The Schechter Repor & NEWZ-ZOOM
The Schechter Report, also known as TSR, TSRMAG and tsrmag.com, is an e-Zine covering the foodservice equipment industry. Our purpose is to provide information, interviews and opinions that make the foodservice equipment needs and preferences of operators and specifiers clearer to suppliers.
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18 Jun 2012
Downsizing Equipment For Water And Energy Savings - Part II
If an operator’s flight-type or rack conveyor dishwasher is more than five years old and program changes are being considered, now is a good time to evaluate whether to budget a like for like purchase when the time has come to replace...
06 Jun 2012
Downsizing Equipment For Water And Energy Savings
In their quest to replace ‘energy hog’ dishwashers and ice makers with current, Energy Star®, CEE Tier III (ice makers), many operators go from a straight through water-cooled machine to a remote or air-cooled unit. In the...
09 May 2012
Proper Racks Whack Energy Bills
The object of the ware washing cost reduction game is to maximize the capacity of a dishwasher by washing full racks, which ultimately results in washing the same ware in fewer racks. For this exercise, let's assume that the cost per...
09 May 2012
27 Apr 2012
The ‘Smallwares Way’ to Smart Sustainability
Many commercial foodservice stakeholders believe that if the “it” to fix doesn’t have a plug or use or discharge water, isn’t responsible for cooling, heating, cooking, washing or ventilating, that the “it...
18 Apr 2012
Waste Air Heat Recovery, Part II -- Does It Save Money?
While it is common for foodservice operations to soften hard hot water, cold water is rarely treated similarly. Herein lies a problem. Heat recovery dish machines pull the majority of their water from the cold water supply
05 Apr 2012
Waste Air Heat Recovery -- Does It Save Money?
There’s a funny thing about commercial dishwashers; if costs can be seen as funny. There’s the upfront equipment cost itself, installation, including running water, and power, labor to run the equipment and dollars spent on...
20 Mar 2012
The Ventless Dishwasher Pitch—Bold or Blather?
One of the chief considerations when opening a new restaurant or foodservice is the dishwasher. Buy or lease? High or low temp? Door-style machines are most common and generally require 250 CFM and a Type II hood. Some locales insist on...
08 Mar 2012
How Did They Do That – Part III
Operators may be alarmed to find that they might have to rewash and sanitize their dishes a second time. Worse, they may do a real no no, soaking ware completely before washing, which leads to breakage and chippage due to...
23 Feb 2012
How Did They Do That? – Part II
How equipment manufacturers have achieved lower water consumption can make all the difference. No matter what the equipment is, the rating is based on how the equipment leaves the factory, not how it is programmed, installed, used, cleaned (...
14 Feb 2012
How Did They Do That? – Part I
In this series, we will examine how certain categories of equipment achieved improved water and energy savings and address effects on application, production and operating expenses that can include additional unforeseen water treatment and..
Social Responsibility Is Good For Equipment Suppliers
15 June, 2012
While it is good to learn, courtesy of DudaMobile’s just-released report, of the restaurant industry’s national leadership in the development of mobile-device-friendly web sites, there’s another area of current concern where further progress needs to be made. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is an approach to business that has recently begun to gain significant traction with the American dining public and, now, increasingly, among some the nation’s largest restaurant chains. The question is, how can companies in the foodservice equipment and supplies distribution channel participate in this movement?
Turning Equipment Customers Into Partners
13 June, 2012
As restaurant and foodservice operators continue to struggle with the dismal U.S. economy, it is becoming increasingly imperative for equipment suppliers to form more productive partnerships with end-users. Sales calls by reps and DSRs should constitute just the beginning of equipment manufacturer-operator relationships. The critical next steps should include meetings of the minds, including the formation of operator advisory councils to foster improved, two-way communications.
Who Decides What’s Right For Restaurants?
1 June, 2012
Do chefs, restaurant owners and operators have a moral responsibility to strive for sustainability? Or does offering first-class ingredients to guests, earning consistent profits and providing dependable income to suppliers and employees constitute higher priorities? What about municipal and state governments: Should they be able to ban the sale of foods or beverages on the grounds that they contribute to unhealthful life-styles and increasing healthcare costs?
Equipment Defines The Concept
30 May, 2012
Every restaurateur and foodservice operator has a vision of the sort of concept they want to present to customers. In today’s multi-cultural market, restaurants and foodservices come in more types than ever before – from good-for-you to heart-attack cafes, from Nordic to Latin, from food trucks to full service. What all these disparate dining destinations have in common, however, is that every one of them relies on kitchen equipment to define their mission, menu and market niche.
Time To Get Your Equipment Truckin’!
25 May, 2012
This week’s news has been filled with reports on the increasing presence of food trucks, their innovative menu selections, deployment by chain restaurant companies and adoption by celebrity chefs extending the brands they’ve established at bricks and mortar establishment. While truck and van makers and customizers have attempted to join this trend by rolling out vehicles designed for use as food trucks, manufacturers of kitchen equipment have so far been conspicuous in their failure to pursue business in this emerging potential market.
Concept Development Now A Test-Bed For New Restaurant Technology
23 May, 2012
One of the more interesting trends in restaurateuring is the development of fast casual concepts by full-service chains. Red Robin is the latest to take its better burger brand into the fast casual niche and there are several good reasons that this approach will resonate positively with customers.
Brand Differentiation Boosts Sales
18 May, 2012
In many instances, manufacturers’ reps act as barometers when it comes to evaluating levels of business activity in the foodservice industry. The latest business report from MAFSI, the trade association for reps, indicates that sales growth is still on the rise, but at a much more moderate pace than was predicted at the beginning of this year.
Becoming A Knowledge Factory
16 May, 2012
Operators of restaurants and foodservices today face a plethora of challenges ranging from the weak economy and customers’ need to minimize their dining out expenditures to the growing necessity of mastering social media marketing and adapting programs to include online transactions. Add in consumers’ demands for nutrition information, transparency and ever-wider menu diversity, and it’s easy to realize that operators require more support and education than ever before.
Equipping Web-Based Operations
11 May, 2012
The time has now arrived when suppliers of mobile apps, network integration software and internet-linked ordering and payment tablets can be classified as providers of foodservice equipment and supplies. As was evidenced by the growing number of high-tech exhibitors at this year’s NRA Show, providing the software and hardware that fosters interactive communications between operators and their customers is definitely one of the sweet spots for suppliers in our industry.
Why Equipment Brand Extensions Go Wrong
9 May, 2012
Foodservice equipment manufacturers pursue many strategies in their quest for profits during difficult economic times. Some drop prices, hoping to make up in volume what they sacrifice in margins. Others add more bells and whistles to existing models to gain competitive advantages and avoid commoditization. Perhaps the most commonly adopted approach, however, is to introduce new product line-ups, to take market share from rivals by offering types of equipment hitherto not sold by a company.
2012 NRA Show Preview
4 May, 2012
With the 2012 NRA Show scheduled to kickoff on May 5, attendees will be drawn by a wide variety of interests and business concerns. Some industry professionals will attend to hold planning sessions with business partners, others will look to taste-test new food offerings, some will register for skill- and knowledge-building seminars and still others simply for the chance to visit with friends and colleagues.
The Future Of Kitchen Operations And Design
2 May, 2012
Whether it’s a mobile kitchen for the in-room preparation of a hotel breakfast program or an entirely new menu at a leading molecular gastronomy restaurant, innovators are driven to convert dreams into reality. From operators with new concepts to foodservice designers who yearn to merge sustainable functionality with welcoming ambiance, our industry is abundantly supplied with imaginative professionals whose creativity is displayed on a daily basis.
Picturing The Advantages of Equipment Videos
27 April, 2012
More and more in the foodservice industry, marketing and customer communication is becoming about visual imagery. In Florida, the Carmel Café chain is utilizing iPad-based “MenuPads” to enable customers to view high-resolution photos of current menu items, as well as send their own orders instantaneously to restaurant kitchens.
Fighting Hunger Is Good Business
25 April, 2012
As more and more foodservice customers look to operators (and E&S suppliers) to exercise social responsibility, it’s time for industry professionals of all types to step up our efforts to fight hunger in America. Nearly 50 million Americans now face going without food and malnutrition on a daily basis, and with persistently high unemployment rates and cut-backs in social services budgets, the problem is only getting worse.
Making The Consultant Connection
20 April, 2012
Despite the need to grow sales in an overcrowded market, a surprising number of foodservice equipment manufacturers still have not figured out how to build mutually beneficial, long-lasting relationships with specifying consultants. Almost every equipment maker has established solid and productive communication channels with other members of the E&S distribution channel, but for most factories gaining the support and trust of specifiers continues to be a mystery.