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How SaaS supply management solutions help restaurants keep up with changing consumer tastes

6/9/2015

Breakfast for dinner has always been a welcome treat for kids and adults alike. But today, consumers aren't looking at waffles, bacon and eggs for dinner as a treat - they want it all the time.

A recent study from the National Restaurant Association found that seven out of 10 consumers wish that restaurants would serve breakfast items throughout the day.

"Breakfast hasn't traditionally been the most common dining-out daypart, but with the increasingly busy lifestyles we lead today, consumer interest is definitely stemming from the blurring of normal meal periods," Annika Stensson, the NRA's director of research communications, said to QSR Magazine.

"7 out of 10 consumers wish that restaurants would serve breakfast all day."

Many restaurants have considered breakfast at all times of the day, but decided against it due to logistical and operational challenges. It would take a considerable revamping of their supply agreements to make those kinds of widespread changes to their operations. But if a business can't accommodate its customers' wants - like the increasing calls for breakfast all day - it's sure to find itself falling behind its competitors.

Here are some ways that a SaaS restaurant supply management platform can help restaurants ease their transition into creating a menu that customers want no matter what time it is.

Flexibility to make changes to the supply agreement
Adding breakfast items to the lunch and dinner menu can mean a substantial overhaul to the kinds of ingredients, the quantities needed and the delivery schedule you need to successfully change your offerings. With older supply management software, and even spreadsheets, even the slightest changes to the arrangement can be a major hassle.

SaaS platforms, on the other hand, are much more flexible in that they allow managers to easily change these specifications. Real-time updates to the system mean that actors throughout the supply chain can adjust and accommodate these changes.

More and more consumers want to be able to order breakfast at all times of the day.More and more consumers want to be able to order breakfast at all times of the day.

SaaS solutions are scalable
Breaking down the traditional breakfast/lunch time barriers could be a great way to entice existing customers to come back again later in the day, or even draw new ones in. Regardless, successfully meeting customers' wants will likely lead to more business.

SaaS solutions are scalable, which means they can grow with your business, and you won't be hamstrung by the limitations of rigid out-of-the-box software.

Quickly come to terms with new sales trends
If you haven't done breakfast at lunch before, it won't be possible to correctly determine sales trends and waste levels for those items at later times of the day. But after just a few weeks, you'll have enough data to accurately forecast orders and manage waste.

That's where an SaaS solution comes in: With easy data entry and real-time updates, you'll be able to quickly get a handle on emerging trends and adjust your approach to forecasting orders and managing inventory according to your business's new needs.