Kitchen Display System (KDS) is a revolutionary product that has paved a digital way to communicate directly with a restaurant’s Kitchen section replacing the handwritten or printed ticket orders. The KDS connects with the point of sale machine only if it’s compatible with it. And the choice of KDS generally depends on the choice of POS used.
The best is the one that integrates seamlessly with the front of house management, comes with flexible hardware options, conveniently sends guest orders directly to the kitchen, provides coursing & timing and such information that makes kitchen operations more efficient.
KDS is a must-have product for any restaurant to stay up to speed with the growing demands of customers. It makes the life of the head chef way easier and allows the focus to be shifted onto what’s the most important activity in the restaurant i.e. cooking delicious meals.
Coming to the basic features of KDS, it shall possess the following:
1. Meal Coursing / Coursing Manager
This simply involves sending different items of a course together at once for preparation and the coursing manager overlooks this. You can set certain rules to display items of a meal and thus determine the chronology of delivering them to the customer. This can ensure all parts of a meal are served fresh.
2. Meal Pacing
This has to do with delivering the entire meal hot and fresh. So, accordingly different parts of a meal are timed or paced. Each cooking station is thus notified to prepare its part of the meal to ensure the meal is served fresh.
3. Cook Times
This signifies when a particular part of the meal needs to be cooked. The aim is to prepare food with long and short cook time in such a way that the entire meal is served once or follows a proper hierarchy.
4. Recipes / Ingredients
This is for staff to double-check recipes, preparation procedures and maintain quality control.
5. Routing Capabilities
The purpose is to move the food to correct relevant destinations say grill, pantry, fryer and so on.
Speaking of benefits of KDS, few are as under:
Since it’s paperless.
2. Amplifies Efficiency
Orders are immediately sent to the kitchen and prepared in a much-organized manner which exponentially enhances the overall efficiency.
3. Order Tracking
Monitor the order cycle and use color code to imply if the part of an order is on time, running late, being prepared and so on.
4. Reduce Cost
The saving through KDS is visible only after a bit of time. However, the saving is immediate as far as order accuracy goes.
5. Business Intelligence
One can derive valuable data that can be used to further improve overall kitchen operations.
6. Integrated Online Ordering
The order received online directly appear on a KDS and doesn’t require the staff to intervene to reenter it into the POS system.