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    RedPrairie Unveils Foodservice Management Solution

    The solution, made for the petroleum and c-store industry, is used by Sheetz Inc.

    MILWAUKEE -- A consumer driven optimization company, RedPrairie Corp., launched its Foodservice Management solution for petroleum and convenience stores.

    The solution coordinates foodservice operations, including food preparation, production planning, recipes and fresh item management, and can be fully integrated with inventory, labor and sales data, allowing for accurate forecasting of production and labor requirements, the company stated.

    The system is already used by foodservice providers including Culver's, Dunkin Brands, Cara, Popeye's and Church's Chicken, the company stated. One convenience operator, Sheetz Inc., operator of more than 340 stores based in Altoona, Pa., implemented the solution to reduce its foodservice costs, according to RedPrairie.

    "Petroleum and convenience retailers have been looking hard at the inside of the store to make up for the shrinking margins on fuel," Kevin Saum, vice president and general manager of petroleum convenience stores for RedPrairie retail productivity solutions division, said in a statement. "Many operators are now looking toward fresh and prepared foods to improve their in-store margins and add customer visits and loyalty. RedPrairie is unique in our ability to provide a fully integrated convenience store and foodservice solution."

    Through the system, retailers can establish recipes for depletion and use sales forecasts, to prepare items to meet demand while minimizing waste, according to the company. Retailers with smaller foodservice offerings can also track paper goods used with each item sold, and track waste on doughnuts, the company stated.

    In addition, prep worksheets indicate the number of hot dogs and sausages to cook each hour, and when to brew a new batch of coffee, according to the company.

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