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Enterprise POS Drives Restaurant Profitability

Posted by Tricia Hoy on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 @ 08:07 AM

For many years, one of the key advantages of the largest pizza and delivery chains over smaller multi-unit companies was their IT expertise. Enterprise data warehousing, central administration, and analytics helped these larger companies scale their business operations and manage rapid growth. Today, the best pizza point of sale providers are equipping chains of all sizes with enterprise reporting and management tools that help them react to market shifts and competitive situations with a new agility.

Too often, manual reporting from multiple locations, particularly in a franchise environment, results in inaccurate or out of date information above store. A centralized solution with automated reporting allows you to make timely decisions based on accurate business information.

To manage a chain profitably, you need clear visibility into performance at every location, every day. An effective enterprise reporting solution automates data transfer and key reports, and gives you the tools to manage restaurant menus and POS settings from a central office.

SpeedLink Enterprise from SpeedLine is an example of this type of solution. It delivers data from the restaurants automatically into a central data warehouse for analysis and reporting. At the same time, it cuts out hours of POS administration, giving you tools to push out updated menus, upgrades, and configuration changes to your restaurant locations automatically.

Manage multiple locations more efficiently and cost-effectively. Running individual and consolidated reports for all locations from a secure central database is integral to running a profitable multi-unit business. And the ability to push out menu changes, coupons, and upgrades to a region or chain-wide saves time, money, and unnecessary administration.

Easier payroll. Payroll becomes faster to administer for multiple locations, with no potential for data entry errors. Automated data transfer can cut hours of payroll and purchasing-related paperwork—and improve accuracy.

Effective management. With consolidated customer data from all locations, you can efficiently manage database marketing from a central office. Compare training records for employees at all locations. And easily compare numbers at a high level or down to individual transactions for a single restaurant, a region, or all your restaurant locations.

What enterprise management tools are you using today?

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