10 Kitchen Management Hacks !

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When customers with hungry bellies walk into your restaurant, you don’t want to simply serve them the best delights created in your kitchen, but also mesmerize them with an unforgettable dining experience.

We have listed 10 important Kitchen Management Hacks to let you focus on getting the food served faster and continue getting new customers who will be excited to dine at your restaurant.

  1. Structure your Kitchen Team:
    Find out the people who have an analytical mind, choose the ones who will take the ownership of being responsible to streamline the activities in your kitchen, train them thoroughly well because that’s the only way they will know what you expect from them.

  2. Automate Food Ordering:
    Automation speeds up most of the manual processes that drain time, so why not place a tablet for food ordering – Digital Menu. The customer can gain all information of the dishes you serve and choose delicacies according to their preference, once the order is placed you get it immediately flashed in your kitchen. This way you can only end up serving your most lengthy preparation dishes, faster.

  3. Make your Menu, Profitable:
    A menu is a crucial aspect of your restaurant because that’s the only way for your customers to even start ordering the food in your kitchen. The dishes you display on your menu will be in charge for bringing in the profits to run a successful business. Put your best selling dishes on the top, insert actual photos, description of the dishes, use relative pricing, go virtual…Just be practical and flexible.

  4. Smart Kitchen Design:
    Make sure to consult your chef before you design, because that’s a space where your chef works everyday. They make the best kitchen designers since they know where and how everything in your kitchen should be, for them to cook faster. A smartly designed kitchen will save huge bucks and make huge bucks for you too, by serving more customers than ever before.

  5. Energy Efficient Appliances:
    Energy saved is energy gained and you need all the energy possible to run a successful restaurant. So make use of energy efficient appliances and establish  simple operational and maintenance procedures. You can always consult an energy consultant to work far more efficiently and use less energy. Train your entire staff and you too practice energy saving methods, a very critical step to reduce spends.

  6. Prevent Blockages In Sewer System:
    Block Fats, Oils & Grease to save money on maintenance and reduce the cost of hiring emergency plumbing repairs at unexpected situations. Use strainers on the floor and sink drains, do not drain oil in the sinks, dry wipe dishes before washing them, wash the sinks frequently, begin these practices by training your kitchen staff first and stay in compliance with creating a clean nation.

  7. In-restaurant Marketing:
    You own a space that’s completely dedicated to your restaurant in this world, so instead of only spending huge amounts on marketing campaigns, why not make use of all the real estate at your disposal. It is one of the least expensive tools and a great way of increasing revenue because a plays that feels great visually increases your Brand value. Make complete use of images and displays even on your tables, chairs, walls & restrooms, just be creative.

  8. Run Staff Loyalty Programs:
    We know your run loyalty programs for your customers, but why not run them for your staff as well. Encourage them to share their goals for the day and surprise them with a treat when the goal is achieved. Ensure the goals are specific and measurable so that you too can enjoy the benefits of increased productivity levels at your restaurant.

  9. Creatively Organize Kitchen Storage:
    Use smart shelving options, make use of empty spaces creatively, practice First In, First Out rule, use labels, create a pantry inventory so you are not wasting your space in items that have expired. Create categories of items kept in different areas of your kitchen, then create a kitchen storage map and finally place it in an area for your kitchen staff to locate items easily and save time.

  10. Adopt Food Safety Measures:
    Practice food safety measures in using raw materials, water, ingredient formulations, food preparation or processing methods, transportation handling & storage of prepared food and use properly designed utensils to cook food. Ensure that cleanliness and sanitization schedules are created and executed, along with timely waste disposal and pest control programs to keep your restaurant safe – A treat of healthy and delicious food for your customers…

Adopt these 10 Kitchen Management Hacks and reduce Operation Time & Cost for your restaurant… Start Today !!!

Done Growth Mantra – Keep The Cash Burn To Minimum

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All of us have seen how e-commerce industry giants like Flipkart, Alibaba, Amazon have generated millions of orders through consistent efforts of changing customer buying behavior. This year it is Online Food Ordering industry that has stolen the show. Its been the hottest among investors touting billions of dollars of investment. About 250 start-ups are trying to validate unconventional models disrupting the industry. We can categorize food industry as:-

  • Restaurant aggregator:- Zomato, FoodPanda providing listing and reviewing restaurants
  • Chef aggregator:- Holachef, Faasos, Innerchef, Foodcloud, Yumist provides lists chefs
  • Delivery player :- Shadowfax, Parsel, Grab etc provides instant delivery
  • Food tech companies:- Limetray, Done provides an end to end technology stack of Web, APP, POS & Call
  • Food ingredient delivery:- iChef, Chef’s Basket, ChefKraft, Haute Chef, provides recipe kit

This year online food ordering industry started bullish with dozens of new start ups, large companies acquiring the smaller ones to quickly expand their market share, league for talent hunt, a whooping growth of 30% was seen month over month according to Brand equity foundation report. But by the end of this year it has become bearish, we hear about layoffs, few are tightening their belts to survive, big giants are finding it challenging to make business profitable, few have already closed down. It seems only the fittest will survive. So when the entire industry is facing the heat, Done is one of those few companies that is growing. Surely the question that must be coming to your mind would be “what is it that we are doing so differently?” Well many factors have contributed to the growth viz our vision, a great team, a holistic product, strategic tie-ups one of the most important contributing factor to growth is ensuring Minimum Cash Burn. The next question that comes to the mind is “But how, how to keep cash burn to minimum?”

We are listing down 5 areas where you can save your cash to lower down your bottom line

  • Shared Space – Every one loves to have a glamour’s office and talent would definitely be attracted but time matters, as a start up we choose shared space over a luxurious office saving lot of cash
  • Outsourced Resources – Many times we need to select between an in house team or outsourcing, depending on how critical is a function and frequency of requirement we have outsourced few of our task(It is better if we can mention which one). Well, when entire world is benefiting from Pay As You Go model why not us?, after all start ups are bootstrapped and our vision is not just to run a show but to create profitable business
  • Asset Light Model – Many of the big companies do not own their assets like Uber owns no vehicles, FB does not own any content, Alibaba owns no inventory, Airbnb owns no real-estate similarly we do not own any single vehicle or have not hired any rider yet we have the largest network of delivery. Which means no capital investment needed, instead we facilitate the ecosystem by bridging the gap between demand and supply
  • Strategic Marketing – It has always been a debate if a marketing is a must or not. We say yes, we do need to marketing budget but instead of mindless offers and promotion it is should be kept to minimum especially being a startup each peny should be spend wisely and its returns should be measured. As it is marketing is experimental one should split marketing budget in the medium where they feel they will get the result and check if it works accordingly the next media plan should be crafted.
  • Non IVY League – Our selection of talent is not based on degrees, instead it is based on skill, passion and growth potential of a candidate

I am sure this small list will help you save huge cost, if you can add and contribute to the list it will be great !