Presentation on theme: "Chapter 13 Technology in the Restaurant Industry"— Presentation transcript:
1Chapter 13 Technology in the Restaurant Industry Back-of-the-House TechnologyFront-of-the-House TechnologyGuest Services & Websites
2Technology in the Restaurant Industry Technology has come a long way from the mom-and-pop operators & their proverbial cigar box!Independent operators may not require—or be able to afford—the sophistication of technology that chain operators are using.It is hard to overlook the progress in making technology available & affordable for independent restaurants.
3Back-of-the-House Technology Back-of-the-house, or back-office, restaurant technology consists of:Product management systems for purchasingManaging inventoriesMenu managementControlling labor & other costsTip reportingFood & beverage cost percentagesHuman resourcesFinancial reporting
4Back-of-the-House Technology Purchasing: Product management tracks products through each inventory cycle & automatically reorders when the item falls below par stock.The ingredients for the cost of recipes are calculated for total cost & selling prices.Inventory Control: Systems aid inventory control by quickly recording inventory & easily allowing new stock to be added.
5Back-of-the-House Technology Food Costing:When calculating the food & beverage cost percentage, a hand-held device (PDA) can enter the inventory amounts into the system.Laser bar code scanning is speeding up the inventory-taking process & making it more accurate.When the data is entered into the system, a variance report is generated & any significant variances are investigated.
6Back-of-the-House Technology Food Costing:ChefTec & ChefTec Plus software solutions integrate programs with recipe/menu costing, inventory control & nutritional analysis capabilities.
7Menu ManagementMenuLink: Evaluates managers’ produce purchasing, compares actual to expected food usage, tests proposed recipes & pricing changes.The menu management function is used to determine what offers work best, so that coupon building may be directed toward those items.Includes an Automated Raw Material Transfer: When one store needs to borrow material from another store, a transfer is generated.
8Labor Management Systems Interfaces back & front-of-the-house working hours & human resources information.Handles human resources information.Includes module to monitor applications, recruitment, personnel information, I-9 status, tax status, availability, vacation information, benefit information, handles scheduling based on the forecasted volume of business for each meal period.Examples: Windows-based labor schedulers & TimePro.
9Financial ReportingFront-of-the-house & back-of- the-house systems may interface by transferring data to & from the central server.This makes it easier for management to monitor service times, POS food costs, labor costs & guest counts.
10E-learningComputer based training delivered via internet or proprietary.The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation has several online courses (Example: ServSafe Food Safety Training Program).
11Front-of-the-House Technology Revolves around the POS System.Point of Sale System.Human Factors Engineering (HFE) focuses on:Store performance.User interface design.
12Selection of POS Systems Aloha: Full range of restaurant products including Table Service & Virtual Order Processing.ASI: Popular Restaurant Manager POS & Write-On Handheld.
13Selection POS Systems IBM: Linux servers & Sure POS 700 series. Sharp: UP-5900 system combined with Maitre’D.NCR: 7454 POS Workstation- MS DOS & Windows certified.Micros: Eclipse PC Workstation.
14Selection of POS Systems POS systems have come down in price.They offer the independent restaurateur the convenience of providing information for financials that obviates the need for cash registers & spreadsheets.The cost of installing a POS system will depend on the number of stations required.A 125-seat casual dining restaurant could use two or three stations in the dining area, one in the bar & printers in the kitchen, plus a managers’ station.The total cost would be in the $18,000 to $20,000 range.
15Guest Services & Web Sites Restaurant technology has evolved to the point where a restaurant can store & recall guests’ preferences for tables, menu items, wines, & servers.Additional advances include:Internet BookingGuest Checks- Splitting & Suggested Tip AmountsHigh Speed Internet AccessUser Friendly Web SitesWireless Surveys