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How Cloud kitchens are leveraging technology to increase profits and delight customers?

For the past few years, the restaurant industry has been quite experimental in terms of technology and has witnessed favorable growth. New technological innovations are sliding every day and creating a buzz in the market. 

 

Technology is the backbone for restaurants that accept incoming orders only through online ordering systems. Commonly known as cloud kitchens, they have a base kitchen that delivers food to the customers with no dine-in facility. At any given point, a cloud kitchen uses at least 5 to 6 varied tech products, including Point of sale systems (POS), CRM, Loyalty, Campaigns, and more. All technology platforms give out data but are not interlinked. Managing a variety of technology solutions individually can be a little challenging.

 

Cloud kitchens operate for the benefit of the customers who just love App-based and easy ordering. They are discovered online through various mediums like Facebook, Web discovery, delivery aggregators, and more. With orders pouring in from multiple online platforms (Thanks to digital being so successful), it becomes virtually impossible to keep up. It requires more labour, more work hours, and eventually results in increased cost and overworked employees.

 

Now let’s understand a restaurant’s plight – A customer orders regularly; however, the restaurant has no history of billing, order channel, dining pattern, order preferences, etc. because somewhere the system falls short. It is difficult for the restaurant management to track all of the above manually. Restaurants, especially cloud kitchens, require integrated software that can streamline all the operations for them. 

 

Let’s paint a beautiful picture where all orders land directly into your POS dashboard, you can assign a delivery executive from the POS itself. Turning off all aggregator portals happens with a click without accessing each platform. Further to this, let’s erase the manual & tedious task of house operations, i.e., raw material requirement assessment, routing orders to suppliers, distribution of semi-prepared dishes from central kitchen to outlets, and more. Now let’s bring this picture to life because, with inresto POS, all of the above is possible.

Instead of dealing with multiple software vendors, cloud kitchens can use integrated software like the one inresto has, with all the restaurant management solutions at one place. This allows kitchens to focus on their core business without worrying about a stack of technological solutions. 

 

All frontend and backend operations such as managing online orders from different aggregators- (Zomato, Swiggy, & more); enabling menu changes, customised pricing, assigning delivery executives, raw material requirement inventory management, data analysis, and more can be controlled from a single dashboard. 

 

Statistics tell us that Inventory management is one of the biggest challenges that our Cloud kitchen partners have faced in the past. Space being a limitation, cloud kitchens can only store two to three days of stock, which makes it imperative to have optimum inventory to avoid negative impact amongst customers and wastage. With inresto’s SCM and POS integration, past sales can be analysed for trend recognition, which further enables our cloud kitchen partners to make stock and item exchange effortless.

 

Since the Amazon for Business integration into our SCM module, we have curated a marketplace with items listed at the best possible price. This enables our partner cloud kitchens and restaurants to access quality and affordable raw materials. More perks being- timely deliveries and the option to convert payments into EMIs.

 

Everything is jargon unless backed by data – Our cloud kitchen partner, and fitness-focused cloud kitchen chain has witnessed a 9% reduction in cost and over 120-man hour decrease. Another leading cloud kitchen in India started by using our Tech at one of their outlets now seamlessly bringing that number to 50+

 

Over 70% of the restaurants are turning to technology. Make your switch today!

 

Ways You can Control Noise in Your Restaurant

Most of us have, at some point in our lives, had an unpleasant dine-out experience, just because the restaurant in question was unpleasantly noisy. Statistically, ‘excessive noise levels’ is among the top three most common customer complaints that most of the restaurants face. 

Whether it’s the annoying hum and whirr of kitchen machinery, the clanking of cutlery, loud co-diners, or a particularly whiny kid, or even unpleasantly loud music, these noises can get on your customers’ nerve, disrupt important conversations, kill magical moments of intimacy, and effectively destroy what your diners anticipated to be a pleasant evening out. 

It can lead to customers walking out, never coming back, criticizing your restaurant on public fora, and spreading bad word of mouth, tangibly hurting your business. 

Here are a few steps that you, as a restaurant manager/owner, can adopt to address the issue, effectively: 

1. Interior Design Solutions

  • Keep noisy kitchen machinery and frequently used equipment – blenders, grinders, ice machines, and such far from the dining area. 
  • Use cork-lined sound-proof kitchen doors to prevent the kitchen noises like the clanging of pots & pans and conversations of the chefs from going out in the dining area. 
  • Add carpets, drapes and curtains, cushions and upholstery and other sound-absorbent soft furnishings all over the restaurant, to muffle and minimize discordant outside noises. 
  • Use rubber caps at the bottom of the chairs, table, and sofa legs, to eliminate the sound of furniture scraping against the floor. 
  • Incorporate separate booths and cubicles for couples and groups who are seeking to enjoy a romantic or intimate meal. 
  • Indoor plants like Ferns, Peace Lilies, and Baby’s Tears are good natural sound absorbents that can not only reduce noise by 6-15 decibels but also add to the aesthetics of your restaurant and improve indoor air quality. A healthy environment always feels pleasant.

2. Psychological Solutions 

 

  • An intimate setting with dim lighting and soft music are the most preferred choices for date nights and intimate gatherings. When the vibe is pleasant, the diners go with the flow and it is less likely that they deviate from it. Also, Reservation apps make it easier for you to give every diner their preferred table or section at the restaurant.
  • A Formally dressed staff that engages with the customers politely, subtly encourages the diners to hold pleasant conversations amongst themselves as well.

3. Infrastructural and Human Resource Solutions

  • Train hostesses and ushers to seat customers accompanied by kids at a designated area within the restaurant – ideally one that is subtly isolated from the rest of the crowd.
  • Some child-friendly eateries have designated kids’ zones with toys, games and trained waiters to keep the little ones occupied & fed while they play. In this way, the parents and other diners can also enjoy their dine out moments without any disturbances. 
  • If your restaurant serves alcoholic beverages, you can train your waiting staff to take subtle measures to turn down repeat orders and firmly discourage or refuse repeat orders to tipsy customers, to prevent them from turning raucous and unruly.

 

Make Every Customer your Restaurant’s Brand Ambassador

It is always larger than life experience for the customers when you grant them good experiences other than just good food. Hence it is necessary to ensure that every customer has, not just a pleasant but delightful dine-out experience, every time they visit you. You can monitor where your restaurant stands in terms of diner experience through feedback apps.

This keeps your restaurant in the limelight despite the increasingly competitive environment. Your first-time customers would be repeat customers, which will eventually become your regular patrons, and then the active brand advocates who spontaneously recommend your restaurant to every next person they meet.

The Restaurant Affair- Bengaluru Chapter

Introduction

The Restaurant Affair is a series of events for restaurateurs to get updated on the notable insights and ongoing trends that are shaping the restaurants of today.

The Restaurant Affair- Bengaluru Chapter was the first edition where about 100-150 Restaurateurs and Industry icons of restaurants and chains like Vapour Pub and Brewery, Theobroma, TOIT, Byg Brewski Brewing Company, Conrad, and more of the likes gathered. It was an opportunity for restaurateurs to reconnect with their industry folks and meet new ones.

Here’s what happened:

1. Panel Discussion

When our panelists got to talking, secrets were spilled, and the audience was all ears. The restaurateurs were exposed to insights, and business ideas, no book or classroom lecture will tell you about yet! There were talks about how restaurant technology is changing the face of the industry and how the technology product suites like the one inresto has to offer, helped established restaurants and newbies make a mark.

2. Dineout’s journey

Among various restaurateurs’ stories, there was ours too! Our co-founder Mr. Vivek Kapoor took to the stage, and the audience was thrilled and inspired to hear the journey. From being just a reservation platform to being restaurant enablers, we have come a long way. 

The B2B arm of dineout – inresto aims at enabling restaurants to achieve maximum efficiency through the valet to valet, cost-effective, and plug & play product suite that has helped 10000+ restaurants boost their business, globally.

3. Technology Workshops

After being introduced to technology solutions and dynamic innovations, we took the restaurateurs through the working knowledge of the products. Our audience got to try their hands on the latest technology solutions. 

If you missed being a part of the event or happened to miss this session, you can experience our entire product suite here

We topped it all off with a happy hour of wine, dine, and unlimited conversations!

If you are enticed to be a part of a restaurant affair like this, let us know at info@dineout.co.in so that we can meet you while we’re on the road. We are city hopping, and our next destination is Hyderabad. We can’t wait to hear that city’s restaurant story! 

 

How to Choose the Right Restaurant Management Software

No matter what the size, scale and spread of your restaurant operations may be, the right set of restaurant management solutions is your most reliable source when it comes to both efficient management of operations and optimal planning for long-term growth and expansion.

Understanding the Complete Restaurant Management System

A complete restaurant management software is your solution to every possible challenge your restaurant faces in its day to day operational activities. Solutions that are developed and customized to fulfill the specific needs of the F&B Service industry. It lets you manage your restaurant without hassles, saves human effort and costs.

The complete restaurant management solution includes the following functional modules:

  • Point Of Sale 

    A Billing and settlement system that works across all conceivable payment modes.

  • Supply Chain Management (SCM)

     A tailored, ingredient-level solution for recipe and inventory management.

  • Digital Menu

    A digital ordering system that simplifies KOT management, and enables automated direct-to-chef orders through a smart Kitchen Display System or kitchen printer.

  • Reservations 

    A technology system that efficiently manages Table Bookings and walk-in Reservations.

  • Digital Feedback 

    Customer Feedback is taken on your smart device which stores all the customer data and also enables instant grievance redressal.

  • Customer Relationship and Loyalty Management 

    You can do targeted marketing by running customized campaigns and loyalty programs through an automated programmatic approach.

  • Reporting & Analytics

    There are relevant modules to analyse data for continuous cross-functional improvement.

  • Digital Presence 

    Developing an informative website and mobile app for your restaurant.

With the emergence of multiple restaurant management software-as-a-service based solutions, and a mushrooming of online software providers, the solution is now not only accessible and affordable to the smallest and newest players, but there is also a plethora of choices. Today’s cloud-hosted solutions cater to your restaurant’s every possible need. 

Criteria Of Selection

Considering we have a vast pool available to choose from, you might need a guide to select the best of the options. Here’s that:

1. Customizability 

It’s best if the software you choose can be tailored to suit your restaurant’s specific requirements. In some cases, open-source software allows for customization at a coding level.

2. Compatibility 

The solution has to be compatible with your restaurant’s legacy software, with other commonly-used software and with the hardware devices in your restaurant.

3. Scalability  

Choose a solution that seamlessly supports volume growth and geographic expansion, as well as the diversification of operational models within your business. You don’t want to keep changing your software as and when your restaurant expands. Remember, these software are meant for you to save costs and not raise them further.

4. Flexibility

A solution that allows you to pick and choose, add to or delete modules within the overall software package, based on stage-of-life-cycle needs, is the optimal solution. A smart software for you to make smart choices is what you need for your restaurant.

5. Usability 

When the customer interface is friendly, instinct-driven, and informative, it is easier to use, and you don’t waste too much time figuring out how to operate the system. 

6. Advanced Analytics 

When the solution tracks performance, provides insights and indicators, one can analyse and make continuous improvements and optimize operational performance.

A restaurant that is customer-friendly and has revenues flowing is every restaurateur’s dream and you don’t want to compromise on that. And you don’t have to! Now that we have created a guide for you to choose the correct solution which can make it happen, you don’t have to wait any further!

Ways to Go Green at your Restaurant: Make it an environment-friendly space

Don’t you think the world looks good in green? The restaurant industry definitely thinks so, and the last decade has witnessed some efforts by restaurants to go green. The movement has gathered steam, and ‘Go Green’ is fast becoming the new mantra. Some restaurants have even adopted eco-friendly themes as their principal USP.

The Indian Food Service industry will be worth Rs 6 lakh crore by 2022-23, with a CAGR of 9%. While the industry does much to sustain the growth impetus for the economy, in terms of its impact on the environment, it leaves much to be desired. 

Here are a few guidelines for restaurateurs who sense the winds of change, but remain unsure about how to get the ball rolling: 

1. Ethical sourcing

One of the best secrets to keep an eco-friendly environment lies in your own backyard. Grow your own or source organic foods and follow a strict farm to fork policy.

You must ensure that suppliers follow ethical crop production and animal welfare norms.

2. Ditch Paper, Log in with Technology

Cut down on paper usage. Living in the digital age and time, this can’t get any simpler

We know that the billing systems are all on your computers. Gone are the days when you had to sit at the counter writing bills on paper. 

Adopt digital Menus. This upcoming concept has been adopted by many restaurants- Lord of the drinks (First fiddle restaurants), Slay coffee and Pind Balluchi being a few examples. And guess what, you don’t even have to invest in a computer system or tablet. The diners can open the menu on their phones by just scanning a QR code and you can also cross-sell / up-sell, through these, easily.

3. Water conservation and efficiency

Recycle used water for cleaning and watering plants.

Fix leaky fixtures and install low-flow faucets in toilets and kitchens.

And the most simple way in which you can do your bit for water conservation is by joining NRAI’s initiative called #GlassHalfFull, which instructs the waiters to fill glasses half-full unless otherwise requested by customers.

4. Waste reduction and management

Invest in a tailored and analytics-based inventory management software that is smart enough to inform the management about the excess stock in inventory to maintain efficient inventories, particularly with perishables.

The advanced data analytics solutions in these software help the management to study consumption patterns and arrive at optimal serving solutions and portion sizes. 

Follow government guidelines in segregating and managing waste efficiently to minimize greenhouse gas emissions and reduce your carbon footprint.

And don’t forget to donate the leftover food to local shelters. 

5. Ditch plastics. Go eco-friendly.

Explore alternatives to plastic for packaging, straws, stirrers, bottles, tumblers, and cutlery. The alternatives could be bagasse packaging and cutlery made of wood – just like JustBe café in Bangalore. 

Use eco-friendly paper towels in bathrooms and kitchens.

Consider going back to our roots with banana leaf plates, clay tumblers, and papaya leaf straws.

6. Sustainable interior décor

Use furniture made of biodegradable wood, such as bamboo.

Buy organic cotton only from local sellers. 

Use all-cloth linen, such as tablecloths and napkins.

 

Remember, going eco-friendly is not just the right thing to do. It’s responsible, noble, and selfless. It can also pay-off tangibly. It helps you connect with your millennial customers over a shared cause, to earn their appreciation and repeat patronage. 

According to a recent green dining survey, a total of 65% of customers said that they are willing to pay 10% more to dine at an eco-friendly restaurant. 

Who thought being eco-friendly can result in hiked revenues too? You cannot not go green after reading this.

 

How is technology helping restaurants increase reservations and revenue?

 

Your restaurant has finger-licking good food, great ambience, and you have also managed to get an excellent location for your restaurant, but so have the other 10 in the industry.

In such a highly competitive market, it’s imperative to lock-in as many customers as possible.

How can you do that, you ask?

That’s what we have technology for – to make your life simple and operations more efficient.

Whether you like it or not, technology is impacting your business, both inside and outside your restaurant’s walls. With Restaurant Technology evolving at a rapid pace, new trends are coming your way every week. It is essential to keep up with these to cater to your smart customers and remain at the top of the game.

In today’s fast-paced world, 45% of regular customers in restaurants are becoming more and more used to technology that is expected to simplify and speed up the entire transaction procedure. 

While there are hundreds of products in the market, it is vital to identify the products that are making an impact on the industry while being a good fit for your restaurant. Here’s how you can leverage Tech-based Restaurant Management products to bag more revenue: –

Leveraging Customer Data to Boost Sales

With applications like reserve and feedback, one can tap into customer data and map customer trends.

With this data, you, as the restaurant manager, can analyse customer behavior, preferences, patterns, and profitably utilize them by curating precisely the type of customer experience your diners are seeking.

Reduce Table Turnaround Time to Maximise Footfall

Reserve apps allow restaurants to manage their reservations and walk-ins most effectively from a single screen. Furthermore, 

  • There is no need to run around across the floors to find out the status of tables &
  • These apps create an efficient restaurant staff, thus saving a lot of time.

The restaurant can now seat more number of diners per day by improving the table turn around time, thereby increasing revenue.

Switch to Digital Menu to Save Costs & Cross / Up-sell Items

By switching to a digital menu from a paper menu, the restaurateurs can save a lot of cost.

Here’s how:

  • Each time you have a small change or a seasonal menu change, it saves on reprinting cost.
  • You can increase sales by cross-selling and up-selling through combos and offers.
  •  Table turn-around time is improved, so you can now seat more diners per day.

The smart menu recommends diners the dishes that the restaurant wants to sell specifically, and by strategizing it right, the restaurant can influence the customers’ decisions and sell them their most profit-generating items.

 

Instant Grievance Redressal to Avoid Bad Word of Mouth

With the digital feedback forms, the top management can instantly be notified of the feedback and the table number from where it has come. If it’s a bad review, the manager can instantly gratify the diner by giving him a discount or sending a free beer at his table.

How can a happy tummy spread bad word of mouth on social media or otherwise?

You just bagged yourself some happy customers!

 

Running the Right Loyalty Program to Keep them Coming Back

If your restaurant is on your diners’ favourite list, you must make them feel that they are important to you too. When you reward them, you give them a reason to visit you again!

And that’s how you can make your new customers your regulars too!

With the Campaigns Module, spread the word about your special offers and deals so they won’t be able to resist coming back. Who doesn’t like discounts, right?

 

Upgrading your technology may feel daunting, but it’s more than necessary for the success of your business.

You need to identify the correct management solution or a combination of them for your restaurant, and nothing can stop you from being on top of the charts.

You will thank us later!

Why Your Loyalty Program is Not Creating Loyal Customers?

As consumers, haven’t we all gone crazy over black Friday sales and discount coupons on our favorite brands? That’s exactly what your customers are seeking when they visit your restaurant for their favorite food! Hit their right spot, and they become loyal to your brand forever. And choosing the right loyalty program is your way to go!

In 2016, the restaurant market was worth more than 3.09 lakh crores, and the food-service industry is expected to grow to a whopping 5 lakh crores in 2021, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 10%.

In a booming market, losing customers is a cold pie nobody wants to eat. Given that, retaining customers can  actually boost profits by 25%, which makes it doubly crucial to retain existing customers. This is where the loyalty programs sweep in.

Steps to create an engaging loyalty program:

Loyalty programs have proved to be a good way to make customers visit your restaurant over and over again. They have to appeal to the customers on a personal level.
The tech-savvy generation might not be quite thrilled with the coupon loyalty programs as much. So how does one build an upgraded loyalty program that appeals to the customers and drives sales?
As per the statistics of Aron Allen and Associates, coffee giant Starbuck’s ‘My Starbucks Rewards Loyalty Program’ was launched in 2010. It later added a digital component and went on to garner $1.2 billion in customer funds as of the first quarter of 2016. In 2017 the second quarter rewards accounted for 36 % of US Starbucks sales.

Identify the Right Program

Loyalty programs impact profits and need to be structured in a way that suits your business model. Be it visit based, spend based, or a combination of the two.

The QSR Magazine reports say that Panera introduced a tech-driven ‘integrated guest experience’ at an outlay of $42 million in 2012. The tech boosted sales, reduced the food receiving time to less than five 5 minutes from 6-9 minutes, and saved 1 – 4 minutes per order.

Make the Best Use of Data

There is nothing like the effective use of customer data to make a good loyalty program work great for your business.
Guest and Reserve apps, available in the market, enable you to deep-dive into the customers’ past visits and orders, their preferences in terms of dish preparation, seating arrangements, and so on.
You can also tag your customers in your system so that the arrival of a priority customer does not catch you on the wrong foot. Customers who visit your restaurant also receive promotional offers and feedback communications.
These apps have the analytics feature to generate insights on average waiting time, optimal table layouts, and more to help your brand get a competitive edge.

As per the statistics provided by the National Restaurant Association, tech is the rage for millennials with 32% factoring it in their choice of QSRs and 28% factoring in for their choice of full-service restaurants.

Keep It Easy with Feedback Apps

Feedback Apps cut out paper hassles and let you focus on the feedback that is valuable for your business. With these apps, you can get better insights on customer preferences. A bad experience can easily be neutralized on the spot with a great feedback app.
A contemporary, seamless feedback app integrated with your loyalty program will be simple, highly customizable, and give you insights on customer behavior for smarter marketing. Further, it will enable you to enhance the customer experience in different ways to win positive online and social media reviews.

36% of diners factor in information from review sites like Trip Advisor and Yelp, while 34% use social media information in their decisions.

Keep Your Staff in the loop

Well executed loyalty programs have one thing in common – a well-informed staff. Even if your loyalty program uses all the bells and whistles that go with the app, you just cannot afford to miss out on the human element.

So, before you roll out your loyalty program, take your staff into confidence, and seek their inputs. Your staff may be able to give you amazing insights into various aspects of customer behavior, preferences, etc., and their suggestions might prove to be extremely valuable for the success of your loyalty program.

Reward Programs are profitable for every business

Reward programs offered by restaurants drive traffic, track customer spending habits, help delight existing customers, and convert them to long-term customers. Be it a massive multi-outlet business or a small stand-alone one, every restaurant should offer a loyalty program to accelerate their business through repeat customers.

A well-planned loyalty program will let your customers relax, knowing that they’ll always earn more rewards – without taking a hit to their wallet. And for you, you can rest assured that your existing customers will be your everlasting ones.

 

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Why Your Restaurant Needs An Intelligent Digital Menu?

With over 80% of restaurants turning to technology to run their business successfully and efficiently, it has surely taken over the entire restaurant business for good. And the menu is no exception. Traditional menus have been replaced with an intelligent and attractive digital menu. They are the next big thing with the later helping restaurant offers better customer experience.

With a digital menu in place, restaurants are not only saving cost but also giving wider access to the customers with a special menu, customized dishes, and quicker service. But if you are wondering the benefits of switching to an intelligent digital menu and how it will help your restaurant business, then this article is for you.

68% customers agree that the use of server tablets improve the overall restaurant experience and sales

Digital Menu Is Cost Effective

Let’s start with the basics. Digital menu is way more cost effective than your traditional menu. With a digital menu, you can easily eliminate errors, misprints, design cost, print, and reprint cost whenever you add or edit any dishes on your menu. You can go dynamic and change your menu based on your customers or time or season, which is surely an added advantage.

Edit/Update Made Easy

With a digital menu technology, you get the much-needed flexibility to maximize your sales since you have the option to easily edit and/or update menu items and price points based on demand, supply, ongoing promotional campaigns, and upcoming events.

Upsell. Upsell. Upsell

Digital menu gives you a golden opportunity to up your sale technique. You can showcase complimentary options like super-sizing or adding beverage or sides during the order process. The high-resolution images will give your customers an appetizing view of your menu items, thus increasing the chances of increased order value.

Go Local, Seasonal Or Special

The secret of attracting more and more customers is by providing them something different. Today, the local culture and taste buds set the menu flavor for restaurants. With a digital menu, you will have the capability to automatically schedule and change the menu dishes based on time of the day or day of the week – all this and more without additional cost. Additionally, updates can be made quickly based on easily targeting a certain demographic to maximize sales.

Digital Menu = World Class Customer Experience

Restaurants make profits when they seat as many people as possible. You would like a high table turnover rate without compromising with your dining experience. A digital menu increases efficiency by letting your customer place an order faster, even during peak times. You can also add your brand videos, poll, social media page links, upcoming events and more to keep your customer engage while they wait for their food.

If you wish to make your menu more intelligent and beneficial for your restaurant, then you can get in touch with us and we’ll provide complete assistance.