January 2010 Blog Posts (133)

We're just too naive to spend money?

Happy new year everyone. At the beginning of each year we all make resolutions. I would like to recommend one to business owners in all industries. If your response to not investing(spending) money on your company is either you are too slow or too busy, just say the following to salespeople. "I have no idea what I should be doing to keep business coming in the door."

Business will always fluctuate. One day you hear crickets and the next you have no time to think. Look at seasonal… Continue

Added by David Callahan on January 5, 2010 at 6:42am — No Comments

H1N1: Scarier Than Cancer and Obesity.

To follow up the discussion I started in the Gateway ProClean group last week over hand washing habits, it looks like recent numbers have even indicated that flu cases reported in November 2009 were actually lower than November of last year. Apparently, large scale efforts to raise awareness of proper hygiene have paid off. This elevated sensitivity paired with the H1N1 vaccination roll-out has caused less sick days in the workforce. Not all was good news. There was a 1.7% to 5.4% one-month… Continue

Added by Meghan Reed on January 5, 2010 at 6:13am — 3 Comments


Non-Operator
White table cloth? The Top 3 Rules for Feedback

Note: Customerville works with retailers and restaurant chains. Though this post was originally targeted more at retailers, several white table cloth restaurant operators pointed out that much of this applies to them as well. Enjoy!



As we wrote last week, luxury retailers everywhere are fighting to reconfigure themselves to survive and – in a few cases – prosper in the new, austere economy. One of the first things they’ll need to do is overcome a historical discomfort… Continue

Added by Max Israel on January 5, 2010 at 4:57am — No Comments

Be Honest - How Many Service Jobs Have You Had Up to Now?

My longest time I worked with a company was in the 90's when I did 5 contracts of 6 months each with Renaissance Cruises. The longest I have worked anywhere after that was about 2 1/2 years at a couple of places.



I have never been fired from any job and have gone back to work for a few. Not to toot my horn but I can only think of maybe 1 where I left on not such good terms.



Altogether I can probably name off the top of my head 36 jobs and then you can probably add on a few… Continue

Added by Steve Nicolle on January 5, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments


Non-Operator
Best wishes for a great 2010!

Good luck to everyone this year. 2010 might be the best recovery year in history so lets keep our fingers crossed that the worst is behind us and that the only doors closing are when the customers leave.

I would like to increase my FOHBOH network so send me an invitation if you would like to connect.

Cheers,
DM

Added by Doug Murless on January 4, 2010 at 6:06pm — No Comments

Rule Number 1 - Don't Stop or Move Backwards

One of the things while working at high speed in a busy restaurant that can be very annoying is when you are walking behind another server with some empty plates or are carrying out some entrees to a table when all of a sudden that person you are following decides to halt immediately.



It happens more often than you can imagine. When you are at the dish pit balancing a bunch of dirty plates and the person in front of you decides to back up. Then you have to make a deft maneuver with… Continue

Added by Steve Nicolle on January 4, 2010 at 6:14am — 4 Comments

Biltmore Who's Who SCAM Hollywood Florida – False or Unfairly Targeted

Biltmore Who’s Who Inc. Biltmore Who’s Who Scam - False or unfairly targeted by scam reports. Biltmore Who’s Who is not a scam…according to the many members who sing the praises of what this social networking and registry entity did to help them strengthen their business and personal brand reputation online. In fact, not only is Biltmore Who’s Who not a scam to these folks, but quite a few consider their membership a vital tool to help them compete for business and job success in today’s new… Continue

Added by ricksmith222 on January 3, 2010 at 11:32pm — No Comments


Non-Operator
Always Keep An Eye On This Customer

Being the hospitality professionals that you all are, I know I’m probably preaching to the converted, however, it’s always helpful to be reminded sometimes of those things that seem less important in the grand scheme of things, yet can have a big impact on your business.



I’m talking about the customer dining alone, the solitary figure in your bar or dining room. This is the customer you need to pay that little bit more attention to. He’s… Continue

Added by Barry Chandler on January 3, 2010 at 9:45pm — 4 Comments

Staying Local - Other options

Are you a small business owner?



With over 29 million small businesses in the US, chances are that you own one of them and we bet you want to grow your business. A great way to start is by supporting other small business owners in your area.

Source Locally

There is a big surge in conversations about restaurants buying local produce as a way to save the environment. With all the uproar over large chain food suppliers packing and shipping food thousands of miles before it… Continue

Added by Christine van Rooy on January 2, 2010 at 6:05pm — No Comments

A front row seat at the ‘ballet’: a New Year’s education

Even those of us who’ve been writing about the foodservice industry all our lives often don’t realize what it takes to make the dining experience happen seamlessly, but last night I had the amazing opportunity to have a seat at the table and simply watch as the extraordinary ‘ballet’ of New Year’s Eve took place before my eyes in my neighborhood restaurant, Navy Yard Bistro.



We’re lucky – those of us who live here because not only is it a beautiful, historic and special place to be,… Continue

Added by susan holaday on January 1, 2010 at 7:28am — 3 Comments


Non-Operator
Can’t Think Of A Name For Your Pub?

Then maybe you need this great “English Pub Name Generator Tool” from My Beer Pix. You’ll never again be caught without a name for your new English Pub with this tool!



Click on the image of the tool below to get started!…



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Added by Barry Chandler on January 1, 2010 at 2:00am — No Comments


Non-Operator
A Genius Way to Benefit from Offering Free Wi-Fi

As you know, despite it seeming to be a very divisive issue with you, I am in favor of offering free Wi-Fi as a standard part of your business offering; as standard as toilets, seats and electricity.



Having walked the length and breadth of Cork City (Ireland) over the weekend, I can tell you, that not many businesses offer free wi-fi, and those that did weren’t bars, restaurants or… Continue

Added by Barry Chandler on January 1, 2010 at 1:53am — 2 Comments


Non-Operator
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Added by FohBoh on January 1, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

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