewer visitors on Tuesdays and why some menu items are not popular and failing. Big data analytics also help to drive strategy to deal with it. POS system analytics are capable of understanding many factors by using sophisticated algorithms like the one Google uses in selecting websites on its pages. With these analytics, new marketing campaigns and important decisions can be made, which give restaurants an edge over the competition, gain more footfall and increase profts.

  1. Use of Smart Cooking Equipment: Technology has not only provided the solutions to inventory management and studying consumer behavior, but have also touched back end operations in restaurant kitchens. Smart cooking equipment in the kitchen, like multi functional ovens are capable of doing multi functional cooking, grilling and smoking and temperature controlled cooking. This equipment comes with a remote features program like overnight cooking, slow cooking and much more, thus removing intervention of chefs. Chefs can devote more time to inventing exciting new dishes, thereby helping restaurants to cater to varied customer needs. Refrigerators and air conditioners have also turned smarter and can be controlled by WI-fi, have environment sensors to adjust temperature as per outside temperature and save on the energy bill.

The above technological adoptions in the restaurant business have led to greater savings in restaurant expenses and more profit for the business.

Little Gecko technology consultants are a leading restaurant technology contractor in Boston and  the greater Boston area. If your Boston restaurant business is in need of a consultation of technology implement, we are here to help you. We can provide you with a variety of services in technology implementation in the restaurant business to lighten your workload and help you to earn more in your restaurant business, including installation of POS Systems, WiFi backup internet, routers, video and music acoustic systems. We are here to provide the latest technology in your business operations, so as to enable you to run your restaurant smoothly.

Security Camera, WIFI / 23 May, 2018

Why Bars and Restaurants Need Security Cameras -Tips

If you are a restaurant owner, restaurant technology contractor or own a night club or bar, and the venue serves alcohol and handles heavy cash transactions, you must take care of security concerns and install security cameras before opening.

The installation of security cameras improves the video surveillance of the establishment, and helps you in the case of a mishap.

The following are some useful tips that will help owners of restaurants, bars and night clubs decide which type of security cameras should be installed, as well as where the cameras should be placed.

  1. Use IP or megapixel cameras for security: If you have installed a security camera in the area where most cash handling is done, then an ordinary security camera is of no use. If your security camera does not include IP or megapixel technology, please consider replacing it with the latest technology, which catches images sharply. One of the main purposes of this camera’s position is to ensure money is handled properly. Megapixel cameras can provide the proof you need in the highest resolution when a need arises.
  2. Ensure the whole picture is captured: Traditional stationary cameras have a limited field of view and do not provide the whole picture. For this reason, owners of restaurants and bars install PTZ cameras (pan, tilt and zoom) but these also don’t pan in an entire circle. Plus, you always miss some portion of the covered section as the camera is moved from position to position.

There is no such problem with a 360 degree camera. It can be mounted in the center of the restaurant, and you’ll be sure to catch all images of activity in that place with no lapses in coverage due to a limited field.

 

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  1. Provides protection from law suits and loss of license: The most common reason for having a security camera in a restaurant, club, bar or dance floor is the occurrence of slips and falls, claims of over-serving, claims of assaults by the aggressors themselves, and protecting yourself(owners/ employees). With security cameras in place, false claims of over-serving, slips and falls and any quarrel can be monitored and saved for investigating agencies. This provides protection to restaurant staff and owners from persecution and loss of license.
  2. Low light conditions are fully monitored: Use of day/night and infrared cameras helps to accommodate darkness and low light problems. These cameras also come into play when burglaries occur during closing hours. In low light, identification of burglars is crucial. IP and mega security cameras serve the purpose of facial recognition in court cases, as criminals can be recognized without any question.
  3. Protection against shrinkage: Security cameras can help in monitoring the areas where the inventory is kept or in transition. Areas such as loading bays, where shipment of stock arrives, stock rooms, liquor coolers and areas where food and other items are kept, need constant monitoring from dishonest employees indulging in pilferage.
  4. Helps in adhering to health and safety standards: By keeping cameras positioned in the kitchen, restaurant owners can ensure health codes are being followed by food handling staff. You’ll know the position of back houses 24/7. This can save you from receiving fines and other penalties by health inspectors.
  5. Helps in monitoring service areas: By keeping the security cameras positioned on the service areas where food and drinks are being served by your staff, owners can have full control of the restaurant employees and know how staff is serving your patrons. Moreover, you can watch any free meals served by staff to their friends and relatives without your knowledge. Keeping an eye on  service areas allows you to offer training and track customer behaviors, such as traffic flow in the restaurant.
  6. Always on duty: Remote WiFi router controlled cameras are always on duty whether you are in the restaurant or not. You can watch your restaurant, bar and any area of your establishment without being there in person. This allows you to make business decisions quickly and accurately.

Here at Little Gecko Technology consultants of Boston, we are happy to provide technology services in your restaurant business to lighten your workload by offering POE Security Camera systems, POS systems, Micro POS Systems training in Boston, WiFi back-up internet routers, video and music acoustics installation in your restaurant, bar, or club. Our main goal is to get your new or existing restaurant business up and running, and to help your restaurant business run smoothly.

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.