A "Sound" Approach to Speeding Up Serving Lines

 
Lunchtime is often considered crunch time for school food service staff - for more reasons than one! Serving meals quickly and efficiently, while also making sure students have time to eat, can be a challenge for many schools. That's why any feature or method that can help speed up your serving lines, even by a few seconds, can be monumental.

One school district in Northern California found that simply using audio messages at their Point of Sale stations helped to increase their line speed and satisfaction among the students.

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Better Point of Sale Reporting Starts with Your Serving Lines



In the '90s, the school nutrition industry started to embrace computerized Point of Sale (POS) systems as a way to better track what was being sold and make it easier to manage student accounts. Today, many school nutrition professionals believe the biggest value of their POS system is at the serving line. While this is true (after all, that is where the transaction is created), the real power of a POS system is in the reporting.

Reports are often underutilized and can provide more information than many folks realize. Beyond the basics of how many meals have been served or the total sales for a given period, reports can help you identify opportunities for operational improvement or areas for increased participation.

Making sure your serving lines are properly configured to reflect the way your schools serve meals and à la carte items will ensure you get the most from your POS reports.

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4 Key Factors to a Successful Cafeteria POS Implementation

Implementing a new point of sale system in your cafeterias may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right plan in place, you can keep your implementation on track to ensure a smooth rollout.

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Quick Tips To Optimize Your K-12 POS Menu Boards

Your point of sale is the center of your nutrition operation during serving periods. With an average lunch period lasting only 25 minutes, students want to get through the line quickly so they have time to eat and chat with friends.

While there are many adjustments you can make to speed up your serving lines, optimizing your menu boards can also help shave a few precious seconds off the time it takes to enter a transaction.

Here are 8 tips for building menu boards that help make your cashier's job easier and your lines move faster:



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Heartland Announces a New Partnership with PowerSchool


Having been a part of the K-12 industry for decades, we know that your student information system is like the central control room for your school district. It’s how schools keep track of all student data, from grading and test scores, tracking student attendance, building class schedules, and everything in between. So when data can flow easily – and securely – between your SIS and other programs in your district, it can really save time and bring added efficiencies for school administrators, parents, and students.

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How to Properly Care for Your Point of Sale Computers: 6 Quick Tips

Remember the first day you started using your new POS computers? Everything was shiny and clean, your POS system ran fast (or so we hope), and your pin pads worked perfectly.  Now fast forward to today.  Is that still the same story?

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How to keep student information up-to-date in your cafeteria POS

Having up-to-date student information in your cafeteria point of sale (POS) system is vital to running a successful operation.  Serving reimbursable meals, end of the day reporting, and reconciling deposits all depend on the quality of your student information.  Understanding how to get this information out of your Student Information System (SIS) and into your POS system is an important first step.

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Heartland School Solutions Has a Brand New Look!

We're excited to announce the launch of our brand new website!

With the new site, you can learn more about Heartland’s latest product developments like MSB Anywhere - our mobile Point of Sale solution that allows you to take student payments anywhere on campus.

You can also find out what tradeshows and conferences we will be attending, or register for upcoming software training, like our Mosaic User Group Training or NUTRIKIDS Point of Sale online training. 

We’re thrilled about all the information we’ll be able to share with you on our new website and we hope you like it too.

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4 Simple Tips For Protecting Your Nutrition Program Data

For many people (including myself), talking about data protection can be a boring topic.  Like buying insurance for your car or house, we don't want to think about the consequences of not having it until something goes wrong.  Well, the same logic applies to your program data.  Whether your district uses a Point of Sale (POS), Menu Planning or Inventory solution, making sure your data stays safe is paramount.

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The Essential Point of Sale Checklist for the Start of School

It's hard to believe, but summer break is more than halfway over for many school districts across the country.  For Food Service Directors, this means it's time to start thinking about, and planning for, the start of the new school year.

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