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Eight Apps to Improve Your Restaurant Operations


When I Work allows workers to swap shifts and manage a scheduling calendar.

Technological advances in the restaurant industry can help owners increase sales, make their restaurants more productive, and give their business a competitive edge. Unfortunately, most hardware-based systems are expensive and tricky to set up.

The franchisor will provide the basics to run the restaurant, but there are many cheap, easy-to-use quality of life apps that will help streamline the business further. Here are eight free apps that your restaurant can use to grow its business.

When I Work: Your team is likely working around the clock, so schedule changes are bound to happen. When I Work helps you approve shift swaps, track time, or manage a scheduling calendar from your phone.

Restaurateur: This one is useful for restaurants planning to open another location. The app helps its users estimate operating expenses and predict sales based on key performance indicators as you scout potential new locations.

Waitlist Me: When your restaurant gets busy, Waitlist Me allows you to manage waiting diners and send text notifications when their tables are ready. It also provides customers with an estimate of how long it’ll take to get seated.

Tabbed Out: This app saves diners the hassle of splitting a check after their meal, by giving users the ability to view, pay and split their bills directly from their mobile devices.

eZee eMenu: Delivers a menu straight to customer’s mobile devices, giving them the ability to order or customize their meal in-app.

Verisolutions: Another free app that allows restaurants to monitor their refrigeration devices to prevent inventory loss, and cut down on foodborne illness risk factors.

Slack: This app allows your team to converse in open and private channels, and send direct messages to one another. It offers both a mobile and desktop app, to make sure your team is on the same page.

Gather: An event management software for restaurants and other venues. This can streamline operations for any private event your restaurant decides to hold.

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