Tedeschi Selects Dashboard Advantage for Labor Budgeting Tool

Retailer's team will use platform on cell phones or tablet devices while in field


ROCKLAND, Mass. -- Tedeschi Food Shops has launched a new partnership with Dashboard Advantage to bring new technology and increased efficiency to its labor management control process. The company will use Dashboard Advantage, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company, to provide division managers and store operators, franchisees and corporate general managers, with a customized labor budgeting tool.

Tedeschi Food Shops associates will use Dashboard Advantage's platform on their cell phones or tablet devices while they are in the field, enabling them to allocate labor budgets with a swipe of their finger. This new solution takes customer transactions, individual tasks, food production and specific store facility profile into account and delivers a line-item budget for each location. Store operators can assign tasks to individual shifts to optimize in-store efficiency and increase the overall productivity of their team.

Tedeschi Food Shops personnel will be able connect to the Dashboard Advantage platform on the go--if they can connect to the web, they can connect to Dashboard Advantage.

"Determining the most efficient and productive labor budget for each location is challenging and, at times, a daunting task especially with the fickle weather and seasonality changes here in New England," said Bob Tedeschi, executive vice president and treasurer. "Staffing needs can change on a turn of a dime. Dashboard Advantage's Labor Management solution automates and streamlines this process while also allowing our store operators to modify each location's budget based on their unique operation and we have many. We are excited to bring this cloud-based, mobile solution to the Tedeschi Food Shops team."

Tom Hart, principal at Dashboard Advantage, said, "We are dedicated to providing operators measurable ways they can maximize performance. As retailers strive for operational excellence, we provide a solution to get there."

Sam Coons, also a principal at Dashboard Advantage, leads the development team. "We pride ourselves on offering tools for clients that report and track results in real-time and allow for instant customization to meet changing business needs," he said.

Based in Plymouth, Mass., Dashboard Advantage collaborates with companies to provide tools to identify compliance, improve store execution, monitor fuel pricing, project labor budgets, track foodservice profitability and minimize losses.

Established in 1923 in Rockland, Mass., Tedeschi Food Shops is a family-owned and -operated New England convenience store chain with more than $600 million in annual revenue. The company operates 191 convenience store locations throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut. It provides its customers with a family of proprietary brands: TD's Deli and Tedeschi Fresh Foods, Tedeschi Select and Tedeschi Fuel.