How To Add Items?

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How To Add Items?

Crafting Comprehensive Menu Items

Creating a new menu item is a straightforward process. This system simplifies the process of adding new menu items, guiding you through the steps of creating and customizing dishes. You can effortlessly include descriptions, prices, images, and all the essential details for a comprehensive menu item.

The Wizard includes 4 mandatory steps and 9 optional ones. However, for efficiency, you can create a single item and then duplicate it for similar items, making only minor modifications as needed.

NOTE: There is option to import menu by an excel file. Click here to learn more about import menu.

Follow these steps to add and customize your dishes:

Step 1: Choose Your Item Type

Determine if you are adding a main item, sideline, add-on, or set menu.

You have the flexibility to include main dishes, side dishes, and add-ons using the dish wizard. Furthermore, you can adjust them later through the dish settings. It’s important to remember that while main dishes or main items can be linked to a submenu, side dishes and add-ons have dedicated default menu and submenu folders of their own. Keep in mind that side dishes are intended to be complimentary and don’t have a pricing option, whereas main dishes and add-ons can either be priced or offered for free.

NOTE: To create a set menu, you first need to have a selection of main dishes, which can then be bundled together.

NOTE: To avoid duplication of effort, it’s better to first create side dishes and add-ons, and then proceed to add main dishes or set menus.

Step 2: “Start” Button

Initiate the process by selecting the “Start” button at right down corner of the digital menu page. This action launches the dish wizard setup.

Step 3: Enter Item Information

Now, enter the information for your menu item, which includes:

1.Menu Title (e.g., Lunch Menu, Dinner Menu, etc.): Provide a dish/item name for your menu item that’s descriptive and engaging, helping customers understand what it is.

2. Dish Code: Assign an optional unique code to your item for easy tracking and management.

3. Title on Docket: Specify a concise title for the item as it will appear on order dockets, it could even be in different language.

NOTE: menumiz™ offers the option to use an alternative internal title for an item that appears on the docket. It also provides support for non-English languages in the title. This means you can print dockets in the native languages of your staff, allowing for multilingual functionality, even if you choose to display the item name in English for your customers and TSO.

4. Optional Description: If necessary, include a detailed description of the menu item to provide customers with more information.

5. Upload Menu Image – Upload a Photo (JPEG, JPG, PNG, HEIC Stock Photo): Enhance your menu item’s appeal by including a high-quality image. You can also use stock photos available in the system.

NOTE: You have the option to select stock-free photos from menumiz™’s photo archive, which includes over 4,500 free images for your convinience.

6. Upload A Video (Video in MP4 format up to 2MB only): If applicable, you can upload a video to showcase your menu item.

NOTE: To upload the video, select “NEXT.” If you wish to view or delete it, return to this slide in the wizard by selecting “BACK.”

Step 4: Select Food Items for Set Menu

If you’re creating a set menu, this step allows you to pick and configure the items that make up the set. The total number of items selected for the set menu will be displayed below, ensuring customers understand what’s included.

Step 5: Add Ingredients (Optional)

This step provides the option to showcase the ingredients used in your menu item, giving customers insight into its composition.

In your menu management, you have the option to include specific ingredients as keywords. The process is straightforward:

  1. Enter the desired keyword.
  2. Use the plus button (+) to add it.

If you wish to remove a keyword, simply locate it, and use the “X” button next to it for deletion.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

Customers can personalize their dietary preferences by creating a list of keywords in their profile. For instance, if a customer adds a keyword like “allergen,” it will be used to match ingredients in the items they order. When such a match occurs, the system will alert the customer, enabling them to review additional details.

Therefore, it’s crucial to select keywords carefully and ensure they are free of any typos to enhance the accuracy of this feature.

Step 6: Serving Type

Indicate whether the menu item is intended for dine-in, takeaway ro delivery, helping customers make the right choice.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  1. In-Room Dining (For Hotel) service is in development and will be available soon.
  2. Your selection in this context is distinct from your choices in the business settings, where you configure the available services in your restaurant, such as Dine-in, Takeaway, or Delivery.
  3. An item designated as ‘dine-in only’ in the settings will not be displayed to takeaway or delivery customers, and similarly, items marked for ‘delivery only’ will not be shown to dine-in or takeway customers.

TIP: If an item isn’t appearing in the menu, check its serving type setting to ensure it’s correctly set.

Step 7: Set Age Restriction (Optional)

If your menu item has age restrictions, this step marks it as such, ensuring only eligible customers can order it.

You have the option to apply an age restriction warning to an item by enabling age restrictions. You can select from a range of different age requirements (e.g., +16, +17, +18, +19, etc.), in adherence to your business policies or the legal regulations applicable in your jurisdiction for food and beverage orders.

NOTE: Even though the system uses visual tags (icons) for awareness and facilitates drinking age self-declaration, it is your responsibility to ensure compliance with legal age requirements when serving such items. Always verify the customer’s age to adhere to legal regulations.

NOTE: The system will hide aged restricted items from a customer who declares they are under aged.
 Step 8: Add Tags (Optional)

Enhance the discoverability of your menu item by adding up to six descriptive tags. These tags help customers quickly identify the item, such as whether it’s popular, vegetarian, or fits a specific dietary category.

Enhance Item Tags:

To streamline item selection and provide valuable information, you have the capability to associate tags with your items. These tags can serve multiple purposes, from indicating dietary characteristics such as “Low Carb” and “Halal” or “Vegetarian” to highlighting potential risks like “Allergen,” “Peanuts,” or “Alcohol.”

Customer Preferences:

Your customers could specify their dietary preferences within their user profiles. These preferences are represented using heart icons to denote likes, thumb-down icons for dislikes, and notice triangles for allergens. The system employs this information to align tags and ingredients with individual customer profiles.

Efficient Filtering:

Both customers and TSO (Terminal Service Operator) users benefit from the filtering feature, which allows for easy sorting of menu items based on these designated tags, ensuring a more targeted and efficient dining experience.

Tag Limit:

You may assign a maximum of 6 tags to each item.

Step 9: Price Your Item (Add Price)

Managing Prices for Items:

  1. Size/Type: Specify variations such as Small, Large, or other relevant categories effecting the price.
  2. Price: Set the corresponding price for the selected size/type.
  3. Cost of Goods (COGs): Enable or disable the Cost field for tracking the cost of goods sold.
  4. Cost Field: Input the cost associated with the item.
  5. Add Price: Add the designated price to the item.
  6. Free Item: Indicate that the item is available for free by ENTERING 0 in the food price section.
  7. Default Price: Choose the default price, which is the initially displayed price on the menu.
  8. Remove from Price List: Remove a price from the list if necessary by cicking on trash bin icon.

You have the option to assign up to 10 different prices for an item, each based on size/type or other criteria as dictated by your business policy. Customers and waitstaff can view and select from these prices, with the default price being the initial price shown on the menu before any size/type modifications.

NOTE: Price lists cannot be edited within the system. If any changes are needed, you must delete the existing record and re-enter the new price.

Helpful Tip: Keep size/type descriptions concise to ensure a clean presentation on mobile screens.

Step 10: Enable Smart Pricing (Optional)

Smart Pricing is a powerful feature that allows you to optimize the pricing of your menu item. By enabling this feature, you gain control over pricing to maximize profitability.

NOTE: For more comprehensive information, please refer to https://support.menumiz.com/docs/digital-menu/smart-pricing/.

Step 11: Add Calories Information (Optional)

Incorporate essential nutritional information, such as calorie content, allowing customers can make informed choices.

You have the option to input energy units for each size/type in Kcal.

NOTE: You can input 0 in the energy field for items with ZERO (0) calories.

NOTE: The system performs automatic calorie calculations, offering your customers insights into their dietary intake. Therefore, ensuring the accuracy of the calorie counts is of utmost importance.

Step 12: Specify Cooking Style (Optional)

Enhance your menu items by adding specific cooking styles or instructions for your kitchen staff. This feature enables you to provide clear directives to your chefs, such as “Rare,” “Medium,” or “Well-done” for burgers or steaks, and options like “Spicy,” “Hot,” or “Extra Hot” for chicken and other dishes.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • You can assign up to Twoelve (12) cooking styles or instructions to a dish.
  • The process on this page mirrors the pricing page: input the information, use the ‘+’ button to add, and, if needed, delete and re-enter. Please note that there is no option for editing once added.
Step 13: Assign Add-Ons (Optional)

Customize your menu items by offering additional options using Add-Ons.

Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Enable Add-Ons: Activate the option to include add-ons for this dish or item.
  2. Set Add-On Limits: Decide how many add-ons can be ordered alongside a single dish. This limit helps control pricing and prevents customers from adding excessive quantities of a certain items. The default limit is set to 10.
  3. Select from Available Add-Ons: You can either choose all available add-ons or select specific ones from a dropdown list.

Quick Tips:

  • Ensure you’ve already created the add-ons you plan to include.
  • You can configure the maximum number of add-ons per dish to prevent over-ordering.
  • We recommend creating free side dishes and add-ons before setting up your main dishes in the digital menu.

NOTE: Customers can place orders for repeated add-ons, such as ordering a burger with two cokes.

NOTE: Side dishes and add-ons do not support videos or smart pricing.

Combo Meal: You can preset add-ons or side dishes to create a combo meal; however, customers have the option to modify these selections according to their preferences. You also have the option to rearrange the order of items in the list through a drag-and-drop method.

Step 14: Assign Complimentary Side Dishes (Optional)

In this section, we’ll explore how to seamlessly offer side dishes alongside your menu items at no additional cost. You can also control the number of side dishes and set limits for guest orders. Here’s how you can get started with adding side dishes to your menu items:

Adding Side Dishes:

  1. Complimentary Sides: Side dishes are provided at no extra cost, making your menu appealing to customers.
  2. Quantity Synchronization: when incorporating side dishes, it’s essential to ensure that the quantity of each side dish ordered matches the quantity of the main item. For example, if a customer orders one burger, they can add one coke and one order of fries. Ordering a different number of sides than the main item is not possible in a QR code based order, though it is possible from TSO module by the waitstaff.
  3. Default Quantity Limit: Keep in mind that the default limit for side dishes is ONE (1) per main item, unlike the default limit of 10 for add-ons. Adjust these limits to suit your menu’s specific needs.

Pro Tips:

  • Ensure that you’ve already created your side dishes before adding them to your menu items.
  • Start by setting up free side dishes and add-ons before moving on to configuring your main dishes within the digital menu.

Combo Meal: You can preset add-ons or side dishes to create a combo meal; however, customers have the option to modify these selections according to their preferences. You also have the option to rearrange the order of items in the list through a drag-and-drop method.

NOTE: Side dishes and add-ons do not support videos or smart pricing.

Step 15: Assign Docket Printer

Select a docket printer is important for streamlining order management within your business. With the right printer in place, orders can be processed efficiently, ensuring that customers receive their desired items in a timely and organized manner.

How to Assign a Docket Printer: ( In A Multi Kitchen Configuration)

  1. Choose Your Printer: From the list of available printers, choose the specific docket printer you wish to assign to your digital menu. This ensures that the orders are directed to the right printer, enhancing order accuracy and efficiency.
  2. Confirm the Selection: Once you’ve chosen the appropriate docket printer, confirm your selection. This action associates the selected printer with your digital menu, so all orders will be directed to this designated printer for processing.
  3. Test the Setup: Verify the setup by processing a sample order to ensure the docker printer is functioning correctly. This step helps you confirm that orders are being sent to the right printer and that your staff can easily manage and fulfil them.

NOTE: The feature to map items/dishes to specific printers is available only in some plans that support ‘multi-kitchen’ operations.

Step 16: Configure Account Entries

To enable the system to generate more accurate reports, you are required to select the most accurate account categories for each dish. The system will then generate sales reports based on the categories selected here

Tax

You can either bypass good & services tax for specific item or apply tax over it in menumiz™.

NOTE: By default, all items are considered taxable.

NOTE: We recommend that you align with your government’s tax policies and exclude tax for non-taxable items (e.g., water) even if you are not currently charging any tax in your bills. This proactive approach will save you from individually adjusting items later if you decide to implement taxes later.

Step 17: Assign To Submenus (Optional)

Assign the menu item to a submenu to categorize it effectively within your menu structure. If you haven’t created your menus and submenus yet, you can choose to do this later as well and asign the dish from the menu organizer side as well.

Here’s how to assign your new dish/item to submenus:

  1. Ensure that you’ve already created the necessary menus and submenus in your menu setup.
  2. Click “Do it later” if you want to skip this step for now but be aware that items without a submenu assignment will not be visible to your customers. Instead, they will only be accessible to your waitstaff under “All Items” in the TSO module. These items will have a grey header with a yellow label reading “No submenu” until they are assigned to a submenu.

NOTE: Free side dishes and add-ons comes with default submenus, which means you don’t need to assign them to any specific submenu.

Step 18: You’ve Completed with Creating a New Item

Once you’ve entered all the necessary information, you can choose to add more menu items to your menu, or proceed to view your digital menu, enhancing the overall dining experience for your customers.

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