Main Ingredient - February 2013


Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce

Apparently there isn’t an age limit on having a good time. Patrons ranging from traditionalists (born before 1946) to Generation Z are enjoying dinner, conversation, and the mesmerizing 15- by 55-ft. jumbo-tron broadcast at Big Al’s Sports Bar & Grill in Beaverton on another cold winter’s night.

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Lasting Changes

Lasting Changes

Consumers are motivated by trend and a personal desire for a lifestyle change. Healthy eating is not just a January trend. The public’s awareness of eating healthier and balancing their meals is becoming more than that distant parental voice in the back of their mind, “Eat your veggies!”

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What's Hot in 2013

Whats Hot

The National Restaurant Association surveyed more than 1,800 professional chefs and members of the American Culinary Federation, on which food, cuisines and culinary themes will be hot trends on restaurant menus in 2013.

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Gift Cards

gift cards

Gift cards continue to grow in popularity, with huge potential for merchants who understand how to promote and manage strong gift card programs. Vendors experienced uplift, or amounts spent over the value of the gift card, in 72 percent of gift card redeemers.

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Healthcare Updates

Healthcare updates

The Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) covering healthcare has already starting affecting some employers in Oregon. As of now, employers that issued 250 or more W-2 wage and tax statements in the prior tax year now have to report the cost of health care coverage on their employees' W-2 forms.

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Controlling Costs Associated With Staffing

Controlling Costs

I have noticed some recent hot topics within industry publications with common themes around staff costs, actions and control. This got me thinking about the number of restaurant owners who just don’t look at (or don’t know about) the depth of data and reports that their POS system has to help them understand and improve their business.

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ORLA To Launch New Advocacy Website

New website

ORLA will release a new advocacy website early this year that will give members the tools to effectively communicate with others in the industry and successfully participate in the legislative process. Our website, Democracy Direct, will house all the industry specific information that is vital to the advocacy process.

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