The use of third-party delivery services like UberEats, DoorDash, and GrubHub are at an all time high. While third party delivery services were gaining popularity before the Coronavirus Pandemic, the outbreak created increased demand and sped up adoption. Pre-pandemic, third party delivery services were growing rapidly given that people loved the convenience. What’s easier than ordering your favorite meal from your couch, then having it delivered right to your doorstep?
It has been over a year since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and businesses are still struggling to adapt to new market demands and recoup losses. Restaurants and foodservice operations were some of the most impacted. Initial lockdowns and regulations made it nearly impossible to make profits. Now that there are promising vaccines in distribution and the economy is opening back up, you may be looking for ways to double down and increase sales to make up for losses last year. While more people are willing to venture out, restaurants and other foodservice operations still face many challenges. There are numerous governmental and state regulations still in place. For example, in many areas, bars, and self-service food areas remain closed. The consumer mindset continues to evolve, and the COVID-19 situation remains extremely dynamic. The key to gaining back lost sales during such unprecedented times is innovation and the ability to adapt.
In the midst of the Coronavirus Pandemic, take-out, delivery, and home-meal replacement options have never been more popular. Take-out and delivery skyrocketed when dine-in and social distancing restrictions were put into place at the beginning of the pandemic. However, even now, as restrictions have since loosened, off-premise dining options remain in high demand. In some cases, consumers still don’t feel safe returning to indoor dining, but they desire their favorite meal. They may also want to support their favorite foodservice establishments without having to spend a lot of time inside, so to-go options make this possible. Similarly, cafeterias and dining halls are trying to shorten the length of time students or guests are spending inside and are offering grab-and-go to limit germ spread and the risk of an outbreak. As a result, to-go options have become the norm. In an earlier article, Microwave Safe Containers: A Business’ Guide [VIDEO], we discussed the importance of selecting the right disposable container for to-go meals so that you can ensure your guests have the same experience at home as they would at your establishment. If you’re serving oven-ready hot meals, or dishes you’ll need disposable containers that allow food to be prepared, stored, transported, and reheated via oven, all in the same container.
When the cord on your equipment doesn’t quite reach the outlet, extension cords offer a way for you to work beyond the equipment’s standard power cord length. Extension cords provide electric power to a device, or in this case, piece of janitorial cleaning equipment when its own power cord does not reach an electrical outlet. Extension cords enable staff to work beyond the machine’s typical reach for improved productivity. Without extension cords, your staff would have to transfer your equipment’s cord to a new outlet more frequently, reducing productivity and increasing overall cleaning times. But if they are not used with the proper precautions, they can be extremely dangerous.
Germs are everywhere. They are a part of everyday life and are found in and on people, in the air, in the soil, and in water. Some germs are not harmful but others can lead to serious illness and infections, reiterating the importance of cleaning to reduce germs. The germiest parts in any facility are the areas that are most frequently visited or surfaces that are most commonly touched by people. This is because people are carriers of millions of germs. Germs can not travel and infect people on their own. They depend on people, the environment, or equipment to spread.
Takeout and delivery services have been a lifeline for many foodservice operations as we continue to deal with the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. There seems to be no end in sight for the increasing popularity even as the economy begins to reopen in many areas. We can assume takeout and delivery will remain the norm for the foreseeable future. As a result, it will be imperative that you’re providing your guests with the same experience at home as they would receive in-house. When your guests sit down to eat, they want their meal to look and taste great. They’ll also want it to be at the right temperature. However, sometimes as hard you try, it is just not possible to control whether your food products will be delivered on time and at the right temperature, or if your guests will choose to enjoy it as soon as they pick it up.
Cleaning and disinfecting is the best way to remove germs from surfaces and to prevent illness from occurring in your facility. In any facility, the two main types of surfaces are hard and soft surfaces. Most EPA-registered disinfectants clearly state their ability to be used on “hard, nonporous surfaces.” This leaves many questioning how to disinfect soft surfaces. While some disinfecting chemicals have a claim for “soft surfaces,” this is actually a sanitizing claim.
As foodservice operations continue to deal with the effects of Coronavirus, many have been forced to make changes to comply with government regulations and new guest demands. Some states have capacity restrictions on indoor dining, while others are only allowing for outdoor dining and takeout. While some operators have chosen to stay closed to avoid the risk of an outbreak in their facility, many others have now reopened with changes in the way they run their business. Most commonly, businesses have shifted their service models to offer safer service options such as contactless curbside pickup and delivery.
In any commercial building, hard flooring is susceptible to irritating and unsightly scuff marks. Although not damaging, scuff marks ruin the appearance of bright shiny floors.
Commercial wet mops are an important tool in most every facility. They are the traditional, go-to tool for cleaning spill prone spots, periodically maintaining heavy traffic areas, and several other floor cleaning procedures. With the right mopping technique, they can be effective in removing soils from hard floor surfaces. It’s important to use the right technique so spots aren't missed, otherwise allowing germs and soils to remain on the surface.