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At-Your-Service's new cloud-based platform offers benefits server-based
systems can't provide. Photo: At-Your-Service
One of the keys to a successful production management software program for commissary and instore clients in the retail space, Barrett
says, is transparency - particularly for clients with multiple units.
"We think we offer great transparency, which helps connect disparate
technical areas and reduces waste."
Prepared foods is one area within instore/commissary that can particularly benefit from a top-notch production management software
program, he says. "They need to know very specifically how many
items they need to have ready-to-go. Once the food is prepared, the
clock starts ticking."
Too many ticks of the clock, and the result is food waste, a problem
acutely felt in retail foodservice. "Waste is much greater (at retail)
than in restaurants," Barrett says.
A big reason for that is production reporting, Barrett says -or more
specifically, the lack thereof. Many retailers are OK at it, he says. But
few are "great," which is where they need to be in today's hyper-competitive environment. Many retailers still rely on processes that aren't
automated, Barrett says. They spend precious time every day on work
that should be done by a computer.
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Jera measures its success by how much it improves its customers'
bottom lines, Barrett says. "Our goal is to provide a 2 to 4 percent
increase in profitability." One of the ways that goal is often achieved
is through labor reduction. It's not untypical for a company to reduce
staffing by 1.5 people after automating with a system like Jera's.
Better in the cloud
Bronxville, New York-based At-Your-Service Software Inc. took its
production management software to the next level in 2017 when it
launched a cloud-based version of its popular food costing software.
ReciProfity, as the new product is called, is perfect for multi-unit operations, with two brand-new features - transfers and Recipe Relay,
which centralizes recipe creation and publishing to other units - that
manage cost controls and recipe development, says Matthew Starobin, At-Your-Service's CEO. "It centralizes and standardizes recipes
and disperses them to stores," he says. "It adds a level of recipe standardization that we didn't have before."