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New Features Coming Soon in CenterEdge Advantage 16.6

Posted by Sherry Howell on Nov 9, 2016 10:48:08 AM

We have lots of exciting features and upgrades on the way. To learn more about what’s new, watch our brief Feature Release Video, and be sure to sign up for our training webinar to learn how to set up and use the new features once you upgrade. A few hints:
  • New integrations with Best Lockers and RoomKeyPMS Hotel Property Management Software (0:17-1:31)
  • Additional security rights to control selling items to groups (1:32-1:54)
  • Deferred Revenue Capability for Passes (1:55-2:45)
  • New Discount Coupon functionality (2:46-3:24)
  • Create Class Tracks and categorize Classes (3:25-4:07)
  • Time Clock new features! (4:08-5:14)
  • New options for waiver signature captures, text options for marketing, and more! (5:15-6:07)

We hope you’re as excited as we are! Register for our training webinar for a more in-depth look at the new features. Don’t worry if you can’t attend the live session; we’ll send a free recording afterwards to everyone who registered.

Tuesday,  December 13, 2016 1:30ET/12:30CT/10:30PT

Register Now!

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Topics: FEC, trampoline parks, museums, waterparks, zoos & aquariums, Release Version, time clock & scheduling, new features, Amusement Park, classes

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: FEC, time clock & scheduling, water park, Reporting

Employee Scheduling: 5 Steps to Finding Lost Time

Posted by Rick Smith on Feb 21, 2012 10:10:00 AM

Have you ever noticed that the chores we dislike the most are often the tasks where we are most reluctant to change our methods?  I cannot count how many times my wife has complained to me about spending hours creating a schedule that finally balances all of our employees requests for time off with their complaints that they need more hours, only to get a last-minute "emergency" time off request that changes everything.  So being the ever-helpful and thoughtful husband, I would usually reply with "Why don't you ditch the excel spreadsheets and the sticky notes and find some good scheduling software?"

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Topics: FEC, laser tag, point of sale, theatres, trampoline parks, museums, waterparks, zoos & aquariums, parks, managing your business, time clock & scheduling, skating, restuarants & bars, retail, inflatables, camps & daycare, time clock

Managing Your Labor Costs

Posted by Marcus Mayer on Dec 13, 2011 6:34:00 AM

For any business, managing your labor costs is a key factor in maintaining and improving profitability.  However, making sure that your payroll is at an optimum level requires that you have good data.

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Topics: time clock & scheduling

Are You Controlling Your Labor, Or Is Your Labor Controlling You?

Posted by Marcus Mayer on Jan 4, 2011 2:45:00 AM

To this day I remember vividly a conversation my parents had when I was a teenager about the responsibility of balancing a check book.  My Dad, the CPA, was trying to explain to me how to document in my check book each check I wrote, subtract from my balance, review my monthly statements, and to ALWAYS know what my true balance was.  My Mother chuckled at the concept and described her method of not only balancing her check book, but also receiving a GREAT surprise at the end of the month.  She explained that with every purchase she made, she would round up and add it to the check book.  So if the cost of groceries was $154.28, she would document this as either $155 or if she didn't have the receipt she would over round and make it $175.  At the end of the month she would be pleasantly surprised to find she had more money than she expected.  Of course to my father this was shocking.  This was money that could be invested and/or used to pay down any debt incurred elsewhere.  But to me and my Mom, it was like a little pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

As I've gotten older, and hopefully a little wiser, I have come to the conclusion that a combination of my parent's ideas works the best.  If I round up my transactions and invest the difference, my money starts making money, which makes it an even bigger pot of gold.  Of course in the '80's this wouldn't have been feasible.  Investing was not possible for the common person.  However with tools such as Quicken, Quickbooks, online banking, Sharebuilder, and my personal favorite ING, it is easier than ever to know exactly how much money you have at any given second in multiple accounts.  I could not imagine maintaining my personal account; checking, savings, stocks, etc, without my ING account, my BB&T online banking services, and my Quicken software.

In the business world I review labor very much the same way.  In the '80's and '90's we utilized punch cards to monitor the labor usage of our hourly staff at the
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Topics: managing your business, time clock & scheduling

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