Restaurants and bars are some of the busiest and most popular businesses out there. Even in a small city, there are dozens and dozens of different options, which means a lot of competition among companies. While they aren’t inherently technical like a software company, they still rely on a number of pieces of technology to run effectively.
The technology is always advancing and this is most definitely the case over the last few years. Bars and restaurants are becoming more high tech than ever, in ways we wouldn’t have even thought of only a few short decades ago. With that in mind, this article will take a closer look at some of the most helpful and useful technology in the bar and restaurant industry.
Tablet Restaurant Management and Innovative P.O.S Systems
P.O.S systems are not new in restaurant and have been around for years. These systems can make paying easier for customers and make keeping track of tables easier. These are also great for inventory management and ensuring everything that needs to be stocked is ordered on time.
However, as innovation occurs in the world, these technologies just get better and better. They are capable of doing more, without costing a ton more. Many of these systems can process sales, send orders to the kitchen, keep a real-time view of tables, transfer checks and much more.
While serving alcohol is a great way to increase sales, serving it can be an issue, especially when people are underage. While we associate this more with bars, restaurants also have this issue from time to time. While every business that serves alcohol is required to check IDs, mistakes are easy to make, and if you serve minors in your establishment, it can be a liability nightmare.
Instead of rolling the dice and hoping your employees calculate the customer’s age properly, ID scanners for bars can quickly and accurately make the right call for you. These handy scanners will ensure you are only selling to people of a legal age and will protect your company at the same time.
There is a good chance that if you have been in a McDonalds over the last few months, you have likely seen their large screens that allow you to view the menu and order right on the screen. While these are still rare, don’t be shocked to see them soon become the norm for ordering food and drinks, especially as they can eliminate human error that cashiers can sometimes exhibit.
In the same vein as this, you have also likely seen some restaurants or bars that have tablets on the tables themselves that you can order. These could potentially one day replace waiters needing to take your order and some of these table-top tablets can even let you pay.
Whether you are going out for a team dinner or going for a few drinks with your friends, splitting the bill can be difficult and can cause headaches for you and the waiters alike. That is why the idea of technology that can help split bills automatically is a huge trend in the industry.
There are a variety of different apps out there that allow for easy bill-splitting and look for bars and restaurants to one day utilize these services to make splitting bills simpler than ever. Using these apps can also allow for more payment options for customers (depending on if the restaurant/bar allows them) and can also do other things like offer satisfaction surveys and much more).