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Lee Plotkin
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  • L. P. Enterprises, Inc.
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December 2012 Tip from Lee Plotkin: Cut Costs through Aggressive Purchasing and Inventory Management Techniques

I'm certain that most, if not all of you have been greatly impacted in some way by the rising costs of commodities and supplies. Most of these costs are expected to continue their rise. It's been brutal! Supply cost increases coupled with reduced guest counts are making it tough.What can you do to remain profitable? This month, let's explore where opportunity can be found for relief without cutting quality.A few of the largest areas of impact have to do with the intangibles that can be…See More
Dec 2, 2012

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December 2012 Tip from Lee Plotkin: Cut Costs through Aggressive Purchasing and Inventory Management Techniques

I'm certain that most, if not all of you have been greatly impacted in some way by the rising costs of commodities and supplies. Most of these costs are expected to continue their rise. It's been brutal! Supply cost increases coupled with reduced guest counts are making it tough.What can you do to remain profitable? This month, let's explore where opportunity can be found for relief without cutting quality.A few of the largest areas of impact have to do with the intangibles that can be…See More
Dec 2, 2012

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Lee Plotkin's blog post was featured

November 2012 Tip from Lee Plotkin: Benchmarks of a True Supplier Partnership

Is your distributor a true partner or just an order taker?Check out these key aspects that can illustrate a good, valuable restaurateur-distributor partnership.  Gauge if your supplier is fulfilling basic customer needs on your behalf:Increasing profits, by reducing costs.  A great partner will suggest new menu ideas from their product line.  They will pass along cost savings opportunities and labor saving best practices they’ve come across, including seasonal purchases that are of great…See More
Nov 28, 2012

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Joe Welsh commented on Lee Plotkin's blog post November 2012 Tip from Lee Plotkin: Benchmarks of a True Supplier Partnership
"Very good points. Unfortunately, many distributors are only concerned about "moving boxes" in the short term. I have effectively worked with distributors on marketing programs for their clients that deliver results for the operator while…"
Nov 19, 2012

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November 2012 Tip from Lee Plotkin: Benchmarks of a True Supplier Partnership

Is your distributor a true partner or just an order taker?Check out these key aspects that can illustrate a good, valuable restaurateur-distributor partnership.  Gauge if your supplier is fulfilling basic customer needs on your behalf:Increasing profits, by reducing costs.  A great partner will suggest new menu ideas from their product line.  They will pass along cost savings opportunities and labor saving best practices they’ve come across, including seasonal purchases that are of great…See More
Nov 15, 2012
Melissa Libby liked Lee Plotkin's blog post October 2012 Tip from Lee Plotkin: Protecting Profit while Maintaining Meat Quality
Oct 31, 2012

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October 2012 Tip from Lee Plotkin: Protecting Profit while Maintaining Meat Quality

One of the more frequent questions being asked by restaurateurs right now is how to protect profit margins while maintaining quality, especially with what we are experiencing in the beef market right now.  Some facts surrounding the state of the market may be in order first.Most of us know that there has been a fairly large reduction in cattle supply.  Comparing last month to last year at this time, we are probably looking at about a 12% overall decrease. The largest factor in the decrease is…See More
Oct 30, 2012

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Lee Plotkin posted a blog post

September 2012 Tip from Lee Plotkin: Produce Contracting

This is the time of year when the major crops have already been harvested, and produce companies are working with the farmers on contracting.  Produce companies are essentially committing to acres of key crops and by doing so can lock in pricing with those farms for an extended period of time. Some of the more stable crops are locked in for a one year period (with escalator clauses in the event of an "Act of God").  Others, like avocados (where the market is more volatile) are typically locked…See More
Oct 23, 2012

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" Congratulations on joining FohBoh! This is a wonderful online restaurant community with lots of great postings. Enjoy the site and keep active with pictures, comments and postings.Chef Marcus Guiliano"
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State
Texas
Title
President
Company
L. P. Enterprises, Inc.
Website
http://www.leeplotkin.com
What best describes my company
Fine Dining
Interests
Consulting, Networking, Finding new clients
Personal Quote
Unless it's a "win-win", then somebody is at a loss. And the only loss I like is the loss of excess cost.
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Lee Plotkin's Blog

December 2012 Tip from Lee Plotkin: Cut Costs through Aggressive Purchasing and Inventory Management Techniques

Posted on December 2, 2012 at 8:00am 0 Comments

I'm certain that most, if not all of you have been greatly impacted in some way by the rising costs of commodities and supplies. Most of these costs are expected to continue their rise. It's been brutal! Supply cost increases coupled with reduced guest counts are making it tough.

What can you do to remain profitable? This month, let's explore where opportunity can be found for relief without cutting quality.

A few of the largest areas of impact have to do with the intangibles…

Continue

November 2012 Tip from Lee Plotkin: Benchmarks of a True Supplier Partnership

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 7:27am 1 Comment

Is your distributor a true partner or just an order taker?

Check out these key aspects that can illustrate a good, valuable restaurateur-distributor partnership.  Gauge if your supplier is fulfilling basic customer needs on your behalf:

  • Increasing profits, by reducing costs.  A great partner will suggest new menu ideas from their product line.  They will pass along cost savings opportunities and labor saving best practices they’ve come across, including…
Continue

October 2012 Tip from Lee Plotkin: Protecting Profit while Maintaining Meat Quality

Posted on October 30, 2012 at 8:01am 0 Comments

One of the more frequent questions being asked by restaurateurs right now is how to protect profit margins while maintaining quality, especially with what we are experiencing in the beef market right now.  Some facts surrounding the state of the market may be in order first.

Most of us know that there has been a fairly large reduction in cattle supply.  Comparing last month to last year at this time, we are probably looking at about a 12% overall decrease. 

The largest factor…

Continue

September 2012 Tip from Lee Plotkin: Produce Contracting

Posted on October 23, 2012 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

This is the time of year when the major crops have already been harvested, and produce companies are working with the farmers on contracting.  Produce companies are essentially committing to acres of key crops and by doing so can lock in pricing with those farms for an extended period of time.

 

Some of the more stable crops are locked in for a one year period (with escalator clauses in the event of an "Act of God").  Others, like avocados (where the market is more volatile)…

Continue

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 Congratulations on joining FohBoh! This is a wonderful online restaurant community with lots of great postings. Enjoy the site and keep active with pictures, comments and postings.

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