This new resource from Toast lets restaurant owners and managers find the gaps in their day and see where they stack up against the average restaurateur. All you have to do is enter how many hours per week you spend on tasks like inventory tracking, accounting & reporting, and menu work. This template adds up your time so you can see just how long you spend in the restaurant each week and where you can make changes in your schedule to become more productive.
7shifts is the dream app that quells the hectic nature of scheduling. Not only is setting the schedule an intuitive process, you can source feedback from your employees regarding their availability. There's even a chat function that makes shift swapping and filling in a call-out easier than you could imagine. This should shave some time off of the average three hours it takes for restaurateurs to compile their schedule.
Avero is built to give restaurateurs invaluable insights into their business operations and sales. Adopted by 40,000 users in 70 countries, Avero is a treasured app for restaurant professionals who are ready to take a deep dive into their data and discover what actions management can take to make the team more productive.
Tired of turnover? Bonusly encourages employees to do their best so co-workers and managers will send them "points" thet they can redeem for prizes and gift cards. As a result, your favorite server may end up staying just a bit longer so she can save enough for a Starbucks gift card and then decide she wants to stay. This app makes your employees more productive, thus your restaurant more productive.
Compeat takes all the pain out of restaurant accounting and back office systems. View a full financial analysis of P&L, sales, comps, and more. Plus, the restaurant management system includes labor scheduling, restaurant payroll, inventory tracking, accounting management, and labor management. Compeat integrates with several restaurant POS systems, such as Toast, so you can have a full view of your point of sale to your P&L.
CrunchTime is a robust back office system for your restaurant. With food cost management, inventory management, labor management, dashboards and alerts, and more, CrunchTime gives customers access to the entire functionality as an all-in-one system. Plus, it integrates with your restaurant POS data, so you can glean even more insights from sales, labor, and more.
How often do you have an idea and just have to write it down? Instead of using a notebook or even the Notes app on your phone, download Evernote. Evernote organizes all your notes into folders and notebooks, so you can easily see what's most important to you at a given time. Plus, attach photos, PDFs, to-do lists, checklists, and more into each note, so you can be more a more productive restaurant manager.
Feedly consolidates all of the publications you read, from Forbes to Hospitality Technology to Pizza Marketplace to the Toast Restaurant Management Blog, into one easy to read newsletter. All the content you read comes to you in one place, in a clean and easy to read format. Because Feedly is connected to millions of feeds, you can really find the niche content that is specific to your work or passion, and discover great feeds daily.
We all hate calculating food cost, but it's a part of the job. This free tool not only calculates your suggested menu price and markups, but it also compares your prices and offerings to your local competitors' menu.
Are you traveling soon? Whether you're meeting with your franchisees or your business partner, you may need to book a flight. Hopper analyzes billions of flight prices daily to predict how prices will change over time, and tells you when exactly to buy your tickets at the best price. Basically, it does all the grunt work a travel agent might do to find great deals, for free.
HotSchedules is one of the most-downloaded apps on the web. The company is built to keep scheduling in one place – saving you time to run your restaurant instead of compiling spreadsheets and rummaging through sticky notes. In a time when labor has never been a more pressing issue, a scheduling tool is a must for productivity.
IFTTT, or If This Then That, connects all the apps you know and love, allowing you to create "recipes" to make them talk to each other. For example, you can set up a recipe that instantly posts your Instagram photos as Twitter photos, shares Facebook status updates on LinkedIn, or sends you an email when a new restaurant location is on the market. There are thousands of recipes you can make, and more than 190 apps and devices to connect.
The more tools you add to your arsenal, the more passwords you have, and the harder all those passwords are to remember. LastPass keeps your passwords protected, and generates new, strong passwords if they're not secure. Plus, you can sign in to your sites with TouchID and automatically secure new passwords to the system. Their AES-256 bit encryption keeps all your passwords and notes safe.
If you're a quick-service restaurant, LevelUp keeps your line (and your staff) moving. The mobile pay app means no more fumbling with cash for asking customers to sign – payment is transferred from saved credit card info through the app. As a bonus, LevelUp integrates with a restaurant loyalty program to keep customers coming back again and again. Plus, mobile pay has never been more demanded by diners – 58% of them will sometimes or always use it when available.
Never worry about calling in or scheduling a conference call with restaurant stakeholders again. Just download this app. MobileDay syncs with your smartphone calendar, notifies you of an upcoming meeting, and allows you to connect with one touch, so even if you’re on the road, you don’t need to scramble for your pin or access code.
Whether you use Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo, or iCloud for your email communications, the Outlook app is the #1 email app on the market. Reach "inbox zero" by simply swiping to archive, delete, or even schedule an email to be viewed later. Plus, Outlook automatically organizes your email into a "focused" inbox, with time-sensitive emails from real people, and an "other" inbox, with newsletters, spam, etc. You can view your calendar within the app, as well as easily attach files with one click. It's a game-changer, and it's changing the perception of Outlook as we know it.
In these digital days, guests expect more than a coupon or a punch card. That's where Paytronix comes in; with intuitive reward programs, comp programs, and guest email management, Paytronix drives incremental sales by creating guest loyalty. Mobilize your guest engagement platform with Paytronix, which helps create a restaurant loyalty and gift cards mobile app for your guests.
Keep your managers organized and focused on what's at hand with Peachworks. With ingredient management, a fully customizable digital logbook, an enterprise social network for your staff, a hub of your consolidated point of sale data, and more, Peachworks is creating intuitive restaurant software for just about every part of the restaurant experience. One of my favorite, simple, features is the logs & checklist app, which allows you to create detailed checklists for every part of your operation and get real-time alerts of progress (or lack thereof).
Opening a new restaurant? You may want to download the Restaurateur app to sketch out your restaurant business plan and financial plan. Enter the size of your space, average check amount, cost ratios, and monthly expenses, and Restaurateur will instantly build a profit & loss statement for you, calculating your breakeven in sales and checks. Plus, the app alerts you when your ratios fall outside industry guidelines. Take your results to your potential landlord to negotiate lower rent or export them into your favorite business planning software to prepare for banks and investors.
Improve your online reviews with ReviewTrackers' review management software. Collect reviews from your happiest guests, and use data to glean insights to improve your business, all in one easy-to-use dashboard. This app consolidates reviews from Google+, TripAdvisor, Facebook, Yelp, and more.
Rockbot is an app that's bringing the jukebox right to your phone. If your restaurant uses Rockbot, guests can choose the music playing, vote on upcoming music to influence when it's played, and share song plays on social media with photos and "tag" your restaurant location. The music is customized to your business, so you can set playlists to automatically play throughout the day, never worrying about ambiance or even restaurant music licensing fees again.
Another social media management tool, Sprout Social allows you to see all your messages in one place, easily view conversation history, and assign certain tasks or to-do lists from messages. It acts as a social inbox so you can quickly post, monitor, and schedule content across Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn.
Speaking of inboxes, do you have a lot of emails you hate receiving, but are just too lazy to unsubscribe? Me too. That's why Unroll.Me is a lifesaver. With Unroll.Me, you can unsubscribe from unwanted emails, consolidate newsletter emails into a convenient daily digest called the Rollup, and keep the rest in your inbox. Simply swipe left to unsubscribe, swipe up to roll up the email subscriptions into the daily digest, and swipe right to keep the email subscriptions you want right in your inbox.
Have you heard of AI? Artificial intelligence is coming to our inboxes in a big way. x.ai is "your AI powered personal assistant for scheduling meetings." Basically, all you have to do is CC firstname.lastname@example.org on an email, and she (it?) will schedule your meeting on your calendar for you. Say goodbye to all the tedious ping pong that comes along with scheduling meetings, and allow Amy to do it for you. Plus, there's no sign-in, no password, and no download; all you have to do is CC Amy, and you're all set.
One of the slogans for Zenefits is "HR that moves with you." It couldn't be more true for this app – with multiple integrations and total accessibility, Zenefits is a huge perk for both you and your employees. From HR, to benefit and pay management, to attendance, this app has it all if you need an HR solution app in your restaurant.
Toast is an all-in-one restaurant POS system. What does that mean? Well, in addition to providing a dashboard of sales analytics and a way to take payments seamlessly, Toast can also consolidate menu management, labor management, tableside ordering and payments, customer reporting, loyalty programs, gift cards, and online ordering into one system. Built on a cloud-based platform specifically for restaurants, Toast offers the power, flexibility, and ease of use a foodservice business needs, so you can monitor and improve every aspect of your restaurant business anywhere, anytime.
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