Most of us have heard the expression it’s not what you do, it’s how you do it that counts. Although this saying offers good advice, it doesn’t tell the whole story. While being more efficient and productive can definitely give your foodservice operations a boost, knowing how to become more efficient by moving more at once will help your back-of-the-house operations by giving back time and energy to your staff. If you are looking for a way to increase productivity, it’s smart to take a look at your equipment right off the bat. Equipment plays a critical role in the evermoving and evolving foodservice industry.
Utility carts carry the heavy load of many supplies on a day-to-day basis, so it is important to be using the right cart for the right job while also making sure these carts are working with staff and not against them. Ergonomically designed utility carts allow operators to move more weight without putting themselves at risk from injury, whether it’s moving inventory within a kitchen or across an entire facility. Whatever the transport path is, having a cart that allows you to move a heavier load while reducing operator strain can help increase operational efficiency. It’s no secret that the right equipment can make a huge difference, but below are the specifics of how being able to move more, safely of course, with the right cart, can help your organization immensely.
The Impact of Labor Savings:
Being able to move more at once with a cart that can handle the load allows for productivity to increase making tasks quicker and easier to complete. Every foodservice director wants to increase productivity and efficiency, but is your equipment there to back up this goal? Transporting is a task that is done throughout an entire day whether that is moving the early morning food deliveries to the refrigerator or bringing dirty dishes into the kitchen from tables that were bussed.
Another factor that plays into labor savings is the strain of transporting. Transporting heavy loads can take a toll on the staff member who is operating the cart. Staff members need ergonomic carts that focus on their safety while accommodating their needs; instead of hindering them and their responsibilities. When an operator starts to lose energy, tasks can take longer to complete. Using a cart that is designed with the operator in mind helps to reduce this strain to keep the operator safe and on their A game.
Showing staff, they are valued is crucial in any workplace, especially the foodservice industry as it can be physically demanding. Using equipment that helps operators is a sure way to show they are feeling supported by their employer. Having a smaller team is something many foodservice directors have come to know far too well. With limited staff, the hustle and bustle can quickly catch-up with staff who have to make up for the gaps. One way to help bring back time to a labor-starved team is through the equipment used. Moving more at once with a cart that is engineered to do so can not only save time, but also reduce operator strain all while increasing efficiency.
The Impact of Maneuverability:
It can be easy to dream of the idea of moving more at once to save time, but in the end, mobile equipment is what helps get the job done. While a utility cart is not on your payroll, these carts are putting in the hours to help your team. Having carts that are not only built to hold your heaviest loads, but also maneuver with ease is the ideal combination. When transporting foodservice supplies, oftentimes these items can be fragile. Making sure they stay in place while being moved helps to reduce accidents where supplies and money are wasted to breakage, spills and splatters. Ensuring the safety of the items you are transporting starts with a cart that is designed to go over bumps and take corners with ease and can make a world of difference in helping you move more at once.
Handling the load is one of the number one tasks of a utility cart which is why Lakeside has a wide selection of carts with varying weight capacities to ensure there is a cart for any tasks. The power of the cart you use can be quite noticeable, take for instance West Clermont schools who were able to reduce their trips from thirteen trips to deliver meals to classrooms down to just three trips all by using equipment that can transport more efficiently. Having a durable cart can increase efficiency tremendously.
Improving operational efficiency can be a daunting task. Taking a look at the equipment being used and its functionality is a great first step towards increased efficiency. When equipment works with your staff to allow them to transport more while reducing operator strain, the ideal solution has been found. Lakeside has a team of experts to help find the right cart for the task so that you’re able to move more at once to improve productivity and efficiency. Contact a cart expert here!