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.

Micros POS System, POE CAMERAS, Resturant Contractor, WIFI / 5 March, 2018

Installing POS, Wi-Fi Cables During Construction Saves Restaurants Thousands of Dollars

Restaurant construction is one of the most demanding tasks for restaurant owners. To streamline the process, we recommend having trained experts install the necessary cables for Wi-Fi, security cameras, audio, TVs and your POS system while the walls are open during the construction process.

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The Importance of Early Installation

Low voltage cabling is the wiring infrastructure within your restaurant’s walls that provides a lifeline for your business. When construction contractors are in the midst of new construction or a restaurant remodel, LittleGecko Technology Consultants are able to complete the wiring process without additional construction costs.

Early Installation Can Save You Money

Unfortunately, many restaurant owners overlook startup costs associated with digital technology while the restaurant construction company’s work is underway. It’s only after the restaurant construction crew closes the walls that it occurs to restaurant owners that wiring is needed for Wi-Fi, audio, the POS system,TV and security systems.

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At this point, the cost skyrockets, as restaurant technology contractors must fish cables thru the closed walls, adding to construction costs. Keeping this in mind, it’s imperative that restaurant owners prioritize wiring from the get-go, and make construction management aware that technology consultants will be installing the needed systems before the construction crew closes the walls.

Keeping the Lines of Communication Open is Key

Restaurant owners who need a contractor should make the contractor and restaurant construction crew aware of the installation plan from the start. Working as a contractor is simplified when restaurant owners keep the lines of communication open, so it’s important that all parties are aware of construction and wiring plans.

Construction project management will be impressed by your initiative, thus ensuring a positive relationship and reputation for your restaurant business.

How We Can Help

At LittleGecko, we understand that getting your restaurant up and running is your priority. That’s why we clue you in on tricks of the trade; we are intent on streamlining the process and saving you money when possible.

If your Boston restaurant business is in need of a consultation before or after opening your restaurant, we’re here to help! We arrange a variety of services to lighten your workload, including POS systems, Wi-fi, backup internet, routers, video, music and acoustics. We are up to speed on the latest technologies, and our goal is to get your new restaurant business up and running smoothly. We’d love to help with every aspect related to technology.

WIFI / 29 December, 2017

Why Restaurants Should Encourage Use of Their WiFi Free to Guests

Restaurant owners spend a significant amount of time promoting their restaurants on social media. One selling point business owners often miss, however, is offering (and promoting) free WiFi to customers.

Following the latest trend in the business world, there are five important reasons why restaurants, bars and cafés should provide complimentary WiFi to guests:

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1. Cost is negligible: Every restaurant in today’s world is already paying for private internet access. To provide free WiFi to guests, a small investment in a new WiFi router is required, and will grant access to the public while keeping your network secure. A new router will allow guests to be on a separate WiFi network without disturbing restaurant operations.

2. Social media use increases when complimentary WiFi is offered: The use of popular social apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat is encouraged when restaurants offer WiFi free to guests. Customers will engage with family, friends and followers, sharing their location, and post images from your restaurant in real-time.

3. Customers stay longer and visit more often: A restaurant provides more than food – it’s a place to share a meal and spend quality time with family and friends. Social media has made this possible, even when loved ones are in different locations. If guests feel at home in your space, they will stay longer, spend more money and be more likely to become repeat visitors.

4. Mobile data is precious: As cell phone companies have begun to limit mobile data use and speed, customers have become more conscious about their use, and prefer to connect to WiFi whenever possible. In addition, international visitors to Boston seek out restaurants that offer WiFi so they are able to use their devices. By offering complimentary WiFi, customers will know your goal is meeting their needs and wishes.

5. Even the smallest details count: With stiff competition in the restaurant industry, it’s important not to let something as simple as not offering complimentary WiFi put you at a disadvantage. Adding the WiFi network name and password to your menu is a great way to let your customers know you care.

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If you are in the restaurant business or looking to open a restaurant in Boston and are in need of a WiFi router, Little Gecko Technology Consultants is here to help. We are Ubiquiti installers in Boston and are leading Unifi installer in the Boston area. Since we are distributor of Unifi in Boston we can offer the best prices and best products. We pass our savings on to you so you get amazing technology without paying extra.