Vladik Rikhter, Co-founder and CEO
Food hygiene and food safety are an integral part of every restaurant and retail brand, and high standards are needed to protect the health of consumers. When a food service opens its doors, a responsibility to serve “safe and quality food” is incurred. But this is easier said than done!
Legacy methods of communication, such as email and phone chains, excel spreadsheets, and paper forms currently used across restaurant businesses, are not the best way to address today’s real-time issues, nor are they most effective in communicating the latest food safety guidelines, baseline audits, and checklists between teams. Food safety requires immediate attention to detail, swift action when things go wrong, accountability, and comprehensive insights.
To that end, Vladik Rikhter, who saw food and retail businesses struggle to ensure safety in their establishments—first-hand—created Zenput, a name-sake operations execution platform to automate the way operating procedures, food safety protocols, and key initiatives are rolled out, tracked, and enforced. Multi-unit operators can use Zenput to digitize and automate food safety and sanitation work to more effectively protect their customers and employees, and avoid costly mistakes. Whether a restaurant or retail store is looking to maintain brand standards, ensure food safety, or drive sales with their next promotion or merchandising initiative, the platform makes it easy to roll out and enforce compliance with all the processes that are critical to operating their stores. Rikhter, who serves as Zenput’s co-founder and CEO, remarks, “Our platform makes the lives of operators, field managers, store managers, and food safety and QA leaders much easier with its impressive core capabilities. Zenput turns strategy into action faster and equips teams to deliver.”
With Zenput in place, food and retail operators can ensure proper execution of the most critical food safety standards and procedures such as temperature monitoring, food preparation labeling, and cleanliness. “The platform offers real-time visibility into store-level execution against safety protocols, which enables food safety and QA leaders to more effectively oversee and verify compliance,” explains Rikhter. Furthermore, the platform automates critical food safety tasks like temperature monitoring and food prep expiration labeling, thus improving workforce efficiency and reducing human errors. Zenput also systematically assigns corrective actions based on submitted work and sets up alerts when certain issues are spotted or resolved. “This enables restaurant managers to ensure that critical faults and incidents are resolved quickly,” adds Rikhter.
The firm takes things to the next level with Zenput Connected Store, a suite of IoT solutions that automate essential tasks, capture data, and improve execution against an establishment’s critical operating procedures, ultimately elevating team execution. Zenput Connected Store integrates in-store IoT devices with the company’s core platform; its expanded offerings include Zenput Temp Monitoring, Zenput Labels, and Bluetooth Thermometer Sync, all of which enable operators to more effectively manage food safety conditions. While the temperature monitoring facet automatically logs temperatures of walk-in coolers, freezers, and other equipment and alerts staff if they go out of range, Zenput Labels ensures that every store uses food labels with the correct expiration dates and that employees can easily print them in seconds. Zenput Labels automates critical steps in the food labeling process, such as product identification and estimating the expiration dates for each product to ensure that food is labeled accurately and improve food safety compliance.
A notable aspect of the platform is its usability and flexibility to scale with any business. Zenput is built from the mobile direction up and offers a complete, centralized view of everything in a store. Furthermore, the company’s ability to deploy its solutions in its customers’ environment within 30 days to few months not only makes the onboarding process seamless but serves as an additional differentiating factor. The platform is currently in use in more than 50 companies, over 50,000 locations, across 40 different countries. Leading restaurants and other retail chains including, Dominos, Chipotle, KFC, Jersey Mike’s, 7Eleven, and Mapco rely on Zenput’s operations execution platform to improve operations across all of their locations.
The benefits offered by Zenput’s impressive solutions are accentuated when combined with the firm’s unwavering values, which predominantly revolve around two core philosophies. Rikhter states, “Firstly, we always let our clients seamlessly use the product to accomplish their goals without getting in their way. Secondly, as an organization, we stay open to competition with others.” As always, the company is on the lookout for leveraging new technologies such as video processing and image recognition to enable its clients to enhance their operations and exceed their customers’ expectations. Zenput thrives on providing convenience, safety, and value to its clients, thus making a long-lasting impact in the industry.