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Tips and Tricks for Success: Managing Multiple Locations with a Back Office Solution

Published on April 18, 2024
By PAR Team

Effectively managing multiple locations is one of the most challenging tasks for multi-unit restaurant brands. From staying up to date on customer preferences and market demands to combating logistical hurdles like staffing, inventory, and reporting, each location has its own set of unique responsibilities owners and operators must tackle. The number of responsibilities required to manage and maintain a consistent experience across every location can be extremely overwhelming, making success seem like an impossible feat. However, by leveraging the right technology, restaurant brands with multiple locations can overcome these obstacles, streamline operations, and optimize efficiencies.

Back office solutions, like PAR Data Central, are essential systems owners and operators can leverage to effectively manage numerous locations. PAR Data Central, a maintenance-free back office solution, provides a single source of truth for multi-unit restaurants, harmonizing complex datasets like payroll, inventory, supply chain, and more to unlock better visibility across operations, deeper insights, and smarter planning. By harnessing this back office solutions enterprise reporting, labor, and food management suite, multi-unit restaurant brands can set up each location for success. Let’s take a deep dive into some of PAR Data Central’s powerful capabilities that help multi-unit restaurants find success.

Enterprise Reporting

Leveraging data to have a comprehensive understanding of every location is crucial for multi-unit restaurant brands. With a holistic view of operations, owners and operators can gain a complete understanding of customer demand and behavior as well as uncover current trends and areas for operational improvement. In fact, recent reports indicate data has been playing a pivotal role in driving food strategies for independent and full-service restaurants. According to Nation’s Restaurant News Market Leader Survey, 48% of operators cited menu price changes and menu additions or subtractions after analyzing their data.

By leveraging PAR Data Central, restaurant brands with multiple locations can consolidate their data into one enterprise operational platform delivering one database for all users, brands, and locations, from corporate down to the store level. Owners and operators can focus on the metrics that truly matter and unlock automated data aggregation, configurable reports, and Co-pilot alerts to better understand operations in real-time. Additionally, PAR Data Central’s mobile-friendly reporting tracks store performance data, forecasts demand for high-traffic events, and delivers reliable actionable insights that can be accessed anywhere at any time.

Easy Labor Management & Scheduling

With a vast quantity of employees across operations, ensuring every location has the perfect number of staff members for any given shift is a major obstacle to overcome. However, with PAR Data Central’s labor management and scheduling capabilities, multi-unit restaurant brands can easily manage employees across locations, concepts, and shifts. Owners and operators can minimize labor downtime with flexible forecasting by shift and job duties as well as maximize employee productivity, incentivize retention, and lower labor costs with scheduling intelligence. PAR Data Central’s powerful labor forecasting model enables restaurant brands with multiple locations to optimize staffing based on historical data and current demands, ensuring each location is appropriately staffed at all times.

Optimized Food & Inventory Management

Having complete control over inventory, recipes, menus, and costs is paramount for multi-unit restaurant brands. Leveraging PAR Data Central provides a cross-location master view of recipes, menus, and costs, ensuring restaurant brands with multiple locations can maintain consistent offerings across every store. Restaurant brands can optimize food costs with accurate food cost variance, menu engineering, theft prevention tools, and supply chain accountability. Moreover, by leveraging PAR Data Central’s Food Prep Sheets, restaurant brands can have full clarity into what inventory is needed throughout operations, ultimately leading to fresher food and less food waste across every location.

For restaurant owners and operators with multiple locations, utilizing a back office solution like PAR Data Central is key to effective multi-unit management. By harnessing PAR Data Central’s powerful capabilities, restaurants can address rising supply and labor costs, improve efficiency, and streamline operations. Don’t let multi-unit management be a burden on your operations. Take control with PAR Data Central and set each location up for success.

Interested in learning more about how PAR Data Central can help you manage your various restaurant locations? Visit us at PAR Data Central or request a demo!
Tiffany Disher, General Manager, MENU North America

Tiffany Disher

General Manager, MENU North America

Tiffany Disher, General Manager, MENU North America, an omni-channel ordering solution to futureproof restaurant’s growing digital sales needs. Before taking on this new role in January 2023, she was an integral part of Punchh’s growth story. She has advised hundreds of customers over the past eight years on their loyalty strategies both from a base program standpoint as well as ongoing marketing strategies. Before Punchh, Tiffany worked for Schlotzsky’s where she supported the brand marketing team by leading loyalty, eClub, R&D, Franchise advisory council and marketing analytics. Tiffany has her Bachelor’s of Science in Economics from University of Oregon and Master’s in Business with a specialty in Marketing from Baylor University. An avid golfer, hiker and mom of two small children, Tiffany spends her limited free time entering into baking competitions.