Starting Off Like a Startup
One of things that fascinates me, is to see a business break barriers and become a true innovator and game changer. I have worked in the restaurant industry my entire life, and have often felt as though the industry approaches business conservatively, moving slowly to change and lacking true innovation. In the past years, we have seen other industries change and evolve, and now it is time for us, as restauranteurs and business leaders, to become true innovators and game changers. As food costs rise, as our labor pool shrinks, and as we see consumer needs changing quickly, it is an opportune time to learn from other industries and become true innovators and game changers. Here is an interesting article on how restaurants are borrowing from other industries in an effort to become innovators.
Starting Off Like a Startup
At Matrix Restaurant Consulting, we are poised to help you break barriers and change the way you do business today in an effort to be more profitable tomorrow.
What to Expect in 2016
As 2016 approaches, industry experts are predicting the trends for the upcoming year - from technology to food - here are some things we may expect to see or experience in 2016. Food Predictions: DIY Everything - Returning to our true culinary roots - chef's and restauranteurs will be churning their own butter, making their own cheese and more. Beyond Sriracha - In 2015 Sriracha was the "Hot" condiment, but in 2016 we will go beyond Sriracha - making our own hot sauces and pulling from other cultures. Go Veg or Go Home - Vegetables will be the hero, a trend I am very excited to see!
To see more food trends check out these articles:
NRN predicts 2016 menu trends 14 hot food trends for 2016 Chefs predict hot food trends for 2016
And on the technology front - technology executives will take on bigger roles as restaurant companies begin to take control of their digital presence from delivery to ordering to payment. Check out some of the predictions for 2016:
NRN predicts digital disruptions coming in 2016
If you attended the National Restaurant Show this past May, you probably encountered a proliferation of vendors offering mobile apps. Mobile technology is here, and will continue to grow. However, today it is not just about having an "app", but it is about having a fully integrated app that can fulfill the multiple needs of your guests - from ordering ahead, to making a payment, to loyalty benefits. Smart restauranteurs understand the need to analyze their customers needs and then customize an app that will exceed their expectations. Our consultants are ready to assess your business and partner with the right mobile app developer to drive your business. Having this competitive advantage can help you grow your business in 2016! Here is a great article on success stories.
What customers want from restaurant mobile apps
Our industry is evolving at a faster rate than it ever has. As restauranteurs, more than ever, our pulse needs to be on the fast pace and changing demands of our consumers. Consumers are looking for convenience, quality and affordability and the result is a proliferation of restaurant delivery services - now including Amazon.com and Groupon.com, and start-ups such as Munchery.com , a San-Francisco based meal delivery service. How will these companies impact you? Can they add to your consumer base or will they begin to erode your sales? Understanding complex changes in our industry can be a game changer and not evolving with these changes can ultimately impact your future success. Let Matrix Restaurant Consulting help evaluate your business, then provide actionable solutions to help you grow with in our ever changing world.
Amazon launches restaurant delivery in Seattle
New player to watch in the fast-casual food-delivery biz - Munchery
Targeting On-the-go Customers
In our fast changing world, giving your on-the-go customers the ability to order, pay and ultimately skip the line, can be a game changer for your business. Here are some companies that are successfully using Apps to drive their business and to target user engagement. Restaurants add apps targeting user engagement
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