Planet Smoothie Training & Support Extend Far Past Opening Day
Solid training early on is coupled with ongoing efforts designed to ensure that a Planet Smoothie franchise owner and team have all the tools they need
When an enthusiastic entrepreneur decides to open a Planet Smoothie®, he or she has a lot to do right away, and none of it is done without support — especially training.
“When someone makes the decision to become a Planet Smoothie franchise owner, that hasn’t been done in a vacuum,” says John Wuycheck, Senior Vice President of Franchise Development. “They have done their research, and the brand has had extensive talks with the owners on every aspect of the business. Once they come on board, everyone really gets down to work.”
Site selection is a key early move
First job on the agenda will be to choose the best location for the new Planet Smoothie franchise. Often the owner has a spot in mind, and he or she will then work with an Area Developer, or the corporate real estate team, to make sure that it’s workable.
“Usually someone will come to the brand with a location in mind, and we believe that people know their community well,” John says. “Even so, Planet Smoothie works with them to look at every angle, from area growth to traffic patterns, to make sure that site has the potential to produce a steady revenue stream. The brand wants owners to have a visible, well-trafficked site that brings in plenty of new and repeat business.
Back-office systems, ongoing support
From that jumping-off point, the activity moves to training around hiring a staff, and then putting all systems in place for everyday operations.
“The brand works with every Planet Smoothie owner on hiring, because we want to make sure they have an energetic, enthusiastic team in place for those critical opening days and weeks,” John says. “That training helps the owner know what to look for going forward when he or she needs new employees.”
And at the same time, the owner is learning about the inventory control, accounting and other back-office functions that come as a part of his or her franchise agreement.
“Planet Smoothie® has spent significant resources making sure the back-office systems can be learned quickly and easily, and everything an owner needs when it comes to tracking inventory and other core business functions,” John says. “Planet Smoothie franchise owners want to be up-front and engaging with their staff and customers. The brand trains them well on the back office functions, so they can make that happen.”
Planet Smoothie is a smoothie franchise that sets itself apart by offering great-tasting smoothies that use healthier, natural ingredients. In a side-by-side comparison, Planet Smoothie products generally have less sugar and fewer calories — a big competitive advantage as Americans actively seek out healthier options. Planet Smoothie is led by a veteran franchise team and dedicated brand support team as part of the Kahala Brands™ family.