Upcoming Events & Tradeshows
Wedgewood Weddings offers customized wedding and special event packages in 37 venues across the country. Since the company was founded in 1986, Wedgewood Weddings has earned its name for managing premier special events with all-inclusive packages and a stress-free customer experience.
At Restaurant Magic we are very proud of our commitment to customers and our team’s ability to actively solve any challenge that is put in front of them. We traditionally create case studies to demonstrate these values, but recently received an email from one of our long-standing clients that we felt could speak for itself. We applaud Mike Constanza, Kevin Rood, and the rest of our team members. We also thank Dave Diamond at TooJay’s Deli for taking time to recognize our team!
Military Deli And Bakery Services, Inc. (MDBS) is a subcontractor to the Defense Commissary Agency that supplies deli and bakery goods in over 100 commissaries across the United States. Their locations are spread across the nation and include remote locations such as Alaska, Hawaii, and North Dakota. The specialized aspects of working with the Defense Commissary Agency means that MDBS’ business doesn’t fit an average mold.
Cousins Submarines, or Cousins Subs, is a Menomonee Falls, WI based sandwich shop with 95 locations in Wisconsin. Their back-office management system needed an overhaul to improve inventory management and reporting. Cousins Subs pride themselves on using local and regional suppliers, which means that vendor and inventory management can get complicated.
October 1-3 :: FSTEC (Orlando, FL) - FSTEC is attended by 1,000 of the most progressive restaurant executives and has been the center for CIOs, CMOs and other top executives to meet and discuss ways to innovate and accelerate their businesses.
October 7-9 :: Fast Casual Summit (Seattle, WA) - This exclusive event is reserved for top-level restaurant executives — leaders and innovators of the fast casual industry. They bring together an experienced group of restaurant professionals whose common interests and concerns are brought to the table for open discussion in a fun and relaxing environment.
October 15 - 18 :: PAR BRINK Software Users Group (Dallas, TX) - he conference style event will talk about the transformation of the cloud and the importance of IoT. Attendees will hear from top executives, industry leaders, and the PAR team about disruptions, revolution, market trends, conscious capitalism and more.
November 12-14 :: Restaurant Finance & Development Conference (Las Vegas, NV) - The Restaurant Finance & Development Conference is all about the “business” side of the restaurant business and is a must attend event for restaurant company owners and executives. The conference is known as the restaurant “dealmakers” event and you will find the best networking in the industry.
Customer loyalty is changing as connectivity and accessibility make it easier than ever to find more alternatives. For restaurants, this means that it’s even more important stay in front of the customer with creative marketing strategies that maximize brand exposure. Traditional advertising can be expensive, but thankfully that same connectivity have opened up several creative alternative to supplement your traditional advertising. So, what avenues for marketing prove the most meaningful and effective?
Establishing a restaurant is an exciting venture and one of the most rewarding businesses we know. A passion for food, commitment to customer service and a secret recipe or two will get you in the door. But restaurants are dynamic businesses with many moving parts. Potential restaurant owners need to consider everything from creating a new menu, to obtaining licenses, to figuring out the right kind of real estate to invest in. Be prepared to set your restaurant up for success with these 5 tips to make sure you’re covering the basics prior to opening your doors.
A strong economy and low unemployment are great for potential job seekers. However, there’s a flip side to a robust economy. For restaurant owners, this environment can make it challenging to find labor. As large companies such as Amazon, Walmart, and Target raise wages to retain and attract workers, restaurants must compete in a shrinking talent pool. This is especially true for finding younger seasonal workers to cover busy months in the restaurant industry.
Restaurant patronage has been shifting in recent years with an increasing demand for delivery services. Currently, 25% of all off-premise orders are for delivery. Keeping up with this demand may mean jumping on the bandwagon. Implementing delivery means either establishing an in-house service or using a third party. These third-party services are incredibly convenient, but there are pros and cons to consider. Some argue that restaurants shouldn’t do everything by themselves; use the services and focus on the business of making food…
Restaurants are becoming more reliant on technology by the day. Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is leading the way on this front, simplifying tasks at all levels of the restaurant’s operations. AI is not something in the distant future. It’s here and being used by millions of customers. This technology is growing by the day and some examples have become almost commonplace in the restaurant industry.
The Internet of Things (IoT) has promised to make radical changes to the way the world operates, everything from connecting your shoes to the Internet to personal alarm clocks synced with traffic apps. In restaurants, the IoT developments have already begun making changes to the employee and customer experience, and many more changes are on the horizon.
Recycling is not a trend or buzzword being tossed around, it’s a growing expectation for restaurants and their customers to assess their environmental impact and help reduce waste. In today’s conscientious environment customers will go out of their way to support companies that recycle. Aligning with their values improves the business relationship and creates brand loyalty for customers.
It’s an exciting time in the restaurant industry as more advanced technologies continue to improve efficiency and customer experience. At the forefront of this technology is the addition of machine learning, an application of artificial intelligence that enables many utilizations of robotics, chatbots and other tools. Machine learning happens when a computer system can learn and carry out specific tasks based on experiential learning.
In the United States and Canada, minimum wages are rising. By 2022, it’s estimated that 17% of Americans will live someplace where the minimum wage is $15 an hour. If you’re wondering how your restaurant can handle these changes, you’re in luck. Being creative and strategic about operational decisions can help you find ways to absorb the impact of these higher wages.
Market forces and wage secrecy can contribute to a potential pay gap between genders, but that’s not the whole picture. To understand and address this potential issue, we need to broaden the scope of the conversation. It’s about disproportionate unemployment, facilitating home/work balance, and the demographics of advancement. Fortunately, many companies are recognizing the issues and making changes to reduce the inequality. Here are 4 key steps restaurants can take to make working conditions fairer.