As labor challenges persist in the restaurant industry, many restaurant owners are turning to automation to help run their businesses. Using available technology to alleviate 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 January 2022 data from US Bureau of Labor Statistics employment in restaurants/bars increased by 43,000 in December 2021, but overall remains down 653,000 from February 2020 figures. With the high cost of recruiting, hiring, training and from staff retention, automation offers benefits such as simplifying certain tasks, filling staffing gaps and helping with inventory and storage. For example, IInnovative technology can increase the efficiency of managing day-to-day responsibilities, such as planning employee schedules, food preparation tasks, cleaning equipment, and tracking incoming product shipments.
Kitchen automation is a cost effective solution with long term benefits. An automated kitchen can increase the number of employees productivity and reduce the risk of error. Mark of the day® Security systems’ suite of kitchen automation apps, exclusively through the MenuCommand® Kitchen Automation Platformprovides apps for task management, receiving and menu labeling.
It’s all in the details
One of the most challenging day-to-day responsibilities of any business is managing people. DayMark’s Task management application can help managers streamline employee scheduling and assignments, such as food preparation, equipment cleaning and monitoring of deliveries of goods received. A user-friendly web portal helps document fast and efficient progress of ongoing front and back of house operations with a variety of tools that address task assignment and tracking, flexible scheduling and recording of job details. daily health (including temperature measurements). This app includes a training section, where documents such as kitchen protocols and procedures are kept in one central location, providing staff with a comprehensive resource for instruction.
While apps like Task Management handle a wide variety of activities, other apps offer a more targeted approach to increasing efficiency. DayMark has developed the Receiver module, for example, to simplify the process of receiving shipments. It gives managers the ability to create custom item-specific nonconformances that identify and document orders that are short, out of specification, or otherwise incorrect. The app can also be used to adjust the status of a scheduled shipment and keep open deliveries pending based on delays or other incomplete information.
MenuPilot®, Daymark’s flagship app, is now available for Android and iOS tablets. This app can also drastically reduce time spent on daily tasks and help a kitchen run more efficiently, without wasting time and money asking employees to handwrite food rotation labels. By investing in an automated system, activities such as inventory tracking and food rotation labeling take less time and result in greater food safety and consistency of operations. MenuPilot’s accurate food rotation labels help track the expiration date of foods, reducing food waste, a common problem in most foodservices.
At the enterprise level, MenuCommand® provides a desktop-based dashboard with high-level status monitoring, performance, and more real-time data analytics through the cloud, giving restaurant managers a new way to keep operations are going smoothly. Centralized management and communication of data changes can be communicated immediately to staff anywhere as long as there is access to an internet connection.
The use of technology goes a long way in maintaining customer confidence, maintaining food safety, and running an efficient and profitable kitchen.
This post is sponsored by DayMark Safety Systems