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Logbook Feature Release: Cooper-Atkins Thermometer Integration and HACCP Standards

Consumers today are more educated about your food, more social about their experience and quite frankly, pretty hard to impress. It’s tough enough getting today’s generation of eaters in the door, let alone turning them into regular, returning guests. The industry has taken a few hits on the trust meter over the last year after […]

Consumers today are more educated about your food, more social about their experience and quite frankly, pretty hard to impress. It’s tough enough getting today’s generation of eaters in the door, let alone turning them into regular, returning guests. The industry has taken a few hits on the trust meter over the last year after the highly publicized foodborne illness outbreaks and the unusually large number of recalls. In fact, a recent survey cited that only 12 percent of consumers trust the safety of the food they consume. So what can operators do to build trust and keep those skeptics coming back for more? It all starts with a solid food safety plan!

Ultimately, food safety comes down to transparent communications and verifiable, electronic documentation. We believe that’s best achieved through an online logbook. We’ve been in the business of building the best restaurant checklists and communication tools for over 25 years now; starting with the Manager’s Red Book, and more recently the online Logbook. Adding food safety features was a natural fit for this versatile application.

Here’s what the HotSchedules Product Development Teams has been doing to improve our online logbook to help restaurant operators strengthen their food safety plan.

Cooper-Atkins Thermometer Monitoring System

Bluetooth Thermometer & Logbook Integration

Restaurants that use Cooper-Atkins Blue2 thermometer can now transmit temperature readings via Bluetooth connection to the HotSchedules Logbook and view those readings on a mobile device.

Out-of-Tolerance Temperature Alerts

If the temperature recorded is not within the pre-defined range, the Logbook will generate an ‘out-of-tolerance’ alert that will be sent directly to managers. For instance, the USDA’s sample HACCP model for raw pork sausage calls for it to be stored below 40° F at all times. If a restaurant normally stores pork sausage at 30° F and Blue2 reads 35°, Logbook would notify a team member so that corrective action can be taken immediately.

Corrective Action & Documentation

Users can even create a follow-up task pre-populated with the out-of-tolerance information. Not only does this feature provide a verifiable temperature reading, it reduces human error, holds team members accountable and reinforces HACCP standards. (alerts available on Android today, iOS is right around the corner!)

HACCP Task Lists

What does HACCP stand for? HACCP stands for Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points. In other words, it’s a set of guidelines, implemented at NASA 30 years ago, that can help restaurants take a more proactive approach to food safety. An example of a HACCP-based practice would be checking and documenting the temperature of hot foods every two hours.

Operators today are under more pressure to improve and implement a solid food safety plan Which is why we have added HACCP lists to the Logbook’s existing 70+ default restaurant task lists. They were created under the guidance of independent food safety and compliance experts. These lists are a helpful supplement to your existing food safety plan. The new HACCP task lists are available today in the HotSchedules Above Store Console (ASC) under the following headings:

    • Infrastructure

 

    • Employees

 

    • Food

 

    • Sanitation/Storage

 

    • Customer Complaints

 

Even More Logbook Features

Here’s a quick run down of the other online Logbook features to help your team communicate and manage tasks more effectively.

ASC Task List Completion Report

Logbook administrators will love our enhanced Task List Completion report. It provides deeper information for drilling down into operational tasks and exceptions. Additional columns have been added including Schedule Name, Percentage Complete, Overdue, Updated By, Follow-up Count and Photo Count.

ASC Hierarchies

We’ve added more advanced hierarchies to make it easier for larger groups and franchise organizations to create tasks and assignments, and manage brand standards and procedures from the top.

We realize that some groups or franchises will need to create their own set of specific task lists, so we’ve made it easier for corporate to manage their permissions and give them access to the right task list creation tools in the ASC.

New Notifications

Notifications are a good thing until you look down and realize you have 600 notifications and your pocket starts buzzing more than a bee. The updated notifications let you control the frequency and type of Logbook notification you receive. You can control what you get and when you get it. Preferences include push, email and HS Message notifications for Task List Updates including Out-of-Tolerance and Overdue Tasks.

Offline Support for Mobile

No connection? No worries! Logbook now supports a sync between Task Lists completed offline and the mobile application. The next time you connect your tasks lists will sync up and you can breathe a big sigh of relief knowing you kept all that work In your face spotty WIFI!

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