The Importance of Data in Restaurant Management

The Importance of Data in Restaurant Management

Every restaurateur dreams of owning a popular restaurant chain which is doing well. However, running a successful restaurant is in itself a tough nut to crack, let alone have multiple branches that run smoothly. However, every dream can come true, if chased with practicality and reality-based tactics.

One of the most important factors that contribute to any business’ success is data. And most traditional business owners often don’t lend it the amount of importance necessary. Data has a huge role to play in the making and breaking of a business, especially when it is new.

Now, what kind of data are we talking about? We’re not talking about some random numbers in a spreadsheet. We’re talking about relevant data which can be used to review and modify your business operations in a way that promises exponential growth. This can be easily done through a tool called data analytics. 

What is Data Analytics?

Restaurant data analytics is the study of all data relevant to a restaurant business and analyse the loopholes in the system that are bleeding of money or convertible leads. A restaurant analytics tool aids in simplifying the process of such analysis and provides you with a statistical report, based on past data, regarding the growth or downfall of your restaurant business.  

This data reveals information regarding your business, which otherwise would have been very difficult to gather. This information can be used in a number of ways like profit analysis, operational efficiency, number of walk-ins, potential leads lost, where most leads are coming in from, etc.  

Why is Analytics important?

Restaurant analytics is important because it will support your understanding of how the operational side of your business is functioning. On the other hand, it will also showcase the development graph of your restaurant and point out places that need more attention. It will allow you to break through the ceiling. How?

  • It will allow you to organize your data and omit metrics that are not relevant to your business or success objectives.
  • It will transform unstructured data into actionable insights.
  • It will enable you to monitor your performance, measure the effectiveness of such performance and optimize it by pointing out the exact places that need the most work.
  • It will allow you to find the latest trends which will cast you on a different pedestal, as compared to your rivals.
  • Lastly, it will make your business more efficient, saving costs directly and indirectly; which only means more profits!

Using Analytics for Marketing

Apart from using analytics as a tool to figure out an effective approach to your operations, it will also enable you to use such insights into marketing and advertising of your restaurant. Analytics will not only support your strategy for your next marketing campaign but give you a lot of data to boast in front of your customers. Here are a few things that you can market:

  • Data with regards to employee satisfaction
  • Data with regards to new walk-ins
  • Data that showcases CSR activity
  • Data that showcases the effectiveness of your internal management

All these above-mentioned points only guide you in one direction: Get data analytics and witness skyrocketed success.

How Recipe Management Can Be Highly Profitable for You

How Recipe Management can be Highly Profitable for You

A restaurateur should have one goal in mind (apart from popularity), and that is profitability. When a restaurateur has just started out, they begin to work hard towards impacting their customers’ taste buds and maximizing the restaurant’s brand value. However, in this pursuit, the profitability starts to take a hit. However, there are many ways to not only maintain the profits but also elevate them. One such way is to imbibe recipe management into your operations.

Recipe Management is simply a system that allows you to standardize recipes of your entire menu across outlets. Now, how does it affect your profitability? Let’s take a look:

1. More Footfall

Recipe Management, as mentioned earlier, enables you to standardize recipes across different outlets. It allows you to record the recipes and aid the cooking team to make dishes that taste the same, every single time. 

This standardization of recipes, enables your loyal customers to walk in at any branch and enjoy their favourite meals, all the same. Additionally, many times, even though people know about your restaurant, they might avoid visiting if they’re living far away. Hence, once a new outlet is opened close to them, recipe management allows them to gorge in on the exact same dishes they heard about, without any taste differences! From there, it’s a piece of cake to convert them into loyal customers!

Secondly, food bloggers have started visiting different outlets from the same brand, to check if the taste is standardized across all branches. Food bloggers have a heavy influence upon the walk-ins that a restaurant witnesses. Hence, recipe management enables you to tap into a giant potential consumer-base. The more your restaurant’s footfalls, the higher will be your sales. Say hello to higher profits!

2. Different Chef, Yet Same Taste

We all know that even though your restaurant is open every single day, your team deserves holidays. Hiring new team members to take their place is quite rational. However, this leads to the stemming of a new problem: irregularity of taste. This problem can be tackled quite smoothly by applying a recipe management system. Even if the chefs are different, the recipe management system enables them to follow set recipes and create dishes that don’t differ in taste. This not only leads to the same taste of food every single day, it vastly affects the brand value of your restaurant in the minds of others.

3. Lower Food Costs

Recipe management enables the usage of food products in an optimal manner. Further, it also aids in logistics. Recipe management allows you to figure out exactly how much inventory you will need to suffice a week’s or a month’s worth of walk-ins. inresto’s SCM will aid with recipe management efficiently and avoid wastage. Trying it first hand will give you much better insights into its value.

Further, food that is returned to the kitchen from unhappy customers also lowers in count, further lowering the costs and maximizing profits.

These 3 major benefits of integrating a recipe management system are hopefully proof enough that you must invest in one. 

Restaurant Trends in 2020

Restaurant Trends in 2020

Restaurants are home to birthday parties, romantic dinner, family reunions, weddings, and numerous night-outs, among other events. Besides offering the tastiest dishes and beverages, it is a great space to develop social relationships, peacefully work, and build lasting networks. 2019 has seen unique trends in the restaurant industry. However, 2020 promises even more exciting news for restaurant chains, especially with the advent of technology that generates more profit and is cost-effective.

Restaurateurs have quickly adapted to the rising market trends by keeping abreast of the latest innovations in marketing and services. Keeping in mind the COVID-19 scenario, given below are some trends in the global restaurant industry that are surely going to modernize it in 2020. 

1. Clarity & Health

With Covid-19’s abrupt spread and awareness,  customers are sure to demand detailed information about the food they buy, from inventory information to pricing trends, steps taken by restaurants to tackle the situation, as well as the health effects of specific cuisine offered by restaurants.

For example, growth in environmental consciousness has led more people to order dishes that are made using sustainable methods. In turn, customers have gradually boycotted plastic products and encouraged zero-waste kitchens. 

Moreover, people are increasingly choosing health over taste, particularly young adults. Food is consumed as a cure for diseases and disorders. Experts say that customers are much more careful about the items they purchase vis a vis their impact on health. 

2. Rise of Fast-Casual Restaurants

People frequenting fast-casual restaurants have found that their food items are healthier, more convenient to consume, and cost-effective. Therefore, the value of these restaurant chains has skyrocketed, keeping in mind the strict COVID-19 rules! 

Further, fast-casual chains lead the food industry towards higher usage of technology. As a result, they have rapidly grown in recent years. 

3. Delivery 2.0

Independent third parties are contributing to food delivery, taking food to your doorstep from a large number of restaurants. In addition, COVID has enabled us to get used to ordering online and getting delivery outside of restaurant premises. Thus, software developers are developing online apps and POS ordering systems to reach out to a maximum number of customers and keep them engaged. 

Maverick entrepreneurs claim that in the foreseeable future, food orders will be delivered via autonomous vehicles and even programmed drones. This will ensure faster delivery with reduced spending on delivery logistics and higher safety for staff as well as customers. Dialexa and Uber Eats are one of the first companies which have banked on such state-of-the-art technology to deliver food.

4. Enter Robochefs & Self-Service Kiosks

AI-based robochefs have been deployed since the last decade, but 2020 and the coming years promise commercial growth of these robots. They have several advantages over human cooks in the aspects of precision, improved taste, hygiene, speed, safety, and consistency. Finally, the money that would be otherwise spent on recruiting skilled personnel can be reinvested in expansion or counted as cost-shaving. 

Self-service kiosks expedite the ordering process, along with enabling each customer to customize orders according to her/his own interests. Also, they store the order-related data of individual customers so that everyone gets personalized food options that are curated according to their order histories and past preferences. The tool? Facial recognition technology!

In all, 2020 seems geared up for some technologically backed restaurant trends, at a fast pace and affordable prices. Restaurant owners and managers are expected to keep abreast of the upcoming trends to propel their chances of success at local levels and also in the worldwide food industry. 

Preventive Maintenance Steps Restaurant Operators Should Take

What are the Preventive Maintenance Steps Restaurant Operators Should Take?

Owning a restaurant is not everyone’s cup of tea. A lot goes into the meticulous planning of the restaurant, leading it to a successful business. Amidst all of the other details, it is likely for an owner to not have maintenance high up on the priority list. However, having a preventive maintenance system in place can prove to be much more beneficial than to tackle issues as an emergency.

Here are some measures that a restaurant owner should take as preventive maintenance:

1. To Improve Consumer Experience

Consumer experience plays a vital role in turning one-time customers into patrons. A clean environment can improve walk-ins drastically. Along with tasty food, customers also look forward to eating in a hygienic driven restaurant. 

Regularly checking customer-facing equipment can bag a lot of patrons. All your software must be up to date and if you have a system failure, the downtime must be as low as possible, to maintain the comfort level of your consumers. 

Installing a computerized maintenance system can help you regularize and schedule your maintenance items. A preventive maintenance system can be easily incorporated into your restaurant without any rise in operational costs. The return on investment from a preventive maintenance system will undoubtedly be more than employing a reactive maintenance strategy. 

2. To Reduce Unnecessary Costs

Running a restaurant without a preventive maintenance system in place will inevitably lead to more expensive solutions. Imagine having to shut your restaurant down due to unforeseen equipment failure. This not only leads to a loss in sales but also increases your expenditure. A preventive system initially may come at a high cost, but it saves a lot of your future losses. 

3. To Maintain Equipment & Inventory

Your up and running restaurant cannot afford to indulge in short term equipment investment. Preventive maintenance systems can add years to your equipment be it big or small. Spending a few minutes cleaning, checking, and scheduling repair appointments (if needed) for such equipment can save you a lot of hefty expenses in the future. Keeping your ovens, frying pans, microwaves, and grills clean will help you serve your customers with delicious food on time. 

Apart from that, preventive maintenance saves you unnecessary costs also by reducing the energy expenditure. When you have your equipment regularly checked and maintained, the food is cooked at a shorter time. For example, if a well-maintained oven takes 60 minutes to cook something, a poorly maintained oven may take longer and lead to inconsistent cooking results. This leads to higher expenditure, in terms of energy, which sooner or later gets translated to lower sales and eventually, lower foot-fall. 

Moreover, the installation of sensor technology can prove to be an excellent investment too. Sensor technology can send an automated alert to your computerized maintenance system as soon as there is any technical error in the equipment. This way you will no longer have to employ a dedicated person, and your equipment and inventory will be efficiently managed.

In summary, a preventive maintenance program, fortunately, or unfortunately, falls under the “necessary” category. Getting it installed will not only drastically improve your restaurant’s efficiency but will also scale up consumer satisfaction. Take a proactive approach and install necessary computerized maintenance systems to save hefty expenditure from unforeseen breakdowns and emergencies.

Reopen Doors to the New Normal using Technology

Reopen Doors to the New Normal using Technology

COVID-19 pandemic outbreak and the subsequent prolonged lockdown has severely impacted many industries. The retail sector that was at standstill for months has finally reopened its gates and welcomed back its customers under the new normal.

While many retailers have come up with innovative marketing solutions to attract customers, they continue to face challenges with respect to capacity management and social distancing at their stores. This is where inresto’s contactless technology suite comes to the rescue.

How does technology empower your store?

Retail stores’ biggest challenge is to identify expected footfall and spread it across time slots in a day, thereby avoiding overcrowding. inresto’s tried and tested technology product suite helps achieve peak capacity management within the store by controlling the entry and exit through usage of pre-booking and QR code features.  Here’s how it can work for your store –

Pre-Booking 

Retailers can enable a pre-booking feature on their website and Social Media handles that will allow customers to book a slot before their visit. This will provide you with a preview of expected footfall in a day and let you admit a limited number of visitors as per the guidelines.

In this process, arogya setu questions can be mandated to ensure customers entering the store are healthy and fit.

Digital Valet

Customers can hand over their vehicle with ease and the valet shares parking details with the customer over an SMS. The customer can request a remote vehicle recall from their own device. This makes the mundane and time consuming process of parking hasslefree. Thus Digital Valet reduces wait time and avoids overcrowding at the entrance.

Self – Check-in

Just like the airline model, customers with scheduled visits can scan a QR code at the retail store entrance for admission. Many customers who are visiting nearby stores can also use this feature to schedule a visit on the spot. This will trigger a visit request on the dashboard management system, where the manager can allot a slot as per availability.

Digital Payments 

Physical currency is one of the high touch elements, and hence most customers have already switched to digital payment methods. This way the store shares a payment link via SMS and the customer can pay using their own devices.

Digital Feedback and Loyalty

Feedback is even more important now, cause everyday is a make or break situation. With digital feedback forms your customers can share their feedback using a link directly from their phones. You can track these in real-time and correct any untoward incident that might sour the shopping experience and lead to negative sentiment on social media.

One of the best ways to keep your customers coming back to you is via loyalty . inresto’s loyalty feature helps you categorise and analyze your customers on the basis of their visit and spend, allowing you to target the right set of customers. 

This entire contactless product suite helps you tie all loose ends and reach peak capacity management. To know more about this, click here.

Supporting various businesses with cutting edge technology has always been inresto’s vision. And our technology is poised to revolutionize the retail sector by creating a seamless shopping experience. inresto’s product suite possesses the transformative power to help retailers overcome the current market challenges and translate them into opportunities for a brighter future. Click here to revolutionize your retail business.

Integrate Cloudbeds with inresto POS dashboard: DIY

Integrate Cloudbeds with inresto POS dashboard: DIY

An easy step-by-step guide

To minimize the extra efforts and time of the hotel staff for coordination between different departments like front office, housekeeping, food & beverages, etc. hotels use Property Management Softwares like Cloudbeds to manage all the front-end operations in one dashboard.

Since restaurants are an important part of hotel operations, we have integrated Cloudbeds software with inresto POS to mitigate the billing inaccuracies and mismanagement.

Before diving into the steps, it is important to understand the types of dashboards involved in the process:

1. inresto POS Dashboard

POS dashboard enables a restaurant to manage all the front-end operations like order management, table management, bill management and more. Information related to hotel guests will reflect on the POS dashboard post the integration

2. inresto SCM Dashboard

SCM dashboard enables a restaurant to strategically co-ordinate all the business functions ranging from inventory management, menu management, production, sales estimation, invoices and more. inresto SCM dashboard is used for the back-end integration with POS dashboard.

3. Cloudbeds Dashboard

Cloudbeds is a Property Management Software (PMS) that enables a hotel to minimize the manual day-to-day operations through digital management.

A SELF HELP GUIDE | How to integrate your Cloudbeds account with inresto POS

Step 1

Go to https://scm.torqus.com and log-in to your account

Step 2

Select Username>Settings>Access Control

Access control allows the super admin* to share access with anyone in order to integrate the two dashboards. It is advisable for the Admin only to do the same 

*Super Admin: A super admin manages the access and level of responsibility for all the other users on the dashboard

Step 3

Select User Role> Settings Controls> Cloudbeds Information

Click on Save button at the bottom to enable the access control for the new admin 

Step 4

The new admin selects Username > Settings > Miscellaneous Settings > Cloudbeds Information (Cloud POS) to access the SCM dashboard for further integration

Step 5

Select the Outlet Name for which the integration is to be done from the drop down menu and click on Authenticate Torqus with Cloudbeds (Cloud POS) button to go to Cloudbeds login page

Step 6

Log-in to your Cloudbeds page using it’s credentials

Step 7

Select Approve to access the Cloudbeds data on the Application Authorization page

Step 8

A Success message will appear on the SCM dashboard signifying that the integration with Cloudbeds is done

Step 9

Once the integration is complete, the inresto POS dashboard will pick up guest details automatically from the Cloudbeds dashboard

Step 10

Admin can find the details of the hotel guest by typing their name on the inresto POS dashboard

Step 11

Restaurant staff can punch in the order and select Pending as an option in payments to close the table

The bill from the restaurant will reflect under the Folio tab in Cloudbeds dashboard and will be clubbed with the final bill for settlement.

For any kind of assistance, you can reach out to your account manager or write to us at inrestosolutions@dineout.co.in

Why Choose a Restaurant Menu Management Software?

Why Should You Choose a Restaurant Menu Management Software?

What is a restaurant without its menu? A smart food business will always create an appealing and attractive menu that will make customers’ mouths water every time they glance at it. However, today’s restaurants not only look for popularity but also design menus that ensure higher profits and exponentially increase sales. The trick? An innovative menu management software!

What is a restaurant menu management software?

In today’s world of virtual and online food ordering, point-of-sale (POS) software contains various features. Out of them, restaurant menu management is an integral feature that can be used to create and modify any restaurant’s menu. Moreover, software developers have integrated this software with inventory and billing modules. As a whole, an efficient POS software creates exciting menus and curates them according to the availability of raw materials. 

How does one choose the best menu management software according to specific consumer interests? Given below are some crucial points that restaurants should keep in mind while buying such software.

1. Managing Individual Recipes 

A restaurant should take care of each ingredient that goes into a well-made dish. Moreover, it should not overspend on the quantities of raw materials, the methods, and the equipment used. 

A menu management system standardizes each recipe throughout all outlets of a restaurant. This ensures excellent food quality and avoids wastage of materials, thus streamlining inventory management.

2. Managing Standard Menus 

Managers can face logistical problems while trying to modify/change menus, especially if they are standardized across all outlets. A POS software can overcome this problem by ensuring that any addition/removal of items in one outlet is reflected throughout all the others. This saves precious time and lets managers avoid errors in reinventing their menus. 

3. Curating and Customizing Menus

The most effective POS software categorizes menus according to their type; for instance: dim sum, main course, dessert, beverages etc. In addition, it allows restaurants to edit and modify these categories whenever necessary. Further, it enables customers to sift through the menu and find out whether the desired dishes are available.

4. Detailed Display

A smart menu management software aids in upselling the most popular items of a restaurant chain. By displaying them at the forefront of a menu list, such a software pushes their sale. Thus, the revenue generated by the increased sale of these dishes is maximized.

Moreover, smart central menus can be customized to show important food-related information, such as nutritional value and the calorie intake involved, the ingredients used, and any presence of allergens (if any). An efficient software can display such information across all outlets once it is added to a central database. 

5. Thorough Reports and Suggestions

The most effective menu management software is analytical: on regular use, it evaluates a restaurant’s sales, checks the performance of every dish, and offers comprehensive reports on the least popular as well as the on-demand items. Also, the cost of producing each item versus its performance can be used to verify which items are cost-effective and which deplete a restaurant’s capital!

To remain relevant, grow, and generate profits, all restaurants must opt for POS software that contains smart restaurant menu management features. Clearly, the pros of such software far outweigh the cons. Furthermore, it saves a lot of time, personnel intervention, and money. With the above points in mind, go buy the software that best suits your restaurant’s needs! 

Key Tips for Restaurant Inventory Management

Key Tips for Restaurant Inventory Management

From the items in the daily menu to the overall supply chain, a huge range of tasks fall under inventory management when it comes to running a restaurant business. With the development of cloud kitchens and a constant trend of personalized ordering, any form of incumbent inventory management can lead to a disaster for a restaurant.

If you run a restaurant, you would, most definitely, be aware of how difficult it can be to maintain the inventory at times. Here are some pro tips to help ease your process.

1. Automate Your Process 

There are scores of software available on the market for maintaining restaurant inventory, and they can reduce your tasks by a huge margin. There is also no room left for human error, and with constant real-time notifications, it is difficult to miss out on anything. You can either choose an all-in-one software that performs all task related to inventory management or choose specific tasks such as alert systems to automate.

2. Provide Staff Trainings

While introducing smart technology is a great management move, if your staff is not ready to handle it, then the situation can worsen. Make sure that your staff is trained properly and understands the functioning of the automation software.

3. Limited Access

Even if your organization is not large, a horizontal access of data can result in chaos. Especially when it comes to inventory management, one should be allowed to access the data that caters to their needs. For example, the kitchen staff does not need to know about the supply chain data. Only you, as a manager, should have complete access to the inventory data.

4. Know Your Storage

Your inventory management is only as good as your storage management. Ensuring that the storage is full and never over or under filled is a task that all inventory managers must cater to. This will help in controlling wastage and in turn, decrease the loss of revenue due to improper storage.

5. Creating an Inventory Cycle

An inventory cycle is basically a method that allows you to have a streamlined view of your inventory. You begin the cycle with order placement, and end it before closing every day or every week (whatever timeline suits your organization scale). This helps ensure that you have a regular count of your inventory and know exactly when to place the next order.

You can use software to automate an inventory cycle, but for smaller restaurants, an in-person inventory count works fine as well. You will be able to manage your recipes in an easier way and also find new ways to innovate on your current structure.

Parting Note

Inventory management can be a huge process, depending on the scale of your operation and organization. But with the help of the right automation technology and training, any inventory can be maintained to provide optimum results. 

A well-managed inventory is key to the growth of a business. It allows for taking care of any risks or turbulent business conditions. Furthermore, it allows the manager to be constantly aware of their business performance.

Use the tips above to manage your inventory and make sure to create an inventory cycle that caters to your storage scale.

Importance Of Data Security For A Restaurant

Importance Of Data Security For A Restaurant

One of the large-scale industries most vulnerable to cyber-attacks is the restaurant business. Restaurants provide the easiest access to critically private financial data of thousands of diners. Once inside the servers, hackers have unrestricted access to such sensitive information. Marriott and its guests were in for a rude shock when the guest reservation system of Starwood Hotels under Marriott, was hacked. Consequently, the personal details of 500 million guests were compromised. Restaurant servers store large databases of diners’ details that can be used for malicious purposes. Names and addresses provide personal identification information, while credit and debit card data are used in financial cybercrimes.

Restaurant data is a more susceptible target for hackers. The reason is easy to see. The kind of information hackers can get their hands on from a restaurant server helps in committing credit card frauds and identity thefts, both high-level crimes with substantial returns. The restaurant owners generally focus more on the hospitality factor; thus, the IT security domain is left exposed to the cybercriminals quite unintentionally. Restaurants, no matter how big or small, must enforce cybersecurity in their systems. A cyber-attack hurts the reputation of the restaurant and reduces diner confidence. 

Cybersecurity Issues Faced by Restaurants

Restaurants are often more vulnerable to data security threats. Let us look at some of the major reasons behind this.

1. Lack of Uniformity in Digital Security Systems

The main reason why hospitality businesses like hotels, bars and restaurants are often unable to implement a robust web security framework is due to the complicated ownership hierarchy within the business. There are franchises, single owners, multiple owners within a management board, conglomerations, chains and many more. Each unit often uses dissimilar data management and security systems. As a result, when any information is transmitted across systems, security concerns are assessed and solved differently. 

This can often cause potential threats to slip through. The cyber scandals of Wyndham Worldwide in 2008 and 2010 are testimony to this. Hackers infiltrated the whole internal network by hacking into the system of one operating company. Earl Enterprises presents a similar example. In 2019, malware in the point of sale terminal of one of their restaurants put the holder of 2 million credit cards in financial jeopardy.

2. Untrained Employee Population

The restaurant sector is a labour-intensive industry. On top of that, it benefits from seasonal employment. The American Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the restaurant industry sees an annual employee turnover rate of about 73.8%. It is foolish to expect the recruitment of people with the same skill and experience as permanent employees for temporary rush season jobs. It is also a common practice among restaurants to transfer and rotate staff between their various locations. This makes it difficult to maintain a certain standard in staff competency. Restaurants end up losing professional employees who were better equipped to deal with threats and strictly uphold PCI protocol.

3. Card-based Payment System

It has almost become a convention to pay in restaurants with credit and debit cards. This is exactly what cybercriminals cash in on when trying to commit financial cybercrimes. They inject malicious software in point of sale or POS hardware that sends back all the card and payment information to the hackers. This software can even crawl through networks and gain access higher up in the network topology, further endangering the data security of the restaurant. It is interesting to note that an overwhelming 20 out of the 21 much-publicized hotel cyber attacks since 2010 originated in POS terminals of a subsidiary.

4. Data Security Measures for Restaurants

It is better to be safe than sorry, and this applies all too well in this context. Restaurants must take stringent precautions to ensure cybersecurity. Given below are a few pointers.

5. Conformity to Security Standards

Hoteliers often disregard web security issues to put more muscle into growing their business. Abidance by cybersecurity rules may seem cumbersome at first, but it pays off in the long run. The burden may seem especially high for smaller restaurateurs. They have the convenient option of hiring a security firm to look after the security matters. In the least, PCI DSS requirements for card data security in businesses and GPDR regulations for data protection and privacy for citizens across the globe must be complied with.

6. Tighter POS Security

In light of the knowledge that POS systems present the highest susceptibility in cyber attacks, it makes sense to strengthen the data protection facilities used in them. Besides firewalls and anti-malware software, good password practices are essential. Each terminal should have a unique identifier for signing in to the server or network of servers. Operating staff should be directed to not use common keyboard patterns as passwords or use the same password at every point under their jurisdiction.

7. Wariness Against Malware

Emails are the weapon of choice for many phishers. Unfortunately, emails are also the most common method of booking reservations. Hackers use this chink in the armour to target restaurant servers. Phishers often use corrupt attachments to upload spyware or other malware onto the computer when the file is opened or downloaded. Staff should exercise caution if they see attachments in emails from suspicious sources, especially ones that appear to be media files with .exe extension.

8. Wi-Fi Segregation

We have all been through the stage when we rampantly used public Wi-Fi networks before someone warned us of the potential risks. This applies to restaurants as well. It has become quite usual for restaurants and hotels to provide free Wi-Fi service to diners as part of the hospitality package. But this has opened up a sea of troubles too. If terminals used for the operation of the restaurant use the public Wi-Fi network too, do not be surprised if a hacker slides in through this route. This is why it is highly important to use a private silo network for the operations of the restaurant, with no channel to lead back from the public one.

It does not take much to put the basic security measures for a restaurant into practice. Mobilizing employees to adopt good cyber practices, and installing requisite security checkpoints is a good place to start. Recognizing these digital security hurdles and taking steps to overcome them is sufficient to shield restaurants against most threats. 

Android POS Systems v/s  iPad POS Systems: Which one to pick?

Android POS Systems v/s iPad POS Systems: Which one to pick?

Introducing the POS Technologies

Cloud-based POS systems are considered as one of the astonishing path-breaking inventions in the restaurant industry. Several businesses, including restaurants, use the cloud-based POS system to improve mobility, save the overall cost and access the bulk amount of securely stored data regularly. With the evolution of technology, mobile tablets have effectively swept in to increase efficient interactions between the restaurant staff and the diners. The restaurant authorities utilise the Android POS system or the iPad-based POS system exhaustively. This further helps in accelerating their business performances. The precise details of the billing, receipt, employee data, customers’ purchasing behaviour, order tracking and other operational details can be easily monitored. 

Android POS System is considered as a cloud-based system whose merit has proven to be advantageous across industries. The implementation of the POS system thus benefits the entire technical unit of the business operation. POS actively helps in channelling the sources of resourcing and controlling the data of the population of customers. In the case of restaurants, POS helps in creating a customised database with details of the number of items sold, products purchased, stock value, employee management system and staff salaries. iPad-based POS system, on the other hand, is concerned with tracking all the payment related issues. Thus, producing receipts and tracking the full purchasing procedure including the ones done via scanning barcode is easier. With an iPad-based POS system, the sales procedure can be streamlined effortlessly.  

Comparative analysis between Android POS and iOS POS system 

The functional differentiation of the two systems can be jotted as follows.

1. Customizable Features

The Android POS system is a flexible and open operating system. It focuses on usability extending blissful user experience and easing customization of the bill. iPad-based POS systems have limited flexibility. Thus the customisation features of Android POS facilities organisational activities of restaurants massively. 

2. Flexible Factors

Android POS comes with the advantage of being extremely compatible with a variety of hardware. But iPad based POS system is friendly with only a handful of hardware devices. 

The flexibility of adoption of the hardware system of the Android by the restaurants completely depends on their nature of the operation. For quick-service restaurants, the focus is majorly to elevate the profitability. They usually adopt large hardware form in order to fit into a single screen multiple operations. In the case of dine-in restaurants, the concentration is more angled towards customer preference and services. Thus they use a portable device that is installed with an Android system to gain substantial control over the restaurant operations.  

3. Durability

Android POS devices have high durability and resistance quotient. Further, the software system of android technology can be easily installed.  The iPad POS devices, on the other hand, being sleeker demands extra care in extreme temperature conditions.  Therefore in restaurants and other business industries, the preference for Android devices is high. 

4. Affordable Price point

Android offers a huge range of prices that makes their devices affordable in every aspect. The easy user interface of the Android POS system makes it more popular among users of all age groups. On the contrary, iPad POS is much more expensive. Thus the preference of Android for business improvement is pretty high. 

5. Speedy updating of Software 

The process of software installations in android devices is simple in comparison to the same in iPad based technologies. Updating the software regularly is important to be consistent with the newly invented forms. Updating the software in Android device consumes less time and is easier than that on iPad. iPad phones go through an elaborate stage of review and approval, thus consuming more time. The users face no such difficulty in the case of the Android system.

6. Integration

The unique customization process of the Android devices facilitates easy adoption of the programs as per the choices of the users. Additionally, several advantages like the cost-friendly hardware programs and the affordable software prices installed in the Android devices makes it more popular. 

Restaurant representatives companioned by Android POS can access important information easily. Unique combination of the inventory management system, customer’s database integrated with the entire purchase and delivery of the products add to the convenience. 

7. Better User Experience

The portability of the POS system of Android makes it more user friendly. Android facilitates comfortable customer interaction alongside extending complete information to the customers. Thus there remains no doubt regarding outstanding user experience. Moreover compared to the iPad-based POS system, the Android devices successfully pull greater audiences for the users. 

To improve the business functions there is an ever-rising need of adopting advanced technology. It not only helps the procedures to fetch profitable growth but also assists in the retention of the business for the long term. The restaurant and other business domains try to undertake the best application with the help of effective technical assistance that is sure to aid better functionality of the business procedures. Comparing both the advanced POS technical system it can be stated that the Android POS system is the best option available.