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Top 5 Tips & Trick to Control Labor Cost in Restaurant industries.

Top 5 Tips & Trick to Control Labor Cost in Restaurant industries.


In Restaurant industries, labor cost is a major controllable cost & if it’s not controlled properly then its leads to a disaster and make restaurants sick (loss making units).

Almost all the franchisors give ideal labor % to sales as well as training to achieve it, but in most of the cases, it’s very hard to achieve, especially when it’s run by employees and not by individual store owners.

By doing following steps can increase bottom line (take home profit) handsomely.

1)    Hiring the right talent for the right position.

When it comes to the hiring it’s not about finding someone to fill the position immediately such as a family member or friends who might not meet all the requirements. Being able to dedicate time and resources towards filling positions with employees who are dedicated to the long-term success of a restaurant is paramount to the longevity of any business.

Hiring the right person starts with having a reliable individual doing the hiring and who is well informed of the needs of the business.

Making the wrong decision in the hiring process can lead to a lot of extra stress and issues that can hinder the development of a business. A bad employee will negatively impact the other employees they are around, could drive down sales, and could cost a business a lot of unnecessary expenses.

By hiring the right person the first time around the business will move in a positive direction and will become more successful in the future. Managers and business owners need to be aware of the impact that an employee can have and consider their impact throughout the hiring process.

@Connivia we can help on automation of onboarding process

2)     Scheduling stores hours based on good historical sales and labor hours.


This is very critical part in a way to saving $$$$ in labor cost, therefore store manager must carefully fill the stores hours based on the past volume.

It’s very important to know in advance that how much hours you need to fill the store, over scheduling resulted in wastage of money and under staff situation lead to quality issues and chaos.

Now big questions come to many store owners mind that how to know if they are scheduling hours correctly, here Connivia come in picture as @connivia we can help store owners to prepare the labor matrix based on the stores performance in past as well as similar stores in the same locality, we are serving more than 100 locations.

3)      Monitoring the employee’s activity on regular basis

Monitoring the employee activity regularly all way drive the good results and employee knows that they are being monitored, it can be done by simply installing video cameras and watching remotely

We have seen many real cases where productivity improved once the employees know that he or she being monitored also this will help in finding the grey areas where employee needs training

@Connivia we do remote video surveillance live as well as do an audit of past recorded videos and provide a daily audit report to store owner at very reasonable price.

4)     Motivating the employees to achieve the ideal labor % of sales (motivating via monetary and non-monetary methods)

 

If an employee is highly motivated then it’s lead to high sales volumes and less wastage in COGs as well as reduced man hours to operate the stores.

Highly motivated work force can lead to a loss making store to profit making one is a short time and there are several ways to motivate the employees.

One most practised and time tested tool is a bonus to employees but it should not be without conditions it should be based on criteria like employees will be eligible for a bonus of reducing food and labor cost to certain levels without customer complaint and keeping stores in compliance.Many see bonus as expenses but if it’s is rolled out with targets then it will save many time them what business owners pay as bonus

@Connivia we developed a tool where you can automatically calculate the bonus amount to employees based on the pre-defined criteria.

5)     By continues giving training on the identified grey areas.There is no substitute for continued training in order to attain the desired labor cost and overall performance of businesses. Now the question comes that how one know that what kind of training needed to employees after providing them training at the time of joining.

One can identify the grew area for particular employee thru video surveillance and by taking the short survey of employees directly to identify the area which needs the training.

It’s very important to know that giving continues training to an employee not only help them to perform better but also motivate them too.

@Connivia has proven track record of helping QSR owners to identify the training areas both with Video Surveillance as well as by online short survey.

 Connivia is a business leader in providing payroll, bookkeeping and advisory services to Quick Service restaurants for many years with very competitive pricing which we say at least 40% Cheaper than in-house accountant and competitors.

If you need any help from us please feel free to call us at 317-851-0936 or write to us at ram@connivia.com

 

ByRamotar

Wendy’s says McDonald’s fresh beef tests aren’t hurting its sales

  • Wendy’s said Wednesday that McDonald’s tests of fresh beef didn’t have “material impact” on the chain.
  • The company said that McDonald’s test actually brought awareness and credibility to Wendy’s.
  • CEO Todd Penegor said that Wendy’s was able to gain about 0.6 percent in consumer traffic share during the first quarter.It seems McDonald’s foray into fresh, never frozen beef hasn’t hurt Wendy’s sales.In fact, Wendy’s said that the Golden Arches’ test of Quarter Pounders with fresh beef actually brought more awareness and credibility to Wendy’s business, which has used fresh beef since 1969.”As we looked at where they were testing, and we were very conscious of what what they were doing, we didn’t see a material impact to our business where that message was coming out,” Todd Penegor, CEO of Wendy’s, said during an earnings call Wednesday.Penegor said that the company was actually able to use social media to capitalize on McDonald’s announcement that it would be rolling out fresh beef for all of its Quarter Pounder burgers nationwide by mid-2018. Wendy’s used its Twitter account, which has more than 1.8 million followers, to poke fun at the Golden Arches for still using frozen beef in all of its other burgers.source :
    cnbc.com
ByRamotar

Starbucks seeing payment system outages

Starbucks sees payment system outage in US and Canada

  • Twitter users report that Starbucks’ payment systems across U.S. and Canada are down.
  • The issue appears to be affecting mobile payment systems as well.
  • Some Starbucks locations are giving out free beverages.

    Some Starbucks customers looking for their cup of Joe Tuesday morning were out of luck.The coffee chains’ payment system was down and baristas were unable to complete transactions.”As part of our normal course of business, overnight we worked to install a technology update to our store registers in the U.S. and Canada,” the company said in a statement.

    Some baristas told CNBC that the outage began Monday night.

    “A limited number of locations remain offline, and we are working swiftly to resume full operations in each of these stores,” Starbucks added. “The stores will remain open during this time and, as always, our partners are prepared to take care of our customers to ensure they have the best experience possible.”

    Source :
    http://www.cnbc.com

ByRamotar

US burger chain Wendy’s quarterly profit, sales beat estimates

  • Wendy’s reported a 12 percent drop in profit, hurt by higher labor costs and lower revenue.
  • Revenue fell to $285.8 million from $378.8 million a year earlier, mainly because the company sold more restaurants to franchisees.
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Wendy’s reported higher-than-expected quarterly same-restaurant sales and profit, driven by the popularity of its value meals such as “4 for $4” and lower costs.

The company’s shares were up 5.2 percent at $15.89 in light premarket trading on Wednesday.

Wendy’s in January added the Double Stack cheeseburger, which includes a burger, chicken nuggets, a small serving of fries and a drink, to its “4 for $4” value meals.

The meal and other promotions have helped the burger chain attract diners amid a drop in grocery prices in recent months, which is encouraging more people to cook at home.

Sales at restaurants open at least a year rose 1.6 percent, above the 1.1 percent growth expected by analysts polled by research firm Consensus Metrix.

Net income fell to $22.3 million from $25.4 million in the first quarter ended April 2, the company said.

On a per share basis, the company’s profit remained unchanged at 9 cents per share due to fewer outstanding shares from a year earlier.

Revenue fell 24.5 percent to $285.8 million from a year earlier, mainly because the company sold more restaurants to franchisees.

Analysts on average had expected earnings of 8 cents per share on revenue of $282.6 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

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ByRamotar

what is financial reporting

Financial reporting is the process of producing statements that disclose an organization’s financial status to management, investors and the government.

What is a financial analysis report?

Financial analysis is the process of evaluating businesses, projects, budgets and other finance-related entities to determine their performance and suitability. … When looking at a specific company, a financial analyst conducts analysis by focusing on the income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statement.

 

What are the main objectives of financial reporting?

The primary objective of financial reporting is to provide useful information for decision making. The importance to our economy of providing capital market participants with information was discussed previously, as were the specific cash flow information needs of investors and creditors.

 

Why is a financial report important?

Financial reporting is important because it helps to ensure that companies and organizations comply with relevant regulations and, if it is a public company, shows investors the current financial health of a company.

 

What is the definition of financial records?

Formal documents representing the transactions of a business, individual or other organization. Financial records maintained by most businesses include a statement of retained earnings and cash flow, income statements and the company’s balance sheet and tax returns.

 

What is the financial data?

Definition of Financial Data. Financial data consists of pieces or sets of information related to the financial health of a business. The pieces of data are used by internal management to analyze business performance and determine whether tactics and strategies must be altered.

 

What is the purpose of the financial analysis?

Definition and information on Financial Statements Analysis. The purpose of financial statement analysis is to examine the past and current financial data so that a company’s performance and financial position can be evaluated and future risks and potential can be estimated.

 

What is meant by accounting analysis?
In cost accounting, this is a way for an accountant to analyze and measure the cost behavior of a firm. The process involves examining cost drivers and classifying them as either fixed or variable costs.
ByRamotar

Benefit Of Having Good And Timely Financial Report

While there are numerous benefits of having accurate and timely financial reports, we have identified few key benefits of financial statements.

1. Understanding The Financial Status of Your Business
The complete financial status of your business can be presented in a quality financial statement. The three main financial statements are the balance sheet, the income statement and the cash flow statement. The balance sheet reflects the owner’s equity after the liabilities are subtracted from the assets. The income statement which is also known as the profit and loss statement shows the profit derived from income over a defined period of time. A cash flow statement is a valuable tool for showing if there is enough cash coming in to pay for the operations of the business. A cash flow can be projected out over several months. The Income Statement shows how the restaurant and hotel perform over a period of time (i.e. a week, month or year). It takes all restaurant and hotel expenses into account, from prepaid expenses to expenses paid in the future. Overall, theIncome Statement tells the operator if the business is making a profit. From there, the operator can begin making changes in policy and implementing strategies that will help the restaurant achieve its goals. Should new sales programs be implemented? Does food cost in line with menu prices? Is the restaurant hitting its budgets? Can the owner(s) make distributions to the partners? These are some of the key questions that need to be addressed. The basic formula for an Income Statement is:
Sales – Cost of Goods Sold – Expenses = Profit/Loss
The Income Statement is everyone’s favorite financial statement to review because it reveals the nature of the restaurants and hotel success. Restaurant and Hotel financial statements should be broken down into the following categories:

• Sales/room revenue
• Salaries
• Employee Benefits
• Controllable
• Occupancy
• General and Administrative
• Depreciation
• Interest
• Other Income


If sales and expenses are broken down into specific categories, the operator can easily compare and analyze his or her restaurant and hotel to industry standard percentages. Timely financial reporting will help to control the cost of goods sold like beverage cost food cost
The health of a restaurant and hotel can be analyzed from the Balance Sheet at any point in time (i.e. today, last month or tomorrow). The Balance Sheet allows operators to forecast short and long-term cash flow. As important as it is to review the Balance Sheet, few restaurants ever bother to prepare it. By checking the accuracy of the Balance Sheet, an operator can ensure the accuracy of the Income Statement. The Balance Sheet lists all the assets, liabilities and equity of the restaurant. The formula for the Balance Sheet is:
Assets = Liabilities + Equity
In the simplest terms, assets are what the business owns such as equipment, inventory or cash. Liabilities are what the business owes such as vendor bills, loans, notes, and leases. Even a gift certificate is a liability because the restaurant owes someone a meal at a future date. Equity is the ownership of the business.
It is important that assets and liabilities are properly classified on the Balance Sheet. To get a clearer picture of the business, an operator should break down the Balance Sheet into subcategories. The breakdown is explained as follows:

• Current Assets: assets with the life less than a year (i.e. cash, credit card receivables, inventory and prepaid expenses).

• Fixed Assets: assets with a life greater than a year that directly attributes to producing revenue (i.e. equipment, computers, furniture and leasehold improvements).

• Other Assets: assets with a life longer than a year that is not directly involved in the production of revenue (i.e. security deposits, trademarks and artwork).

Liabilities require a similar classification and are broken down as follows:

• Current Liabilities: debts due within one year (i.e. accounts payable, accrued expenses, short-term loans and even gift certificates).

• Long-Term Liabilities: debts due that extend beyond one year (i.e. notes payable or long-term leases).

There is so much information to be gained from the Balance Sheet. For example, a restaurant and hoteliers that have large debts may have major cash flow problems. Identifying the current debts from the long-term debts on theBalance Sheet help determine the short and long-term cash needs, as well as the business potential success. Restaurateurs and hoteliers who take on large debts upon opening could be shooting themselves in the foot. The restaurant may show large profits based on the Income Statement, but the restaurant may not have money because it is paying out the outstanding debt (which is revealed in the Balance Sheet).
Most restaurants and hotels are set up as Partnerships or Sub Chapter S corporations, they have to explain all business expenses and income to all partner.

2.Sales Pattern
Financial statements reveal how much a restaurant owner and hoteliers earns per year in sales. The sales may fluctuate, but financial planners should be able to identify a pattern over years of sales figures. For example, the restaurant owner and hoteliers may have a pattern of increased sales when a new product is released. The sales may drop after a year or so of being on the market. This is beneficial, as it shows potential and sales patterns so executives know to expect a drop in sales.

3. Financial Statements Will Help Prepare A Budget And Make Financial Decisions
Timely financial reporting will help you prepare a budget and make an easy way to take the financial decisions to grow the business.

4. Improved financial management
Timely financial reporting helps you to examine and correct any weaknesses in your financial systems. Improved financial management allows you to focus on current financial matters and develop future plans.

5.Better resource management
Due to timely frame financial report the restaurant owners and hoteliers will get accurate numbers of resources, therefore, they can use optimum use of all resources.

6. PERFORMANCE EVALUATION
Under this type of accounting practice, Business Owners may assess the performance of the Employees in the financial performance of the business.

Connivia Accounting Solutions can help in preparing the timely and Accurate financial reports for business owners and do the analysis of numbers and gives a recommendation to better run the business.
For any further question on financial reporting and accounting feel free to email me at Ram@connivia.com

By
Ramotar Bagoria