On Point: the restaurant technology blog

Employee Management: POS Checklist for Your New Hire

Posted by Elizabeth Kelly on Fri, Oct 06, 2017 @ 08:10 AM

When hiring new staff, advertising and selection are only half the battle. Your restaurant's stellar reputation for customer service depends on effective staff training. How are you using your point of sale system to train and prepare your new employees?

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Topics: labor management, Restaurant Management, restaurant management

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

4 Reasons to Update Your Delivery Zones

Posted by Lisa Siddons on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 @ 22:07 PM

If you’re like a lot of busy restaurant operators, your delivery zones may be “set it and forget it”—perhaps set up when your POS system was installed, but not reviewed since. If you do a lot of delivery business though, it’s worth revisiting your zone setup regularly.

Tweaking delivery zone settings doesn’t take long, and automating things like charges, taxes, and minimum order size can save you a lot of time and money in the long run.

Delivery zones help set accurate customer expectations around delivery times, and define delivery charges to recover costs.

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Topics: delivery, Delivery, delivery fees, delivery zones, Restaurant Management, restaurant management

Delivery Management: Pizza & Delivery POS Best Practices

Posted by Lisa Siddons on Thu, Jul 13, 2017 @ 07:07 AM

Is your delivery operation as efficient as it could be?

Trim delivery labor costs systematically with a point of sale system designed for pizza and delivery.

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Topics: delivery, Delivery, delivery fees, delivery zones, Restaurant Management, restaurant management

From the Archives: Savvy Summer Hiring – How to Spot the Good Students

Posted by Tricia Hoy on Wed, May 03, 2017 @ 08:05 AM

Are you fully staffed for summer? It’s that time of year when students are thinking about how they can earn some money during the summer break.

Many restaurant operators find that hiring reliable staff can present challenges on a regular basis. Hiring seasonal staff has its own unique set of challenges. Before you leap into recruiting, consider these quick tips for savvy summer hiring:

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Topics: employee management, How-to, Insights and Best Practices, pizza POS, point of sale, Restaurant Management, restaurant management, social media marketing, SpeedLine POS, student hiring, Uncategorized

“Hey, Joe.” The Best Part About Pizza Expo 2017

Posted by Jennifer Wiebe on Wed, Apr 12, 2017 @ 08:04 AM

A week after our return from the International Pizza Expo, we’re still digesting all that we saw and heard at this year’s big show.

Conversations with restaurant operators at the Expo are a crash course in how the industry is changing—and how it stays the same.

The radical changes that stood out to me were around mobile technology. Restaurant operators were looking for solutions for mobile order entry in the store. And flexible options to handle online orders from a surprisingly wide set of providers.

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Topics: Enterprise, Industry Experts, Insights and Best Practices, International Pizza Expo, Loyalty, Online Ordering, online ordering, pizza POS, point of sale, restaurant management, Restaurant Marketing, restaurant POS, Restaurant Technology, restaurant technology, SpeedLine Customers, SpeedLine POS, SpeedLine POS News, Tradeshows

From the Archives: Master Menus for Multi-Unit Restaurant Companies

Posted by Lisa Siddons on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 @ 09:03 AM

With most of the crew at the International Pizza Expo this week (visit SpeedLine at booth #421), we're featuring this article on master menus from the archives.

Many chains use master corporate menus to control food cost and brand consistency. By standardizing menu offerings, recipes, and portions, restaurant chains protect their margins, deliver a consistent product across multiple locations. This  streamlines IT operations.

Tastes can vary from one area to another. The leek-and-potato pizza that’s a hit in Oakland may not go over so well in Dallas. With regional differences in prices, coupons, and tastes, how do you put the concept of a corporate menu into practice?

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Topics: Customer Service, How-to, Industry Experts, Insights and Best Practices, pizza POS, point of sale, POS choice, Restaurant Management, restaurant management, restaurant marketing, restaurant POS, Restaurant Technology, SpeedLine Customers, SpeedLine user

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

Pizza Expo 2017 – The Final Countdown!

Posted by Tricia Hoy on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 @ 08:03 AM

The team at SpeedLine is gearing up for the “Largest Pizza Show in the World.” International Pizza Expo will take over the Las Vegas Convention Center in less than two weeks.

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Topics: Delivery, delivery fees, delivery zones, Industry Experts, International Pizza Expo, LiveMaps, pizza POS, point of sale, restaurant management, restaurant POS, restaurant technology, SpeedLine Customers, SpeedLine POS, SpeedLine user, Tradeshows, Uncategorized

Continuing Care: Does Your POS Vendor Offer After-Sale Services?

Posted by Lisa Siddons on Wed, Mar 08, 2017 @ 08:03 AM

Too often, we hear stories of POS vendors whose attention to service tails off shortly after the check is cut. This can leave restaurant owners scrambling to maintain their systems, and failing to get the most out of their technology investment.

If you’re shopping for a POS system or other restaurant technology, one of the important things to consider is what happens after the system is installed and paid for. Does the vendor offer ongoing support? Menu and setting management services? Online training materials? Aftermarket equipment options?

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Topics: aftermarket sales, Customer Service, Enterprise, How-to, Industry Experts, Insights and Best Practices, pizza POS, point of sale, POS choice, Restaurant Management, restaurant management, restaurant POS, Restaurant POS Case Studies, Restaurant Technology, restaurant technology, Services, SpeedLine Customers, SpeedLine user, support service, tech support

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