What is Menu Item Velocity Reporting

The analysis and reporting of sales data for individual menu items to identify the popularity and performance of each item.

What are the Components of menu item velocity reporting?

  1. Volume: The number of times a particular menu item is ordered within a specific time frame (e.g., daily, weekly, monthly).
  2. Revenue: The total sales generated from that specific menu item.

What are the Benefits?

  1. Menu Optimization: By understanding which items are “fast movers” and which are “slow movers,” restaurants can refine their menus to better cater to their customers’ preferences.
  2. Inventory Management: If a particular dish is selling rapidly, restaurants need to ensure they have enough ingredients in stock. Conversely, if an item isn’t popular, they can reduce waste by ordering fewer ingredients related to that dish.
  3. Pricing Strategy: Popular items might have elasticity in terms of pricing. Restaurants might be able to adjust the price upward slightly without affecting sales volume, thereby increasing profitability.
  4. Promotional Ideas: Items with high velocity can be used in marketing campaigns as “best sellers” or “customer favorites.” On the other hand, slower-moving items might be bundled in promotions to increase their sales.
  5. Operational Efficiency: By focusing on dishes that have a higher turnover rate, kitchen operations can be streamlined, leading to faster service and reduced wait times.

How to Use the Report:

  1. Identify Top and Bottom Sellers: Start by ranking menu items from the highest to the lowest based on their sales velocity.
  2. Analyze Profit Margins: Apart from sales velocity, consider the profit margin for each item. An item might have high velocity but low profit, and vice versa. This is often times called a engineering matrix.
  3. Make Data-Driven Decisions: Use the insights from the report to make menu changes. This might include removing low-velocity items, re-pricing certain dishes, or even repositioning items on the menu to draw more attention to them.
  4. Continuous Monitoring: Trends can change, so regularly updating and reviewing the menu item velocity report is crucial to stay in tune with customer preferences.