The restaurant industry is buzzing about automation. With labor costs expected to double and consumer demand for a seamless checkout experience, many restaurants are looking at technologies that can automate tasks in the front-of-house. But there are back-of-house processes that have yet to be fully automated. While auto-counting your inventory may be a thing someday, it’s not here yet.
So if you can’t automate the inventory management process, you can at least use tools that automate its more cumbersome aspects. Maximum labor output, higher levels of accuracy, and better accountability are possible with a system that automates certain tasks and enable manager productivity for on-the-job success.
After reading this eBook, you’ll know:
• The many inefficiencies generated by manual, spreadsheet-based counting methods.
• The innovations being made to inventory management technology.
• How modern, mobile inventory management tools will help your managers reduce costs and increase product
Restaurants are a top choice for a teen’s first job. In fact, minors comprise almost a third of the hospitality workforce. But employing such a prominent population isn’t always easy. Managers need to comply with labor laws that are regional in nature and constantly changing. They also need to contend with teens’ school schedules, which are always in flux. How’s a manager supposed to keep up?
In many ways, social media and restaurants go hand-in-hand – consumers enjoy social media, consumers enjoy going to restaurants. As eating is a social event, it makes sense to use a social outlet to promote or enhance another social activity. An overwhelming amount of social media posts/tweets are about the everyday activity that is called eating. People love to show what they are eating in photos and descriptions and, more importantly to restaurants, where they got it. Some go so far as to post literally everything they eat in a given day. While potentially annoying to some, it creates a vast opportunity for operators to increase their visibility.
The quick-service restaurant industry continues to be a favorite among consumers who look to the sector for a wide variety of food served quickly and at a low price. The speed and efficiency of QSRs, which include the emergent “fast casual” restaurants, match today’s on-the-go lifestyle of consumers across all ages who often are too busy to cook at home.
That said, consumers expect their dining experience at a QSR to be comfortable with conveniences ranging from WiFi connectivity to ordering kiosks and dining area entertainment on large screens or even tableside tablets. They expect the information on menu boards to be accurate and up-to-date and their meal orders to be fulfilled quickly and accurately. Technology is a major enabler in meeting consumers’ expectations while simultaneously helping QSR locations increase operational efficiencies and quality of service.
Restaurants, like many industries, are data-rich environments that often do not have the tools or technologies to gather and mine the value from this data. Fast food chain automation is changing how restaurants calculate and manage costs on a daily basis. ARDIC's IoT-Ignite* analytics solution combines with Intel® technologies to gather, filter, and analyze key variables to automate operations in fast-moving environments. For restaurants, benefits include reduced waste, insight into customer behaviour, and operational efficiency—with positive impact on the bottom line.
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