According to a report from the National Restaurant Association, four out of five restaurant owners agree that technology would increase sales, make their restaurant more productive and provide a competitive advantage. But despite these benefits, far too many restaurants continue to struggle with clunky, outdated technology due to two reasons in particular - cost and convenience. Too often, these technology solutions are not only expensive, but they're often hard to set up and even more difficult to use. Apps could serve as a welcome alternative.
One App, Two App, Good App, Bad App
Over the past five years, there's been a shift in the way restaurant owners use technology. Instead of spending thousands of dollars on outdated software solutions, restaurant owners are turning their attention toward apps that are user-friendly, quick to set up, and, most importantly, very affordable. But with more than two million options in Apple's App Store alone, choosing the right app for your restaurant can prove to be a challenge.
To help narrow down your decision, here's a look at three different types of apps; productivity, front-end, and back-end, that can introduce big benefits to your restaurant.
Make Life Easier
From updating reservations to scheduling shifts, restaurant owners often have a full plate day in and day out. These two productivity apps can help lighten the load and free up time to focus on more pressing matters.
Delight your Guests
While productivity apps can save you and your staff from headaches later on, apps that improve customer service can do the same for your guests. The following three apps can help you create a warm and welcoming atmosphere within your restaurant.
Streamline Restaurant Operations
Apps can do more than just improve the front-end of your restaurant. In fact, they can have an equally important impact on back-of-house processes, including inventory supervision and event management. Check out how these operations-focused apps could end up saving you thousands of dollars.
The days of using complex and outdated software solutions that often break the bank are long gone. With cheap, user-friendly apps that are easy to set up, restaurant owners can quickly gain a leg up on the competition.
Alex Lassiter is Co-founder and Vice President of Customer Experience of Gather, an event management software for thousands of restaurants and venues. Gather enables restaurants, venues and hospitality companies of all sizes to manage and grow their events business, serving as the anchor between management, events teams and their customers. To request a demo, click here.