“SimpleOrder was the missing piece to the puzzle, it provided the right infrastructure and became an essential part of our operations. SimpleOrder was the main component to help scale up our business.”
About Playa Bowls
Robert Giuliani and Abbey Taylor founded Playa Bowls in 2015 after tasting acai bowls during surfing trips to Panama and Puerto Rico. They understood that the superfood benefits of the acai berry is the perfect solution for an active lifestyle and became inspired to open their own smoothie bowl oasis. After opening their first location in Belmar on the Jersey Shore, they added entrepreneur Desi Saran to the team and began expansion. Within two short years Playa Bowls now number 38 locations scattered throughout the east coast.
As Playa Bowls began to expand, purchasing and inventory became more and more chaotic and disorganized. While the number of managers and orders began to grow, there was no back of house system in place to streamline the process. Consequently, there were many mistakes were made with purchases and inventory was not kept on par with sales, costing the business both time and profits. On top of all that, the owners had no way of tracking inventory and purchases to make sure that they were meeting their goals.
Playa Bowls was in need of a system that would not only organize their purchasing and inventory, but would also collate data such as Sales vs Purchasing. Due to their quick expansion, they needed a system that would be simple to implement and intuitive to use.
SimpleOrder has been able to organize Playa Bowls entire purchasing system. “The system has been so effective that even our suppliers have become SimpleOrder fans.” SimpleOrder has been easy for the entire staff to use. “If a manager is not available to place orders, it takes minutes to teach an employee,” says Desi.
“SimpleOrder makes sense, once you take a little bit of time to set up your catalogs and suppliers, you have suddenly organized your entire purchasing process.”
By implementing SimpleOrder, Playa Bowls can now track inventory through a clear interface that shows the management team exactly what each location is ordering and the value of their inventory. SimpleOrder’s reports provides data such as Costs of Goods Sold, so that Desi has the information he needs to manage spending. The platform also allows Playa Bowls to order more precisely. “We used to run out of our essential ingredients before we implemented SimpleOrder, because we didn’t have the data to monitor sales against purchases,” Desi recalls. “Now we don’t run into that problem.”
Most importantly, SimpleOrder put the structure in place so that Playa Bowls could expand quickly and successfully. “SimpleOrder was the missing piece to the puzzle, it provided the right infrastructure and became an essential part of our operations. SimpleOrder was the main component to help scale up our business.”