I’m excited to share our latest product launch, one of our largest to date, that streamlines all alcohol vendor purchasing. Restaurants and bars can now quickly place orders with all distributors in a fraction of the time, see order history and get more insight into their beverage program than ever before, from any device, anywhere, anytime. Read more
Margins in the restaurant industry are thinner than the blade of sushi knife. Every day you read about restaurants that are closing. Here in Chicago, even restaurants that boast Michelin stars, great customer reviews, and a celebrity chef, are closing their doors. So how can restaurant operators make sure their restaurants find the type of success that means longevity and serving diners for years on end? One smart way is to find the right technology services that help grow profits and repair the holes in your bottom line. Read more
It’s exciting to be in the restaurant space. Food, drink, and technology trends have people excited. You’re excited. I’m excited. We’re all really excited. But we’re also all getting exhausted. As the trends in dining and drinking shift and reshape every few months, it’s important to think about what changes are happening in the business of managing a restaurant. How are the duties and responsibilities of restaurant managers changing, too. What new ideas and tools are coming out that are important for managers to have a grasp on and use. What does the future mean for restaurant managers? Let’s take a look.
Thanks to a restaurant tech boom, the way consumers interact with restaurants is lightyears away from the SOP of 10-years ago. But full-service restaurants are still far behind their quick-service and fast-casual counterparts when it comes to adopting technology. New ways of operating like mobile ordering and payment, SMS and beacon marketing, crowd-sourcing and data, have been embraced the tightest by fast-food and quick-service chains that promote speed and convenience as a priority over a high-end service experience. But full-service restaurants are wrong to shun the tech boom. Restaurant operators maintaining outdated practices in the name of the tradition is putting their business at a disadvantage. It’s time full-service operators saw the benefits that come along with investing in technology for their restaurants. Here are 5 tools restaurants can use to better track and decipher their own data. Read more
1/3 of restaurant operators feel they are “lagging” behind on adopting restaurant technology. Full-service restaurant operators are lagging behind is because they are succumbing to common fears of technology adoption. But we’re here to be a comforting light in the dark for tech-hesitant restaurateurs. We look at the top five reasons restaurant operators gave for not adopting technology and show you how you can feel comfortable making the leap from tech rags to tech riches. Read more
It’s important to take the right steps when integrating new solutions to restaurant problems. As tech services for the restaurant industry continue to expand, you should know what it takes to see successful return on your new service investment. Restaurateurs and managers know that on-boarding new technology creates a learning curve for staff. For some, this may seem overwhelming. Others understand that investing in better ways to do business will lead to big returns in the future. Read more
With our new year just a few days away, it’s time you start thinking about how to improve your restaurant in 2016. For savvy restaurant operators, this starts with taking a fine tooth comb to your 2015 financial reports. As a business resolution, this is the equivalent of cursing that last piece of honey baked ham you ate before stepping on the scale, noting the pounds, and then analyzing your eating habits to identify the junk and grease you need to cut from your diet. Instead of the resolution to loose weight, a restaurant’s resolution should be to increase profits. Like any New Year’s resolution, this means you eliminate bad habits, accentuate good ones, and add a few productive bits to your routine. There are now a host of new restaurant technologies available to help you do all that. Read more
The Drinks Business recently detailed a study commissioned by wine subscription service taste4. The study sought out the top 10 wine terms that consumers are most confused and put-off by. The 2,000 consumers surveyed gave insight into the way many wine drinkers approach buying a bottle. While some of the terms on the list may be surprising, like “tart,” “legs,” or, “nose”, the take-away message of the survey is something very familiar to us at Uncorkd.
The world is tripping over itself trying to keep up with how fast it’s changing. New apps and gadgets are announced everyday. Some are simply cool ideas that don’t pan out, others can’t get enough users to become useful. But each year it seems we see a few products innovative and accessible enough to disrupt entire industries. The major effects these tech advances have had on the restaurant industry is in fast-casual restaurants and through delivery services. As these technologies become more focused on mobile, consumers will have easier access to food services than ever before. While more casual and quick eateries have successfully adopted new modes of operating, how will full-service restaurants be impacted by technology in 2016.
Questions you should ask restaurant technology vendors, even if you’re not technical
There’s a myriad of new technology solutions, from restaurant iPad menus to reservation systems, point-of-sale solutions and pretty much anything else attempting to improve front or back-of-house restaurant operations. And many of these new technologies can greatly increase your sales, improve the customer experience or make your operations more efficient. But evaluating technology solutions for your restaurant can be downright intimidating, especially if you’re not a tech guru or IT professional. And yet there’s certainly important considerations you need to be aware of with any new restaurant tech product you’re evaluating, whether software or hardware, cloud-based or on-site. So here’s a brief guide to help you out with important questions to ask so you’ll be prepared. Read more