HotSchedules is a cloud-based scheduling, labor and communication management software solution serving the restaurant and hospitality industry.According to the vendor, key benefits include:Build & Communicate SchedulesThe scheduling and labor management software reduces the time it takes manager…
Restaurant Management Software
Restaurant Management Overview
What is Restaurant Management?
Restaurant Management Software assists restaurant owners and managers with automation of administrative tasks, workforce management & scheduling, inventory tracking & control, orders, and payroll. More often than not they include an integrated point-of-sale (POS) system, or a tight integration with a POS offered by a partner vendor.
Beyond these relatively straightforward functions, a restaurant management platform might distinguish itself by providing advanced and interpretable analytics and revenue tracking, an attractive and functional mobile app, and support for e-commerce with online orders and delivery support and tracking.
There is some overlap between restaurant management software and POS systems. Restaurant POS systems are primarily concerned with taking customers orders, submitting orders to the kitchen, processing payments, and providing basic analytics while restaurant management systems provide tools for both the back and front of house such as employee and inventory management.
Restaurant Management Features & Capabilities
The most advantageous features offered in Restaurant Management software solutions are listed below, but not all software will have each of these features.
Create and manage employees’ schedules
Payroll tracking - Clock employees in and out, create payroll
Employee communication, including shift changes
Labor law compliance
Manage food inventory and food expiration dates
Identify and track food waste
Forecast needed food or inventory order quantities and timing
Purchasing management and purchase order creation
Food Cost and Management
Track food costs over time
Analyze cost of specific recipes
Real time menu editing capabilities
Visibility of menu item order quantity and which menu items are the most profitable
Dashboards and Reporting
Tools to help minimize costs and maximize sales
Real time access for sales data and reporting
Forecast sales projections based on season or day of week
POS hardware and software
Self-ordering solutions and kiosks
Web order application or integration
Delivery order management or integration
Customer loyalty program management
Pricing varies greatly between the different Restaurant Management solutions. Some offer free software with basic or limited functionality. Mid range options are available in the $40 - $70 per month range while high end plans are much more and are specific to the size of your company, number of locations, and the number of employees. Several offer a free trial period prior to purchase.
Restaurant Management Products
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Breadcrumb is a point-of-sale software solution with features such as complete restaurant & bar management. Breadcrumb was developed by Groupon and sold to Upserve in 2016.
Toast is a restaurant management point-of-sale platform for tablets.
Jolt is a task and workforce management, with time & attendance, remote (selfie) login, scheduling, and simple tasking tools, from the company of the same name in Provo, Utah; useful for small teams that could leverage frequent communication.
TouchBistro is a complete mobile POS solution on the iPad for the restaurant industry. It allows users to manage reservations, view the menu, take orders and review sales reports with a few simple touches. Instead of servers repeatedly moving between customers and terminals for order management, se…
Harri, headquartered in New York, offers a workforce optimization platform for restaurants, which supports scheduling and attendance management, hiring, as well as communicating with employees and collaboration.
7shifts is a restaurant workforce and scheduling management application, which also features collaboration features, from the Canadian company of the same name.
Aloha POS is a point-of-sale software solution with features such as highest market share in the industry and streamline food preparation and delivery.
Revel Systems, from the company of the same name headquartered in San Francisco, is a point of sale (POS) system for restaurants, bars, and related businesses (e.g. bakeries, wineries, etc) which can be extended to provide workforce management, menu and table management, and also a customer loyalty …
Compeat in Austin, Texas offers their restaurant management platforms which combine inventory planning and forecasting with workforce management and controls. Their platform comes in two editions: Advantage for smaller independent and chain restaurants, and Enterprise for large chains,
Maitre'D point of sale (POS) from Posera headquartered in Montreal is a retail POS solution quick serve or table service restaurants, hotels, bars or nightclubs, and other venues. It consists of both hardware and software. Additionally, Maitre'D can be extended to provide restaurants with back offic…
Lavu is a point-of-sale software solution with features such as an intelligent combination of cloud computing, wireless technologies, and a sleek touchscreen interface for restaurant.
PeachWorks is a back office oriented restaurant management system designed to provide a comprehensive back office administration automation solution. It's developed and offered by the company of the same name in Michigan.
Avero Slingshot is an analytics platform specifically for sales forecasting and workforce optimization dedicated primarily to restaurants and hospitality, from Avero in New York.
ScheduleFly is an employee scheduling solution built for restaurants.
Radar, from Ctuit Software, was a restaurant management suite that features inventory and workforce / scheduling capabilities. Ctuit was acquired by Compeat in 2017. Radar is no longer available to new customers.
Crunchtime! is a restaurant management platform from the company of the same name in Boston, combining workforce & labor management with inventory, ordering, and recipe management.
Homebase in San Francisco offers restaurant management software, featuring workforce management and time tracking with scheduling optimization and messaging, strictly for restaurants.
Silverware is a point-of-sale software solution with features such as cloud-based solutions and real time web-based reporting.
Vivonet is a point-of-sale solution built around features such as mobile ordering applications, self-ordering kiosks, and fully-integrated reporting.
NewHotel Cloud Point of Sale specializes in hotels and restaurants offering a complete set of functions like quick sale, Preparations and seasonings, client cards, etc., and is interegated with front-office, stocks, and events.
Placebag is an online solution for restaurant owners who want to accept orders online and get the word out about their business. This solution enables customers to place orders from any device. The vendor’s value proposition is that their solution gives users full control over their online system w…
BinWise in San Francisco offers offers restaurant management software focusing on wine, including inventory management and analysis for stock optimization.
Sarbari in Allentown, PA offers a restaurant management system that emphasizes vendor management and food costing, but includes features related to workforce management and also analytics to improve operational visibility.
Tenzo in London offers a restaurant management system emphasizing analytics and operations alerts, such as sales tracking, employee performance tracking, and other features (e.g. opening hours, inventory efficiency, etc).