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Let’s be clear- handling inventory in any restaurant regardless of its size can be a very difficult task. Obviously, the bigger the restaurant is, the more complex task you can expect. In case you are managing inventory in a non-automated way (manually), you will probably need many hours to get simple information like counting condiments. We are talking about dozens of hours per month. Luckily, with the help of sophisticated restaurant Point of Sales systems, it is possible to cut the time restaurant managers and owners spend handling their inventory. Keep in mind that we are talking about saving hours of work. These hours can be used for different activities that can help you boost your business.
So, thanks to the modern restaurant Point of Sales systems, the only thing that you should think about is the starting setup stage. In other words, you will have to enter the starting count of every product you want to manage and track. In addition, restaurant owners have to be sure which items/products are sold whenever an item from the restaurant menu is sold. For instance, let’s take an example where a customer buys an omelet. The inventory management system you are using must be able to remove eggs from inventory, but it also has to remove the cheese, oil, toppings in other items used in the omelet. In most cases, this is something that is conducted by adding a recipe to the inventory management system. Make sure that every ingredient that is part of that recipe is found in the recipe description in the system. In this way, you won’t miss anything whenever some of the meals are sold.
Another interesting about restaurant Point of Sale systems is that with most of them you can make purchase orders for the vendors. Let’s take another example. Whenever your restaurant is out of eggs, it is your job to inform the system when the new eggs are here. In this way, the system will automatically calculate and add the eggs in the inventory. We are talking about automatic adding of items to the inventory which is much more efficient than manual adding.
In order to accelerate this activity, software developers have designed systems with an ability to create purchase orders automatically. For instance, it is up to the manager to set up a system that can make a purchase order when some of the items are close to a critical point. Once again, whenever that item is ordered and arrives, they will be added to the inventory automatically.
In the previous examples we have used eggs and that’s why we will use them once again. So, in case eggs are actually obtained as a backorder from a vendor, the restaurant POS system will store this backorder and wait until the products arrive. When they arrive, they will be added to the inventory in an automated way. This is the simplest and most efficient way to handle and analyze an inventory.
In the end, we would like to mention another advantage of the use of modern restaurant inventory management systems. Namely, you can use this system to handle food waste too. Accidents can happen and there are cases when your chefs will, let’s say, drop ten eggs in the kitchen. The majority of sophisticated POS systems allow you to enter these incidents as food waste in a matter of seconds.
Keep in mind that even though modern inventory management systems are very useful and complex, they cannot work without some human help. But, with their help, you can save a lot of money and time which is why you should make them a part of your POS system.