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04/21/2022

How Flybuy's Sustainability Program Helps Restaurants

Restaurants can leverage Flybuy to make their operations more eco-friendly through minimizing waste and food loss, and reducing carbon emission from idling cars.
Anna Wolfe
Senior Editor - Restaurants
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Radius Networks introduces the Flybuy Sustainability Program to help restaurants reduce food waste, food loss all while reducing carbon emissions from idling cars.  

Restaurants are shedding $162B annually in food waste costs, while 40% of food in the US goes uneaten. According to the World Wildlife Federation, the production of wasted food in the United States is equivalent to the greenhouse emissions of 37 million cars. 

Sustainability for the Planet

Sustainability matters to today's consumers and restaurant operators. Two out of three (66%) consumers surveyed feel it’s important that restaurants are open about their practices to limit food waste. According to the National Restaurant Association’s annual What’s Hot Culinary Forecast, sustainability will continue to influence menus and how restaurants make decisions in 2022. 

Restaurants are touting their efforts.  For Taco Bell, sustainability is on its list of "guiding philosophies" for 2022.  Chipotle aims to reduce its carbon emissions 50% by 2030. Also leading the charge isPanera Bread, which has a goal to become climate positive by 2050. And to reduce the greenhouse  gas emissions of its supply chain fleet, McDonald’s Canada is testing the electric Volvo VNR Electric truck.

Reducing Waste

When a restaurant does not know exactly when a customer is arriving to pick up the order, they run the risk of preparing an order too soon or prematurely pulling things from the freezer. Oftentimes, staff is forced to throw out the product and remake it fresh for the customer. Flybuy has been proven to reduce remakes and throwaways by over 40%. This not only helps the business achieve their eco-friendly goals, but  also results in reducing costs, saving labor, and improving the customer experience.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, private vehicles waste 3 billion gallons of fuel each year through idling, which adds about 15 million tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere each year. Using technology to predict arrival times and fulfill orders in the order customers arrive cuts car idling times by nearly 80%. With many businesses doing more than 50% of their business off-premise, this has an enormous impact on the environment.

“Restaurants, retailers, and grocers are all facing challenges associated with sustainability and environmental impact,” says Marc Wallace, Radius Networks CEO. “Applying the right technology to maximize operational efficiencies can directly affect a company’s carbon footprint and have a massive impact on the environment. Flybuy is helping some of the world’s biggest brands face these challenges and achieve sustainable practices. This is core to our company’s values at Radius Networks, and we are constantly innovating with this in mind.”