Summer is here, record-breaking temperatures can be a challenge for operators to do business as usual, or for people to be willing to eat at restaurants outdoors (or even indoors, unless there was reliably cold air conditioning). As we move through summer, extreme weather conditions – whether intense heat, fires or hurricanes that knock out electricity or otherwise impede business – will continue to be a threat to different parts of the country. But if the pandemic taught the restaurant industry anything, it taught us how to flex in response to a changing situation. Now is a good time to review your emergency management plan: If your facility is hit with a power outage, for example, will you be alerted right away? What actions should this trigger with regard to preserving inventory, safeguarding your facility and contacting employees? If a heat wave strains the energy grid and knocks out your air conditioning, how could you flex your service model, hours, menu and staffing to avoid short-term closure? To be sure, many challenges that come along may be out of your hands. But if you can prepare cloud-based back-up plans to guide you through how to shift operations in different potential scenarios, you may be able to ride out the challenges a little easier.
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