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The Orderly Blog

Your weekly dish of restaurant tech, ops efficiency & food purchasing trends


Joy Ugi

Joy is a restaurant enthusiast and marketing manager for Orderly, the #1 restaurant purchasing app for ordering, invoicing and inventory.

Recent Posts

We Analyzed 357,806 Supplier Purchases Last Month... Here's What We Can Tell You About Pricing

Posted by Joy Ugi on May 20, 2017 10:00:00 AM

If you wanted to know the state of supplier pricing what would you do?

That's the question we asked ourselves here at Orderly.

And our solution was simple... use the information we've gathered in the Orderly App to pull together a report on supplier pricing.

So we analyzed 357,806 supplier purchases from over 4,100 restaurants in our system.

Here's what we can tell you about pricing.

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Topics: Operational Efficiency

The 2017 Complete Guide to Restaurant Inventory

Posted by Joy Ugi on Apr 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Inventory. It's kind of a big deal.

16% of your food ends up in the trash.

75% of your employees steal from you, representing a staggering 7% of your revenue.

And restaurants who take regular inventory can increase profits by up to 24% a year. Those are 3 pretty convincing reasons to make sure you take inventory… and do it right.

With that in mind, we’ve put together The 2017 Complete Guide to Restaurant Inventory to give you the “what”, “how” and “who” of inventory.

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Topics: Operational Efficiency

[Infographic] 6 Shocking Stats You Didn't Know About Restaurant Technology

Posted by Joy Ugi on Sep 13, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Technology is the new normal, isn't it?

It may seem like technology is a part of our daily lives, but that's not actually the norm yet in the restaurant industry.

A recent report from The National Restaurant Association covered the state of technology in the industry... and its slow adoption is eyebrow-raising.

Certainly there's no lack of technology... restaurants have a veritable smorgasbord of apps and software to choose from. In fact, in May 2016 alone there was an influx of $115 million of funding into the restaurant technology landscape.

So why aren't independents and chains embracing apps and tech that could help them?

To address this head-scratcher, we created this infographic breaking down 6 of the most shocking stats from the NRA's comprehensive survey of the industry.

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Topics: Technology

The 4 Supplier Truths No One's Talking About

Posted by Joy Ugi on Aug 1, 2016 5:37:26 PM


You work with them on a daily basis. In fact, you might spend more time on the phone with them than anyone else. They're your one, all-important way to make sure your restaurant is properly stocked... without them and the products they provide, you'd be out of business.

We've worked with thousands of restaurants across the U.S. over the past two years, and if there's one thing we know, it's that you love your suppliers. We also know that both you and they run businesses... and that your separate goals can make your working relationship tricky at times.

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Topics: Supplier Relations

5 Costly Misconceptions About Restaurant Inventory

Posted by Joy Ugi on Jun 24, 2016 1:23:58 PM

I know what you’re thinking… yeah yeah, you know you're supposed to take inventory at your restaurant. 

You’ve seen the stats. You’ve read some of the articles. You’ve heard the consultants preach about how to take inventory. 

But do you know why?

In all the noise about HOW to do this back-of-house task, there aren’t a lot of WHYs.

Which leaves room for myths to float around about inventory… how it’s not that important… how you don’t get anything out of it… why the profit isn’t worth the pain.

The fact is your inventory represents a full third of your budget.

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Topics: Technology

Top 5 Restaurant Time Wasters

Posted by Joy Ugi on Jun 10, 2016 3:09:58 PM

In the restaurant business, there’s one thing everyone wants more of...


Just a few more minutes a day, a few more hours a week, an extra day a month you could spend on yourself.

Extra time for family.

Catching up. Just taking a breath.

Putting more into the hospitality side of the business.

Sounds like a dream… huh?!!

This extra time is elusive for many a busy restaurant manager. It seems like you’re at the restaurant 24/7. Plus, things break, the line cook didn’t show, and there was a late delivery that needed to be dealt with.

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Topics: Operational Efficiency

7 Bulletproof Steps to a Productive and Profitable Supplier Review

Posted by Joy Ugi on May 25, 2016 2:21:30 PM


Restaurants Who Perform Quarterly Business Reviews with their Suppliers Save Thousands... Here's How

Every day there’s something new eating away at your money.

Food costs are going up. Labor costs are going up. You’re being nickled and dimed for everything associated with running your restaurant - licenses, fees, late charges, taxes. As soon as you make a profit... it seems like most of it goes right back out the door again.

And it gets worse.

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Topics: Supplier Relations

Restaurant Accounting Goes on Autopilot with the New Orderly App

Posted by Joy Ugi on Apr 21, 2016 10:07:46 AM


Orderly has announced the launch of Autopilot, the invoice accounting app designed to eliminate invoice data entry and automate accounting reports. It provides restaurant accountants with a faster, easier, and more consistent way to manage the line item detail created by dozens of invoices every week.

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Topics: Operational Efficiency

How to Avoid 5 Common Restaurant Tech Rip-Offs

Posted by Joy Ugi on Mar 12, 2016 6:34:00 PM

Technology can be a life-saver.

Whether it’s an app, a POS system, or reservation software, restaurant technology has changed the way your business runs for the better.

And restaurant technology has never been more abundant. New tools are popping up every day, and existing technology is rapidly changing.

But this often leaves restaurant managers in a sticky situation...

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Topics: Technology

Get Your Shift Together: Miscommunication Kills Restaurant's Profits

Posted by Joy Ugi on Jan 8, 2016 9:39:44 AM

You get it.

You don’t just know the stats about restaurant profitability, you live them every day: You earn 3 - 5% profits at the most, and 60% of your fellow restaurants close their doors after the first year.

You also get that the pressure’s always on to drive more business and save every penny you can.

Despite your best efforts, you may be overlooking one of the most important elements of saving your business money... communication.

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Topics: Technology

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