Working with GPOS in the Food Service and Hospitality Industry

A Group Buying Organization (GPO) is an organization that helps pool the buying power of members to help get the best possible prices and quality on products and services. In the consumer markets, these programs are comparable to Costco, Shoppers Warehouse, or insurance bundlers.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Axis Purchasing




A Safe Bet: Preventing Foodborne Illnesses with Affordable Tech

There are solutions emerging to maximize food safety efforts at the restaurant level, enabling operators to better communicate with their employees and to rectify any potential safety breaches immediately.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: HotSchedules




Restaurant Opening Master Checklist

While opening a new restaurant is exciting it can also be very stressful. Making sure that you have all your 'i's dotted and your 't's crossed before the big day can feel overwhelming.

Type: Special Report

Sponsor: TouchBistro


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UFood Grill using kiosks to get face-to-face with customers

Facial recognition kiosks are the technological highlight of UFood Grill's first stand-alone street location.

Food truck growth goes full throttle: Part 2 - costs and challenges

Businesses and individuals driven by a passion for serving all types of food are recognizing the opportunity to launch a food truck. While these entrepreneurs hail from a variety of backgrounds, they all face the challenges of having sufficient capital, defining their niche, establishing a solid business strategy and executing it.

Positive loitering: How fast casuals can increase customer dwell time, spend with digital signage

By encouraging longer dwell times and shorter perceived dwell/wait times through digital signage, your chain can increase the overall spend per guest and amplify engagement — ensuring the customer will be back.

Free Webinar: Pilot Testing Restaurant Digital Signage - The Only Way to Fly

Invest an hour of time in the free webinar, Pilot Testing Restaurant Digital Signage: The Only Way to Fly. It's chock-full of checklists, proven testing rules and a discussion with one brand about the lessons its leadership learned through testing for a signage system that has been game-changing for that chain.

Fast Casual Summit: 10 moves to maximize your manpower

A one-hour session on optimizing restaurant labor yielded many more hours worth of proven strategies to maximize the efforts of your workforce. This article focuses on the 10 ideas put forth in the session last month at the Fast Casual Executive Summit in Laguna Beach, California.

Self-order kiosks gain fans among restaurants, consumers

The quick service and fast casual restaurant formats may offer their customers different experiences, but both are starting to leverage self-order kiosks to improve customer experience.

To lease or not to lease: 5 tips, if that is your question (Part 1 of 2 on restaurant financing issues)

In a business that demands a steady and relatively liquid cash flow, leasing equipment can make a lot of sense. Here are five tips to help you decide what equipment to lease and how to prepare for the deal.

Using kitchen equipment to enhance food safety

A chef from one of the nation's largest kitchen equipment manufacturers answers questions about the role of kitchen equipment in protecting and even heightening food safety. The hidden surprise? The best systems can yield labor savings, too.

Starting an evolution: Freebirds CEO discusses mobile app, redesign

Freebirds CEO Bobby Shaw discusses why it was time for the 29-year-old brand to evolve.


Why the problem of restaurant pathogens REALLY may have a "silver" lining

A non-toxic type of cleaner that kills pathogens with a form of ionized silver is spreading in use after showing great results in several chains nationally.

Real vs authentic: Which word should describe your restaurant?

Steve Starr describes how authenticity is about communicating your brand’s true ideals to the consumer while the term real references the use of natural materials. He asks: can something be authentic without being real?

Kitchen design and technology: 5 ways to improve foodservice operations

A successful foodservice operation must incorporate three elements: food, people and equipment.

At the Summit: How to create a franchise-friendly supply chain

The supply chain is often the thorn in the side of franchisors, especially those that have brands spread nationwide or globally.

4 ways to control your food costs in 2016

Commodity prices have temporarily fallen and taken some pressure off food cost. Now is the time for strategic buyers to align with manufacturers, distributors and a GPO to lock in contracts at lower prices.

What is your restaurant's carbon footprint?

Countries and companies across the globe are making climate change high on their agenda.

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