5 Ways Your POS can Help Prepare for the Holiday Rush

shoppingThe holiday season is upon us, and for most restaurants, that means an uptick in business over the next month. Hungry holiday shoppers create an opportunity to turn new guests into regulars, but the key is in the preparation. Rushed visitors won’t be impressed if their order is late, the item they ordered is out of stock, or staff are harried and unfriendly.

Here are five ways you can use the tools in your point of sale system to take full advantage of the increased sales volume. Read more

Restaurant Management: Increase Delivery Efficiency with Visual Dispatch

LiveMaps visual dispatch - efficient deliveryGone are the days of effectively running a pizza delivery operation with a pad of paper and a rotary phone.

Today, your business is sharing space with Amazon and Uber. And as a result, your customers’ expectations around delivery are very different today than they were a few years ago.

To compete in this new delivery space, a Visual Dispatch system gives you an edge. This can make it easier to plan routes and pair nearby orders for efficient delivery. Read more

Restaurant Management: Where are the Gaps in Your Labor Systems?

labor crew hard at workIn any economy, controlling labor can be the key to a profitable week. In the restaurant business, where you’re watching every dollar, the ability to trim labor costs is a survival skill.

We can be certain that at some point, we will face another recession. What cannot be so certain of is when. By doing the work now to prepare, you can set up your business to weather a downturn successfully.
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From the Archives: The Technology Driving Quick Service

quick serviceIs your quick service restaurant meeting the growing technology demands of your guests? Here are several ways you can use and enhance your point of sale system. Maximize operational efficiency in your QSR or fast casual restaurant: Read more

Six Ways to Automate Your Menu

SpeedLine XT4015 restaurant POS terminal main menuWhether you operate a single restaurant, or a large chain with regional differences, automating these key functions in your POS menu can improve your operation. It can increase order-taking speed and accuracy, simplify administration, and improve customer service. Read more

WEBINAR: 7 Essential Strategies for Creating Recession-Proof Restaurant Systems

recession-proof point of saleRecession-proof? Are you prepared to weather an economic downturn—and even grow through it?

Join us this Tuesday, November 1, at 11 a.m. EDT, for a live technology webinar. Learn how you can prepare in the good times to tighten up systems, shore up reserves, and prudently invest in your business. So when the bad times come—you’ll be prepared to weather them, and even grow despite them. Read more

Restaurant Marketing: Write Menu Copy That Sells

menu copyHow much thought do you put into writing menu copy? Do you have a distinct approach to the layout and menu descriptions? Or do you wing it, listing the ingredients after the name of each selection?

A great menu conveys the personality of your brand, and appeals to the imaginations of your guests. Hit the right note, and you’ll reap the rewards in increased sales. Read more

Safety Strategies for Pizza Delivery on Halloween—and Every Day

pizza delivery safety on halloweenOnly two and a half weeks until one of the biggest pizza delivery days of the year: Halloween is just around the corner. On any given day, pizza delivery comes with a set of challenges. As recent news stories attest, pizza delivery in some areas can be a dangerous job. While most orders are legitimate, delivery drivers travel alone to strangers’ homes, and carry cash. That can leave them vulnerable to theft or worse.

And on the spookiest day of the year, there may be extra challenges for delivery drivers.  Here are a few strategies to keep your drivers safe this Halloween. Read more

Restaurant Marketing: Ramping up Customer Loyalty with Reward Programs

reward programsHow important are your best customers? According to Lindsay Kolowich of HubSpot, “it costs your business about 5-10X more to acquire a new customer than it does to sell to an existing one.” Added to that, Kolowich goes on to say that “your current customers spend 60% more than new customers.” So how do you keep your best customers coming back to your restaurant? Reward programs Read more

Managing Restaurant Operations across Multiple Locations

managing operationsHow do you stay on top of performance and ensure brand consistency in multiple stores and regions?

It takes clear visibility into performance at every location, every day. Successful chains use business intelligence from their stores along with central management tools to drive efficiency, consistency, and profitability across the brand. Read more