At a time when restaurants are juggling economic challenges and uncertainty, it can be helpful to zero in on the elements you’re better able to control. Harnessing your restaurant’s data can give you some of that much-needed control right now. That means going as deep as possible on your data: For example, if there is a festival happening in your neighborhood in July, can you adjust your formula to best adjust your plans if the weather is sunny as opposed to rainy, stock up on items that were hot sellers during the same weekend last year, ensure your best employees are working to manage the extra customers, and revise your plan entirely if the festival is suddenly postponed? By combining data about your historical and real-time sales, staff, trends and location, you can improve the precision of your ordering, better anticipate spikes and dips in demand, and aim to have the right number of staff on hand to support you. Is your tech doing all it can to bring greater precision to your forecasting?