Choosing the appropriate storage can play a role in improving staff productivity by making it easier for them to find what they need to execute the tasks at hand.
Due to a growing array of shelving options, there is no longer a one-size-fits-all approach with these units. In fact, some operators find careful planning prior to specifying solutions is necessary to make the most of designated storage space.
The confluence of high labor costs and consumers’ need for speed creates a recipe for accessible, portable food options, either as the main meal or as add-on items. As a result, the role of the reach-in continues to evolve from simple storage item to profit center for many foodservice operators, including fast-casual and quick-service operators.
Undercounter and underbar refrigeration serve as supplemental storage solutions for the front of house or in the kitchen as part of a prep station. Timothy A. Barker, founder of Table & Bar Consulting Group in Memphis, Tenn., provides information on what to consider when purchasing undercounter refrigeration.