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SaaS solutions make seasonal menu changes easy

6/9/2015

Though the cold hasn't lifted entirely, spring is officially here, and that means foodservice operations are revamping their menus with in-season ingredients. Fresh seafood, greens and fruits are what give restaurants the ability to serve light, refreshing meals to their customers who truly crave them after a long winter.

Adding new ingredients and products into your inventory and then taking them out a few weeks later can be an arduous task - updating spreadsheets or trying to work around the rigid parameters of old supply management software can be an error-laden time waster for foodservice businesses. A SaaS solution, on the other hand, can make adding seasonal ingredients and menu items a straightforward and simple process. Here's how:

Spring is here, and that means foodservice operations need a quick and efficient way to add seasonal items to the menu.Spring is here, and that means foodservice operations need a quick and efficient way to add seasonal items to the menu.

Real-time connections with suppliers
Vegetables and fruits that were out of season during the cold months are now ready to be put on the menu, and that means getting back in touch with the suppliers who can provide them. This is simple with a SaaS solution because the dashboard can be accessed from anywhere with an Internet connection. That means the supplier can log in, see orders and invoices and immediately send the desired ingredients and quantities.

"A SaaS solution can make adding seasonal ingredients and menu items a straightforward and simple process."

Better waste management for fresh ingredients
Spring is all about fresh foods, which are a crowd pleaser at this time of year. Unfortunately, it's tough for restaurants and production facilities to keep waste costs low when they're handling high quantities of fresh foods due to the rapid spoilage.

Efficiency is the name of the game here. Over-ordering will lead to waste, but being conservative and under-ordering can lead to stockouts. SaaS solutions can aid with this by giving managers the ability to easily base their orders on recorded data instead of conjecture, leading to more accurate orders and less waste.

Solid sales forecasts come from historical data
Building on that last point, how do inventory managers access data from years past to help forecast sales figures for the coming spring? Digging through old spreadsheets and using the data to make a good forecast can take a long time, and is always subject to human error.

A SaaS solution will make it easy to import data and perform accurate, automatic calculations to determine what ingredients you should order and in what quantities. Everything starts with a good forecast, and so it's worth investing in the capability to prevent unnecessary losses later on.