CoInspect Collaborative Excellence Blog

Romaine, Blockchain, and the Future of Food Safety

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Sep 11, 2018 4:29:49 PM

 

 

WHAT IF YOU COULD IMMEDIATELY AND ACCURATELY FIND OUT IF ANY OF YOUR PRODUCE HAD BEEN INVOLVED IN A FOOD SAFETY RECALL?

 

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Topics: Blockchain, Food Safety

Will You Make the Grade?

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Dec 14, 2017 9:27:26 AM

 

 

Consider two restaurants. Both serve the same kind of food, both have friendly staff and are in an excellent location. But one is full of customers and the other nearly always empty. Why? The answer to this riddle is their letter grade: one has an A, and the other a B.  

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Topics: Restaurants, Brand Standards, Operations, Restaurant Inspection, Compliance, Food Safety

Motivating Millennials with Mobile

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Dec 12, 2017 5:42:10 AM

 

Millennials love their mobile devices. Are you leveraging that passion in the workplace with mobile productivity tools?

Millennials comprise the largest demographic in the restaurant workforce. You’d bet a lot of your wealth that they all carry smartphones. Yet, unlike the white-collar world, almost none of them use that device for work beyond scheduling. What about training? Operations? Compliance?

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Topics: Restaurants, Millennials in Restaurants, Operations, Compliance, Millennials, Mobile Productivity, Mobile Technology

The Next Restaurant Tech Wave: IoT

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Sep 28, 2017 7:07:25 AM

For the past 3 years, American restaurant chains have invested in a series of technologies designed to boost revenues and improve customer loyalty.  Atop every front counter is a loyalty program tablet-based payment system. Signage encourages you to download the company’s new delivery app and every other television ad drives you to engage with the company’s digital presence.  The most recent technology cycle has focused on revenue growth through digital innovation. As that cycle matures, operators need new sources of economic opportunity and the next wave -- the Internet of Things -- is surging towards the kitchen.   

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Topics: Food Safety Technology, Restaurants, Tech, Operations, Restaurant Tech, Food Safety, Internet of Things, Quality Management

What Google Can Teach Restaurants

Posted by Manik Suri on Sep 19, 2017 7:37:46 AM

 

Most people don’t know what Google’s PageRank really means.  It’s not a ranking of website pages, it’s named for Google co-founder Larry Page because he devised the initial algorithm to rank a website’s importance.  While the formula is a closely guarded secret, it’s commonly understood that the genius of PageRank is how it uses the “wisdom of crowds” to distinguish the value of two search results.  Simply put, the more sites that link to you, the more likely you are to improve your PageRank.  The quantity and quality of links improves PageRank.  Better that The New York Times link to your most recent post than your mother’s chocolate chip cookie blog.

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Topics: Operational Line Checks, Operations, Restaurant Operations, Restaurants

A Message from our Founder and CEO: MeWe is now CoInspect

Posted by Manik Suri on Sep 15, 2017 12:27:49 AM

I’m excited to announce that, beginning today, we are renaming our company CoInspect.

Many of you already know and use our CoInspect application regularly.  We’re excited to build on that experience and embrace the spirit of cooperation and collaboration that lies at our roots.

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Topics: CoInspect Updates, Mobile Software

How Fast Casual Saved the Restaurant Business from Being the Next Big Tobacco

Posted by Manik Suri on Sep 13, 2017 6:44:05 AM

 

In 1998, the American Government reached a Master Settlement with the tobacco industry which provided $500 million to The Truth to prevent young people from becoming cigarette smokers.  

A decade earlier, I was the beneficiary of youth anti-smoking marketing. In my high school staircases, the health department placed posters with the following prose:

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Topics: Fast Food, Restaurants, Brand Standards, Operations, Technology, Food Tech

4 Reasons American Food Companies Use Pen and Paper as Their Core Safety Technology

Posted by Aaron Cohen on Aug 29, 2017 9:41:58 AM

The 5 trillion dollar food industry takes safety exceptionally seriously.  Customer health and safety depend on rigorous, continuous protocols. Mistakes have devastating financial and cultural consequences for these companies.

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Topics: Compliance, Food Safety, Operations, Quality Assurance, Safety and Quality Inspections, Technology

MeWe Builds a Bridge Between Government and Business

Posted by Manik Suri on Jul 19, 2017 7:04:54 AM

We’re excited to announce that MeWe was recently featured in TechCrunch to highlight our work in the public and private sectors! A snippet of the piece is below along with a link to the full article on TechCrunch:

Manik Suri, a former D.E. Shaw hedge fund wunderkind, for years has been wrestling with how best to help government put compliance policy into practice.

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Topics: CoInspect Updates, Government, Operations

How Mobile Checklists can Help Manage FSMA Compliance on Prevention Controls

Posted by Manik Suri on Nov 8, 2016 7:38:02 AM

The final rules on prevention controls in human and animal food were announced on August 31, 2016. While the dialog about the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) has been primarily focused on “What is going to be required by a company?”, it is quickly shifting to “How am I going to make sure we are compliant?” If you look at what being FSMA compliant means, it really comes down to defining gaps in your current food safety systems, updating your programs to fill those gaps, and implementing an ongoing program backed up by comprehensive program documentation and record keeping. This is where mobile checklists can help your organization tackle these compliance challenges effectively and efficiently.

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Topics: Brand Standards, Food Safety, Operations, Quality Assurance