Restaurants have a lot of moving parts. You have the front-of-house which are the hosts, servers, possibly bartenders. Then you have the back-of-house, the chefs, bussers, dishwashers. I used to be a server at a restaurant. I'll be the first to admit that the back-of-house staff doesn't get near enough credit as they deserve. Aside from the occasional "send my complements to the chef." comment at the end of a meal. Servers get the nice POS machines where they put orders in and then after that... who knows what happens? The order gets sent into an unknown abyss and then magically appears in the window ready to be served. We'll typically, the order gets sent to the kitchen printer where a ticket gets printed. The people working the kitchen then have to read and keep track of orders on a tiny piece of paper, in a busy hot kitchen and just pray that the order gets done correctly. Sounds like a terrible system right? Yeah, so did we and the developers at Clover. The solution to this counterintuitive process? A kitchen display.
The Power of a Kitchen Display System
A kitchen display system, or KDS is a digital system used in the kitchens of restaurants. Its used to streamline communication between the front-of-house (FOH) and the back-of-house (BOH) for a more efficient process. Instead of relying on traditional paper tickets, the POS system directly sends orders to the kitchen display. This makes organization and visibility of orders so much easier for kitchen staff.
Displaying orders on a screen inside the kitchen ensures that everyone is on the same page. The chefs can clearly see what the order is, and if there are any modifications or special requests. This enables the kitchen staff to effectively manage the preparation and cooking process, ensuring accurate and timely completion of orders.
Kitchen displays offer several benefits, including reducing errors in order preparation, improving communication between FOH and BOH teams, enhancing kitchen workflow, and increasing overall efficiency in restaurant operations. They are especially useful in busy or high-volume settings where quick and precise order execution is crucial.
Clover Kitchen Display System
The Clover Kitchen Display is the ultimate addition to any BOH. With the Clover KDS, gone are the days of lost tickets, messed up orders and long cook times. Servers enter an order into their Clover Duo or Clover Station, and the system sends and displays it on the KDS. Kitchen staff can accurately update the progression of each ticket, so everyone in the kitchen is on the same page. This dramatically decreases human error while making orders and also creates a more efficient operation between everyone working in the back.
Another great thing about the Clover KDS is the ability to organize where the order is coming from. The system clearly labels and organizes dine-in, online, and delivery orders. This will save time and decrease the need for clarification between BOH and FOH. If the restaurant utilizes food runners, the kitchen display can directly print out tickets for precise food running.
The Clover Kitchen Display can withstand the most hectic restaurants. It's crafted from temperature-resistant aluminum and can tolerate heat up to 122°F. This is the highest heat tolerant aluminum on the market. This is huge, because a busy kitchen can get extremely hot. Have you ever experienced your phone over heating and shutting down? Yeah, not fun. This is why using the best heat-resistant material for the KDS is so crucial.
Other great features of the Clover KDS include its 14" display with an anti-fingerprint coating, for easy cleaning. It also has bi-directional speakers that aid in ensuring alerts are audible within a noisy and bustling kitchen environment.
Organize your Kitchen with a Clover KDS
If your restaurants kitchen is in need of some organization, consider a kitchen display system! Get your Clover KDS.