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The 5 barriers to cost efficiency
With the rising cost of living, naturally, businesses are trying to cut costs. But in our experience, when it comes to cutting costs in the food service industry, the same key challenges pop up over and over again. In this guide we've identified 5 key barriers that could be holding you back from cutting costs in this inflationary market.
Have you got a post-pandemic mindset?
The crisis phase of the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be over – but it's left the foodservice landscape forever changed. So we've put together this short but practical guide to the four key areas your business needs to rethink if you want to thrive in the new normal.
Hear from a happy customer
“Fresh goods (like fruit and veg) are a major part of our business, but just-in-time orders can be really tricky and we’ve had huge challenges with waste and making sure deliveries are truly fresh.
So it’s been amazing to have Qnetex automate virtually the whole process, giving us total confidence that the produce will be delivered overnight ready to go out to the customer the next day. Now I don’t need to worry about how much fresh product we should be buying – Qnetex just collates the orders we’ve had from our customers and emails our supplier throughout the day to tell them how much of each product we’ll need. If the quantity goes up or down in the course of the day it doesn’t matter, because Qnetex always tells the supplier of any changes in demand.
Then at the end of the day all we have to do is send the final order to our supplier and they do the rest. And the goods come in already packed for the customer and Qnetex just adds them to the customer’s invoice as ready-picked.
Now we’re pretty much at zero waste, plus we’ve got really happy customers with super fresh produce. Everyone’s a winner!”
Hayley, a cat-loving buyer in Northamptonshire who wanted to be an astronaut when she was younger
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Hear from a happy customer
“A big problem for us used to be wasting money on constantly buying new cages.
Because our drivers were handling all the POD data on paper, and then other staff were scanning and rekeying all the info when the drivers came back to the depot, it seemed impossible to keep track of how many goods cages had been left with each customer. Or even if it got recorded right, somehow that info didn’t make it into the system when we were sorting out future deliveries to that address, so the driver wasn’t told to pick up any cages. So in theory the cages were meant to be picked up and reused, but in reality hundreds each year were just getting lost.
Now Qnetex has completely solved that problem. All our POD data gets logged digitally on the spot and viewed immediately by our team back at the depot, and drivers can easily record if anything is different from the original manifest – like if any goods (and their cages) have been refused. So now we know exactly how many cages are left with a customer and can straight away add that info to the schedule so they can be collected on the next drop.
It’s such a simple thing, but it’s saved us so much money and time. And since getting Qnetex we’ve not lost a single cage!”
Sally, a coffee-addicted warehouse manager in Warwickshire who has three dogs and wants to get a fourth
Don't need to replace your whole ERP?
Key aspects of Qnetex are available separately as standalone apps, which plug in seamlessly to your existing ERP. So we've got Qshop, which gives you the benefits of online trading without the hassle and cost of taking online payments. Qstock gives you the depth and flexibility of recording you need to run a better organised and more efficient warehouse. And Qdrop has all the ePOD functionality you need to make your deliveries faster, safer, and easier to track.