On Point: the restaurant technology blog

Manage your inventory right to save on your bottom line

Posted by Elizabeth Kelly on Wed, Nov 21, 2018 @ 08:11 AM

Managing inventory in a pizzeria is no simple task. Inventory accounts for the second largest percentage of a restaurant’s costs, yet according to the State of Small Business Report, 39% of small business owners still manage inventory using pen, paper and spreadsheets. Some don’t even take the time to manage their inventory at all.

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Topics: restaurant inventory, inventory management, Inventory

Make/Ready/Discard: Managing Stock on Hand

Posted by Elizabeth Kelly on Wed, May 23, 2018 @ 11:05 AM

Take a minute to step into the shoes of your employees. Working once or twice a week part-time, and starting part way through the day, your staff don’t necessarily know how long prepped food has been sitting. Only proper communication can ensure they know what ingredients are good to use, and which ones aren’t.

Print make/ready/discard (MRD) slips from your POS system to label each prep item with the date it was made, when it is ready to be used, and when it needs to be discarded.

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Topics: food cost, food costs, Insights and Best Practices, Inventory, inventory management, Make-ready-discard, Managing stock, MRD slips, portion control

Increase Your Restaurant Profits Through Non-Labor Cost Control

Posted by Elizabeth Kelly on Thu, Aug 03, 2017 @ 08:08 AM

When restaurant revenue takes an unfortunate turn for the worse, owners often scramble for a response and resort to cost cutting. But cost cutting is a knee-jerk reaction. It's not a long-term solution.

So what do you do instead?

Avoid rash action, and instead practice ongoing cost control.

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Topics: food cost, food costs, Insights and Best Practices, Inventory, loss prevention, portion control, Restaurant Management, restaurant management

Restaurant Operations: 3 Equipment Essentials for Effective Pizzeria Operations

Posted by Tricia Hoy on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 @ 13:03 PM

As we get ready to head to Pizza Expo 2017 next week, we’ve been thinking about what a fantastic opportunity it is to check out new pizza and delivery-related products. If you’re looking for ideas to improve operations in your pizzeria, Pizza Expo is a great place to start.

Are you opening a new restaurant, or replacing aging equipment? Ensuring your restaurant equipment is in tip-top shape is a key factor in fine tuning operations.

These are three equipment essentials for any pizza and delivery operation:

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Topics: Enterprise, How-to, Industry Experts, Insights and Best Practices, International Pizza Expo, Inventory, Online Ordering, oven, pizza expo, pizza POS, point of sale, refrigeration, Restaurant Management, restaurant management, restaurant POS, Restaurant Technology, SpeedLine Customers, SpeedLine POS

Best Restaurant Technology Blog Posts of 2016: The On Point top 10

Posted by Tricia Hoy on Wed, Jan 04, 2017 @ 09:01 AM

Looking back, 2016 was an amazing year for innovation in restaurant technology. EMV rollouts and a range of new digital payment options drove major changes in payment processing for many restaurant brands. Online ordering continued to grow at an exponential rate. And we’ve seen a range of new developments in delivery—from third-party services to delivery by drone.

The top 10 most popular 2016 On Point posts offered insights into ways you can leverage restaurant technology (and the point of sale system in particular) to streamline operations and boost restaurant profit.

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Topics: Credit Cards, customer loyalty, Delivery, employee management, Enterprise, How-to, Industry Experts, Insights and Best Practices, Inventory, Listening to your Customers, loss prevention, menu management, online ordering, pizza POS, point of sale, Restaurant Management, restaurant management, Restaurant Marketing, Restaurant Technology, SpeedLine Customers, SpeedLine user, Uncategorized

5 Ways Your POS can Help Prepare for the Holiday Rush

Posted by Lisa Siddons on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 @ 10:11 AM

The holiday season is upon us, and for most restaurants, that means an uptick in business over the next month. Hungry holiday shoppers create an opportunity to turn new guests into regulars. But the key is in the preparation. Rushed visitors won’t be impressed if their order is late or out of stock. Or if staff are harried and unfriendly.

Here are five ways you can use the tools in your point of sale system to take full advantage of the increased sales volume.

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Topics: Catering, Customer Service, food cost, food costs, How-to, Industry Experts, Insights and Best Practices, Inventory, Listening to your Customers, Online Ordering, online ordering, pizza POS, point of sale, POS choice, Restaurant Management, restaurant management, Restaurant Marketing, restaurant marketing, restaurant POS, restaurant technology, SpeedLine Customers, SpeedLine POS, SpeedLine user, Uncategorized

The True Cost of Cheese: Tracking Stock on Hand

Posted by Tricia Hoy on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 @ 14:07 PM

What is the first ingredient that comes to mind when you hear the word pizza? Dollars to doughnuts, or should I say pizza wheels, it’s cheese. Although mozzarella continues to be the mainstay for pizza, the pizza industry has seen a rise in new favorites. Here are a few to tease your taste buds:

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Topics: food cost, How-to, Industry Experts, Insights and Best Practices, Inventory, menu management, pizza POS, POS choice, Restaurant Management, restaurant management, restaurant POS, restaurant technology, SpeedLine Customers, Theft and Security

The Secrets of Pizza & Delivery POS

Posted by Jennifer Wiebe on Thu, Jun 09, 2016 @ 07:06 AM

There is no shortage of POS systems on the market. New vendors pop up every year, and more go out of business. But only a few of the restaurant POS systems on the market have the capacity to handle the unique requirements of a pizza and delivery operation.

Unfortunately, the difference between features on a checklist and wheels to the road capability in a working restaurant system may not be apparent until the system is in place—and failing.

As a result, it’s easy to choose unwisely, and too many restaurant operators learn the hard way.

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Topics: Customer Service, food cost, How-to, Industry Experts, Insights and Best Practices, Inventory, menu management, menu pricing, pizza POS, point of sale, Restaurant Management, restaurant management, restaurant POS, restaurant technology, SpeedLine Customers, SpeedLine POS, SpeedLine user, Uncategorized

5 POS Reports You can Use to Increase Pizzeria Sales and Profit

Posted by Tricia Hoy on Thu, Apr 07, 2016 @ 17:04 PM

Do you know how your restaurant sales compare day to day? As a restaurant owner, you are always monitoring operations to decrease expenses and increase profit. Beyond order entry, your point of sale system provides detailed reporting of inventory, sales, marketing, and labor performance—which all have a direct impact on profit.

By reviewing POS reports, you can get the financial facts and make informed decisions to streamline operations and increase profit.  Pedro Galetti of Mozzarella de Bufala describes the impact in his pizzerias: “With SpeedLine, I can generate reports, I can do my schedules in store manager, I can control—really control—the stores,” says Galetti.

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Topics: Customer Service, Database Marketing, Enterprise, food costs, How-to, Insights and Best Practices, Inventory, menu pricing, pizza POS, point of sale, POS reports, Restaurant Management, restaurant management, Restaurant Technology, SpeedLine Customers, SpeedLine POS, SpeedLine user, Uncategorized

Overhaul Food Cost with Inventory Tracking at the Point of Sale

Posted by Tricia Hoy on Thu, Jan 14, 2016 @ 08:01 AM

It’s that time of year—a new year and a clean start in the restaurant. This is an opportunity to take stock of what you have and what you’ll need to increase productivity, streamline operations, and lower food cost.

Used consistently, your POS system’s software should help you increase restaurant profits. At Nancy’s Pizza, for example, implementing inventory software and portion controls cut food cost by 5%.

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Topics: Enterprise, food cost, food costs, How-to, Inventory, Listening to your Customers, menu management, pizza POS, point of sale, POS choice, restaurant, Restaurant Management, restaurant management, Services, SpeedLine Customers, SpeedLine POS, SpeedLine user

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