Opinion pieces on the foodservice equipment and supplies industry from leaders and laymen from all aspects of the business, including dealers, distributors, design consultants and multi-unit operators.
This week we examine reports from Washington, D.C., on the growth of the economy and the employment picture. We also take a closer look at foodservice employment, Walmart's entry into the c-store market, a dozen chains comparable store sales reports, and much more.
Menu innovation is neccessary for long-term success but it can create a chain reaction that negatively affects cutomer service. Juan Martinez reviews a few pitfalls and gives his expert advice on how to avoid them.
With the assessment complete, Nardin Academy's leadership team was left to decide what to do with newfound information about the school's food program. Should Nardin build a new kitchen? Design a new menu? Should Nardin coordinate with its foodservice provider? How would the school address environmental concerns? What would the community think?
This Week in Foodservice notes that the NRA's Restaurant Performance Index shows soft sales but foodservice operators continue to invest in their businesses. Also, inflation remains under control but operators need to rely on promotions to pull in customers, Sysco reports sales growth, a dozen plus chains reveal their comp store sales and much more.
Joe Carbonara attended a trio of FCSI-The Americas' Division Super Regional events and took home some thoughts about communication.
A gainst a backdrop of unprecedented dysfunction that includes the government shutdown and the novel threat of U.S. debt default playing out as bargaining strategies before a world of bewildered onlookers, it's good to know that at least in the business world people can still work together for the common good.
We've had many successes at Cafe Gratitude and Gracias Madre restaurants over the last ten years. What started as an idea — an experiment even — grew into a business that has surpassed our wildest dreams. Our restaurants now have multiple locations in California and one in Kansas City, Mo. We've even had the opportunity to teach the unique tools used in our company to other organizations like Whole Foods and Dharma Merchants.
This week we provide an update on September retail sales, review the delayed employment figures provided by the government, look at lingering effects of the government shutdown, report on Panera Bread's equipment buying plans, and much more.
Labor represents a cost all foodservice operators must address and political and social unrest can inadvertently affect this are. In this blog post, consultant Juan Martinez explores the way operators can react to the issues of the day and the potential positive and negative affects these steps can have on their businesses.
Technomic's "Final Chapter" looks at the impact of the economic climate on the restaurant community as we head toward the end of the year. This week's blog post also takes an early look at the financial impact of the government shutdown, the effectiveness of restaurant advertising and a lot more.