Are you going to Foodex? See us on stand Y249

Are you going to Foodex at the NEC next month? It’s a fixture I always recommend and not just because we’re exhibiting at the show. In some ways, it’s Britain’s nearest equivalent to IBIE in the States or Germany’s IBA. But because bakery is such a multi-faceted sector, the beauty of Foodex is that you get to learn about innovations in lots of … [Read more...]

Why do in-store bakery operators miss out on the afternoon trade?

If you operate in-store bakeries, I am really interested to hear your thoughts on this key question and what challenges you face when addressing it. In your experience, what proportion of your in-store bakery (ISB) sales come after 2pm? In many businesses, it’s as high as 50%. If you add to this the recent trend by savvy food-to-go operators to … [Read more...]

Reorder or replenish – what’s the difference?

All retail bakers need to make this important distinction, says EPOS expert Steve Boyes. In our experience, retail bakers that appreciate the difference between stock reordering and stock replenishment invariably unlock big improvements in shop profitability and waste control. At Cybake, we see reordering as what you do when you order goods … [Read more...]

How can bakers keep control of costs and maintain margins?

  At a time of rising prices and market uncertainty, Jane Tyler looks at ways to weather the storm with Cybake bakery management software. Britain’s bakery firms face stiff challenges. Sterling’s fall and a tightening of worldwide supply have led to increased prices for ingredients. There is pressure on wages and sales of traditional … [Read more...]

Win a prize and see our new deliveries app at the Craft Bakers & Butchers Extravaganza

We’re treating visitors to this year’s Craft Bakers & Butchers Extravaganza to a sneak peek of some brand new technology and the chance to win a great prize. The biennial event is hosted by the Craft Bakers Association and The Confederation of Yorkshire Butchers Councils and takes place at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate on … [Read more...]

Why we filled the online ordering gap for wholesale bakeries

Wholesalers struggle to find a suitable platform to do e-business with their customers. Martin Coyle looks at the reasons why and what we’ve done to help with Cybake Inbound. If you are a wholesale baker, the benefits of having a system by which your customers can place their orders online are clear. Firstly, it is super-convenient for … [Read more...]

RedBlack Software fills e-commerce gap for wholesale craft bakers with Cybake Inbound online ordering system

RedBlack Software has launched Cybake Inbound, a new cloud-based online ordering system for wholesale craft bakers. With Cybake Inbound, bakers get their own online product list branded with their logo and livery. Bakery customers then access this online catalogue via any web-connected device (phone, tablet, PC) to place their orders. Each … [Read more...]

Former EPOS Group managing director Steve Boyes joins RedBlack Software as lead business strategist for Cybake

RedBlack Software has appointed industry veteran Steve Boyes to the new role of lead business strategist. Boyes, 52, was previously managing director of EPOS Group, one of the UK's most successful suppliers of computerised till technology to the food retail and hospitality sectors. He sold the Ramsgate, Kent-based company, which is now called … [Read more...]

What’s the best way to set a waste target for your bakery shop?

Robert McIlroy discusses the various methods bakers use to calculate waste levels and how full shop stock reconciliation can help. The question of how best to set a waste target for a bakery shop is a little like asking how long is a piece of string. Before you decide on an ideal figure, you have to decide what measure to use. The … [Read more...]