Corner Bakery Moves System-Wide Catering Operations into the Cloud

Hi There,

I hope this note finds you well.  My team at the MonkeyGroup  continues to work with amazing foodservice operators to help them grow sales and increase profits with Takeout, Delivery & Catering.

We are especially proud of this announcement today as Corner Bakery is one of the gold standard brands when it comes to catering.  The strategy is deep in their culture and 25-30% of their sales are catering.

And so, I will enjoy this news today, and I hope you will too!

Check out the announcement here.

If you are looking to accelerate your off premise sales, reach out to us.

How Holiday Catering can make up 50% of your sales this year

We love the holiday season at Monkey Group!

For some businesses, things slow down, but for restaurants, it’s one of the biggest opportunities of the year for takeout, delivery, and catering sales.

Our clients at MonkeyMedia Software, The Catering Institute, and Catering Insights tell us how catering orders can account for 30, 40, even 50% of their sales.

There’s a huge opportunity here.

Over the past 21 years, we’ve been using our strategic framework, The 5 Pillars of Successful Restaurant Takeout, Delivery and Catering, to educate restaurant operators on how to take advantage of this incredible opportunity so their fourth quarter can actually make their whole year.

Holiday catering-specific marketing materials become crucial to sales performance, and while that may be obvious, you still have to make some noise.

The following advice comes from personal experience as a former owner-operator, from listening to our clients, and from working with restaurants and foodservice operators of all kinds over the past 21 years.

(Remember – catering is a different business than your in-store operation and not just an ‘add-on’ service! You must be specific and thoughtful, and always stick to your brand promise.)

Your most valuable marketing tool is your people.

Train your people to speak and write the language of restaurant catering. This is true when you’re gearing up for holiday catering sales season, and it will carry through to help you build momentum for your current program year-round. Train your people at the operations level to tell your catering story to the public. Your front-line people should be able to direct your catering customers to the right team within your organization at the right moment, which will ensure that your customers’ expectations are set properly for guaranteed service execution.

Use all advertising methods at your disposal to tell your catering story.

Showcase your whole team as catering experts – no matter who your customer talks to, that person should be a catering expert, and be able to help your customers. Display a list of the clients you currently service in your store and on your website for prospects to see. Post a sign in-store that says “Today’s Deliveries,” showing your orders for the day – it’s a great way to help drive customer enquiries and interest!

Develop and showcase a holiday catering menu.

Your holiday menu should be different and complementary to your current menu. Focus on a category. Be clear that it is a limited time offer. Stick with one specific, high-value (and high margin) offering.

Document holiday policies and procedures for your team and customers.

The holiday season increases stress for your people and catering operations. Your catering strategy during the holiday time should provide a logical plan for the seasonal spike in sales. You may need seasonal staff. Align your holiday strategy with your existing plan, then include a separate policy and procedure guideline focused specifically on your holiday catering customer.

The holidays should be remembered as a time of festivity with co-workers, friends and family. Give your catering customers an experience to remember and they’ll have even more to celebrate, as well as tell all their friends what a great catering experience you were able to provide.

Feel free to reach out directly if you have any questions! And best of luck this season,

Erle Dardick

Ford concept uses drones and self-driving vans for deliveries – The future of Takeout, Delivery & Catering

As I celebrate my 21st year as the Founder and CEO of MonkeyMedia Software, The Catering Institute and Catering Insights, I feel completely blessed to be able do the work that I do.

In my wildest dreams, I could not have imagined that I would get to work with our industry’s most important and largest brands when it comes to their takeout, delivery and catering strategies.  I am so proud of our organization as we continue to influence the off-premise strategy of our industry in a BIG way.  The work we do is very important.

Our customers are winning and growing their sales, every single day, using our ideas and our technology, MONKEY, the #1 cloud based solution for takeout, delivery & catering.

Our business framework, The 5 Pillars of Successful Takeout, Delivery & Catering, along with our software solution, are enabling our customers to provide a predictable, scalable and reliable experience when it comes to the operations of their off-premise business operations.  Our customers are using our technology solution as an “order bucket” for 3rd party digital orders, as well as their own e-commerce transactions and they are executing their operations using our business logic.  We help them to control their execution at scale.

Through our API’s, companies like Doordash, EZcater, UBER, Amazon, Caviar, Yelp, Google and so many others, are able to inject their orders into our solution.  And that is giving full control of takeout, delivery and catering back to restaurants, because that is what we do.  We are a platform for foodservice operations to control and scale their takeout, delivery & catering operations.  We are unique.

We provide restaurant and foodservice companies with the tools they need to get ALL those orders into a single platform, where they can also connect their customers, call centres, sales teams, accounting teams, and franchisees and restaurants in a cloud based environment.  This moves the entire strategy for off premise foodservice transactions into a rich cloud based and real time environment which provides a full 360 degree view of each transaction, in real time.  The experience is very rich.  It focuses on flawless execution and that is a HUGE missing link for so many companies we meet.

It’s amazing!  And, its working!  We have the data to prove it!  Just ask.

It gets even more interesting because through our software and technology, we are able to interact with other 3rd party companies using their API’s, which allows us to dispatch delivery vehicles in real time.  We are already doing this with many of our customers who are manning their own fleet of vehicles, as well as developing partnerships with professional 3rd party delivery companies.

And so, you can imagine how excited I was to learn about Ford Motor Company’s research into the delivery space this week.  And this concept video below really shows the future of what delivery is going to look like in the decades forward.  You can learn more about their program at this article called:

Ford concept uses drones and self-driving vans for deliveries

I can see forward that we will be sending the transaction data from our systems on behalf of our restaurant operators directly to these vehicles and the birth of Automatic Deliveries will be real.  It’s coming for sure, so get your operations in order.   It’s really amazing.

I am so happy to be part of this and look forward to the future of takeout, delivery and catering in a BIG way.

Check out this video below!