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Kitchen Display Systems (KDS)

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Streamline operations with an integrated kitchen display system

When it comes to kitchen display systems, the age-old adage of “time is money” couldn’t be more true. KDS helps restaurants become more efficient by streamlining order communication between kitchen staff and waitstaff. This saves time and energy, allowing restaurant owners to focus on what matters most—providing an enjoyable experience for their guests. NorthStar POS has integrations to KDS solutions that offers numerous features. 

Reduce waste and increase profits

With a kitchen display system, you can reduce waste and increase profits. KDS streamlines food production by providing real-time communication between the kitchen and waitstaff, allowing restaurants to easily manage inventory levels and minimize spoilage. With an accurate view of what’s going on in the kitchen at all times, KDS helps kitchens avoid overproduction, reducing food costs associated with excess ingredients or materials. Additionally, time spent managing inventory is reduced so that staff are free to focus on more important tasks such as customer service. With KDS in place, restaurants can rest assured knowing their profits are safe! 

Make informed decisions with accurate KDS reporting

With KDS reporting, you can ensure that all of your data points are accurate and up-to-date. Not only does this help you make informed decisions, but it also keeps your team members in the loop so everyone is on the same page – no more guessing! Plus, with all the customizable options available, there’s sure to be a report that fits your needs. So don’t wait any longer; get KDS to help with reporting today and stay one step ahead! 

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Order Accuracy

Utilizing a Kitchen Display System (KDS) ensures unparalleled order accuracy, eliminating costly mistakes and enhancing customer trust, ultimately leading to repeat business and increased profitability for restaurants.

Eliminates Paper Waster

Embracing a Kitchen Display System (KDS) not only streamlines restaurant operations but also plays a pivotal role in eliminating paper waste, showcasing a commitment to environmental sustainability while modernizing service protocols.

Cook Times

Implementing a Kitchen Display System (KDS) optimizes cook times, ensuring dishes are prepared efficiently and consistently, leading to swifter service, happier customers, and a harmonious kitchen environment.

Delayed Routing and Meal Pacing

Makes sure all your items are ready at the same time. For example, if a two-top orders a grilled salmon fillet with a cook time of 12 minutes and a well-done steak with a cook time of 20 minutes, the items will need to go on the grill at different times to ensure that they are hot when they reach the diners. You can delay items with shorter cook times to ensure everything is fresh to go to the customer.

Faster Service

By integrating a Kitchen Display System (KDS), restaurants experience faster service delivery, drastically reducing wait times for customers and fostering a reputation for efficiency and customer-centricity.

Meal Coursing

With meal coursing/pacing, if a table sits down and orders, the server can submit their orders simultaneously, allowing them to focus solely on the guest and their immediate needs. Likewise, in the kitchen, drinks, appetizers, and entrees are paced accordingly to the configured time, based on cook times, ensuring every item gets to the expo window simultaneously.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a kitchen display system?

A Kitchen Display System (KDS) is a technology that enables restaurants to manage orders more efficiently. KDS systems are typically composed of one or more screens that are placed in the kitchen area, allowing cooks and other staff to see real-time updates on what needs to be prepared.

How much does a KDS cost?

The cost of a Kitchen Display System will vary depending on the specific needs of your business. However, you can expect to pay anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars for a quality KDS system.

What is a KDS integration?

A KDS integration refers to the process of integrating a Kitchen Display System with other software or systems. This can often be done through the use of APIs or by using specialized KDS software. Also, some KDS providers offer pre-built integrations with popular software applications.

What is a kitchen order ticket?

A kitchen order ticket, also known as a KOT, is a document used to place an order with the kitchen staff in a restaurant. The ticket includes all of the necessary information about the dish being ordered, such as the ingredients, cooking instructions, and any special requests from the customer.

KOTs are typically written by the wait staff and then given to the kitchen staff so they can begin preparing the meal. In some cases, KOTs may also be sent electronically to the kitchen via the Point-of-Sale system. Regardless of how they are transmitted, KOTs must be clear and concise, so there is no confusion about what needs to be done.

What is a kitchen bump bar?

A kitchen bump bar is a device that allows the operator to interact with the kitchen display system (KDS). It is typically used to “bump off” orders when they are ready, which sends a signal to the KDS telling it to remove the order from the screen.

Speedy Order Processing

Experience seamless transactions with an interface crafted for speed. With NorthStar POS, minimal taps translate to quicker turnarounds.

Mobile POS Capabilities

Equip staff with mobile devices to take orders directly from customers in line or even before they reach the counter, speeding up the entire process.

Integrated Online Ordering

Allows customers to see the order being inputted, which can reduce errors and increase transparency.

Customization and Modifiers

Embrace the essence of fast-casual with our intuitive customization feature. From salads to sandwiches, NorthStar POS accommodates detailed modifiers with ease, ensuring the kitchen gets the right message every time.

Digital Menu Boards Integration

Easily update and synchronize your digital menu displays directly from NorthStar. This allows for dynamic pricing, highlighting specials, or featuring limited-time offers without the need for separate systems.

Integrated Upselling Suggestions

Based on the items selected by the guests, NorthStar can provide servers with real-time suggestions for upselling complementary dishes, drinks, or desserts. This not only boosts sales but can also enhance the overall dining experience for guests.

Allergy and Dietary Restrictions

Accommodate allergy and dietary preference by enabling servers to assign orders by seat numbers.

Contactless Payment Options

In the evolving landscape of dining, offering contactless payments — such as tap-and-go cards, digital wallets, or QR code payments — can enhance the checkout experience by offering speed and safety.

Drive-Thru Management

For QSRs with drive-thru service, specialized features can streamline the ordering process, enhance communication between NorthStar and kitchen, and track drive-thru-specific metrics.