There’s no other way of putting this, the management system that your Food & Beverage business uses will determine whether you will be successful or not.
As a Food and Beverage business owner, your management system is the heart of business, everything you do will flow through it.
With that being said, it is so important that you choose your management system wisely or you could fall behind the 8 ball. So that brings us to the question, what do you need to look for in a Food and Beverage Management Software? Is it price? Is it features?
EasyVend has put together 5 things that your business needs to look at before choosing a Food and Beverage Management Software.
Let’s get started.
1. The Software Needs to Be F&B Industry Specific
By far the most important thing that you need to consider before choosing a management software is you need to ensure your software of choice is Food & Beverage industry specific. Many businesses make the mistake of choose a common management software only to find out it is not applicable for the Food & Beverage industry. When this happens, it puts your business behind from the get-go.
It is important when looking at different software’s that you only consider applications that are relevant to the Food & Beverage industry. You will need to reach out to each provider, ask about their features and see how they can best help your F&B business. Related Article: 5 Ways Food & Beverage Businesses Can Simplify Operations.
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2. The Software Needs to Flexible & Easy to Use
Another common mistake that so many businesses make is choosing a management software that is hard to use and operate. The problem with choosing a complex or difficult management system is it increases the risk of your error and is harder to teach when staff move on.
Before choosing a management software it is important that you and your team organize a free trial / demonstration of the software so you can gage whether the system is easy to use and to follow. A good management system should be self-explanatory. Your staff should be able to operate it with little to no training required. Think about some of the great applications, Microsoft Word & Google Chrome etc. Even if you haven’t used them before, you will still be able to operate the system without any training required, that’s what your business needs for your management software!
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3. The Software Needs to Meet your Businesses Unique Needs
No two businesses are the same. It is so important that your choice of management software can cater for your business’s unique needs and requirements.
This is where trialing and demoing a software is so important. Speak to each of your shortlisted software providers, let them know what you want to get from your management system and see who presents the best solution. The more you can get out of your management system, the better!
4. Available Support
So many businesses overlook this point! One of the most important things that you need to consider before choosing a software provider is the support offering. Your business is going to need to have fast and reliable access to support when and if unplanned situations occur – they will.
There are no ways around, there is always going to be unplanned issues when it comes to software. That’s why it is so important that you get the best support services available. Some providers only offer email / ticket requests for support. The problem with this is if you have an urgent request, you may have to wait days on end for a response.
Ask each provider about their support offering and how they deal with urgent requests. Once you understand each offering, choose the one you feel will be most reliable and helpful for your business. The last thing you want is to have your management system offline for a significant time, waiting for support.
5. The Software Allows Your Business to Grow
The aim of a management software is to support and automate daily processes giving you more time to focus on growth. The management software that your business chooses needs to free you up and allow your business to grow.
Your management system shouldn’t be a hinderance, it should take you away from working in the business and give you more time to work on the business. It is important to speak to your preferred provider about their packages and offerings. Some providers do charge based on the amount you turn over which could be a hinderance to your businesses bottom line.
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The Food & Beverage Management System that your business uses will play a huge role in determining whether you are successful or not. Before choosing a management software it is important that you understand what you need and how they are going to assist on achieving it. The 5 points presented should be considered before choosing any type of management software.
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