How automation improves restaurant operations

How automation improves restaurant operations

As job challenges continue in the restaurant business, many restaurant owners are turning to automation to help run their businesses. Using available technology to relieve the stress of understaffing is a strategy that is paying off, especially as more and more people feel comfortable traveling and dining out.

According to data as of January 2022 from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, catering / bar employment increased by 43,000 in December 2021, but overall is still down by 653,000 from February 2020 figures. With the high cost of recruiting, hiring, training and retaining staff, the automation offers benefits such as simplifying certain tasks, filling staff gaps and helping with inventory and storage. For example, iinnovative technology can increase the effectiveness of managing daily responsibilities, such as employee scheduling, food preparation activities, equipment cleaning, and tracking of inbound product shipments.

Kitchen automation is a cost-effective solution with long-term benefits. An automated kitchen can increase the staff productivity and reduce the possibility of error. DayMark® Safety systems’ suite of applications for kitchen automation, exclusively through the Menu Command® Kitchen automation platformprovides applications for managing tasks, receiving and labeling menus.

It’s all in the details

One of the most difficult daily responsibilities of any company is managing people. Management of DayMark activities application can help managers simplify employee scheduling and assignments, such as preparing food, cleaning equipment, and monitoring of shipments of goods received. An intuitive web portal helps document the progress of ongoing operations in both front-of-house and back-of-house quickly and efficiently with a variety of tools that address task assignment and tracking, flexible scheduling and recording of daily health details (including temperature measurements). A training section is included in this application, where materials such as cooking protocols and procedures are stored in a central location, providing staff with a comprehensive resource for education.

While apps like Task Manager address a wide variety of tasks, other apps offer a more focused approach to increasing efficiency. DayMark developed the Reception module, for example, to simplify the process of receiving shipments. It gives managers the ability to create custom, item-specific non-conformities that identify and document short, out-of-specification or otherwise erroneous orders. The application can also be used to adjust the status of a planned shipment and keep open deliveries pending based on delays or other incomplete information.

MenuPilot®Daymark’s flagship application is now available for Android and iOS tablets. This application can also significantly reduce the time spent on daily tasks and help a kitchen run more efficiently, without spending time and money on workers handwriting food rotation labels. By investing in an automated system, tasks such as inventory tracking and food rotation labeling take less time and result more food safety and consistency in operations. MenuPilot’s accurate food rotation labels help keep track of food expiration, reducing food waste, a frequent problem in most restaurant services.

At the enterprise level, MenuCommand® provides a desktop-based dashboard with high-level supervision of health, performance and more real-time data analytics through the cloud, offering restaurant managers a new way to keep operations are proceeding smoothly. Centralized management and reporting of data changes can be immediately communicated to staff anywhere, as long as an Internet connection is available.

The use of technology contributes greatly to maintaining customer trust, maintaining food safety and managing an efficient and economical kitchen.

This post is sponsored by DayMark Safety Systems

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