Foodservice by Design

Team members from PROFITALITY discuss how industrial engineering can be applied to the foodservice industry.

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Consultant Q&A with Juan Martinez, principal and founder of Profitality, Miami

Amid a sea of new and innovative products, one particular development caught the eye of FE&S blogger Juan Martinez. Want to find out which emerging foodservice equipment trend stole the show? Read on.

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.

Foodservice operators can choose from countless ways to manage labor resources. Here consultant Juan Martinez outlines the 10 key attributes any labor management system should have, regardless of how a restaurant approaches this all-important topic.

More retailers continue to turn to foodservice as a way to enhance their customers’ experiences. This approach, however attractive it may be, is also rife with challenges. Consultant Juan Martinez explains.

Labor costs usually represent the highest, or second highest, expense as a percent of sales for a restaurant. As such, proper labor management plays a critical role in driving better unit economics for a foodservice concept. If you buy into this principle, continue to read, and if you don’t then it is more important for you to continue to read on.

Lots of pieces of foodservice equipment offer lots of promise to help operators become more effective and efficient. The key to properly deploying foodservice equipment and technology, though, is striking a balance between an operation’s needs and the features available. Consultant Juan Martinez explains.

Want to feed and nurture a foodservice concept? Then pay close attention to the many factors that impact its unit economics.

Finding inspiring design when traveling. 

So what is really innovation in foodservice?

How can foodservice operators address rising labor costs? Consultant Juan Martinez offers some food for thought.

When I was a kid, my parents used to take me to a restaurant that brought your food via a train that ran on a track right in front of you. Little did I know it then, that this was likely my first encounter with automation in a foodservice application.

Consultant Juan Martinez explores the intricacies associated with balancing hospitality and unit economics when it comes to restaurant development and design.

Don't focus so much on the total seat count.

What does it take for restaurant chain to achieve success in foreign lands? Consultant Juan Martinez shares his thoughts and experiences.

 The concept of co-branding, meaning having two restaurants share the same space, is nothing new. Sometimes it works. Other times it does not. So what’s the difference between successful and unsuccessful co-branding initiatives?