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jCarbonara
Joe Carbonara

Labor Lessons

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.

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jMartinez
Juan Martinez

Post NRA Thoughts: My Labor Costs are Killing Me! What Can I do About It?

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.

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jStiegler
Jerry Stiegler

Food Delivery Up, Meal Kit Potential and More

What’s up with meal kits? More consumers are having restaurant meals delivered but there’s a catch. Dunkin’ Donuts cuts a major deal with BJ’s Wholesale club. These stories and a whole lot more This Week In Foodservice

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Says Who? - Georgie Shockey, co-principal, Ruck-Shockey Associates, Inc.

Georgie Shockey is a veteran foodservice management advisory consultant, and co-principal of consulting firm, Ruck-Shockey Associates, Inc., which focuses on providing insights into new systems and technologies, strategic plans, and implementation of future changes. Georgie has more than 20 years of operational and project experience, including operational review and assessment studies, service integration (multi-service/multi-unit), dining service and meal delivery service programs, oversight reviews, and implementation processes and request for proposal leadership. She has extensive knowledge in all aspects of hospitality management, including the management of daily operations, proposal, contract negotiations and "RFP" processes. Georgie focuses primarily on non-commercial foodservice, with a specialization in college/university and healthcare facilities. In 2005, Georgie received FE&S' Top Achiever-Consultant Award.

sayswho_background Georgie Shockey

FE&S: What keeps you working in the foodservice industry?

Georgie Shockey: Interesting, unique or challenging projects along with operators that are engaged and innovative in their approaches.

FE&S: Who was the person that influenced your career most?

Georgie Shockey: Actually two people—first was my grandfather who owned a grocery store, so that is the food connection. The other is my mother who was an entrepreneur before it was "in" and saw the opportunities in that.

FE&S: What aspect of your career gives you the greatest sense of accomplishment?

Georgie Shockey: Successful outcomes for the operator we are working for—be it a new facility that runs like it was designed, saving resources/dollars by redeveloping a process, or by introducing new ideas to generate new dollars to the operation's bottom line.

FE&S: If you were not working in foodservice, what would you be doing?

Georgie Shockey: Writing or teaching.

FE&S: What type of charitable activities are you involved in?

Georgie Shockey: I am an alumni board member for The Ohio State University — Go Buckeyes! I am also chair of the Capital Campaign for The College of Education and Human Ecology, Ohio State, and I participate in local philanthropies in The Woodlands, Texas.

FE&S: Any interesting hobbies?

Georgie Shockey: Black and white photography of famous bridges.

FE&S: What's the best advice anyone ever gave you?

Georgie Shockey: Stick with what you know and love.

FE&S: If I were just starting out in the foodservice industry, what advice would you give me?

Georgie Shockey: Get as much practical experience as possible and try different areas of the industry to see what you really LOVE!

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