“The biggest success the system has had on operations, aside from keeping the even flow of people at the front door, is the increase in sales at the bar.”
— Scott Fisher, Restaurant Development
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The company has been using the systems for over a year now, and has installed systems in 3 locations. Each location is equipped with 20 pagers, and one transmitter, which are installed at the host stand.
Upon greeting guests who arrive, the host/hostess records their name, the number of people in the group, the pager number assigned to them, and their arrival time. The guests are then encouraged to have a seat at the bar (if applicable), as they wait to be paged and to be seated. When their table is ready, the host enters the pager number assigned to the guest at arrival using the transmitter, and presses “enter”. The guest’s pager vibrates and flashes, letting them know to return to the host stand to be seated. The hostess then records the time the guests are seated. In the event that a manager is needed, the host can simply enter the assigned manager pager number, and the manager instantly receives a page and can address any issues.
As the paging system provides guests with the freedom to roam the area as they wait to be paged, making sure that all pagers are retrieved from customers is important. At times, locating pagers may be necessary. The transmitter is equipped with an Auto-Locator feature that sends out a signal to all pagers, causing them to vibrate and beep. According to Fisher, “At the end of the evening, we take an inventory of pagers, if any are missing, we use the pager locator function.”
Increased bar sales
The paging system allows guests to enjoy other services as they wait. While waiting for their table, Panini’s guests are handed a pager and are encouraged to go to the bar and have a beverage. According to Fisher, the restaurant has experienced an increase in sales at the bar from waiting guests.
Improve guest flow
Managing the even flow of people at the front door has been one of the benefits Panini’s has experienced from using the system. Congestion is minimized at the host stand, as guests are able to roam the premises once they are handed a pager.
Instantly notify managers
According to Fisher, “the function that a hostess can locate a manager at anytime has been very useful.” The system allows the host/hostess to instantly page a manager when they are needed. This allows managers to handle issues immediately once notified, and helps improve customer service and customer satisfaction.
Guests are not overlooked
Unlike other methods such as overhead paging, or yelling out guest’s names that can sometimes be missed when notifying guests, the guest paging system “…creates a relaxed atmosphere for the customer”, comments Fisher. In addition to that, “they [guests] feel secure in the fact that they will not be overlooked when their name comes up on the list,” adds Fisher.
- Increased bar sales
- Improved guest flow
- Instantly notify managers
- Guests are not overlooked
With an LRS guest paging system, customers are no longer confined to a waiting room, but have the freedom to visit with friends or grab a drink from the bar, until a staff member sends a silent, instant page calling them back to the host stand. With a wireless paging system, you reach guests more efficiently, decreasing wait times and counter congestion to improve the overall guest experience, therefore increasing your bottom line. Since Panini’s has such experienced success from using the LRS Coaster Call guest paging system, the restaurant group plans to continue using the system in the future.