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September 16, 2022

Growing a business requires motivation and effort, but it also requires careful planning. To be successful, a business cannot just create a stupid plan and expect the business to grow on its own; nor can it start without a purpose and expect to adapt as it grows. A business will continue to grow as long as it prepares every step of the way, in every area of ​​its operation. These truths will apply to any business, but there is no industry where they are more important than industry.

Whether it’s a full-service storefront kitchen or an international caterer, any company in the food service industry will need to process a large number of orders. Some of those orders come from restaurants or other small retailers; many others come from the customers themselves. With takeout and delivery becoming the norm in an increasingly fast-growing world, restaurants and other food service providers are ordering more than ever. In order for these companies to be able to follow orders and transactions and keep a reliable database of information related to each, they will need powerful solutions that can handle large volume. For building and hosting solutions like this, there is no other way than the cloud.

The cloud has more data resources and on-premises security features than expensive on-premise infrastructure. Cloud service providers share security responsibilities, so the burden of maintaining on-prem security systems cannot fall on the business. Also, small businesses and startups that handle the kinds of data that food service companies will collect can’t risk equipment failure if they hope to scale. Storing data on a secure and flexible platform like the cloud will be critical to the growth of these companies.

The main advantage of cloud adoption for early stage ideas is the low cost of cloud services. Businesses that want to bring a product to market quickly can do so more easily by purchasing services while looking for a small technical team rather than paying hundreds of thousands of dollars up front for a full architecture. Statistics show that businesses do not leave this opportunity to save a lot of money: according to a recent report by Forbes Currents, “86% of startups and small businesses have increased their trust in services of clouds in 2021.”

Once a business has established a product market, its biggest challenge will be to grow successfully. This is a critical point for small businesses, and one where many fail. To succeed in this situation, a business needs a plan and a set of processes that will support its growth as revenue and employees increase; this comes before throwing money into sales and marketing projects with the aim of bringing in revenue and increasing employment. A growing business needs a strong, flexible plan. Using tools like Google’s CloudSQL to build microservices architectures on a scalable platform like Google Kubernetes Engine or the fully serverless Google Cloud Run will set up businesses to support and maintain their applications when they they are adding workers and money.

There are many tools available on Google Cloud that businesses in the food service industry can use to create applications and applications. Restaurants can use Google My Business to create a business profile and partner with third-party delivery services to make their options available on Google Maps and through Google search. Using the Google Maps Platform, businesses can work with independent software vendors like Olo to create a unique online distribution platform. Some vendors like Route 4 Me Route Planner offer map options that show drivers the best routes to their destinations.

For businesses looking for more control over their systems, it’s also easy to use the Google Maps Platform to build an in-house solution. Using APIs such as Autocomplete API, Geocoding API, Distance Matrix API, and Directions API, in-house development teams can build a platform that can check ETA and location, delivery addresses , and reduce supply errors and financial confusion. In-house solutions allow for full customization and oversight, without sacrificing any of the security or scalability benefits that the cloud offers.

Commercial kitchens that only prepare orders for takeout or delivery are called “cloud kitchens” for a reason. Food services and consumer preferences are changing with the advancement of digital technology and the new opportunities these advancements offer in a world where the future is always uncertain. As the industry continues to meet new demands and challenges, small businesses and start-ups in this area will need to develop different solutions that can deal with emergencies, but also to maintain the operations of these businesses they are increasing to bring in more money and grow their teams. manage. In the future, no matter what its business model looks like, in one way or another, every kitchen will work in the cloud.

Josh Berman is the president of C2C Global and a community builder with a long track record of creating connections between technology companies and their target audience. In his role at C2C Global, Josh manages and facilitates timely discussions for cloud users—often with representatives from active organizations participating to provide expert advice on how to use the cloud for success. He brings together thousands of users a day to collaborate on solving problems such as cybersecurity, data management, cloud storage and management and eCommerce issues.