There was a time in the late 90s/2000s when commercial technology for the food industry made you feel like you needed a computer science degree to manage a production of muffins.
Thankfully, over the last decade, technology has become easier to use and more affordable than ever. So the question is, how can you use technology to make your day-to-day operations more efficient?
It’s important to not that your efforts to leverage technology will have it’s limitations if your processes and approach aren’t optimized to make the most of it.
We can all relate to overlooking some of the smaller tasks because there is too much to do. Over/under producing a batch, less or more inventory than you anticipated, making less money than you should be. Things can easily get out of hand without proper technology to make your life easier.
POS systems are very helpful for front of house usage, but more often than not, inventory & production management software is the missing piece that can truly help your business run itself.
What you might need is smart technology and the various time, task and production management tools that can help you make the most of your time and your employees time at work.
Here are some of the crucial aspects of day-to-day operations that stand to improve with tech:
- Inventory management & cost control
- Food waste reduction & production improvement
- Supplier & raw materials selection & sourcing
- Time management
Most small food & beverage businesses, if not all, stand to benefit by leveraging technology to improve their operations. It’s important to do a bit of research to find the tools that best suit your business. There are so many options these days that it’s not always obvious which solution you should choose.
When in doubt about whether a tech solution is worth it or not, compare the cost to the time you stand to save by implementing that solution over the next few years. If the value of time and inventory loss exceeds the price tag of the solution, you know that it could be the solution for you.