Digital Menu Boards and foodservice industry trends

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Trends in the Foodservice industry are constantly changing to balance the ever-changing interests, and needs of people. Keep pace with these trends is important to restaurant owners and anyone working in the industry. 

Past few years have marked a significant change within the Foodservice industry as the food culture shifts towards higher quality food and expediency. Customers will spend their money faster when they see what they are getting. With the progress of the new age of technology where everything is getting digitized, restaurants are striving to provide a frictionless experience for consumers.

The restaurant menus too are stepping forward and going digital. Digital Menu Boards are the new trend which will help Foodservice business to win customers. The hard copies of restaurant menus are replaced with digital ones due to the many benefits of a digital menu. Since a digital restaurant menu can be edited easily, it gives the advantage of your cafe or restaurant to be dynamic in your offerings. All the changes in the menu relating to the menu items and the pricing can be managed remotely and it will be able to provide a personalized experience to the customers.

If you have an e-menu on every table, then orders need not be taken down by your servers, which will, in turn, free up the reliance on staff and reduces dependence on manpower. This will reduce your need to tap the right restaurant staff, and then train and retain them and it will also reduce the scope of mistakes while order taking and the instances of misplaced orders. 

The never-ending growth and success of the food and service industry do not limit its constant progress and continuous developments with the changing trends and innovations. Keep up with the time and incorporate with the latest technology to grow your business unique and don’t become outdated.

Why POS is necessary?

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Point of sale (POS) is a house hold name in the retail and restaurant industry. The automated system has had a revolution in the industry. Cash Flow, food inventory, Billing and Sales can be tracked with ease. Conventional bookkeeping is simplified enormously. A Good POS adds huge value to the restaurant or related retail industry.

Benefits

POS system acts a gateway where every single transaction is recorded and analyzed. Since many POS systems are integrated with card and other payment methods, the payments are more secured. POS gives a premium value to the billing mechanism and to the outlet as well.

POS provides numerous advantages and updation to the existing manual mechanism. The communication from ordering staff to the kitchen has been simplified and made clearer. The order from the table has been sent to the printer of kitchen directly. The distance is reduced and the chef instantly receives order by KOT. The overhead of running errands of the waiter and lack of clarity in conveying orders are minimized.

Mobile POS integrated systems lean another step ahead by taking orders by tablets and mobile devices.
Fast and Smooth functioning up level the customer service rating and reviews from the customer part.

POS over Book keeping

Since every transactions and workflow is done and stored digitally, a lot of money is saved on conventional book keeping. Along with the billing, POS can keep a tab on Profit & Loss statements, and also on Sales tax. A well-managed POS helps to create payrolls.

Which POS to choose?

Expodine have been one of the lead runners in the POS system with over 5 years of experience, powered by Explore IT Solutions. And with “happy customers” network all over the globe, Explore IT Solutions tries to blend technology with dining to enhance the experience of restauranting.

Everything you must know before Starting up Restaurants

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Have you been longing to start up a Restaurant? Here’s everything you must know.

People never get tired of trying new food platters. i.e., Restaurant is one business area where the demand never declines. You’ve definitely chosen the right path. But hey, have you thought every aspect of it? If not, here you go.

Planning

Planning is the first and the foremost step. Only with the right planning, any business shall survive. Starting a Restaurant is no different. It doesn’t matter how big your budget is, without proper planning, it’s all mere sand art. From Location of the restaurant, menu, hygiene and service to steady financial flow, there are different perspectives to be monitored for surviving in a very competitive business arena.

Location

The location and ambiance of the restaurant holds 40 % of the business traffic. For many people, restaurant is not JUST about the food, it’s also the visual and physical experience. Always, simple and sophisticated interiors give pleasant vibes to the customers. At an extend, the onsite experience covers flaws in other areas. The efficiency of parking area also is a defining factor of the customer flow. Menu itself is an effective honey trap. The variety and innovative presentation of dishes, indifferent from competitors gives an edge over them. Hygiene and Services is the most vital facet of the industry. One minute compromise on these, may lead to the downfall of the entire plot.

Costing

The mistake most people makes and eventually leads to the extinction is the Costing.  A proper costing need efficient cost and revenue analysis. The intention should be on the positive side, to serve the customers at the price and right attitude. Profit driven alone may give false impression to the customers. The steady financial flow is the backbone of the business, which is necessary for the long run. The initial investment should remain as a capital, and spent in the business itself for at least a year. Be patient with the results.The most important mindset to have is the going concern concept for a long period.And with adequate customer management, the smooth functioning of the restaurant can be ensured.

Happy Restauranting. !

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE UNIFIED PAYMENT INTERFACE(UPI) IN EXPODINE

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What Is UPI ?

With India moving a step closer towards becoming a cashless economy with the launch of Unified Payment Interface (UPI) last year, every business is trying to get into this system so that they can also benefit from the new technology and in turn boost the sales with simplified cash transactions. With this new payment method, your smart phones will double up as virtual debit cards.

and you’ll be able to send or receive money instantly. Along with Bharat QR code, it can help you get rid of your wallet all together.

Here bank uses to transfer money and make payments using the IMPS (Immediate Payments Service). IMPS are faster than NEFT and let you transfer money immediately and it works 24×7. This means that the online payments will become much easier without requiring a digital wallet or credit or debit card.

With the Unified Payment Interface, all bank account holders can make secure fund transfers in an instant without the need to enter bank account information or net banking credentials.

As far as the end customer is considered, they need to download the third party app which has the payment method UPI. Like  Trupay,BHIM,Phonepe etc. Once done, they need to link account with app with one time registering with UPI giving your phone number as identity for registering and setting up with 6 digit code(which can be used to connect any app with account later on). Voila… that’s all. One can do payment and receive payments with that app.

How UPI will Help the Restaurant Business

By implementing UPI those who are into restaurant retail business can save the extra cost which they have to pay to the banks when they use a swiping card machine to accept payments from customers.

According to experts, the UPI will help to increase the business of the restaurants, takeaways and home delivery  joints by removing the hassle of keeping exact change for the remaining balance when the customers pays in the outlet or at their homes and reduce the delivery or table turnover time. Secondly, the people who do not have cash at home can pay through this app, giving your customer a convenience of paying through a card.

Scan and Pay with UPI Method is Readily available and integrated with Expodine Restaurant Management system, which will change the ways in cash settlement management are done.

Listing more to its advantages

For RESTAURANT OWNERS
  • With UPI there is no need to install any additional hardware or Swiping POS machine making it a cost effective solution.
  • All due amounts will be credited instantly into the Bank Account of the Merchant automatically.
  • Can view the live reports of the transaction.
  • Faster settlements means more table turnover ,which will directly effect the revenue of the restaurant .
For End Customers
  • Most advanced and cost effective payment system where the end customers can scan and pay directly from their bank account using any UPI app from their mobile phone
  • Unlike Mobile Wallets there is no need to top up money into mobile wallet account. With UPI you can directly pay from your bank account.
  • Customer can make UPI Payment through any UPI supported Apps or online banking applications
Conclusion

With a one-stop point for accessing different bank accounts in single app, single click authentication, try out  another new,super fast and secure payment mode available in present technology !this blog will may help users to adopting the new UPI system for there secure translation

PROMOTE YOUR RESTAURANT WITH THESE SIMPLE TECHNIQUES TO GENERATE SALES

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Just because you have a small budget doesn’t mean that you have to settle for small marketing approaches. With these simple and cost-effective advertising tactics, you won’t believe how much business you will be able to generate – and you may even be shocked to find that you have some money left over in your budget (and you’ll certainly start enjoying a surge in your revenue).

Use Social Media Platforms

If you’re not using social media, you’re losing business. Get involved with the various social platforms to find what works best for your cuisine, customer base, and concept. You’ll want to post content with keywords that relate to your concept, cuisine or menu. Post photos of the restaurant, offer educational posts about culinary topics and sponsor community or charitable causes.

Get Your Website Ready

You need a functional website with responsive design to get anywhere in marketing your restaurant. Make this your first priority because almost all of the best marketing ideas depend on having a website to anchor them. Publicize your website on all your advertising, promotional materials and stationery because it’s just as important as the restaurant’s physical address

Optimize Your Online Presence

Claim your listings in local directories and restaurant review sites. Join the local chamber of commerce and business organizations. Send out press releases to local newspapers, magazines, schools and nearby manufacturing facilities to let them know your restaurant is open for business. Get your menu online on your website or through a third-party provider. Customers make reservations and place orders from their smartphones, so they need to be able to find your restaurant and menu online.

Foodie Photos

If you’ve ever logged onto Instagram, you’ll understand that food photography is alive and well.

Arguably the very best way to promote your restaurant online is with high-quality, drool-inducing photos. Visual content is in high demand online these days, and having delicious looking photos on your website and across various social media outlets is essential for drawing hungry eyes.

Blogging

Blogging is a very effective way to advertise your restaurant and stay on budget. You don’t have to go crazy; just a basic blog that features fresh, relevant and attention-grabbing content (images of your food, posts about exciting upcoming events, new menu items, etc).

Promote your blog on your website and on your social media profiles. You won’t believe how much business you will be able to generate from a basic blog.

What types of marketing tactics are you employing to promote your restaurant? What has worked the best for you? Share your success stories with us! We’d love to hear them!

Ways to Increase Restaurant Sales using Technology

Do you know to use technology to increase restaurant sales? If not, you’ll be left behind and that’s something no one would want.

Technology has already transformed the way we live and is quickly infiltrating every aspect of restaurant operation.

So, let’s take a look at ways in which you can exploit technology to increase your restaurant’s sales.

 

Ways to Increase restaurant Sales

 

  • Go digital Taste matters but people are also behind quality and freshness these days. Organic foods are the craze these days so if you could just mention that in your menu it would help bring in more sales.

 

Grab every opportunity to capture new customers by listing all the relevant information in your menu, which is something hard to achieve using traditional menu cards. So, opt for a digital menu instead which lets you list every detail that you can possibly think of, even the nutritional and allergy information and top it with a compelling image.

 

  • Go online Set up a website for your restaurant which lets your customers reserve table and order food online. This will not only help you reach people who prefer to eat at home but will also help you increase sales as people usually tend to order food for the entire family instead of just for themselves.

 

  • Games – Parents are always in a hurry to leave the restaurant as their children keep pestering them or start to cry without any reason. Keeping a few tablets handy containing games and interactive content will keep the children busy and parents relaxed. As a result, they will spend more by ordering appetisers, drinks or desserts.

 

  • Survey – Even though it is impossible to determine which is the best mobile OS, as everyone has their own personal preferences.

 

Tweaking your restaurant’s dishes based on the feedback received is something that can be easily achieved.

 

A tablet-based restaurant management software lets you accept instant feedbacks before the customer even leaves the table which in turn helps you take informed decisions.

 

  • Social Media – People love to post pictures of dishes online and review eateries. Having a strong online presence by having several positive customer reviews and posting pictures of drool-inducing dishes helps reach potential customers by making them aware of your restaurant’s name and influence their choice.

 

  • Loyalty Program – Having a loyalty program in place helps you in luring existing customers to come in more often by offering coupons or special discounts specially tailored for them. This can be done manually in the form of an SMS or email, or you can automate it by using a restaurant management software.

 

If you follow all the above steps, you will have an edge when it comes to capturing spend-happy, food loving customers, and increasing restaurant sales.

Expodine introduces Kerala’s first digital/eMenu for restaurants

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Digital/eMenu is the latest addition from Expodine, a leading global provider of tablet-based restaurant management software that promises to transform the way restaurants operate. It’s more than a digital restaurant menu. It’s a complete menu management solution designed to save time and increase your restaurant’s revenue with features including

  • Order Management
  • Menu Management
  • Feedback Screen
  • Loyalty System
  • Category Filter
  • Item Modifiers
  • Bill Generation

Expodine is the pioneer in Kerala to provide digital restaurant menu with all the features restaurant owners have been crying out for, and among the first to implement it, is the Calicut branch of Hug a Mug. It’s an extraordinary, yet intuitive app that outperforms your expectations. So, how does it work?

Emenu takes the form of a clever android application, much like the ones that we have all become accustomed to. From your android tablet now you’re able to perform all the functions of order/menu management that a waiter had to perform earlier. It takes care of menu management, placing and tracking orders, staff communication, and feedback management. It optimises customers experience, speeds up performance, empowers staffs and restaurant managers like never before.

Many restaurateurs remain sceptical of restaurant management systems, menu management systems or POS systems, which have been limited and cumbersome in the past. But, these concerns are fully laid to rest with Expodine. Mr Rijas Backer, M.D, Expodine, explained “Almost every restaurant was looking for a way to make the cumbersome task of menu management easier by digitizing the menu. Emenu is Expodine’s response to the demand for a digital restaurant menu. Once you have it, you simply don’t need anything else”.

Now, you may ask, what about implementation? A key aim for Expodine is seamless integration, requiring minimum hardware, training or installation. You can switch over to Expodine within a day. Getting started is incredibly easy; all you need is an android tablet, the app, a cash drawer, a WiFi router and a printer if you would like receipts. Setting up the app is a simple, fully customizable process with a smart intuitive back-end that allows restaurant owners to edit menu, alter pricing and apply specials, discounts and much more. For those who get stuck, Expodine also offers screen wise tutorial, as well as full-time customer support.

So, what’s the catch here? Well, there doesn’t really seem to be one. The app is intuitive, it’s affordable and incredibly smart. Overall, Expodine is set to make big waves in the restaurant industry, a no brainer for progressive thinking restaurant owners who want to maximise efficiency and take their business by the horns.