The food service industry’s success relies on quickly providing food to hungry customers so a POS menu management system is a hot topic amongst business owners. This is especially true in cafeteria-style environments where most diners are in a hurry. These environments have regular menu changes, which can wreak havoc on the check-out process if the right software isn’t in place. It’s clear that businesses desperately need an easier meal planning or menu scheduling system but which menu features do they need and why? Let’s unpack the difference between “menu rotation” and “menu scheduling” in the video below.
Menu Rotation Made Easy
A regularly rotating menu is the easiest way to keep food service feeling fresh and new in places like senior living facilities, hospitals, schools and even hotels and casinos. Most of these environments change-up their rotations every four or five weeks, but some simply follow a calendar of scheduled meals. An employee or manager must spend valuable time manually updating the menu each time that change takes place. Luckily, they don’t have to!
Bepoz offers a point-of-sale system that is perfect for meal planning. Each item on your menu is labeled through the POS menu management system. Each day of the week is given its own number. You then simply need to assign an item or even an entire meal to each day. You program your menu management software. Bepoz handles the daily updates.
Menu Rotation Vs Menu Scheduling
Both menu rotation and menu scheduling are important in places like university cafeterias and hospitals. The daily rotation is needed in order to change up the selections that are offered to customers and employees. Rotation ensures that customer favorites reappear while new items are introduced.
Menu scheduling is different than menu rotation. A menu schedule allows you to set the dates that each item will appear. A menu schedule lets you plan as far in advance as you like. You then have the ability to print an accurate menu that you can share on a daily, weekly or even monthly basis.
Restaurant management software ensures that meal planning is recognized by every register. Products automatically update on every point-of-sale device when you use Bepoz. You do not have to shut down registers while menus are programmed into each one. You never have to worry that you will lose customers because your cashiers have to scroll through hundreds of menu items to find the right one. Bepoz restaurant management software seamlessly updates for you using the schedule you choose.
Learn more about Bepoz and how we can provide you with a software program that perfectly blends with your menu design and restaurant plan. Contact us today.
Hi my name is Tim with Bepoz Enterprise Point of Sales Systems. One of the things that we commonly run into is organizations that do food service but have a menu that is either on rotation or is scheduled. Commonly this applies to hospitals, colleges and universities, cafeterias, senior living centers. But there could be other organizations like that, that have a need to be able to cycle through a menu or schedule certain products to be displayed only on a certain day.
The way this works and there’s really two types – there’s menu rotation and menu scheduling. So menu rotation is, and this is very common in hospitals, they’ll have the same menu rotate through every four to five weeks. And in that menu rotation with many systems what they have to do is they have to go in and change the menu so that the correct products will show on the screen for that day. In our systems, what we do is, we take let’s say you’re on a four week rotation, well that’s twenty eight days. So every day is given a number, one through twenty eight.
And every product we assign a day to it – is it going to show up on day one, day two, day three, day four, day five, whatever. And every product could have multiple days. So I could have a product show up on day one, day fifteen and day thirty, whatever. So then once you’ve assigned a number to that product, that number will automatically show up on that day of the rotation without you having to do anything to manage it. Of course you could make changes along the way, so if you have some product that show on day ten today and I want to replace it with some other product, or I want to move it from day ten to day twenty, all you do is simply edit the number on that product and it automatically shows up on that date in the rotation.
The other example of this is more of a scheduled menu. And in a scheduled menu, I change my menu every single day, but it’s not necessarily on a rotation the way the first example worked. On this example, the scheduled menu, you basically put in a date when every product is going to show up. Again, I could do multiple dates. So I could say it’s going to show up on July fourth and July fifteenth and July twenty eighth, several different dates on every product. But you schedule the date for every product. And then those products automatically show up on those dates on your register. So again, no need to go in and manually change buttons on the screen or do all that work that managers have to do to keep up with these things. They just keep up with themselves.
Another way that we’ve seen managers deal with this is they just put all the products in there so they have two hundred different products and then cashiers have to go look through two hundred products to find the correct one. So it really slows down their time of services for their register or whatever it is they’re doing. And this process keeps it tight, keeps it simple, simplifies the entire process for them.
If you have questions about how Bepoz can help you with menu rotations or menu scheduling, please feel free to call us. We’d love to talk to you. You can either call the number that’s at the top of the page or click the link below. We’d love to talk to you. Have a great day!