Heeeere’s Your Sign… Do You Need More Signage?

On December 28, 2016 in Recent news, Pro Tips

Marketing Signage and Your Location

Advertising at/within your location is one of the best ways to get customers buying your products… So why do people think less is more when it comes to signage? Find out from the expert why and how more signage can improve your location!
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Executive Communication: Connecting with your employees

On December 20, 2016 in Recent news, Pro Tips

Executive Communication Connecting with your employees

Executive Communication

When it comes to business communication, what haven’t we already discussed? We’ve hit on everything from an intranet platform to an open door policy, but what about getting out there and connecting with your employees as CEO? Talked to Gary lately? Gary who? Exactly!
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Clearly Defined Business Goals = Game Changer

On December 19, 2016 in Pro Tips

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Game Changing Clarity You Need for Your Business

As an owner and/or manager probably have some ongoing business goals in mind. Some could be as simple as finish the year ‘in the black’ and some more specific to sales metrics most likely. It’s probably also safe to say most companies track their profit metrics on a monthly or even weekly basis (if you’re not… we strongly encourage it).

All of this said, even the most specific or attainable goals really don’t mean much if you don’t publicize them. No need to contact the local papers or TV stations… but you’d be surprised what sharing within your organization can do to help you achieve your goals. According to the Small Business Chronicles you not only are more likely to reach your goals by publicizing them inside your organization but also help build a sense of ownership and camaraderie in the process.

Business Goals

business goals SMARTA simple Google search will give you all you would ever want to know on business goals. As an 8-year Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Company in America honoree we will take a page from their book (or blog rather) on the business goal topic. Short-term objectives should follow the S.M.A.R.T. methodology.

In short, goals should be specific, measurable, actionable, realistic and time specific.  We find it fun to gamify our goals as part of The Great Game of Business (you can read a lot more from our CEO on his website on this topic).

This summer during the Olympics in RIO we held some games of our own and if our whole team went for the gold level goals…we all got free embroidered PFSbrands jackets! Goal gamification doesn’t always have to be complicated or expensive so don’t overthink it!

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Wrap-Up

Achieving your goals won’t happen every time… but it will never happen if you don’t set and communicate business goals. Goals don’t have to include flashy graphics or be gamified but you really can’t go wrong using the S.M.A.R.T. goal setting principles. If you are in the foodservice industry and have questions on goal setting for your business, please

If you are in the foodservice industry and have questions on goal setting for your business, please reach out to us and one of our customer success team members will follow-up and get you connected to the appropriate PFSbrands resource.

Used Kitchen Equipment… The right choice for your location?

On December 16, 2016 in Recent news, Pro Tips

Used Kitchen Equipment… The right choice for your location?

Used Kitchen Equipment 101

Don’t get me wrong, new commercial kitchen equipment is great. There’s nothing like the smell of new equipment in the morning! It’s sleek, clean and reliable (hopefully). That being said, while it has many benefits, sometimes used kitchen equipment makes more sense for your needs and it’s just not about having a lower price point. Check out why used equipment might be perfect for your location!
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PFSbrands Honored with Fast Track Award

On December 13, 2016 in News, Recent news

PFSbrands Honored by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Recently, PFSbrands was one of select few companies awarded the 2016 Missouri Chamber Fast Track award. PFSbrands was honored during the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Annual Meeting in Ridgedale, Mo., on Dec. 8, 2016.

PFSbrands Fast Track AwardDan Mehan, Missouri Champer President and CEO said, “These are the companies that are driving economic growth in Missouri. We consider these companies the superheroes of our economy. Many have overcome significant obstacles to be where they are today, but through hard work, innovation and perseverance they are thriving and providing thousands of Missourians with good paying jobs and opportunities.”

“We believe we have a model no different than Starbucks or Subway or any other major chain,” said founder Shawn Burcham. “We can grow more nationally. We’re not anywhere near saturated in the convenience food market.”

From the announcement released by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry:

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PFSbrands distributes 10 million pounds of chicken each year in grocery and convenience stores under the brand names Champs Chicken and Cooper’s Express. CEO Shawn Burcham credits his employees for the company’s explosive growth, which has nearly doubled in the last three years. He puts a lot of stock in his workers, so much so he plans to sell his company to his employees through an ESOP [Employee Stock Ownership Plan] arrangement.

Burcham explained, “My philosophy has always been that if you take care of your people, your people will take care of your customers and everything else falls in line.” The ESOP will involve selling the company to the employees at no out-of-pocket cost to them.

4 Perceived Roadblocks to Starting a Foodservice Program

On December 8, 2016 in Recent news, Pro Tips

4 Perceived Roadblocks to Starting a Foodservice Program

Foodservice Program Roadblocks?

Roadblocks, barriers, hurdles… whatever you call them, when people hear that they can improve their sales per square foot one of these usually comes to mind. But how important is your sales per square foot anyways?

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Jamie Long: Our Newest PFSbrands VP!

On December 7, 2016 in Recent news, Pro Tips

jamie_long_5x5If you haven’t read about Jamie on our Senior Leadership Page yet, make sure to check out his extensive sales leadership background. We are so happy to have Jamie as part of the PFS family!

Read a quick background here or just jump right in and learn why he is the driving force behind our Business Development team.
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FDA Menu Labeling Rule Changes

On December 5, 2016 in Recent news

FDA Menu Labeling Rule Changes

FDA Menu Labeling Rule

In the foodservice industry, it’s important to always stay up to date on the latest FDA compliance regulations. More specifically, in this instance we are talking about the finalized FDA Menu Labeling Rule.

This rule, enacted as part of the 2010 Protection and Affordable Care Act, requires caloric information be present on all menus and menu boards in chain restaurants (20 or more locations) while also providing full nutritional information for standard items to consumers upon request.

In essence, it was created to provide consumers more nutritional information about foods they eat outside of their home. The important thing to note is that this is also required for any retailers who have a foodservice program in their location including c-stores and grocery chains with over 20 locations. The FDA recently confirmed the compliance and enforcement date of this regulation to be May 5, 2017.

Get the full FDA legislation documentation here.

Wrap-Up

Given an increase in governmental regulation, it is important to be ahead of the curve when it comes to these regulations. This is an incredibly big talking point in the industry and something you should be aware of.

Reach out to us if you have any questions regarding the FDA Menu Labeling Rule and we will be happy to assist your location!

Email our Customer Success team or call: (855) 632-3373.

What is Your Store’s Most Important Metric?

On November 28, 2016 in Recent news, Pro Tips

What is Your Store’s Most Important Metric

Sales Per Square Foot:

The square footage of your store… How profitable are each of those 12” by 12” squares? Do you know? You can make the argument that sales per square foot is one of the most important metrics of any convenience store. You only have so much space in your store (unless you are contemplating a CAPEX to increase store size) and in order to increase your bottom-line you need to make those square feet as profitable as possible. Let’s go over a few numbers first.

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Does a Brand Name Foodservice Make a Difference?

On November 21, 2016 in Recent news, Pro Tips

Does a Brand Name Foodservice Make a Difference

Looking for a Brand Name Foodservice?

Trust us, we know that there are hundreds of foodservice options out there but how do you choose the right one? Go with a cheaper generic brand or choose a brand name? Apart from the actual product and the support those programs provide, it’s also important to choose a brand name program. Why is it important? Well, it’s what the customers want.

Get this, NACS Show data reported in CSP Daily News indicated that 53% of all foodservice customers are looking for a brand name and that jumps to 61% for millennials! Why would it matter to your perspective customers? It’s all about the trust factor!

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