Employee Theft, it’s a Fact
There are several ways a pizza restaurant POS system can shed light on employee theft. Nobody likes to think that their employees are stealing, but it’s a fact of business and without the proper tools for keeping the books it can be a costly problem. Food POS systems can help minimize theft, protecting both the store’s profit and the employee’s job and reputation.
Reduce Employee Theft
Millions of dollars are lost annually to theft in the industry. For smaller scale pizza delivery restaurants their loss of revenue can be very problematic. A POS system can reduce this loss through inventory tracking, sales tracking, or keeping track of who is using the system. There’s no way to prevent all theft, but a POS system is a very useful tool to minimize theft. Uncovering theft in your business can be tricky you never want to accuse the wrong person or single someone out without proof. Your POS can help you find the source by tracking individual sales. Some common forms of theft are happening right on the POS system. Manipulation of sales, discounts, voids, and refund all happen at the point of sale, which makes it easier to pinpoint those who are manipulating the system.
Inventory Tracking Through POS System
Sometimes theft occurs right from the kitchen, your POS system can track inventory down to the ingredient. This is another great tool to prevent or pinpoint theft. Comparison of sales to food inventory can show when food items are not generating proper sales based on inventory analysis. Although you may not be able to pinpoint your culprit, you can determine when and what is disappearing. restaurants that offer delivery have another set of problems with theft. Delivery drivers have a lot more freedom than other employees, in that they leave the restaurant and many times deal in cash. This offers up other opportunities by manipulation of price or couponing. Drivers also can still time by doing other things while on the clock. A POS system can reduce these temptations by reducing the number of customers paying cash and tracking delivery times. When drivers know their time is tracked and recorded, they are far less likely to have long delivery times.
POS System, the Theft Detection Tool
When training your employer on a POS system. It gives an opportunity to let them know in a casual non-threatening manner that the system is a theft detection tool as well. With this knowledge, most employees except the most brazen will avoid any actions that may point to theft.