Not Every Restaurant ERP System is a Perfect Fit for You. 9 Answers for Multi-Unit & Enterprise Food businesses

A restaurant ERP system brings order to the chaos of running multiple locations.

Everything you need to know about ERP restaurant software

1. What Is Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)?


  • ERP software can integrate all of the processes needed to run a company.
  • ERP solutions have evolved over the years, and many are now typically web-based applications that users can access remotely.
  • Some benefits of ERP include the free flow of communication between business areas, a single source of information, and accurate, real-time data reporting.
  • An ERP system can be ineffective if a company doesn’t implement it carefully.

2. What is the best ERP for my restaurant business?

Cloud-based ERP software is accessible from anywhere and integrates with the other solutions in your restaurant’s tech ecosystem.

3. What is the primary goal of ERP software for restaurants?

  1. Improve efficiency and unburden workforce by streamlining processes
  2. Add automation to restaurant operations to save time and money.
  3. Data-sharing across the business, thus preventing blindspots caused by datasilos.

4. What are the key benefits of food and beverage ERP software?

  • Improving efficiency and cutting labour costs
  • Improving staff morale
  • Reducing food costs and food waste
  • Improving data flow and reporting
  • Improving regulatory compliance
  • Improving quality management and consistency
  • Improving customer service

5. How does food ERP software help with central kitchen management?

An ERP system for central kitchens keeps tracks of internal orders.

6. How does an ERP help with recipe management?

  • Catalogue recipes uniformly
  • Improve product consistency
  • Minimize food waste
  • Control food costs
  • Make accurate purchasing forecasts
  • Avoid manual hand-overs between departments
  • Track allergens and nutritional values with 100% accuracy
  • Avoid human errors

7. Why do ERP systems fail?

  • The corporate culture is not ready to embrace the change of digital transformation
  • Protocols aren’t standardized
  • Not setting realistic targets and expectations
  • Lack of competent project managers
  • Production processes and recipe data are not clearly defined
  • Underestimating the task of data migration

8. How much training is needed to use a restaurant ERP?

A digital transformation simplifies communications and decision-making, but to get there, you need to get your staff on board. That’s not always easy.

9. What are the features to look for in a restaurant ERP?

  • Menu engineering
  • Sales analytics
  • Inventory management
  • Procurement management
  • HACCP & task planning
  • Menu planning
  • Production planning
  • Cloud-based platform — SaaS model
  • Robust APIs to share data between ePOS, F&B management, accountancy and labour planning
  • Ability to assign user roles and permissions
  • Solid reporting options and clear dashboards
  • Ability to seamlessly connect new locations to the tech ecosystem

Conclusion: Choose a Restaurant ERP System that Scales With You, Without Adding Complexity

Add Clarity & Efficiency to Your Restaurant Operation



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Geert Merckaert

Geert Merckaert

I write about F&B Management Best Practices for Multi-Unit Food Businesses. My goal is to help you keep costs down, quality up and operations running smoothly.