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Buyers Edge Platform Solutions to Control Tail-End Spend

While rising food costs grab headlines, don’t overlook the hidden profit drain of tail-end spend in your foodservice business.    Have you ever wondered about the silent money drainers lurking in the corners of your operation? Those seemingly inconsequential expenses that, when left unchecked, stealthily nibble away at profit margins.  What if we told you that these seemingly trivial expenditures, often dismissed as ‘tail-end spending,’ could hold the key to substantial savings and operational efficiency?  Tail end spend can account for up to 20% of a company’s annual expenses, which explains why it’s becoming a major problem. And with three out of four procurement leaders considering tail-end spending a priority inside their business, the urgency to address this issue has never been more apparent.  In this blog, we’ll look into the intricacies of tail-end spending, explore its impact on businesses, and unveil strategies to effectively tackle it head-on, ensuring a

Buyers Edge Platform Completes a $1.1 Billion Recapitalization to Accelerate the Next Phase of Growth

Successfully Closes Oversubscribed $560M Term Loan B and $130M Revolving Credit Facility Waltham, MA – May 16, 2024 – Buyers Edge Platform (the “Company”), a leader in digital procurement solutions for the foodservice industry, today announced it has completed a $1.1B recapitalization to support its continued growth through the successful closing of a $560M Term Loan B maturing in 2031 and a $130M revolving credit facility maturing in 2031 (“new credit facilities”).  The new credit facilities build on the Company’s $425M preferred equity investment secured from a consortium led by General Atlantic Credit’s Atlantic Park Fund, alongside funds managed by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities and investment funds managed by Morgan Stanley Tactical Value, announced in April 2024. Buyers Edge’s Term Loan B transaction represented the tightest pricing for any debut deal by technology companies since November 2021 and financing was well oversubscribed due to strong demand. The proceeds from the Term

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PROMPT LIKE A PRO: How ChatGPT Can Boost Restaurant Leaders’ Productivity

With the rise of Generative AI, like ChatGPT, restaurant leaders have a powerful tool at their disposal to revolutionize their operations and boost productivity like never before.  Understanding ChatGPT  Unlike traditional search engines such as Google, ChatGPT offers a more conversational approach to obtaining information and assistance. With its natural language processing capabilities, ChatGPT can understand and respond to full sentences, making it feel like you’re having a conversation with a knowledgeable assistant rather than conducting a search query.  Crafting the perfect prompt is key to unlocking ChatGPT’s full potential. By providing context, specifying tasks, and refining prompts, restaurant leaders can harness the power of ChatGPT to streamline their workflows and accomplish tasks more efficiently.  How ChatGPT Helps Restaurants  Let’s explore how ChatGPT can boost productivity and drive innovation in restaurants.   Imagine you are a Chief Operating Officer for an international fried chicken franchise. With the demands of overseeing operations

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Buyers Edge Platform Solutions for Foodservice Excellence in 2024

The recent 2024 State of the Restaurant Industry report by the National Restaurant Association paints a vivid picture of the challenges faced by foodservice operators today.   However, there is hope on the horizon. As forward-thinkers, Buyers Edge Platform understands the pulse of the industry and recognizes the need for innovative solutions to address these challenges head-on.     Let’s explore the benefits of leveraging the power of Buyers Edge Platform, which combines our Digital Procurement Network, Fresh Solutions, Supply Chain Management, and SaaS Solutions.  With the foodservice industry projected to reach $1 trillion in sales in 2024, staying ahead in the competitive landscape is crucial. Our Digital Procurement Network streamlines the procurement process, providing operators with a centralized platform to source quality supplies and ingredients at competitive prices. By optimizing purchasing efficiency, operators can enhance their profit margins and focus on delivering exceptional culinary experiences to their customers.  The projected growth

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Saucy Solutions from Buyers Edge Platform – Your Recipe for Pizza Prosperity

As the lingering scent of perfectly baked crusts and savory toppings fades away, one thing remains crystal clear – the International Pizza Expo has left its mark once again! For pizzeria owners and large pizza chains, the expo was more than just an event; it was a gathering of pizza aficionados all seeking to elevate their craft and businesses to new heights. Now that the ovens have cooled and the dough has settled, we’ve been reflecting on the variety of innovation that swept the expo. This year, Buyers Edge Platform is thrilled to have attended and shared our saucy solutions tailored for pizza operators just like you. Let’s revisit our SaaS Solutions, Digital Procurement Network, Fresh Solutions, and Supply Chain Management offerings, and explore how they can help you can reduce costs and elevate your pizzeria to new heights of success. Step into the digital kitchen of success with Buyers

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Produce Powerhouse: The Buyers Edge Platform Approach to Fresh Solutions

Efficient produce management plays a crucial role in the success of foodservice operations. It involves the careful procurement, handling, and distribution of fresh produce, which is vital in an industry where quality and timely delivery are key. Fresh ingredients are the heart of culinary establishments, impacting the taste, presentation, and overall satisfaction of customers. Last year, Buyers Edge Platform produce brands came together to form our Fresh Solutions.   Buyers Edge Platform Fresh Solutions At Buyers Edge Platform, our Fresh Solutions take a multi-faceted approach to produce management by integrating technology, offering dedicated support services, and placing a strong emphasis on food safety. These solutions aim to address the unique challenges associated with sourcing, handling, and distributing fresh produce efficiently and sustainably. Designed to meet the specific needs of the industry, Fresh Solutions provides a comprehensive program that surpasses traditional business models and empowers operators to achieve heightened levels of

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Buyers Edge Platform: Your Guide to Procurement Data Management

Mastering procurement data management isn’t just about efficiency—it’s the secret ingredient to making informed decisions that resonate with the unique demands of foodservice. Article Summary: What is procurement data management? Key components of procurement data management Benefits of Data Management in Procurement What technologies offer procurement data management? Frequently Asked Questions What is procurement data management? Procurement data management refers to the systematic process of collecting, organizing, and analyzing data related to the procurement activities of an organization. This includes the acquisition of goods and services from external suppliers. The goal of procurement data management is to enhance decision-making, improve efficiency, and streamline the procurement process by leveraging insights derived from data. Exploring this type of data management means understanding the multifaceted procurement process. Throughout the dynamic foodservice ecosystem, businesses must navigate strategic stages of procurement to stay ahead. Identifying Strategic Needs: Initiate the procurement journey by precisely identifying and

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Driving Efficiency and Cutting Costs: A Closer Look at ArrowStream and Consolidated Concepts

Were you at the recent Market Vision ChainGangMeeting? Despite the challenging weather, we’re certain you noticed the abundance of solutions aimed at driving growth for chain operators.  Within the diverse mix of industry leaders present, two prominent Buyers Edge Platform brands stood out: ArrowStream and Consolidated Concepts.  A common theme both brands observed was the prevalent question on everyone’s minds – “How can we reduce costs within the organization?” The concern is widespread, as 98% of operators express worry about labor costs and 97% highlight the challenge of increased food costs. This challenge echoes throughout the industry, and we recognize the urgent need for effective solutions.  The tailored solutions these two Buyers Edge Platform brands bring to the table address the crucial challenge of cost reduction within a foodservice organization.  ArrowStream ArrowStream is a collaborative software solution that improves supply chain efficiency and profitability for foodservice operators, distributors, and manufacturers.

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What is a Restaurant Tech Stack?

Restaurant Tech Stack: A Must-Have for Modern Foodservice Operators Remaining competitive and efficient is the key to success. One way to achieve this is by building a robust restaurant tech stack. But what exactly is a restaurant tech stack, and why is it essential for foodservice operators? A restaurant tech stack is a carefully curated set of technology tools and software solutions that work together to streamline restaurant operations, enhance customer experience, and boost overall efficiency. Think of it as the digital backbone of your restaurant, helping you manage everything from reservations to inventory, and beyond.   Article Summary: Key Components of a Restaurant Tech Stack Why Do Foodservice Operators Need a Restaurant Tech Stack? Typical components of a Restaurant Tech Stack Elevate Your Restaurant Profitability with the Buyers Edge Platform Tech Stack   Key Components of a Restaurant Tech Stack     Supply Chain Management: Streamline your supply chain

Elevating Senior Living: Unlocking Procurement Savings with PRIME Services

Elevating Senior Living: Unlocking Procurement Savings with PRIME Services

Interested in enhanced procurement savings? Become a member of PRIME Services, a Buyers Edge Platform GPO for Senior Living and Healthcare Operators! At Buyers Edge Platform, our collaborative prowess empowers senior living and healthcare communities to access cost-effective solutions in all areas of their operation, that might otherwise be beyond their reach. Group Purchasing Power: Senior living and healthcare operators can benefit from significant cost savings across procurement demands by utilizing the combined purchasing power of Buyers Edge Platform. Increased Profitability: Through cost-effectiveness, PRIME Services gives senior living and healthcare operators the ability to strengthen their financial performance and become more competitive in the ever-changing senior living market. Network of Vetted Suppliers: The GPO brands of Buyers Edge Platform give senior living and healthcare operators access to a wide range of reliable, trusted vendors. At Buyers Edge Platform, our dedication to bringing affordable solutions to the senior living and healthcare