Tag Archives: off premise

Build Your Off Premise Playbook! Only 36 Days Left to Register! – Join Me in Atlanta

Symposium-2017-postcard-front.png

Join us June 6th in Atlanta where we will solve for the future of restaurant off-premise – takeout, delivery, and catering.

  • Strategies for Restaurant Leadership, Centralized Services, Sales & Marketing, Operations and Delivery.
  • Experience interactive sessions and dive deeply into the complexity of off-premise and the many order and delivery channels available to customers
  • Networking opportunities that foster and enable an environment of idea exchange and actionable strategies that attendees can take back to their organizations

Agenda:

1.Opening Key Note: Building Scalable Off Premise Strategies for today – and tomorrow.

  • Current Market Conditions, definitions, trends and size
  • Projections for off-premise sales growth and impacts on foodservice operators
  • Using data and strategic frameworks to adjust your operating model

2. The Impact of 3rd party digital ordering channels on your Off-premise Operations.  

  • Where your orders come from and why it matters
  • What’s the economic impact of 3rd party digital ordering channels on your bottom line?
  • How to organize data coming from different order providers
  • What’s the difference between a takeout or catering order, and why it matters?
  • What IT infrastructure is needed to process off-premise orders?

This session will explore the impact of 3rd party digital ordering channels for off-premise, including the battle for online order market share between your own e-commerce solution and 3rd party digital channels.  Participants will learn and discuss important strategies around menu differentiation by channel, and gain valuable insights into available cloud-based technology solutions to leverage the explosive growth of e-commerce orders.

3.What’s the right Delivery Strategy for your Brand?

Self-managed fleets or third-party partnerships? This session will explore the key strategic elements associated with designing a scalable, long-term delivery program for your brand. Participants will learn the different strategies needed for delivery, takeout and catering.  Participants can expect to walk away with a checklist of considerations for the right delivery program for your brand, and your customer.

4.The Art of Catering—Building a Professional Sales & Service Team.

This session will explore the key strategic elements associated with designing a scalable and sustained catering sales program for your brand, with specific corporate segments in mind.  Participants will learn new strategies for direct selling, and enhance their understanding of the roles and responsibilities of an off-premise sales team.  This session will further explore bonus and compensation packages for sales representatives and will focus on the importance of account acquisition, activating dormant accounts and the value proposition of corporate accounts.

5.The Future of Off-Premise – Deep Automation through Business Logic & Data Flow.

This session will look at the future of off-premise automation through the evolution and application of technology in foodservice operations.  Order systems will eventually communicate directly with foodservice equipment, self-driving delivery vehicles and perhaps even robots in the kitchen to aid in the execution of off-premise food service transactions.

Who Should Attend:

  • Directors of Restaurant Catering
  • VP’s of Restaurant Off Premise
  • Restaurant CEO’s, CMO’s, COO’s, and CFO’s
  • Restaurant Marketing Executives
  • Restaurant Operations Executives

To reserve your seat, click here.


Speakers and Panelists:

Mo Asgari Michael AktisonTracy Avolio Barbara BlackwellErle DardickBrian Farris  Paul Hicks Richard HodgesTrudy JonesEd KellerJackie Kurkjian Grace Prasanson   Jim Rand Jason Schlenker Melissa Wilson


Sponsors:

2.MMS 2.PepsiCo-Foodservice  2.LBP  2.InkTel  2.Voice-Tel  2.Primary2.RDS  2.GRA  2.WNA2.Georgia-Power(NEW)2.SCRLA 2.Southern-Champion-Tray 2.Technomics-New

Tagged , , , , ,

Our community is confused about restaurant takeout & catering – Segment Markets

blog-marketsegment1-150110I’m flying at 35,000 feet enjoying the modern miracle of Wifi on airplanes. I just spent the last week of my life visiting restaurant companies in the Northeast corner of the US.  I feel honoured to be called upon by some of the biggest restaurant companies in the world to help them with their catering and off premise business operations.  I am very lucky to do the work that comes with my job as Founder & CEO at MonkeyMedia Software and The Catering Institute.

I have been thinking deeply about catering & takeout out of restaurants for the last two decades.  I’ve written about it, made videos about it, presented at conferences about it and have been evangelizing to our community that our consumers will continue to demand services for our restaurant brands  where they Live, Work & Play.  The off premise business opportunity for restaurants will continue to grow and increase in complexity.

In my world, I see complex manufacturing dynamics in all of the restaurants I spend time in.  The way I see it, when it comes to feeding our customers where they Live, Work and Play, there are only two core service channels. (Takeout and Catering).

Now, to be clear, what I am proposing is a framework for every restaurant to consider when it comes to segmenting it’s markets, so that our operations can adapt to the complexity of order entry, conversation, manufacturing and distribution.  Depending on the service channel for off-premise restaurant services & products, our operations will react and behave differently based on the occasion and order dynamics.  Saying that, here’s the rub…. Our customers are not experts!  We are!  The look to us to tell them what to order when.  And so, we will only succeed with flawless execution and our customers expect us to know our business better than them.  And so, as experts, we have to recommend the right things, for the right occasion, every single time.

There is a lot to discuss here, and I am going to self publish and essay on this topic where it will be available at the Catering Institute, because I think this is the single biggest challenge that our restaurant community faces when it comes to maximizing transaction volume for our off-premise sales opportunities.

Here is what I want to say…… Language matters!  And it matters a lot.  If our operations are unclear on how to direct our guests based on their service demand and feeding occasion, then can you imagine how confused our guests are going to be when they place their orders?  I can tell you that serving multiple markets out of a single restaurant is absolutely daunting.  But, it’s also absolutely possible!

So, as you open the doors to your restaurant(s) tomorrow, I want you to think about segmenting your takeout and catering opportunities based on the market and consumer demand for more products & services for your brand.

Dine In, Takeout, Delivery, Curbside, Catering, Event Catering, Food Trucks, Online Ordering, and Group Ordering are all examples of market segmentations and the use of language.  There are probably 100’s more that we have not thought about yet!  Now you can see the complexity here!  To many things going on at once, and not enough team members inside our organizations that understand the dynamics.  This lack of understanding leads to chaos inside our organizations.  We have to work on this together.

To me, it’s about feeding your customers where they Live, Work & Play.  It’s about getting your customers to spend more money with your brand more often.  It’s about making your brand loyalists aware of these horizontal services and getting them to think of you at the right time, for the right occasion.

Takeout and Catering are closely related cousins.  Both can be available for pickup or delivery.  Both of these order types can be placed online, through mobile devices, through kiosks, in-store or on the telephone.

So, I ask you, how are you segmenting those services in your restaurants and what are the best practices for the order to cash cycle of each type of transaction?  I can tell you, if you don’t frame the conversation properly for your customers, they are going to walk away with a negative experience.

From what I see every single day in the field, few brands, if any are doing a good job at explaining this to their internal teams or to their customers.  And so, the result is confusing and less than stellar.

Until we take the time to properly segment our markets, and develop language internally and externally that makes sense, we will continue to make it hard on ourselves.

I am going to spend some time thinking more about what I can do to help our community frame this dynamic properly so that we can set ourselves up for success and grow the off-premise sales channel for restaurants.

I’d love to hear from you on this topic.

 

Tagged , , , , ,
%d bloggers like this: