Upcoming Events & Tradeshows
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.
Kyle Welch is a proud partner and president of Chicago Scoops LLC. The franchise group started in May 2014 as a single unit operation and has grown rapidly over the past 4 years. They now own and operate 40 Cold Stone Creamery© locations across 11 states. Multiple suppliers, labor laws and regional offerings pose a challenge to any growing multi-state organization. Data Central by Restaurant Magic was more than up to the task
There are two ways to run a franchised operation: Either you mandate to the franchisees how everything is to be run, down to how they prepare the food, what cups they order and what systems they use; or you allow the franchisees some latitude in how the units can be managed.
The Wisconsin Hospitality Group (WHG) owns and operates 41 Applebee’s restaurants and 83 Pizza Huts, for a total of 124 establishments. Its sales have grown to the point where it is now the largest food service franchise company in Wisconsin. The company is driven by two main principles: People and Profit. From this they derive their corporate slogan, “Have Fun, Make Money!”. Although WHG is a multi-unit, multi-chain owner / operator, its IT department works across both brands. As the company and its restaurants grew, they found their growth outpacing the ability of IT’s vendor-supplied software applications to provide financial and operational data in a timely manner while simplifying the process of reporting across the board.
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.
Whether you are hiring for your restaurant locations or your management offices, the onboarding process will be key to determining your employees’ engagement and retention. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 23% of the workforce had been with their employer less than one year. That’s an awful lot of new hires.
Food waste is costly. According to the USDA, food waste makes up 30-40% of the total US supply. This costs roughly $1.61 billion a year. At Restaurant Magic Software we want to help reduce food waste. We have identified 5 common reasons for excess food waste, and what you can do about it. With a little oversight you too can be on your way to reducing your food costs and improving your bottom line.