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Point of Sale Systems: How to control labor cost? | payroll

Posted in Bars and Taverns,POS,Restaurant by ebs4pos on January 5, 2010

When POS hasn’t been introduced yet, controlling labor in a food-service establishment was mostly an instinctive process. Effective labor control meant having just enough people on hand during a rush to keep the operation running smoothly, and by sending people home as quickly as possible as the rush descends. To effectively make projections of future sales, restaurant manager keeps track of their business for the past few weeks and converted those numbers into an employee schedule. And when the day is done, the manager sits down on his desk calculating time cards for the day’s labor percentage where success or failure of those efforts will be determined. Luckily today, manual tasks such as this is eliminated by using a restaurant point of sale (POS) system where managers no longer need to do things by hand. With the minimum wage set to rise to $7.25 over the next few years, operators are looking for every tool they can find to keep labor costs under control. At a Pizza Inn restaurant, their general manager Jim Phillips uses his restaurant point of sale system from Pixel Point for tracking labor throughout the day. Check out your labor cost every hour or at any time of the day you want! You’ll always get detailed and accurate reports anytime you want it. “I can pull it up on the terminal, hit labor cost and it tells me where my labor stands, or if I want to I can go into my hourly stats and look at those,” says Phillips. The restaurant POS system can display forecasted sales, actual sales and a variance between the two, as well as scheduled versus actual hours. Since the system can tell you everything you needed; the number of dine-ins or buffets, you can have more time making future plans. It can even give your supervisor, kitchen staff and assistant’s hours all in a breakdown. POS as your extra pair of eyes

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