The challenges of today have really presented a sink-or-swim playing field for most businesses, causing many to pivot pretty heavily – especially within industries in which crowds are common. The restaurant and bar industry has made a major pivot toward a contactless delivery and carry out business model in order to maintain profitability. Some restaurants have seen and will see more success than their competitors because of how well they’ve been able to maintain customer satisfaction. So here are some tips to improve the food pickup experience at your restaurant.(more…)
As a small business owner, you work long and hard to make sure your business is successful. Small businesses are the most common victims of fraud at 31.8% according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. That number is higher than any other business category. The truth is that small businesses are the most vulnerable because they often lack internal controls to curb the effect of scams on their bottom line. So, how can you protect your business from scammers? The first step is to identify the common red flags that accompany a scam and then educate your employees on how to spot them. Below we dive into one of the most common types – overpayment scams – and how to mitigate them.(more…)
Restaurant food waste is a major problem in the United States. In fact, a study by the Food Waste Reduction Alliance found that 84.3% of unused food in U.S. restaurants gets thrown out, while 14.3% is recycled and 1.4% of food is donated. Aside from the negative environmental impact that food waste has on our planet, restaurant food waste also accounts for lost – but much needed – revenue for restaurant owners. It’s more important than ever to focus on reducing food waste and increasing efficiency. Here are the top areas to help prevent unnecessary loss.(more…)
Restaurants and commercial kitchens are filled with equipment that have the potential to cause injuries such as crushed or maimed hands, severe burns, and more. Workplace accidents happen all the time – over 5,000 people died while on-the-job in 2018. This is why organizations such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) were created: to prevent workplace injuries by improving conditions and safety regulations. One of the most vital workplace safety requirements is machine safeguarding.
Visit our Risk Control Library for additional safety resources for restaurants.(more…)
Sustainability continues to be a major topic of discussion in most industries. According to Pew Research, two-thirds of adults in the U.S. think we should be doing more to care for the environment and eliminate waste. The restaurant industry has struggled with this harsh reality for decades. In fact, restaurants are some of the largest contributors to food waste due to FDA regulations against reusing of food items.
Employee drug testing programs continue to be a hot topic and are essential for most businesses—the restaurant and hospitality industry is no exception. Are they legal? Do employers have to have an employee drug testing policy? Or what if you own multiple businesses in different states? Do the rules change? Below we cover some of the most common questions surrounding employee drug testing and workers’ compensation benefits.(more…)
Discovering water damage at your business is a huge headache! It can also lead to structural damage, mold, costly repairs and lost revenue. Use these water damage prevention measures below to protect your livelihood from flooding and freezing damage.(more…)
The food truck industry has grown into a $1.1 billion behemoth of an industry in 2020, according to IBIS. Recent research credits many factors to the rise of the food truck industry with one being that consumers love being able to obtain gourmet food options at a fraction of the price. This may sound enticing when thinking about starting an entrepreneurial food truck business; however, starting a successful business is much easier said than done.
Are you wondering what you need to do to start a successful food truck business? Start by creating a thorough business plan. Here are a few things that your food truck business plan must include:(more…)
Have you ever slipped, tripped or fallen at work? Perhaps you have watched a television show where a slip, trip and fall was the punch line for a joke. Slips, trips and falls are no joke however, and rank among the most frequent types of accidents, second only to motor-vehicle accidents as a cause of death. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “26% of the 8982,730 nonfatal work injuries resulting in days away from work in 2017 were related to slips, trips, and falls. With 44% of Society Insurance claims are related to slips and falls (general liability and workers compensation), businesses can’t afford to not take additional precautions when it comes to cleaning up spills in the workplace.(more…)
When a protest goes wrong and civil commotion turns to vandalism, looting and riots, there’s obviously cause for concern. Business owners may begin wondering: What can we be doing now to prevent possible property damage?(more…)