7 incredible benefits of using self service kiosks in your restaurant

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December 20, 2022

Why Self Service Kiosks are a Smart Investment for your Restaurant
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It’s official, consumers love using self service kiosks. In fact, 95% of Gen Z prefer using kiosks when placing orders. They’re quick and easy to use, and means your customers get to skip that dreaded queue for the till. For restaurants, they save staff time, increase order accuracy and boost customer spend. That’s why fast-food giants like McDonald’s and KFC have been using self service kiosks for more than a decade.

From LEON to YO! and Tossed, self service kiosks have become a staple piece of hospitality tech. And it’s official: customers love them. They’re fast, easy-to-use and make personalisation a breeze. No longer a nice-to-have, self serve kiosks are a vital part of the quick service restaurant ecosystem.

And they’re great for operators too. Not only will they free up your staff, they’ll increase your average order value, improve order accuracy and cut down those long queues for the till during peak times. It’s no wonder, more and more operators across the sector are installing self service kiosks.

What are the benefits of self service kiosks?

1. Increase average transaction value with upsells and meal deals

Put simply, customers spend more using self service kiosks. A good kiosk experience lets customers explore the whole menu, providing enticing images, thorough meal details and a full range of optional extras. Kiosks never forget to upsell with sides, meal deals and targeted promotions through through loyalty programmes. Without the pressure of people behind queuing for the till, customers have more freedom and time to browse the full menu, ensuring they get the meal they really want.

61% of customers spend more when placing orders through kiosk solutions compared to ordering at the till.

I am Doner used self serve kiosks to increase customer spend by 43% with smart upsells and meal deals.

Increased digital adoption and ATV

Digital ordering has enabled I am Doner to increase customer spend by 43% with smart upsells and meal deals. Meal deals increased sales of two dishes from 3-40% in just one month.

2. Streamline labour and drive efficiency

The beauty of kiosks is that they allow operators to effectively outsource order taking to their customers. With the industry facing unprecedented labour shortages and demand for higher wages, self order kiosks can help alleviate external pressures. By redeploying staff to back-of-house operations or customer support roles, you’ll increase throughput, speed up meal preparation and create a better customer experience. Plus, with customers self ordering, operators can cut back on staffing costs by reducing the number of staff they have on shift during quieter periods.

“Self order kiosks are the future of fast-food restaurants. By making them our main in-store ordering method, it’s freed up labour to the extent that it’s like having one additional employee.”

3. Increase throughput

People queuing round the corner to buy your food might feel good, but the reality is it’s probably costing you sales. 81% of customers find restaurant queues frustrating, with 61% admitting they’d leave and go elsewhere if they had to wait more than 10 minutes. In the traditional QSR set-up, taking orders often becomes an operational bottleneck, limiting takings during peak hours. Self service kiosks increase order-taking capacity exponentially; reducing wait times, attracting more customers and allowing operators to take more orders than through an EPOS.

Smart use of kiosks can cut queues by up to 50% and reduce the risk of losing customers to the back of the queue during peak hours.

4. Improve order accuracy

With the customer in control of inputting their order, there is less risk of time-strapped cashiers mishearing or misinterpreting an order, reducing overall margin for error. This is vital for customers with allergies.

HOP Vietnamese used self service kiosks to improve customisation to create a better customer experience.

A growing demand for customisation

Before installing self serve kiosks, HOP Vietnamese pre-made all their menu items. The customer journey meant people walked into store, picked up items from the shelf and queued at the till to pay. However, requests for custom orders created bottlenecks at the till and was becoming a real pain point. Having to remake 40% of orders from scratch during peak service was impossible. Customers had to wait a long time to be served and HOP had to put on extra staff during the lunchtime rush to accommodate the custom orders. 

Now, with the kiosk system in place, customers can easily customise their order, adding or removing ingredients based on their preferences or allergen requirements. The flexibility has transformed operations, increased order accuracy, improved the customer experience and meant HOP could reduce staff during peak hours and cut down on staffing costs.

5. Customers enjoy using self order kiosks

87% of customers said they feel more relaxed ordering at a kiosk which means they’re less pressured to make rushed decisions. People take their time when ordering on kiosks and are more likely to look through the full menu, adding customisations and extras without fear of perceived judgement.

60% of customers

would choose one outlet over another based on them having kiosks

64% of customers

would visit more often if kiosks were available (91% for Gen Z, 80% for Millenials)

95% of Gen Z prefer self ordering on kiosks than ordering in-person at the till.

6. Use your self service kiosks to capture loyalty

Kiosks aren’t just powerful tools for processing orders. The best brands are thinking about how kiosks play a role in their broader omnichannel strategy. Today’s consumers want a consistent experience across multiple channels, and the flexibility to choose the right channel at the right time. By integrating kiosks into your wider ecosystem, you get valuable data on how your customers are behaving across different ordering channels. Capturing that data enables you to create personalised and targeted promotions for your customers, increasing loyalty and overall customer spend.

Self service kiosks drive labour efficiency, increase average order value by up to 40% and improve order accuracy.
Self service kiosks drive labour efficiency, increase average order value by up to 40% and improve order accuracy.

7. Self service kiosks help you remain agile

Kiosk screens are designed to be easily customised with plug & play connections, including ePDQs, QR code scanners, and other devices that ‘snap on’ to the side of the kiosk. This massively increases flexibility for operators – restaurants can adapt their kiosk solution without having to buy new hardware. It also enables operators to be more agile, as new functionality can be live in days and weeks, rather than months.

“Kiosks aren’t new, but the way leading QSR and fast-casual restaurants are using them is. Overwhelmingly, the trend is towards smaller, software-led kiosks, that allow restaurants to build custom solutions with standard parts. This approach is fast, agile, and much, much more cost effective”

Why you should invest in self service kiosks for your restaurant

As mobile ordering becomes increasingly popular in the hospitality industry, there is a legitimate question whether operators should still consider investing in kiosks. After all, can’t a mobile app provide the same benefits without the hardware costs? The reality is, it depends – no two restaurants are the same.

Of all digital ordering channels, kiosks are the largest, most visible, and lowest effort for your customers. If you offer an app to download, or a QR code to scan, customers are likely to default back to the easiest choice – queueing at your EPOS. Touchscreen kiosks, on the other hand, take zero customer setup, are extremely visual and intuitive – customers can just walk up to them and order. Kiosks also help customers to get familiar with your digital platform, so next time they come back they may be more likely to try click & collect.

Used well, self-service kiosks can be a powerful tool to cut costs, boost operational efficiency and increase revenue for your business. But, you will only realise their full potential by implementing them as part of an holistic digital strategy.

Self service kiosks and your operations

Increased revenue, more customers and happier staff. Can your operation afford to ignore kiosks?

With the Vita Mojo Restaurant Operating System, kiosks and other digital ordering channels are just one part of an integrated tech ecosystem. Each part of the operating system brings your operation distinct advantages and benefits at a time you need it most.

Ready to level up your business with technology?

Build a restaurant of the future with self-serve kiosks

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