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RESTAURANTS

CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries

>> New technological solutions help CraftWorks have transparency across its entire inventory.

CraftWorks strives to be the leader in
craft beer-focused casual dining.

Links in the Chain
Helping CraftWorks succeed is a supply
chain team focused on safely delivering
the right product, to the right place, at
the right time, at the lowest sustainable
cost. The team looks for opportunities
to rationalize SKUs across all of the
brands when possible, while also ensuring that it is helping each brand to
maintain its signature elements.
"We've worked on developing strong
plans across our food categories," Adams says. "When we can, we look to
Fontanini Italian Meats has built its business on the
loyal following of customers who demand only the very
best. Customers like the CraftWorks family of restaurants, including Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom and Rock
Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, one of the nation's first
brewery restaurants. Fontanini has been supplying great
establishments like these with the one-of-a-kind taste
of our famous pizza toppings and meatballs for over 20
years. It's the taste that brings CraftWorks patrons back
again and again. Fontanini uses only premium meats
and family recipes that date back three generations
from their roots in Lucca, Italy. We're proud to be a supplier of CraftWorks, which is committed to innovation
and excellence, just like us! For more information, visit
www.fontanini.com.

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utilize the same ingredients across the
enterprise to aggregate spend."
To help each brand maintain and enhance its identity, the company has a
leader for each. For specialty brands,
internal executive chefs help drive the
culinary concepts. The three major
brands have their own corporate culinary teams, and a Senior Director of
Culinary oversees the entire footprint.
One important supply chain initiative has been an intentional focus on
adopting a technological supply chain
solution to enhance the supply team's
capabilities. CraftWorks partnered with
ArrowStream in July of this year to gain
more insight into its supply chain. ArrowStream is a supply chain innovator
that combines proven supply chain expertise with data science and analytics
to change the way supply chains perform. The company is launching ArrowStream's OnDemand Platform so it
can have the best possible visibility into
its multiple distribution channels.
"We are currently in the implementation stage, and OnDemand will allow us

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to take our team to the next level," Adams says. "OnDemand provides transparency into our entire inventory, ensuring we always have the right amount
of product on-hand. Whether we are
planning and preparing for a promotion
or managing seasonality, OnDemand
makes it easy for us to set priorities and
eliminate unforeseen outcomes in our
supply chain."
Supplier segmentation has been another focal area for CraftWorks. In the
past, the company managed suppliers
equally, but this proved not to be the
most efficient approach. The result was
the creation of segmented three tier
system for suppliers: Transactional,
Preferred and Strategic.
"The tier determines how we interact
with vendors," Adams says. "Transactional vendors may include many repeat
purchases, low complexity in products,
and can include rationalizing SKUs.
Preferred relationships have stronger
price agreements, flexible contracts,
and short- and mid-term reviews. Strategic partnerships include product innovation, mutual trust and openness,
shared risk and reward, executive-level
involvement, ample commitment, and
regular reviews and conversations. Our
fiscal spend with our suppliers is identified during placement in the segments,
but it is typically not the deciding factor
for a supplier's tier classification."
CraftWorks' supply chain team is focused on helping the company grow by
ensuring food safety and securing the
lowest sustainable cost. It will continue
to devise strong category plans and appropriately categorize vendor relationships to help the company evolve.
"Our plan is to continue to examine
our current spending in each category
to ensure our restaurants and organization will win," Adams says. "Enabling
CraftWorks to reach their long-term
plans of growth and success."


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