Replacing a piece of foodservice equipment may be a common activity among operators, but the factors surrounding these purchasing decisions are anything but typical. With that in mind, this article explores the steps operators and their supply chain partners can take to make informed decisions.
A piece of equipment breaks down. You replace it. That's all there is to it, right?... Wrong.
Replacing an item presents an important opportunity not just to buy a new piece of foodservice equipment but also to revisit other pieces in the kitchen and the operation's overall design and setup, to refocus spending goals, and to consider new investments and improvements. A replacement purchase also involves taking a look at the current menu, preventative maintenance plans, equipment repair records, and relationships with dealers, consultants and service providers. In the case of noncommercial foodservice operations, it could present an opportunity to balance capital needs with service and other allotted expenses. In short, specifying replacement equipment can entail an entire operational analysis... Read More