Bringing together market-basket sales data and job scheduling is the recipe for foodservice success.

When you spend most of the day on your feet, a good start can make all the difference. C-store associates are on the frontlines every day serving first responders, teachers, and many other local heroes. So, when someone is in a rush and forgets to eat the most important meal of the day, you want to be there for them. More than one in four (37%) of c-store operators expect breakfast to have the highest rate of sales growth of all the dayparts in 2020, according to the research firm, Technomic.

This is an excellent opportunity to leverage a high margin category like foodservice to offset low sales volumes during unpredictable times. Food has great margins, but those can get eroded by poor production. It’s all about getting the timing and the quantities right to keep up with demand.

Market-basket sales data feeds production planning

Making the right amount of food at the right times means you can serve up what people want—when they want it. That can increase your sales, and it also can reduce waste.

It starts with knowing what you’re going to sell and when. Using advanced data analysis of market-basket transactions, you can predict what food items will sell by store and time of day. Establishing clear baseline forecasts by time-of-day isn’t enough. You must anticipate seasonal changes that impact demand or timing. When you’re pushing a new promotion, you need to be prepared to keep up with demand.

Smart production planning means you’ll never disappoint, and you’ll always delight, but it all depends on accurate forecasts.

Sophisticated job scheduling technology enhances production planning

Knowing what to make and when makes the job easier, but no one wants to manage a job calendar. When you use technology with intelligent scheduling based on business rules and food production criteria, it’s less work for you to ensure that that production is spread throughout the day, providing the freshest product to your customers.

This eliminates the manual process of outlining every task individually.

Understanding the nature of specific food items and mapping tasks is essential to maintaining quality. If fresh is a brand attribute for your company, a sophisticated production planning application will help you live up to that promise.

It’s hard to forget a bad experience, like taking a bite of a warm breakfast sandwich only to taste a crunchy, overcooked piece of sausage. Or seeing that corner of melted cheese that’s turned bright orange because it’s stale.

Smart production planning and the right technology can help avoid those unsavory experiences.

Combining market-basket sales data and job scheduling is the recipe for success

When you combine market-basket sales forecasting with job scheduling, you can serve up a great customer experience consistently every time. You can do some exciting and impactful things in your foodservice operations when you have technology making sense of all the data your ERP solution is producing and capturing.

Connecting your market-basket sales data and forecasting daypart demand is key to production planning. Time-of-day forecasting and automated job scheduling provide simple but enhanced task management for your employees. The software does the work for you so your store employees will know when to make breakfast burritos at specific times and prepare the right amount to satisfy hungry customers.

Your employees are your most important ingredient

It’s essential for your employees to have the tools they need to make their job easier. In today’s competitive job market, you need to arm your staff with the right tools. Turnover has become an increasing problem for convenience retailers.

According to the latest NACS State of the Industry data, turnover for store associates was 121%, up from 118% in the prior year. Through enhanced foodservice task management, you simplify the most important parts of the work for an already fast-paced and demanding job. A well-planned day means even with high turnover, your foodservice staff can focus on quality and customer experience.

Serve up your best, and the rest will follow

When you leverage technology in this way, you can be more agile and have the flexibility to adapt to changes. Recent times have tested the limits of convenience retailers and made technology advances even more critical. Foodservice is complicated, but with the right technology partner, it doesn’t have to be. Simplicity comes with deep industry knowledge and the perseverance to solve the challenging problems like production planning.

You can thrive in today’s digital economy. Contact us today to learn how we can help you transform your business.