There are several types of software that can help your restaurant run more efficiently. Here is an overview:
POS stands for Point Of Sale. Point Of Sale software is basically a program that combines many aspect of restaurant management including order taking, order entry, billing, staff supervision and account organization tasks into one program.
Most restaurants will need a Point Of Sale station at several points in the restaurant including the front of the restaurant, the back office area and the kitchen.
POS software can handle complete order and customer management including tracking the number of orders and customers, table information, billing transactions and more.
POS software can also provides excellent organizational abilities to help monitor and report every aspect of order taking and customer interaction and do proper timekeeping, inventory tracking, stock management, security tasks and much more.
Restaurant Inventory Software
Restaurant inventory software is much more of a database style of program that helps to keep track of your food stocks, can alert you to foods that are required or will be required soon and can even assist in replenishing the needed stocks by recommending the correct amounts according to the database history and its forecasts for future usage. Inventory software will also help save money by reducing the spoilage of food by telling you to order only the amounts you should need.
Costing software can be very important to a restaurant. Costing software can help you track and maintain your food inventory, like restaurant inventory software, but it has the added benefit of calculating the costs of your menu items through its analysis tools. This helps the restaurant owner to properly price their food in order to make maximum profits and also provide value to the customer. Costing software can also be invaluable for catering companies, so they can properly price their events.
There are also suites of software available that combine one or more of the above types of restaurant management software. These suites will be much more optimized to work together properly and to help your restaurant run to the best of its ability or to improve the efficiency of an existing restaurant.
Whatever restaurant software you choose, your restaurant is bound to benefit from the many advantages in ordering, customer management, inventory management and costing services they will provide. Technology is now an important part of restaurant management, and used wisely, reaps great benefits for the savvy restaurant owner.
Lydia Quinn writes for Cost Genie, leading maker of restaurant costing, restaurant inventory and menu costing software. Visit us at: http://www.costgenie.com