How to Keep Up to Date With the Restaurant Technology Trends
While there is plenty of technology in a restaurant, the fact remains that despite all the advancements in our technological evolution, we still depend on people to run and manage restaurants. For example – a change in the menu can be implemented by simply printing new menus. Likewise, a change in service style needs training of staff along with changing their behavior adjusted. But what about changes in technology?
If you are thinking of upgrading from your POS system or if you want to implement new payment systems or even upgrade your hardware & software for seamless operations, then how will you go about getting advice on the latest trends? Who would know which technologies are better than others? Who would know which vendors among thousands on the internet will provide value for money vs. just finding one who will sell at a lower cost?
The world of technology in the restaurant business is dynamic. And keeping up with the trends can be daunting. So how do you stay ahead of your competitors who are adopting these new technologies and bringing their benefits to their operation? How do they know if this will help them grow faster than the competition?
Here are few ways for you to keep up with the latest tech trends & make sure that your restaurant technology investment helps you implement strategies that would assist in growing your business:
Be an Early Adopter
The restaurant industry, despite all the restaurant technology trends, still runs on people. While automation is being performed at every step of food preparation & service, the human touch is still required. While you may not operate a robot restaurant, the point is that it’s no longer just about people taking orders on a piece of paper. It’s now an integrated system linking hardware and software which helps your business to run seamlessly.
You depend on these systems for every aspect of your restaurant operations – from food preparation & presentation to purchase order processing, inventory management, to employee attendance tracking. So even when you consider a mundane job like heating water for coffee, you need technology for that!
So how do you know if this will help your business grow? Because there are thousands of products on the market, how will you get useful information about them? How would they impact your restaurant operations? Which ones should I implement first or at what time frame to not overload my team, which is already working hard?
Implementing New Technology into Your Restaurant Business
If you are planning to upgrade your accounting system, how will you know if this would help you increase throughput and speed of operations? Or whether there are other aspects of technology that must be implemented along with it to make a positive difference in your restaurant business? It’s easy enough to say that all kinds of technological tools available benefit small restaurants just as much as big chains. But when it comes time to take action, making an informed choice becomes difficult because one doesn’t know where the best advice can be found.
So how do you decide which direction your business should move towards? Where do you find out about new products and initiatives from vendors in the market, such as at trade shows or conferences? How do you know which ones are worth attending & whether your time is really well spent by visiting them at all?
Keeping up with new trends can be a challenge, but not just for restaurant owners! The market is flooded with products from thousands of vendors. Vendors in the hospitality industry and those who sell through retail channels offer new products and solutions every day. And it’s almost impossible to keep track of every one of them.
To help you choose wisely, the first thing you must understand is the dynamics between technological changes (which are inevitable) and business requirements, which makes it beneficial for you and your business over the long term.