Understanding variance: your money making tool

QSR Magazine has published an article by our President and Chief Visionary, Jeff Hands, on how restaurant owners and managers can use variance to save more money on their bottom line. From understanding the basic formulas and concepts to using restaurant inventory management software, Jeff’s article tells you everything you need to know to make … Continued

Example of a restaurant report

In a nutshell, a successful business is all about the numbers. Are you making enough money to cover your costs, pay your staff, and pay yourself? Can you save on any costs to make a profit, or to reinvest in your business to remain competitive? Are you charging enough for each menu item? Can you … Continued

If you’re going to run a successful restaurant business, there are a few management tasks you simply cannot avoid: counting your inventory, tracking your sales, and restaurant menu costing. Menu costing is particularly essential to protecting your bottom line. In the restaurant industry, your sale prices are your only source of revenue – to stay … Continued

So you’ve decided to ditch the pen and paper piles, or the DIY Excel spreadsheet, and upgrade your restaurant inventory management to the digital age. Congrats! This is a wise investment that could save your business thousands of dollars every year. Choosing from the myriad of software options out there today is your next big … Continued

Inventory turnover is a business and accounting term for measuring the number of times your inventory is sold or used up in a certain time period, like a month or year. In the restaurant industry, calculating your food and beverage inventory turnover ratio – or ITR – is an incredibly useful tool for decision making in … Continued

The restaurant business tends to get a boost in the holiday season: with more people out shopping, they are often also looking for a place to relax and refuel. Large party bookings increase with festive celebrations, as does the demand for catering services. And while the holiday season can bring in new and more business, … Continued

Food and beverage inventory control is not just for restaurants and large chain operations: bars, lounges and nightclubs also need inventory solutions for effective cost and profit management. Bar inventory software is your all-in-one digital tool for powerful ordering, tracking and reporting systems, helping you streamline and maintain your establishment’s liquor and bar inventory. Optimum … Continued

One of the most fundamental aspects of successful restaurant and bar management is food costing: the difference between the cost to you to prepare a recipe or menu item and the amount you can charge your customers for that item. In other words, food costing is all about your profits. Food costing is the only … Continued

In the service industry, we are trained from day one that “the customer is always right.” A successful bar or restaurant is wise to put this philosophy first, knowing that happy customers are returning customers, and the key to our bottom line. But in reality, there are many ways that we can put our profits … Continued

If recent consumer trends are any indication, it’s only going to be more and more common that customers at your restaurant will request substitutions to the menu items they order. Be it allergies, intolerances, diet restrictions or just individual preference, the list of possible substitution requests is nearly endless – while the opportunity to prepare … Continued