Real growth continues to be hard to come by for the foodservice industry. In fact, overall customer traffic was flat through the first quarter of 2016, according to The NPD Group, a market research firm covering the foodservice industry. Revenues and customer traffic may be inching along, but one area growing at breakneck speed is labor costs.Read more...
The National Restaurant Association’s annual trade show has come and gone to much fanfare. From what I saw and read, the participation was phenomenal. We were able to bring our full consulting team from all of our offices and even made time to break some bread together. This year, I also participated in a panel discussion that explored unit economics and was moderated by Steve Romaniello, managing director of Roark Capital.Read more...
As a 29-year industry veteran, Jim Webb has long enjoyed the opportunity to share his unique take on the commercial foodservice market as a frequent featured speaker at industry events. He is founder and principal of Webb Design, a foodservice design and consulting firm based in Tustin, Calif. For more than 20 years, his firm has provided front and back of the house design to the foodservice industry while winning multiple design industry awards.
Jim Webb: Someone that has the same ethics and business values. Creativity, open-mindedness, drive, and out of the box thinking. A positive attitude along with high values and accepting only the best are very important.
Jim Webb: Save your money.
Jim Webb: Make sure to charge enough and get paid for your services. Accept only the best, even if it means I lose business.
Jim Webb: I love going to local restaurants and sampling local food, activities and social culture.
Jim Webb: Ricca Newmark: Tom Ricca has built a great organization and he is a good competitor.
Jim Webb: Selling restaurant equipment and supplies.
Jim Webb: Yes.
Jim Webb: Looking back — I think building my company. I don’t really deserve to call it “my company” however; the team at Webb Design is a group of magnificent people working together to achieve great things. We have each other to depend on and truly call ourselves a family working for common goals. Webb Design is their company, I just happen to have my name on it. I would NOT be where I am today if it wasn’t for the great great staff at Webb Design. To all of them I say Thank You!!
Jim Webb: I am sure I’d be in some type of visionary business development position.
Jim Webb: Become and stay educated in the industry. It changes everyday and must be followed. If you want to be cutting edge — this, and passion are two very important requirements.
Click here to read part one of the interview with Jim Webb.