- November 1, 2017
- Posted by: simba001
- Category: Benefits of POS, Restaurant Management Insights
Designing a restaurant loss prevention strategy is a vital aspect of running a proﬁtable business. Whether you run an established chain, or an up-and-coming restaurant, ignoring preventable sources of proﬁt loss can derail the outlook of any business. This day and age, a successful restaurant loss prevention strategy revolves around two things.
1. A data-centric approach to understanding your main sources of profit loss
2.A detailed action plan that breeds targeted analysis, follow-through, and communication
Whether you are implementing a new loss prevention program or looking to revamp your current restaurant loss prevention strategy, these 9 restaurant loss prevention tips form a baseline to help you kickstart the process. Here’s the first tip:
Take Control of Your Restaurant Food Costs
Analyzing your restaurant’s food cost is a crucial element to running an efficient food service business. Ordering strategies, waste reduction, product turnover timeliness, and employee theft identiﬁcation are all things that can be addressed when you have better visibility into food cost optimization.
Ideal quick service restaurant (QSR) food cost percentage is between 25-30%, where table service restaurants (TSR) food cost should range between 30-35% depending on the style of restaurant and mix of sales. To keep within these ranges, some best practices include:
Ideal quick service restaurant (QSR) food cost percentage is between 25-30%, where table service restaurants (TSR) food cost should range between 30-35% depending on the style of restaurant and mix of sales.
Track food cost trends against item sales
Comparing food costs to what is actually sold can provide insight into items that are being over-ordered, poorly rotated, or stolen from the kitchen.
Use historical data to set goals by restaurant
Set realistic goals for food cost percentage and try to set prices that fall in line with desired margins, and know which profitable items to promote.
Monitor employee meals & other free items
Make sure that you set thresholds for employees’ meal discounts, communicate those expectations to your staff, and monitor follow through.
Use food cost data to assist restaurant operations with menu engineering
Balance out your menu by assessing item proﬁtability to ensure your menu is not costing you extra money.
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