Restaurant industry veterans know that challenging times are inevitable, and different economic factors and circumstances can change the course of your business, which is why it's essential to establish partnerships with vendors who can help ease supply chain issues when needed.
While there have been industry-wide supply chain disruptions following the wake of COVID, Wing Zone's franchise partners have a strong competitive advantage. We’ve maintained strong vendor relationships, a commitment to emerging technology and planning initiatives since the very beginning.
The pandemic created supply and demand complications for every industry. Add in the labor shortage, economic changes and changing consumer habits, and the obstacles could seem overwhelming.
Preparing for economic changes, enhancing inventories through technology and providing franchisees with simple and efficient operations are just a few things Wing Zone does to dodge disruption. Wing Zone’s franchise partners benefit from our supply chain reliability, which allows us to stay ahead of the curve.
Preparation for Economic Changes
Meeting Wing Zone’s guests' needs is the brand’s top priority, so we use every available resource to stay prepared throughout challenging times. We’ve maintained secure business operations while supply across industries is unstable. A crucial piece of that has been to price according to consumer market shifts, which prepares franchise owners for economic changes.
Building national relationships with vendors helps ease supply issues in tough times. Every aspect of the supply network has seen challenges over the past year. And while Wing Zone has experienced supply chain obstacles, strong relationships with vendor partners make maintaining business operations and avoiding supply issues much less disruptive.
Technology + Inventory Initiatives
Wing Zone’s ability to adopt technology into its business model is critical to overcoming market fluctuations. Recent automation efforts have greatly improved our supply chain and benefited franchise partners by helping keep their businesses on track.
Wing Zone strives for an even more streamlined customer experience through integrated restaurant technology systems for ordering, payment and getting great tasting wings in guests' hands. Our internal operations with technology partnerships also help enhance our supply chain inventory overview.
"Our first real foray into [technology in our supply chain department] was with ArrowStream, who gave us much better and real-time visibility into our inventories with our distributors," said Ami Lindsay, Senior Vice President of Supply Chain at Wing Zone.
ArrowStream allows us to gain clear visibility into our product spend and inventory levels. The software helps identify opportunities to increase contract spend by product category or supplier and maintains appropriate inventory levels across our supply chain. In addition to inventory overviews, technology systems such as ArrowStream make partnerships with Wing Zone’s vendors even more successful, profitable and worthwhile for franchise partners.
Exclusive Vendor Partnerships
Foodservice supply chain management may help you transform a traditional supply chain into a flexible network by giving you more visibility into your supply chain, letting you swiftly detect and respond to changes and embrace new opportunities. Franchise owners may save operational costs by properly planning procurement, manufacturing, and shipping. Each of these components contributes to improved performance and quality, as well as lower costs—all of which Wing Zone provides.
Wing Zone has maintained restaurant profitability and total sales in large part due to our long-standing vendor connection with major suppliers such as Tyson™. These partnerships make it possible for our brand to maintain a solid supply chain for all Wing Zone franchise partners. Being able to secure chicken wings ahead of spikes in demand is key to our success.
Building long-term relationships with distributors and vendors generate the best supply chain results. Because of our brand’s national agreement with companies such as Tyson, Wing Zone can rely on vendors to deliver products to new stores as we expand into new regions. At Wing Zone, we don't have to look for new distributors for new territory because our current vendor understands our supply and demand needs.
Rich Flavor Really Fast, Equally Rich Relationship
Wing Zone makes sure the suppliers go above and beyond to ensure that our franchise partners have all they need to run our businesses.
Here at Wing Zone, we are all about relationship building and are known for establishing direct supply agreements and staying ahead of inventory. Wing Zone works diligently to stay ahead of the curve to ensure that franchise partners can continue to win for years to come.
Thanks to our reliable supply chain relationship, we have managed to provide guests with our great wings consistently and quickly, while maintaining franchise partners’ simplified and efficient operations.
Looking to join a wing franchise with a reliable supply chain? Contact us online or call (855) 731-1775 for more information on how you can Own The Zone with Wing Zone!