Today, we have some game changing news that we have been dying to share with you. You may have already seen our press release, or maybe someone has called you to provide the scoop. In case you haven’t heard… We have acquired PeopleMatter, a powerful cloud-based workforce management platform designed to fit the specific needs of the service industry. Together, we are going to turn everything about finding jobs, hiring employees and working in the hourly space upside down.
Benjamin Franklin was quoted repeatedly as saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Most people probably think of health and wellness when they consider what Mr. Franklin meant. In fact, many doctors and other healthcare professionals regularly repeat this line to remind patients to take care of themselves in our busy society. When Franklin made this statement in the Pennsylvania Gazette, he was actually referring to fire safety.
BlueCart’s new inventory management system eliminates age-old problems restaurants experience with trying to keep track of inventory. The software automates the tracking of receiving and ordering inventory even across multiple locations within one restaurant chain. With this new system, you’ll no longer need to depend on Excel spreadsheets with data entered manually or hand-written inventory tracking systems – all the data flows through the app automatically. This system saves time and eliminates human error in ordering and stocking appropriate inventory.
The Great Recession had lasting effects, ranging from long-term joblessness and declining business dynamism. Enterprise suffered as well, with many businesses going under. Others have managed to make it through, albeit it by switching strategies. In the restaurant industry, a drastically different set of obstacles has emerged — including new labor rules and high food prices.
While restaurants are one of the most risky businesses you can get in to, it seems as though the chain restaurant market is heading up. Numbers are doing well among smaller concept chains, that are growing at a rapid rate. Many of which are chains that serve Italian concept food, and can also cater for your party. These growth rates are coming from repeat growers as well.
Map: Where minimum wages will rise in 2017. In the coming year, 19 states and a number of municipalities will raise their hourly minimum wages. At the present time, the federal, non-tipped minimum wage stands at $7.25 per hour. Use this map to locate where minimum wage hikes will take effect in 2017.
Say what you will about the restaurant industry’s challenges — labor costs, weak sales and so on — but none of that appears to be keeping investors from putting money into restaurants. Numerous restaurant chains changed hands in 2016, and many small and mid-sized concepts received dollars from investors looking for growth. With concerns in just about every other consumer sector, investors saw restaurants as a haven, free of the worry that the Internet will some day render the business moot.
I ran restaurants successfully for 20 years, and the absolute cornerstone of my guest experience was training — daily training. I’m talking about the importance of pre-shifts and the training that should happen in every restaurant, every day before the doors open for business. Most restaurants train their staff only on the basics of each job. A host greets and seats customers, bussers clear tables, and waiters and waitresses take orders.
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While December tends to bring in the most revenue all year (thank you, corporate events), January often hits with a sense of levity and coming up for air. You survived another year! But the resetting of the calendar gives an excuse to honestly assess strengths and weaknesses. Whether it’s a fresh look at the layout of your space, a critical assessment of costs or a new approach to tasks you always seem to avoid, take the chance to refresh the decks.