Schedulefly Stories

Growing a software business one restaurant at a time

Month: May 2009

Schedulefly and Local Customer Elijah’s on WWAY News Channel 3 – Wilmington NC

We spent some time this week down on the Cape Fear River with WWAY News Channel 3 and the staff at Elijahs – a popular Seafood Restaurant and Schedulefly customer. WWAY filmed a great story on how Elijahs is using online scheduling at Schedulefly to save time and money – while transforming the way they communicate with their staff!

Here is the video clip…

And some photos we took while hanging around…

Old Schedule…

New Schedule!

Indie Restaurant Operators at NRA Show Digging Schedulefly’s Easy to Use Tools

We just got back from Chicago – our first time exhibiting at the National Restaurant Show. We met a bunch of really fun people – independent and small group restaurant operators who are excited about simple affordable tools to help their business.

Our number one goal for this show was to continue to create awareness about our technology in the restaurant industry. There are a handful of companies providing online scheduling and labor management tools – it was good to see them there as well – helping us create this awareness.

Some folks that stopped by had heard of the concept – some had not. For those that had not – we explained the high level summary and showed them how they can easily create employee work schedules and deliver them online, via email and text message, to PDAs and even via Facebook.

After 10 seconds of the basics – we had fun showing them some of the things that Schedulefly does that they had not already seen:

Easily Monitor Labor Costs vs Sales Forecasts
Scheduling managers can keep close watch on labor costs as they schedule – and can see the labor cost as a percentage of their daily and weekly sales forecast.

Upload/Share Documents Online
Restaurants can upload and share documents like employee manuals, menus, photos and training videos. They can see who is viewing them as well!

Multi-Unit Operator Dashboard
See all your locations with one login. Quickly see actionable events at all units and easily move between them to review schedules, labor costs and employee details.

Facebook Integration
While logged into their Facebook account – staff are one click away from their upcoming work schedule, important company alerts and more.

Twitter Integration
Restaurants are using Twitter to communicate with their customers. Our customers are posting things to their staff – like menu changes and nightly specials – that they are also blasting out to their Twitter followers. We make it easy to do it from one place.

Schedulefly Site Activity
Even with improved communication, sometimes things happen. That’s why we have an activity report that allows managers to review events happening inside schedulefly – useful when needing to unwind a communication problem.

Staff Photos
It sure makes it easier to put a face with a name – and its fun! New employees can quickly get familiar with their colleagues and management enjoys seeing a smiling face next to messages, time-off requests, shift trades, site activity and more.

Fly Notes for Managers
Managers can share events happening at the restaurant. Notes can be set to occur one-time or daily, weekly or monthly. Managers can attached photos and documents to notes and have notes emailed to managers when needed.

Schedulefly Community
Connect with other Schedulefly users from around the world – as well as everyone on our team. Share tips and tricks and contribute ideas/comments on new features we are working on!

Try online scheduling at Schedulefly today – for free – fully featured – no obligation. We would love to earn your business.

The Schedulefly Team
Tyler, Wil and Wes (North Carolina Boys!)

Schedulefly Wins Emerging Company Category in the 2009 Coastal Entrepreneur Awards

Schedulefly, a provider of simple, easy-to-use web-based employee scheduling for restaurants was recognized today in front of 300 people from the Southeastern North Carolina business community on UNCW’s campus. Schedulefly won the 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Emerging Company. The overall winner was Tera Disc – an amazing company on their way to solving a much bigger problem than us.

The events leading up to the award and the people we’ve met have made this an awesome experience. We are excited and honored to listed along side the rest of these exciting and innovative companies.

Schedulefly is Saving Restaurants Money & Keeping Teams Focused on Guests

Wil Brawley of Schedulefly is going to be interviewed for an article in a major restaurant publication about tools that save restaurants money. The editor told Wil she wants to know how much money the average customer saves by using Schedulefly. We emailed BJ Frentzel, Director of Ops at Focus Tank, and asked him how much he saves, and whether he’d be open to being interviewed as well.

Here’s his response:

This is great Wil, congrats…it seems like Schedulefly is picking up more steam everyday…

In some ways the cost savings for Schedulefly are incalculable in the sense that we seldom have issues with call offs or people being unable to cover their shifts. This creates a more consistent experience for our customers and maintains the sense of “team” at the shops.

However in solid numbers we easily have increased our labor efficiency (lowered our labor costs) by atleast 3 – 5% at each of our locations. Our managers have significantly more time to run the restaurants and train our staff versus spending hours on scheduling.

Before Schedulefly the average length of time one of our managers spent writing a schedule was about 4-5 hours, now the manager typically spends less than 1 hour to create our schedule. Our managers spend less time managing staffing crises and working to gather staff for mundane communications, Schedulefly facilitates all of this for us.

I always have great things to say about you guys so feel free pass along my information if they need to talk to me.

Take care,

Thanks BJ! We look forward to this article coming out soon…

The Schedulefly Team

Schedulefly Recognized in the Cape Fear Coastal Entrepreneur Awards as Emerging Company Winner

UNCW’s Cameron School of Business and the Greater Wilmington Business Journal joined together to shine a spotlight on up-and-coming entrepreneurs in North Carolina’s Cape Fear region. 10 category winners were selected from more than 120 companies.

Schedulefly was selected as a winner in the Emerging Company category! It is a really an honor to be recognized along side these innovative companies in our area.

Schedulefly’s Wil Brawley and Wes Aiken presented Schedulefly’s growth strategy to a panel of 7 judges that included Yahoo Hot Jobs’ founder, the CEO of PPD and the Dean of the UNCW Business School. The judges heard presentations from all 10 winners – followed by Q&A. On May 14th the entrepreneurial community in Southeastern North Carolina will pause and come together at UNCW to hear more about the 10 winning companies and to find out who will be crowned the 2009 Coastal Entrepreneur of the Year!

Being a graduate from the UNCW Cameron School of Business – this letter below from Larry Clark – the Dean of the Business School is really cool.

Thanks Larry!

Here is the latest Wilmington Business Journal – with great articles on all 10 winners.

Here is more info on the judges and the May 14 event.

Schedulefly Team

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