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4 Must-Have Restaurant Technology Tools that Improve Operations

By: Nicole Migacz on March 6, 2019

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Restaurants buzz with bustling staff and customers. In this competitive environment, restaurant owners need to take charge of their business' daily operations. Through the implementation of new, advanced technology, you can both simplify and digitize your day-to-day in more efficient ways.

1. Rapid Response Technology

This category of application deals with the improvement of on-the-go communication with staff. Through the integration of paperless systems, employees will be up-to-speed on your restaurant's standards.

Rather than settle for paper booklets and dry textbook exercises, restaurant owners can employ digitally enhanced training documents. Interactive lessons, videos, and tests are available for customization of restaurant learning tools. Employees will be trained on the skills necessary to thrive within your restaurant's environment in newer and more effective ways.

Rapid response technologies may also include the ability of restaurant owners to maintain communication with all employees. Notify staff of policy changes or food emergencies much easier than before. With just a few simple strokes of the finger, staff will know exactly what is expected of them every day.

2. Digital Food Safety Management

Advancements in food safety technology have made it so maintaining a consistent inventory of fresh, nutritious meat and produce is easier than ever. Paired with further enlistment of paperless safety management systems, restaurant owners can set a variety of tasks for vigilant safety compliance testing.

An unfortunate issue that strikes many restaurants is food spoilage. This can occur for many reasons. Maybe a health inspection is not performed adequately enough and thus does not meet food safety regulation standards. Maybe paper records are even misplaced, making it harder to be sure all food is safe and ready to be cooked and served to customers.

With a digital food safety management system, you can schedule compliance checks automatically. Staff will receive notifications when they need to conduct inspections on food. Paper records are no longer a necessity, streamlining the process of record keeping and storage. Digital Bluetooth devices, such as thermometers or smart fridges, can be synchronized to your system. You will know at all times the state of the food in your kitchen.

3. Digital Forms and Checklists

The hectic nature of running a business often doubles in size when it is a restaurant. Keeping track of vendors, employees, and a plethora of digital versus paper systems can make balance harder. Fortunately, digital forms and checklists clear up space that would otherwise be taken up by manila folders.

For example, opening up your restaurant for the day can be simplified through the use of a digital form and checklist. Food inspection checklists can also be created in compliance with regulations. You or an employee can fill out a digitized version of the otherwise paper form on a mobile device.

4. Analytics and Data Compilation Tools

Keeping in theme, employee behavior can be monitored through data compiled by way of task completion. When an employee finishes a regular food inspection or another necessary task, it is logged. Employees can communicate issues through forms and checklists. This ensures issues are stored and analyzed for unfortunate trends.

To learn more about restaurant technology tools, download our guide, "5 Steps to Restore Brand Consistency in Your Restaurant" here. 

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