Latest Tech Trends For Restaurants

Running your own restaurant can be an incredibly time-consuming job day-in and day-out. Luckily, new tech is giving restaurant owners great ways to save time on tasks that used to eat up hours. But how do you know if the tech that’s being pushed on you is worth it, or just the latest gadget that’s mostly flashing lights and noise?

At Marketing Vitals, we know a thing or two about tech trends in the restaurant industry, and we wanted to share the latest with you. That way you’ll have a better understanding of what tech you may want to invest in for your restaurant.

Online Scheduling

Putting into practice a new scheduling system can seem like a hassle, but trust us, it will be better than the old spreadsheet that you email out every month. Online scheduling software allows you to set each employee’s schedule, group them by job, and allow them to trade shifts on their own. It also allows everyone to access the schedule from their phone. That kind of flexibility is essential to running your restaurant, and new scheduling tech makes setup hassle-free. Once you’ve begun using online scheduling, there’s no going back

Bill Splitting Tech

In the days when everyone carried cash on them, bill splitting might entail customers asking for small bills as change, along with some quick mental math. But most people now pay with cards. In fact, the vast majority do. Venmo and other apps allow patrons to exchange money between themselves, but customers also expect that the restaurant will be able to handle a bill split between all of the guests. Customized payment will be a trend that you’ll definitely want to keep up with.

Online Ordering

If your restaurant offers take-out, then you might want to consider adding online ordering options. Taking employees away from the phone means that they have more time to work on other more important tasks, and it reduces miscommunication on orders. You may have also noticed that there has been a rise in delivery services that are independent from the restaurant itself. Postmates, Grubhub, and others have changed how many customers get their food. Even if most of your business comes from dine-in customers, you may want to take a look at your options for independent delivery services.

Data Mining

As technology has advanced in recent years, data analytics has become available to smaller businesses like restaurants. More restaurants are taking advantage of the data that they generate every day, using it to boost marketing, make menu decisions, and identify and capitalize on drivers for return customers.

At Marketing Vitals, we’ve developed data analytics software that can do all of that and more, and it’s built specifically for restaurants. No time-consuming customization required. Just smart software that learns your restaurant’s ins and outs, and provides you with actionable insights for growth. Contact us today and we’ll get you started with a free demo.

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