What do you need, how do you get it, how much will it cost, and when can it be here? The tech solutions that address restaurants’ purchasing, inventory, and back office operations aim to answer those questions for you as your needs arise — or, ideally, before they do. Analyze your sales by day of the week, track your purchases by supplier, optimize prices for menu items, organize invoices, establish predictable sales channels, and do it all without having to input data manually. The essential principle of business — to buy a thing at one price and sell it at a higher price — becomes easier and more consistent when you have softwares helping you track the money coming in and the money going out.
Any business that has to move goods in and out is almost certainly using some form of back office software to make sense of that ebb and flow. But restaurants and other food and beverage establishments have some of the most complex systems to wrangle. Foods and many drinks are seasonal; they can spoil; they require other ingredients to work together in concert; and they can vary tremendously in price and quality, depending on where they’re sourced. For those reasons restaurants, bars, hotels, and other hospitality operations use multidimensional, specialized solutions to keep track of what they buy, how they buy it, and what they sell it for.
Having a tech solution that covers your purchasing, inventory, and back office operations will help you align your vision for your restaurant with the reality of running the place under real-world conditions. In that sense, it will help you prove out the models you have sketched out for your restaurant’s potential. The tasks they handle are essential to running a profitable business, and the odds are they’ll help you dispense with them faster, with less hassle, and with greater accuracy than you and your staff are able to do now. You’ll find time and bandwidth to focus on other things once you can seamlessly track the flow of inventory from your vendors to your kitchen to the table, and help you project your needs into the future.