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Section 179 and You: Equipment Tax Deductions

2021 has been a year of resurgence and resiliency for our businesses and country. After a tough 2020, this year has still provided numerous challenges for many industries. We are still experiencing a global pandemic causing supply shortages, longer lead times, higher costs, and labor shortages. It leaves many people with a lot of unknowns for the coming years.

How can we invest in our business in this economy to ensure financial stability for the following years to come?  Let’s put it simply: the tax code contains a little gem to small businesses called Section 179.

Most business owners may think this tax code is complicated or somehow they can’t take advantage of it. Here at Burkett Restaurant and Supplies, we hope this post makes it simple and easy for anyone to understand Section 179.*

*Keep in mind, we at Burkett are not tax professionals by any means. We encourage you to consult your tax advisor about what is best for your business.

Potentially save $1,000's in taxes with Section 179. 2021 Company spending cap: $2,620,000. 2021 Deduction limit: $1,050,000. Equipment must be purchased & operational by December 31

What is Section 179?

In the simplest of terms, Section 179 is a section of the IRS tax code encouraging businesses to buy equipment and invest in themselves. This is one of the few government incentives for small businesses which have been included in many of the recent stimulus acts and Congressional Tax Bills.

Essentially this allows for the business to purchase a piece of qualified equipment and/or software and deduct the full purchase from their gross income. For 2021, the maximum deduction you can elect for is $1,050,000.00.

How does Section 179 work?

Previously, your business might have typically written off an equipment purchase over time through depreciation. For example, maybe your business bought a machine for $50,000 and you wrote off $10,000 a year for five years. Under the normal depreciation rules, business owners would only receive a fraction of the cost in deductions each year over the useful life.

With the help of Section 179, business owners can now write off the entire equipment purchase for the year they buy it. Now, if you purchased that $50,000 piece of equipment, you can deduct that from your net income the first year you own it. Assuming the tax bracket is 35%, your savings would be $17,500 on that $50,000 purchase.

It is important to note that you must elect on your taxes to use this code as it is not automatic and you must be profitable to qualify.

Ultimately, this deduction has allowed businesses to buy equipment right now rather than waiting, therefore stimulating the economy.

Section 179 Limits

There are limitations on both the overall amount of write-offs and the total quantity of equipment acquired under this tax deduction.

In 2021, the total you can write off is $1,050,000.00, but this section limits the total amount of equipment purchased to $2,620,000.00. This deduction begins to phase out on a dollar-for-dollar basis after the initial $2.62 million is reached. Thus, the entire deduction goes away after $3,670,000.00 in purchases.

As a result of this limit, this tax code is a true deduction for small and medium businesses.

Qualifying for Section 179

In reality, all businesses that purchase, finance, and/or lease new or used equipment for their business during the tax year of 2021 should be eligible for this tax deduction. This applies as long as their purchase is less than the $3.67 million limits.

In addition, Section 179 applies to the majority of physical items purchased and used by American businesses, including “off the shelf” software, business use cars, equipment, and other commodities. The equipment, software, or other applicable items must be purchased and already in use by December 31st of the tax year. The items purchased must be used for business purposes more than 50% of the time to qualify for this Section 179 deduction as well.

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Section 197 vs. Bonus Depreciation

Many business owners at the end of the year ask, “Should I take the bonus depreciation or section 179?”. To simply answer that question, it is based on the amount you are spending on new equipment and the size of your business.

Bonus depreciation is a tax incentive that allows business owners to report a larger chunk of depreciation in the year the asset was purchased and in-service (restrictions apply and not all assets are eligible). Since there is no dollar limit on this tax deduction, it is advantageous for very large businesses which spend more than the Section 179 spending cap on new capital equipment. In 2021, the bonus depreciation is being offered at 100%.

It is important to note that in 2021, the tax code has changed with bonus depreciation. In prior years, bonus depreciation has only covered new equipment. Now with the changes, this tax deduction includes used equipment as well. Also important to note: if your business has a net loss, you can still qualify to deduct some of the cost of the new equipment and carry forward the loss.

This deduction does automatically apply when filing taxes but you can opt-out of the use of it. When applying for these write-offs, Section 179 is generally taken first then Bonus Depreciation. This only changes when the business has no taxable profit due to the unprofitable business being allowed to carry the loss forward for future years.

What to do with the savings

2021 has been another challenging year for any size business. With rising costs of equipment and longer than average lead times, buying for both profitability and longevity is crucial.

Taking advantage of the tax deductions you are eligible for can help grow your business. Financing your equipment allows your business to have cash on hand in case of any emergency. The write-offs in the taxes can exceed profits, which can allow you the ability to reinvest more into your business. 

Again, if you have any questions on how you can apply this to your business, please consult your tax professional.

If you are ready to purchase, lease or finance your foodservice equipment, give us a call, email, or check our website out at Burkett.com for web live chat to talk to a live salesperson. If you are local to the Toledo area, check out our showroom in Perrysburg at 28740 Glenwood Rd!

Margarita Recipes for Fun Summer Dining

If your customers are anything like me, they crave a nice cold margarita when it gets this hot. Frozen or on the rocks – it doesn’t matter as long as it’s refreshing! Satisfy customer cravings and try fun margarita recipes to add to your menu.

Classic Margarita Recipe

Recipe from Waring
Makes 5 Margaritas

Supplies

Commercial bar blender (we recommend the Raptor 48 oz.)
Margarita rimmer (find it here)
Margarita glasses (shop our full selection)

Ingredients

4 ounces (½ cup) tequila
4 ounces (½ cup) triple sec
8 ounces (1 cup) margarita mix
3 cups ice cubes

Directions:

1. Put all ingredients in blender jar and secure lid.
2. Blend on high speed until smooth (about 10 seconds).
3. Finally, garnish the rim of your margarita glasses with salt and serve!

Margarita Freeze Recipe

Recipe from Waring
Makes 5 Freezes

Supplies

Commercial bar blender
Margarita rimmer
Margarita glasses

Ingredients

8 ounces (1 cup) Gold Tequila
8 ounces (1 cup) Defrosted Lime Concentrate
8 ounces (1 cup) Lemon Sherbet
2 cups Ice Cubes

Directions:

1. First, put all liquid ingredients in blender jar, then add the remaining ingredients and secure lid.
2. Blend on high speed until smooth (about 10 seconds).
3. Finally, garnish the rim of your margarita glasses with salt and serve!

Mixed Berry Margarita Recipe

Recipe from The Burkett Blog
Makes (1) 16 oz. margarita

Supplies

Immersion blender (we recomment the Waring Quik Stik)
Margarita rimmer
Margarita glasses

Ingredients

1 cup Frozen Mixed Berries
1 cup Orange, Lime, or Lemon Juice
1/3 cup Tequila
1/2 tbsp Triple Sec or Grand Marnier
1-2 tsp Sugar

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a mixing beaker
  2. Next, insert your immersion blender until submerged. Blend in an up-and-down motion until ingredients are combined (30 seconds)
  3. Garnish the rim with sugar
  4. Lastly, pour into glass and add fresh berries for an extra pop!

Can’t get enough?

Check out more margarita recipes on the Burkett Blog here!

Shortages in the Foodservice Supply Chain

Within the past couple of months, you have probably encountered an increase in shipping delays and low product availabilities. This is due to global supply shortages, affected by the many seemingly endless and unprecedented events of 2021. Some of the most recent contributors are:

  • COVID-19 closures
  • Extreme weather across the globe
  • Rapidly rising costs of freight
  • Shipping container shortages

Due to these shortages and delays, raw material costs are rising to meet demand. These constraints are affecting all manufacturing processes and industries, and this issue doesn’t look to be going away anytime in 2021.

Do supply shortages affect foodservice equipment?

Unfortunately our industry is not immune to manufacturing and shipping delays. Many of the components to foodservice equipment are impacted by the low supply and high material cost. As a result, manufacturers are once again increasing their pricing to offset their manufacturing costs. The supply shortage is also causing extended lead times of equipment across the entire industry.

Note: We will always keep our customers updated on which brands are getting price increases and when so that we can help you get the best price possible! View upcoming manufacturer price increases here

How to prepare for long waits

Shipping times have increased exponentially, with equipment that usually has a 2 week lead time now seeing closer to 10 weeks or longer. As supply shortages continues throughout the year, it’s important that you plan ahead for big equipment purchases. It’s also a good practice to assess your commercial kitchen often to catch small issues before they become big problems, and to limit the risk of emergency repairs and replacements. Check out the product maintenance section of our blog for helpful tips on caring for your equipment!

How can Burkett help?

We’ve changed how we buy inventory. Along with investing in even more of our typical stocking items, but we also are expanding our selection of in stock brands. If a specific model isn’t available, we can ensure that we always have quality alternatives to offer you.

As challenging as this has been for consumers and dealers alike, we strongly encourage you to reach out to our sales team for any help. The availability and lead times for equipment can change by the minute, so please confirm with our sales team that any lead time is the most up-to-date information. Don’t want to wait? We’ll try to find other options for you that fit your needs, timeline, and your budget!

Contact us today and let us know how we can help you navigate this challenging time!

Is It Time to Replace your Ice Machine?

Ice machines are a staple in every commercial kitchen. A good ice machine is the difference between foggy cubes and a crisp, refreshing drink. Sadly, with every piece of equipment comes a lifespan. With proper cleaning, a quality ice machine will last around 4 to 5 years on average, sometimes even longer. So how do you know when it’s time to replace your ice machine?

The first thing you need to do is locate the problem. When your ice machine is on the fritz, there are two main reasons: either your ice machine has been overworked, or the filter has. A filter is less expensive and easier to replace, so let’s start there!

The Filter

Manitowoc AR-10000 14,000 Gallon Arctic Pure Water Filter
Manitowoc AR-10000 14,000 Gallon Arctic Pure Water Filter

You want your customers to have the purest ice, right? The first step toward pure ice is a good filter. Ice filtration systems are simply water filters in your machine that filter the water before freezing. Your unit may require between one to three filters, depending on the size of your ice machine.

Routine Replacement

These filters should be replaced every 6 months to reduce wear and tear on the machine, ensuring your unit is working as intended.

The act of replacing your filter is so important that Ice-O-Matic even offers an extended warranty for doing so! If you purchase a 3-in-1 water filter with a new Ice-O-Matic machine and replace the filter every 6 months, the warranty on the evaporator is extended from 5 years to 7 years!

Know the Signs

Without routine filter replacements, you may run into issues more unappetizing than a worn down machine. Does your ice have a bad taste or odor? Is it cloudy or off-color? Knowing the signs your filter needs a little TLC will help you catch any problems and take preventative steps in the future.

Mineral Deposits: Municipal water companies only remove contaminants that are harmful to human health. Many dissolved minerals are not harmful, therefore are not removed. Mineral laden water results in ice that appears cloudy and can make a drink smell and taste unappealing.

Slime Build-Up: Slime build-up can result from a poorly maintained ice machine. Ice made from a slimy machine will appear cloudy with a slight yellow, green or red tint and can cause illness, especially in those with weakened immune systems.

Chlorination: Chlorination is the process of adding chlorine to water in order to treat it and kill harmful germs. Residual chlorine remains in the water supply giving the water an unappealing taste.

Cloudy to Clear: Filtered Water Makes The Best Ice

Mineral deposits from hard water don’t only collect in your filter and cause mineral laden water, this build up of scale is harmful to your ice machine as a whole. This brings us to our next stop in your ice machine journey!

The Machine

Scotsman Meridian HID312A-1 Countertop Ice Maker & Dispenser
Scotsman Meridian HID312A-1 Countertop Ice Maker & Dispenser

We already mentioned that the average lifespan for a commercial ice machine is around 4-5 years. However, your ice machine works hard day and night and sometimes it gets a little worn out. We can definitely relate. There are multiple reasons your machine may not be quite as efficient anymore.

  • Heat. The enemy of ice. If your kitchen is consistently hot, it’s very likely your ice production has dropped. When the ambient temperature heats up, so does your water, forcing your ice machine to work even harder to produce your ice supply.
  • Dirty Condensers. A dirty condenser coil is one of the main reason for service calls. A condenser coil that is dirty, slimy, or grimy will prevent warm air from filtering out of your machine. What did we say heat was again?
  • Scale. Build up of mineral deposits, or scale, is a big cause of ice machine failure. Make sure to clean the machine consistently, as well as replacing your filter every 6 months.

All of these obstacles can wear down your ice machine and cause that average lifespan to start declining. A good rule of thumb is if you’ve noticed an uptick in your service calls, it’s probably time for a new ice machine.

What next?

Is it time to replace your ice machine? If so, the next step is picking out the right machine for your business! There are endless options between brands, air or water cooled, ice shape, machine size, and so much more. Let us help you find the perfect fit! Email us at sales@burkett.com, call us directly at 800-828-8564, or browse our online collection of commercial Ice Machines, Ice Bins, and Accessories!

Burkett Celebrates the Life of Founder Mike Burkett

Burkett Restaurant Equipment Founder Mike Burkett

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Burkett’s founder, Mike Burkett. Mike passed away peacefully on March 29, 2021 at home with his family by his side after a 34-year battle with multiple sclerosis.

Mike is known throughout the industry and community as a sincere and deeply caring husband, father, friend, and business leader. At just 20 years old, he began reconditioning and offering used restaurant equipment in his home city of Toledo, Ohio to provide local customers with access to quality equipment at affordable prices. Mike launched Burkett Restaurant Equipment & Supplies in 1977, which would become nationally known and one of the industry’s leading providers of new and used commercial equipment.

Mike Burkett was an extraordinarily resilient and accomplished entrepreneur who built a company that still represents and practices the same principles he brought to life more than 44 years ago. Mike loved every aspect of business and relished time spent at the office even after losing his mobility to multiple sclerosis in 1996. Those of us who had the opportunity to work under him will remember his exceptional work ethic, diligence in investing every dollar back into the business, commitment to his customers, suppliers, employees and family, and his unwavering desire to help local business owners achieve their dreams through equipment deals, coaching and education.

He was a genuine and dynamic leader whose remarkable passion, vision and tenacity still serve as the foundation for the company’s success. Mike Burkett’s vision for the company is continued by his son, Jameel Burkett, who was named the company’s President and CEO in 2011.

On behalf of its management team and employees, Burkett extends our deepest sympathies to Mike’s family.

We share your heartbreak, and we will miss Mike deeply.

Fall Outdoor Dining: Is your patio prepared?

It’s that time of year again… the leaves are starting to fall, football season is here, and it’s getting too chilly to eat outside at restaurants. But with the ongoing pandemic, outdoor dining has shown to be a crucial element for the health of the restaurant industry and their patrons. So how can you continue to utilize this element and shield your guests from the elements? We have three key fall outdoor dining solutions to help keep your patio open during these cold months!

Heating

DualHeat Fire Pit/Table

How do you keep your guests warm while also providing the same outdoor ventilation in months like October and November? The answer: outdoor heaters!

If you’ve never had to keep your patio open this late into the season, you may not be familiar with the heating options and the best safety practices that accompany them. You’ll also want to get to know your own local laws around outdoor fire equipment.

Patio Heaters can maximize your outdoor space and ensure even heating throughout the patio. Fire pits are a little more cumbersome, but can provide a cozy, more accessible warmth to individual parties.

Furniture

Perma-wood & faux teak tables & chairs

The furniture on your patio can make a world of difference to the atmosphere of your restaurant and the comfort of your guests. Lounge-style furniture can create a relaxed, casual environment, especially when paired with an outdoor fire pit.

Swapping out your warm weather metal furniture for tables and chairs that feel warmer to the touch, such as Perma-wood & faux teak, can also help increase comfort in cold weather dining.

Sanitation

Even with the ventilation outside, you’ll still need to thoroughly sanitize tables and chairs between parties to keep guests protected from the transmittal of germs. A way to ensure this is done quickly and efficiently is to use sanitizing foggers and sprayers.

Sanitizing sprayer cleans bathroom

Sanitizing sprayers give a powerful, deep clean in a fraction of the time it would take for the same result with hands-on cleaning. They’re also a surefire tool to sanitize uniformly and to not miss any vital areas.

The past months have been full of constant adapting, and it looks like this coming season will be no different. For your ease, we have created a quick reference flyer with these fall outdoor dining tips and solutions. Download below or contact us with any questions you may have!

Section 179 Deductions – What Are They?

Potentially Save $1,000s In Taxes with Section 179 Deductions

2020 has hit all of us hard, especially those of us working in foodservice and small businesses. How can we invest in our businesses in this economy and still be relatively financially stable? Well, we have the rundown on Section 179 deductions, a hidden small business gem buried in the tax code. Believe me, if I can understand it, it’ll be a piece of cake for you.

(If you read our last blog about Section 179, there are essential changes here to note for 2020).

What Are Section 179 Deductions?

Section 179 deductions are a tax incentive specifically for small businesses to invest in themselves. It allows businesses to deduct the ENTIRE amount of qualifying equipment purchases in the current tax year from their gross income, rather than writing off a partial amount each year. These deductions are available as long as equipment is purchased and fully operational before the end of the tax year (12/31).

Qualifying Deductions

Eligible business expenses for deduction are both new and used equipment, software, and/or business vehicles purchased or financed during the current tax year. Again, any equipment purchased must also be fully operational by the end of the day on December 31, 2020. Financing your equipment will also allow you to slowly pay off your equipment purchase while still being able to deduct the full purchase price* (unlike a bank loan).

* Terms & Conditions may vary, dependent on your specific situation

Section 179 Limitations

To truly make this a small business incentive, the IRS designates spending caps on equipment purchases for companies to qualify.

Company Spending Cap: The maximum amount able to be spent on equipment in 2020 is $2,590,000. Once a company reaches this limit, the deduction will be reduced dollar-for-dollar.

Company Deduction Limit: The IRS has increased the deduction limit in 2020 to $1,040,000.

What does this mean? Any company spending more than $3,630,000 on equipment and software will not qualify for a deduction using Section 179.

Savings

2020 has been a year of chaos and unforeseen challenges. Financing your equipment can ensure you still have extra cash on hand for anything that might come your way. The amount that you can write off in taxes can exceed profits, which allows you to finance more equipment and reinvest in your business.

Keep in mind that we at Burkett are not tax professionals and you should always consult your own to figure out what’s best for your business!

If you have any questions or are ready to purchase or lease foodservice equipment, contact us! Call, email, or website live chat to talk to a sales specialist today!

Everything You Need to Know About Ghost Kitchens

kitchen prep

We’ve all heard buzzwords flying around since the beginning of the pandemic – unprecedented, PPE, social distancing, etc. But one phrase keeps popping up in the foodservice industry: ghost kitchens. You may find yourself wondering what the emergence of these means for the future of our industry and how you may be able to leverage this trend for your own business. That’s where we come in. We’re here to answer your questions and help you learn everything you need to know about ghost kitchens.

What are ghost kitchens?

The question we’ve all been asking for a few months now: what are ghost kitchens? While they seem to have sprung up very recently to some, Ghost Kitchens have been around since 2013. Ghost Kitchens are a virtual concept focused solely on delivery and takeout, eliminating front-of-house and on-site dining. You may also see these referred to as “cloud” or “virtual” kitchens.

If you’re thinking of pivoting to this virtual trend, there are two main ghost kitchen models to consider: Shared Kitchens (also called Commissary) or Private.

Shared Kitchens are exactly what they sound like: the sharing of resources and space between foodservice providers. The model may vary by community or location, but typically you’ll rent a commercial kitchen that comes fully equipped by the hour, week, or month. Other chefs will work alongside you, so make sure there’s space to rent during the times you’ll need it. Maintenance, storage, equipment, and supplies will generally be provided for you.

Private Kitchens give you more control, but will also give you more upfront costs. Depending on your location, you may be able to rent a commercial kitchen already equipped, or you may have to outfit it yourself. These are essentially a regular restaurant kitchen with no dine-in option: it’s all yours.

If you’re looking to rent an already established space, there are virtual brands already taking over in the United States: Cloud Kitchens, Kitchen United, and Virtual Kitchen Co are among the biggest brands so far.

Why ghost kitchens?

There are many advantages to adopting this model. The main appeal is that virtual kitchens cut down many of the everyday operational expenses of a regular restaurant model. As there’s no on-site dining, these kitchens can help cut costs so you have more time to focus on the quality of food and the efficiency of service. The costs may vary by layout, but some examples of these costs include:

  • Uniforms. With takeout or delivery, there’s less of a need for a homogeneous staff look.
  • Equipment. If you’re going to be using a shared kitchen, the resources are all shared and the space has already been equipped.
  • Front of House. Eliminate the expenses of furniture, artwork, music, and other entertainment as no diners are on-site waiting to be served.
  • Real Estate. Cut down real estate costs with less square footage and shared kitchens.
  • Quick Turnaround Time. With the help of the virtual kitchen brands mentioned above, opening a new kitchen will only take about a month!

With many of these everyday costs cut down or eliminated, you’ll have more time to focus on the food you’re serving, or even testing new recipes and concepts to keep the menu fresh each season!

What are the challenges?

1. Efficiency

While there are many advantages to virtual kitchens, the main challenge is a big one. As you’ll no longer have the ability to remake wrong orders on-site or keep guests entertained during a long wait, your service will need to be more efficient all around.

2. Delivery

Quick delivery is key to keeping your diners happy and coming back for more. You’ll need to decide whether you will be providing in-house delivery or using a third-party app. Delivery software education and staff training are imperative in order to successfully run a delivery-only kitchen.

To learn more, read How Can I Start a Delivery Service for My Restaurant on the Burkett Blog.

How will ghost kitchens impact the future of the foodservice industry?

These past 7 months may seem as if our industry has been completely transformed. In reality, the COVID-19 pandemic only accelerated an already growing trend. Online ordering was already slated to become a $38 billion industry by 2020. Of course, what they didn’t account for was a worldwide pandemic that would shut down on-site dining for the better part of 2020. This lead to an increased need for businesses to quickly adapt to the takeout and delivery model.

In other words, the emergence of more virtual kitchens in 2020 is not changing the course of the foodservice industry, only quickening its pace. As the world becomes more digital, it only makes sense that our industry will follow. However, this won’t fully replace the social aspect of the traditional brick-and-mortar restaurants. Ghost kitchens will most likely be the future of fast casual, quick serve dining where meals are already optimized to go. The model’s long-term future is still to be determined, but for now they

If you want more information on how to adopt the ghost kitchen model, we have a knowledgeable sales team just waiting to help you – Contact us today!

How Can I Start a Delivery Service for My Restaurant?

Phone app for food delivery

With new foodservice restrictions sweeping the nation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, restaurants and bars are having to make the tough choice between shutting down completely or pivoting to takeout and delivery services only. Since more and more Americans have been staying home, food delivery has become 300 times more popular, according to Yelp. The question is: how do you switch to takeout and delivery only, especially if you’ve never offered these services before?

We’ve gathered information and resources you may need to navigate this decision.

What to Know About In-House Delivery

There’s so much more to delivery than just preparing food and driving orders to customers. Logistically, providing your own delivery service is more complex than utilizing a third-party service. However, this option keeps all aspects of delivery under your control.

Needed Supplies
Making sure you’re stocked with the correct supplies is the key to providing your customers with food that will have them coming back for more. You need your food to be fresh, flavorful, and contamination-free. Have these supplies on-hand and ready to create the best experience for your customers:

Ordering Process
If you are creating your own delivery system, it’s important to consider how your customers will be able to order. Customers could always order by phone, but in this day and age, having an online ordering system is essential to be competitive. Finding the right food delivery software for your business and your budget will help not just with the ordering process, but by letting your customers track the delivery as well.

Transportation
You’ll want to have reliable transportation with staff willing and able to take orders to their destinations. There are multiple insurance options to cover these drivers should anything happen while delivering to your customers.

Tracking mileage and gas usage is also crucial to ensure your driver isn’t paying for all the gas being used.

What to Know About Third-Party Delivery

While some restaurants use their own delivery drivers, others opt for a third-party delivery service like DoorDash, Uber Eats, or Postmates. There may not be all of the logistics that are involved in providing your own service, but this system comes with a completely different set of pros and cons.

Here are some items to consider when deciding whether to use a third-party:

Name Recognition
Most people already have at least one food delivery app on their phone and usually start their search there if they aren’t sure what food they want. A study, conducted by Zion & Zion, showed that 63% of young adults use a third-party delivery app. Delivery services have the advantage of getting your restaurant’s name in front of your existing customers and potential new ones.

Profits
These services are businesses, first and foremost; they collect a commission fee. Under normal circumstances, restaurants can sometimes pay up to 30% as a commission fee. Delivery services have been adjusting their business models in response to COVID-19’s effect on the restaurant industry, trying to provide relief to restaurant owners. For example: Grubhub and DoorDash are both eliminating or reducing up to $100 million each in total commission fees for independent restaurants.

These services aren’t just expensive for your business, but for the consumer as well. Costly delivery and service fees have turned some customers away from using these apps, especially in the era of social distancing when there aren’t large groups of people to share the cost. However, many of these platforms have waived delivery fees for customers ordering from local restaurants in hopes of increasing the amount of traffic.

Create a travel-friendly menu

No matter the method of delivery, it’s no secret that some food just isn’t ideal for traveling. Since March 1st, breakfast restaurants have seen a 44% drop in interest while pizza and wing establishments have seen an uptick of 88% and 103%, respectively. If you have the ability to, optimizing and consolidating your menu for the new normal may help to increase sales and customer satisfaction.

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How Burkett is Providing Sanitary Solutions for Your Business

With the continuing spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and mandatory closings of all businesses deemed “non-essential” sweeping the nation, we are determined to protect you, our friends in food service and other essential industries. We have transformed our entire business to make sure we are providing the critical equipment, supplies, and support you may need to respond to COVID-19.

We’re closely following the situation each day and making any adjustments necessary to protecting our employees, our customers, and our community. We will always keep you updated on any new developments to our business as things move forward.

Here are some changes we’ve made for you!

Your Online Experience

We have created a new webpage in order to more easily assist you during this time: Coronavirus Commercial Kitchen Essentials (CVCKE). This is constantly being updated to offer you equipment, supplies and other resources to help you respond to new CDC guidelines and supply chain constraints. These necessary items include:

We continue to work with suppliers worldwide to expand this offering to further satisfy the demands of new regulations and safety concerns.

If there is something you need that you don’t see listed on our website, contact us and we’ll do whatever we can to meet your needs!

Your Showroom Experience

We have taken measures to keep you healthy should you choose to shop in our showroom. Latex gloves and sanitizing wipes are provided for you as you enter the building so you can wipe down your cart and shop safely.

Special Showroom Hours
We are offering, by appointment, a one-on-one personal shopping experience between 8am – 8:30am to better support at-risk customers. We are asking our customers to respect these special hours for those who are most at risk in our community.

We have temporarily closed the Showroom on Saturdays to the public, but we do still have availability for you to contact us and order over the phone from 9am – 2pm!

Monday through Friday, we still have our regular walk-in hours from 8:30am – 5pm.

Your Delivery Experience

If ordering over the phone, local customers can choose to pick up their purchases in-store, pick-up curbside, or even ship it straight to your door with local delivery!

Whether you’re picking up an order or we are delivering it to you locally, we’ll use masks and gloves while assisting you with your order. Our team will wipe off equipment after an unpackaged item is loaded in your vehicle or delivered to your location. We can use suitable customer supplied disinfectant if you need. We are also willing to sign on your behalf if you request to reduce risk.

Your Burkett team is here to help. If there is anything we can do to help you navigate through these changing times, call/text/email your personal sales representative or any member of our team. We are in this together, and we will get through this together!

For more information about Burkett, please visit Burkett.com, email sales@burkett.com or call 800-828-8564. To learn more about Burkett’s response to the COVID-19 virus and to shop the CVCKE webpage, visit: burkett.com/coronavirus

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