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.
Innovation that directly benefits the customer is a key element to a company's success. Even with the best products, friendliest employees and competitive prices, no organization can afford to remain static while competitors, technology and consumers move forward.
I will let you in on a little secret that many of us who have been around the foodservice industry for some time already know... this is a great industry to be involved with.
Blogger Juan Martinez tackles menu innovation pros and cons and offers tips for foodservice operators looking to capitalize on menu innovation.
It is no coincidence that the distinct lines of service that used to define the various foodservice segments continue to blur. That's because this phenomenon is largely consumer driven. As consumers become more pressed for time, their expectations tend to be pretty similar for all operator segments. In fact, it can be futile trying to cater to all of the triggers that might get a consumer to use a foodservice operation. The reasons are vast, and they vary greatly; operators just have to be ready to answer the call when the consumer's need arises.
It seems to me that the foodservice industry has become dominated by buzzwords and clichés and as a result we would all benefit from a healthy dose of reality.
In this issue FE&S presents the results from its 2012 Distribution Giants Study, which ranks the top 100 dealers by sales volume. This is the industry's oldest and most comprehensive study that covers the world of foodservice equipment and supplies distribution. While incredibly time consuming, this study is a wonderful exercise for me and our team here at FE&S because it allows us to interact with a large portion of our readers and hear first-hand how things are playing out in the field each day.
"Instant is the new fast," speaker Ross Shafer told the attendees at NAFEM's Annual Meeting and Management Conference just last month. "And fast is the new slow."
Early in my career I had a mentor who preached that our growth as human beings would be determined by two things in life: the people we meet and the books that we read. One could argue that this is an oversimplification, ignoring such important influences as movies, music, art, poetry and, of course, Seinfeld. But, overall, it turned out to be pretty sage advice.