Planet Smoothie Franchises Benefit from Kahala Brands Efficiencies
Single-store businesses have to battle headwinds when it comes to inventory and other back-office issues, all of which Planet Smoothie owners avoid
There’s strength in numbers is an old saying, but it’s never truer than when considering the bulk buying power of a large, well-run organization. That’s what Planet Smoothie franchise owners have behind them, thanks to Kahala Brands’ well-negotiated contracts with vendors.
“Because we have more than a dozen well-known brands in markets all across the United States, we are able to negotiate pricing that is far superior to what a smaller operation, or a standalone store, can obtain on its own,” says John Wuycheck, Senior Vice President of Franchising. “That brings real value to our franchise operators.”
Bulk pricing, regular deliveries,
One major benefit to buying as a group is that everything from bananas and strawberries to straws and napkins can be purchased in large quantities. That means per-unit prices that can’t be beat, allowing owners to keep more revenue in-store and thus increase their margin.
“We work with produce vendors, as well as suppliers for everything else a Planet Smoothie franchise will need for day-to-day operations,” John explains. “That means when an owner needs more inventory, whatever that might be, we have the mechanisms in place for him or her to quickly and easily place that order and get restocked. Nobody ever runs out of anything, and they know that they’ll get great products at a very good price.”
Back-office functions integrated and smooth
In addition, every Planet Smoothie franchise also benefits from Kahala’s operating systems for inventory control, payroll and other accounting and back-office tasks.
“Our franchise partners don’t have to go out and vet office software, because we’ve got that in place for them,” John says. “That makes a huge difference, because we can train them on how to use the system and help them if there are any problems. No sitting on hold for a software vendor’s customer service, which is a big deal when you’re running a busy smoothie franchise. And because our system is so comprehensive, it can handle all their operating needs easily and free the owner up to be out meeting customers and running the business.”
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, our smoothies 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.