Efficient Labor Management
A restaurant can only be as good as it’s front-line service and a great way to ensure good service is to keep your employees happy. When experiencing peak traffic times in your restaurant, it is important to have the correct number of employees staffed. If you aren’t prepared and end up staffing too little, you will begin to stretch your employees too thin which can lead to increased levels of frustration.
Your POS system is a great tool for enabling confidence in choosing the exact number of employees needed for each shift. The sales data collected by your point of sale system is a great resource to discover trends for the peak times in your restaurant. With this data you can then decide exactly how many employees are needed and when. This will enable increased productivity in your staff and your customers will be happy with the higher quality of service.
Another great way to increase productivity is to have a tight control over inventory levels. Being aware, and in control of inventory at all times is a task all restaurants must do. However, the taking of inventory can be very tedious and time consuming and the probability of human error rises with each item counted. Employing a POS system to handle the management of inventory will help to eliminate waste, avoid shortages, and save time.
A POS system with good inventory management software will produce data based on historical sales or ingredient usage. The system will also keep real-time counts on new ingredients and supplies as they arrive at the restaurant and are used in each customer’s order. This data gives managers updated stock information and enables the ability to make analytical decisions on when/what to purchase and how much.
In most cases, labor and inventory makeup over 50% of costs for a restaurant. With this in mind, it is evident that restaurants should pay very close attention to any wasted spending in these areas. We know that restaurant managers and employees have very busy day-to-day schedules and that inventory and labor management is extremely time consuming. So, having a POS system that can manage labor and inventory, with minimal errors, is an extremely effective way for restaurants to focus on productivity without having to spend too much time on the matter.