Let me expand that headline a bit: Fewer returned orders means more return customers.
Returned orders are often an indicator of a job done poorly. (I say "often" because there are certainly plenty of occasions when it's entirely about the customer, not the food.) If you're doing your job right, you might get one or two plates sent back on a busy night. If you're seeing more returns than that, watch out – it could point to a much greater undercurrent of customer… Continue
Added by OnTop(r) on October 28, 2008 at 8:50am —
Hard times breed Innovation. The silver lining.
Everyone would agree that times are freaking tough! Our industry is faced with this question - How will we respond to these desperate times in a screwed up economy?
We can play defense and complain while waiting for someone to come along and bail us out. Or... We can play offense, synthesize our talents and give birth to the greatest innovations our industry has seen yet.
The revolutionary innovations that will… Continue
Added by Amanda Hite on October 28, 2008 at 4:28am —
If your like me, you probably focus way too often on the negative.
Really, way too much!
I have wasted many a day worrying about what bad things might happen.
In fact, it used to be the way I looked at everything.
I used to be the master of this philosophy.
I call it my “What If Philosophy”
I can’t believe I went into job interviews with this mindset; my mind clouded with thoughts like these:
Added by Bill Baumgartner on October 28, 2008 at 2:42am —
We all know how uncomfortable it is have our business or prospects stuck, or to feel the business wavering in uncertain times. Now's the time to be proactive.
Liquidity, in the form of capital and credit, can free us out of a current situation, allowing us to shift gears - but today, after years of being spoiled by easy credit in many sectors, we're seeing things dry up across the board. This is a deep concern, especially for companies that have little or no… Continue
Added by John Dumbrille on October 27, 2008 at 10:10pm —
Bill, tell me what’s the next step.
So you just started your job search, you recently graduated, or you just don’t know if continuing your education is the best choice at this point in your life.
Like most all of your friends, you want to be on your own, you want to be self sufficient, you want to work at a job that you enjoy, and you want to feel a sense of pride and accomplishment.
However, there may be some obstacles in your way, that you didn’t plan… Continue
Added by Bill Baumgartner on October 27, 2008 at 1:15pm —
In a society where we're fortunate to have great sports, food and an abundance of both, I'm always amazed by how the two help each other when it comes to marketing and branding:
- Hometown pizza joints such as Pizza Club La Habra in Southern California keep their store bustling by partnering with little league sports teams and offering specials for big pro-game nights
- The Dodger dog reminds avid baseball fans which team is famous for selling the foot-long…
Added by Judy "the foodie" Asman on October 27, 2008 at 7:00am —
Let's face it... Things are tough for most families and businesses and it is likely going to get worse before it gets better. People are going to be more discriminating with their money. So are you just going to be a victim or are you going to take control of your destiny.
Families are busier than ever and people still eat two or three times per day. Convenience is the single biggest factor when considering lunch or take-out. "Convenience" is the new currency! "Time" is our most… Continue
Added by Jim Garrett on October 27, 2008 at 5:21am —
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a bad experience I had in a local tasting room, and the importance customer satisfaction surveys play in providing businesses the feedback they need to be able to turn around unpleasant experiences, save customers, and prevent future repeats. And while we know that there is incredible (you might even say indispensable) value in this, customer satisfaction surveys aren’t just about receiving bad news, they are also important messengers of good… Continue
Added by Margie Tosch on October 26, 2008 at 10:30am —
We have all heard the statement “worth your weight in salt.” I had a general idea of what that meant, or did I? This morning while watching Sunday Morning I was treated to a segment that highlighted the new culinary trend – salt! Now, I am not a big fan to begin with, give me a margarita without it on the rim and I am fine. What was interesting to me was the fact that salt has now become the "it item" for restaurants from coast to coast.
Living in Detroit all those years I knew why… Continue
Added by Leslie Howard on October 26, 2008 at 7:50am —
What are you looking for in hourly employees? And how do you recruit them? Do you put a sign in the window? Rely on your employees to bring in friends? Advertise online?
What do you wish you did?
I run Myfirstpaycheck.com
, a job board for high school and college students. Every day we connect thousands of students who come to our site every day looking for local part-time jobs and restaurants looking to fill various (servers,… Continue
Added by Austin Lavin on October 25, 2008 at 1:35pm —
(Part 4 of a Labor Management and Scheduling Series, read part 3 here
Labor Metrics Help Control Payroll and Labor Costs
At the end of the week, time and attendance values will be collected to calculate wages and payroll for the normal “work week”. A side-by-side comparison of the actual schedule (time and attendance values) and the theoretical labor schedule (a labor pro-forma)… Continue
Added by Anthony Presley on October 25, 2008 at 12:05pm —
Last post we had asked clients about the economy and its effects on thier businesses. It seems that companies take one of three approaches, "adding services," "cutting costs," or "raising prices" so that is how I have broken down some of the quotes (we're sorry we can't print every comment).
Adding Service(s) or Lowering Prices/Production:
"Planning consumer events wherever possible."
"We noticed people have adjusted their comfort level about $10. We used to be… Continue
Added by Margie Tosch on October 25, 2008 at 10:30am —
Can we talk about fast food restaurants for a moment? Or, should I say the
lack thereof, don’t get me wrong, there are no shortages of fast food
eating joints, it just seems some have forgotten the part where it says, "fast food
". I have been on a mission to check out a few fast food establishments, in an effort to see who has the best service and the best food. You may be surprised to find out just what I discovered. In the course of my travels to various cities in this… Continue
Added by Stanley E. Roberts on October 24, 2008 at 8:48pm —
I have had a great deal of fun with my last blog (engaging others must be a passion for all of us here), but politics often wears me out. Though politics and world affairs are extremely important for most of us the important elements of life are right at our fingertips. These are the things we will remember long after the political characters have retired to their beach chairs. To help me remember what's important (and to make me smile) I turn to one… Continue
Added by Debra Straka on October 24, 2008 at 2:09pm —
Living and working in tough economic times, part I
Chinese Proverb: "May you live in interesting times"
These times seem so strange -- like nothing I remember before. I remember the energy crisis in the 70s, other times when the stock market dove, etc, but nothing quite like now. I was wandering around the plaza in Sonoma with my daughter, who was here visiting from outside Spokane, WA. It seemed every store we went in we overheard people saying things like "Oh, that's… Continue
Added by Margie Tosch on October 24, 2008 at 10:41am —
No business stands still
. This truism particularly applies to the restaurant, retail, and hospitality worlds, which must appeal to changing tastes in both product offerings and environment in order to maintain their freshness.
So how does an operator analyze the costs and benefits of making a change which may not have been contemplated in the original plan -- whether to the menu, decor, or facilities? Equally important, how does the operator explain to his or her investors and… Continue
Added by Rod Guinn on October 24, 2008 at 6:00am —
The chart of the week is major protein market trends. What kind of influence has the recent financial market turmoil had on the protein markets? As one can tell from the chart below, choice beef, pork and chicken prices have all moved significantly downward since the financial markets debacle intensified in mid September. Why you ask? Demand particularly from the food service sector but also from retail has been sluggish to say the least. Yes the pork and chicken markets are typically declining… Continue
Added by David Maloni on October 24, 2008 at 4:06am —
Have you ever wondered why disorganization continues in your work environment despite your best intentions? According to the experts, these five types of disorganization could be hampering your best efforts.
Habitual Disorganization - Disorganization formed from bad habits obtained over-time.
Example: Procrastinating when handling the schedule and waiting until the last minute to finish it.
Historical Disorganization - This is caused by rebelling or following the… Continue
Added by Leslie Howard on October 23, 2008 at 8:30pm —
There is some interesting discussions going on FohBoh regarding how best to connect, communicate and collaborate online with your employee group. I have two great ideas for you:
1. Public Groups.
We offer public groups for free. Just go to the top navigation bar and click on Groups. This is our free group option and we have several hundred of those to join. If you peruse through the current groups and feel that you want something different, then start a group. As the group… Continue
Added by Michael L. Atkinson on October 23, 2008 at 3:51pm —
With less that 2 weeks until this nation decides on our next president, it is so hard to wrap my head around the fact that there are still undecided voters out there. It has been 2 years of relentless campaigning. The 3 debates produced very little new insight as to the positions of the 2 candidates. They are as different as apples and oranges. Either you prefer apples or you prefer oranges, make a choice. Do you stand in the grocery store all day… Continue
Added by Debra Straka on October 23, 2008 at 2:42pm —