Choco, a global company focused on building a more sustainable food industry by optimizing how restaurants order from suppliers, announced today a new platform update enabling Multi-Location Management. This new feature allows multi-unit operators of restaurants, bars, and cafes to easily oversee ordering across multiple locations and teams. As restaurants belonging to multiple unit chains, franchises or groups comprise 30% of the industry in the U.S. (National Restaurant Association), and close to 40% of Choco’s user base, this platform update will contribute to a significant reduction in food waste across the industry.
“This past year, most operators have been increasingly focused on optimization in order to survive the crisis, and have become more interested in implementing technology that can help them do so. We’ve seen continued growth in 2020, particularly in the multi-unit operator segment, and their feedback and requests have been key in developing our Multi-Location Management update,” says Daniel Khachab, CEO, Choco. “We appreciate the support of these great businesses and have more features coming in our 2021 roadmap to further improve Choco as an essential tech solution for restaurants.”
Choco’s new multi-location functionality improves the experience for executive chefs and managers of larger teams. They are now able to access a clean list of suppliers for each location, seeing what needs to be ordered and what’s coming in. This also simplifies collaboration by showing which team members are involved in ordering from each supplier by location. Each user only sees the suppliers they need to, with easy permissions management controls.
With this new feature, Choco users reduce order errors and order redundancy as management can compare order frequency and volume across multiple locations. Choco installs and maintains its app for restaurants and suppliers completely for free, with the aim of reducing the high level of food waste that arises from mistakes and inefficiencies in the order process. Going forward, Choco will continue to invest in increased functionality for the multi-unit segment as more restaurants streamline their group purchasing to weather the effects of the pandemic crisis.