Choosing the Right POS for Your Restaurant

From tabletop tablets and online ordering, to mobile apps and self-service kiosks, technology is extremely important to restaurant customers.

Innovative point of sale (POS) solutions help you meet these expectations while also introducing added benefits to your business. In fact, nearly 90% of restaurant owners agree an upgraded POS can raise staff productivity and streamline business performance.¹

Not sure which POS is right for your restaurant? Start with these tips.

  • Set your budget. Before starting your search, determine your budget. Can’t put an exact number on it? Don’t sweat it. A general estimate is guaranteed to help speed up the process.
  • Identify pain points. Figure out what’s working in your restaurant’s existing POS system — and what’s not. From there, you can decide which POS capabilities will help fill the gaps.
  • Do a demo. You never know how a POS system will hold up until you test it. Getting up close and personal with your top choices may shed light on which is the best fit.

Looking for more guidance on selecting the right POS? Download “Making the Most of Your Restaurant’s POS” to learn how Grubhub’s POS integration can streamline your restaurant operations.

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¹Upgrading to a Next-Generation Restaurant POS System, Starfleet Media

Enabling Delivery – One Restaurant Owner’s Story

Meet Letizia Sorano, chef and owner of Enoteca Roma Ristorante. As her business grew over the years, so did Letizia’s desire to bring Enoteca Roma’s authentic Italian cuisine to more customers across Chicago. Here’s how Grubhub made delivery a reality.delivery to customers

Though it started as a bakery and coffee shop, Enoteca Roma transformed into the restaurant it is today when hungry diners began requesting dinner options. Along with more food offerings, Letizia also wanted to share Enoteca Roma with customers throughout Chicago.

But Letizia admits offering delivery – and dealing with the complexities that came with it – wasn’t easy. She needed a delivery solution that was reliable and efficient, and also helped expand her delivery capabilities.

About five years ago, Letizia joined Grubhub.

Grubhub takes away the hassle associated with delivery, giving Letizia more time to do what she loves the most – cooking Italian food, sharing it with Chicago and interacting with customers. By handling the entire delivery process, Grubhub helps restaurant owners like Letizia reach even more customers.

To learn more about Letizia’s story, check out this video.

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Best Practices for Replying to Reviews

More than half of 18- to 34-year-olds take online reviews into consideration when making a dining decision. And on Grubhub, diners who read reviews are 1.5 times more likely to order than those who haven’t.

Ready to increase the number of customers ordering from your restaurant? Use these best practices to encourage positive reviews and reduce the impact of negative online comments.

General Tips

  • Be prompt. More than 80% of consumers believe getting their issue resolved quickly is the most important part of a great customer service experience. Grubhub enables you to respond to reviews within 7 days after a customer reviews your restaurant.
  • Use proper grammar and spelling. Avoid offensive words and cap locks to ensure the diner understands your response and walks away with a positive experience.
  • Be specific. Including details from the customer’s review shows you’re taking their review seriously.
  • Thank customers who write positive reviews. This small gesture can go a long way toward improving your relationship and converting your customer into an advocate.
  • Share what you’re hearing with your staff. Your staff is on the front lines and has a direct impact on customers’ experiences. Share successes to keep your staff motivated and any improvements needed for the future.

 

Responding to Negative Reviews

Turning a negative dining experience into a positive one can help you boost business. In fact, a one-star improvement in a restaurant’s ratings translates to anywhere from a 5-9% effect on revenue.

Here are some tips to help you respond to even your harshest critics:

  • Keep it cordial. Your business might feel like your baby, but your customers are hungry, which can make them feel like babies too.
  • Apologize for the poor experience. While every negative review may not accurately reflect your restaurant’s dining experience, a sincere yet brief apology will show that you take customer complaints seriously.
  • Identify a solution. From running out of a popular dish to mixing up orders, mistakes happen. Outline specific steps to fix the situation and show diners you’re committed to improving the experience.
  • Evaluate making changes. If you see recurring complaints, making improvements can drastically improve your ratings and reviews.

 

Examples

Not sure how to respond to a negative review? Check out what a good response might be to common customer reviews:

Review 1: A diner says their food was late

 

Why this works:

  • The responder apologizes, then offers a solution
  • The response is short and specific

 

Review 2: A diner says their order was inaccurate

 

Why this works:

  • Replied promptly as soon as the diner posted their review
  • Shows a solution
  • Encourages the diner to try the restaurant again

 

Review 3: A diner thinks the food is not great

 

Why this works:

  • The message is personalized by addressing the customer directly
  • Highlights a component of your business to other diners who are reading (“source our seafood from high-quality suppliers”)
  • Shows you’re working to address the complaint, even if you don’t have the answer in that moment

 

Review 4: A diner says they never received their order

 

Why this works:

  • Response shows you have investigated the issue
  • The tip to the diner is made in a polite, cordial manner
  • Shows the restaurant is committed to solving the problem

 

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