New restaurant management software for groups

chaindineChainDine, an internet-enabled restaurant management software system, has been introduced by technology specialist ChainPos because operators have been “left behind by the digital age”.

It is suitable for bar, pub, restaurant, hotel and café chains where it can help remove considerable operating overhead and enhance efficiency across the group and at each outlet.

ChainDine has been developed by Rob Watson, based in the UK, who spent four years designing and programming the system alongside trials with a selection of pubs and restaurants. He created it because he believes leisure outlets have been badly “left behind by the digital age”.

“Whichever company buys into ChainDine will gain an immediate competitive advantage,” Rob says. “At present the industry stumbles along with disjointed, outdated, inefficient and expensive management systems. It’s remarkable how many groups have been left untouched by the digital age.”

Research into a number of high-street chains, based on estimated numbers of point-of-sale terminals in each outlet, highlighted the potential for increased revenue over three years. For instance, Whitbread could save £48million and Nandos £17million.

ChainDine was created to help cut overheads, by reducing IT, personnel, hardware, software licences, training, support and travel, and to improve monitoring and control of sales through the tills. It also enables more flexible pricing and promotions, online reservations from any device, comprehensive reporting and up-to-the-second accuracy.

Its chain management module allows groups of any size to roll out changes to menus, prices and promotions in seconds. New businesses within the chain can be added within minutes rather than days.

It is Cloud-based, giving greater protection to sensitive data, and provides data through online reservations and the smartphone app, helping operators to understand their customers and run targeted incentives.

The customer phone app is free of charge to all subscribers’ customers, available for Android, Mac OS, Windows Mobile and BlackBerry.

Rob added: “This completed product is ideally suited to a single large progressive organisation with multiple outlets. Development is complete other than tailoring to suit the needs of the future owner, although that should not prevent the start of immediate roll-out.

ChainDine has been developed in Java, HTLM5 and C. The epos executable can be run on both Windows and Linux operating systems. The ChainDine Back-Office Management system is available on any browser.

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