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6 Checklists To Keep Your FEC Team on Target

Posted by Sherry Howell on Jul 11, 2018 9:30:00 AM

The bigger your FEC gets, the harder it is to keep an eye on every location or department, much less every team member.

Consistency is a key element of a great guest experience. How can an owner, operator or general manager ensure everyone hits the mark every single time? Training and employee education are essential, but when it comes down to the day-to-day, it's not always easy to remember what was said in that workshop three months ago. Or what the key take-aways were from that long team training day.

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Topics: FEC, Point of Sale, Marketing, Reporting & Analytics, Sales, Employee Management, Facility Operations, Birthday Party & Groups

3 Ways to Simplify Inventory Management

Posted by Sherry Howell on Jun 20, 2018 8:56:00 AM

Spend your management time on the right things by having all your inventory management in one easy-to-use place.

As a busy manager or operator there never seems to be enough time for you to get to all the small tasks that you need to do to make your business run smoother. There are always going to be guests to handle, fires to put out, and training to conduct. Your inventory management processes should make your life easier instead of giving you more headaches.

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Topics: Point of Sale, Reporting & Analytics, Sales, CenterEdge Advantage POS, Food & Beverage

The Secret Formula for Balancing Labor and Sales

Posted by Sherry Howell on May 30, 2018 8:43:55 AM

Cutting staff to control costs just might send your sales into a tailspin. But labor is by far your biggest expense. Get the formula industry expert Alan Kumpf uses.

We believe it’s important to support industry education. One industry event we have begun to support in 2018 is the Maximize Profits Through Operational Excellence seminar program hosted by Funstruction Results. Long-time industry professional and managing partner of Funstruction Results, Alan Kumpf, shared some of his thoughts about team member productivity with CenterEdge. And his secret formula for achieving the right balance between labor and sales. Here’s what he had to say:

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Topics: Reporting & Analytics, Employee Management, Facility Operations

How to Diversify Your Trampoline Park in 5 Steps

Posted by Sherry Howell on Feb 14, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Consider these tips when growing your business’ footprint.

Trends change and public interests come and go and both are an endless source of opportunity for any business owner. In the trampoline park industry, diversification is often a top-of-mind consideration with operators pondering questions like: “How can we get more market share?” "How can we continue to thrill our guests and attract new ones?” And of course, “How do we deliver a different experience than our competition?”

Diversification can mean different things to different businesses. Will you diversify your attractions and renovate or remodel? Will you diversify with your branding? Your offerings? Your guest engagement efforts? Or some combination thereof? To determine which direction your business should take, consider these five steps.

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Topics: Reporting & Analytics, Employee Management

Power Reports: What Every Manager Should Look at Daily (and Why)

Posted by Sherry Howell on Jan 10, 2018 12:00:00 PM

Keep your finger on the pulse of your business with these key reports.

Savvy managers use data to help make smart decisions about their businesses. But with so many reports and so much data available to you, how do you efficiently wade through the information? Read on for three main areas where using your system’s data can have a real impact on your bottom line, plus a few to grow on.

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Topics: Reporting & Analytics, Employee Management

Measuring Success at Your FEC or Adventure Facility: Four Critical Reports You Need to Have

Posted by Sherry Howell on Feb 7, 2017 11:07:38 AM

The right tools can help you gain valuable insight into sales, trends and scheduling best practices for your family entertainment center or adventure park, but you can’t look at everything all the time. Here are our top picks.

Managing your business is a full-time job, but managing the information about your business shouldn’t be. While many businesses have access to a plethora of data, it’s impossible to keep track of everything or be everywhere at once. Here’s a quick look at some of the most valuable reports that leading FECs and adventure facility owners say they couldn’t live without.

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Topics: FEC, Reporting & Analytics, Sales

Navigating Networking Events Like a Boss

Posted by Sherry Howell on Jan 25, 2017 12:32:03 PM

I was recently invited to attend a local chamber networking event with a salesperson friend who just started in a new role. I think I make a pretty great wingman, so I agreed to go along.

Networking events can be a terrific way for you to market your facility, your group events program and your brand in general.  There are few other places where you can meet 20 potential leads in a short amount of time. But like anything else, your results at a networking event are only as good as the effort you put into it. 

My friend and I arrived at the event and put on our nametags, and then I spent the next hour observing networking techniques of the sales folks in attendance. Based on these observations, I came up with a list of things to do – and not do –  at your next networking event.

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Topics: Marketing, Reporting & Analytics, Employee Management

Did You Know: Setting Event Sales Goals for the New Year

Posted by Sherry Howell on Dec 27, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Start the year off right setting meaningful goals for event sales (or anything you'd like to increase, really).  Did you know there are several reports that can help get you started?  Check out today's video to learn more. 



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Topics: Reporting & Analytics, Did You Know?, Sales

Payroll Prowess from a Top Ranking General Manager

Posted by Sherry Howell on Jul 5, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Today’s article comes from one of our CenterEdge trainers, Luke Kollman. As many of you know, CenterEdge is a company built by family entertainment venue operators to meet the unique needs of the industry. Luke was a long time user of the software as General Manager of an indoor/outdoor park in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  He was gracious enough to write today’s article to help address some of the challenges you may face with labor and scheduling. He was also consistently ranked first or second in labor spending when compared to all the GMs across the 16-park network he was a part of, so we are excited to have him share his best practices. Thanks, Luke!

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Topics: Reporting & Analytics, Employee Management

How Secure are Your Cash Control Procedures?

Posted by Sherry Howell on Apr 26, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Think you have secure cash handling figured out? Find out by watching today’s Did You Know? video.  Also, don't miss the free sample Cash Handling Agreement download for watching!

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Topics: Reporting & Analytics, Did You Know?, Cashless