20 Years of Innovation in the Restaurant Industry

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The 20th anniversary of Restaurant Leadership Conference in Phoenix, 4days of excellent speakers, forums, networking, and fun. Breakout sessions anywhere from the innovation of delivery to chocolate 101, speakers like the chairman of Panera bread company Ron Shaich to two-time super bowl winning quarterback Peyton Manning RLC has never disappointed when it comes to entertaining and educating the innovators of the restaurant industry.

With over 2,000 restaurant industry executives in attendance delivery, mobile and convenience seem to be everywhere in the air at RLC. The focus in the restaurant industry is heavy in delivery and convenience and how your mobile phone plays a part in all of that. Several of the breakout sessions were centered around delivery and the impact that has on the restaurants and the shifting demands of customers. Problems ranging from, protecting the brand when third-party delivery services are involved, to solving the longtime problem with fry delivery.

As a supplier to the restaurant industry, it was interesting to learn about some of the battles our customers face that we were not even aware were a battle. This type of learning and education is what helps us better serve our customers and identify with their needs. Aligning our platform with the business needs is what we are all about, we fit and mold to a business’s needs, not the other way around. We can all learn from each other, and this was a great event to learn from the leaders in the industry.

Whether you have yet to attend RLC or this is your 10th year going, you can’t deny that the connections made at this event are ones that last. Bringing innovators across the world together to strategize and share best practices is an experience that you learn from, it sticks with you for years to come. Connections and friendships made at this event last a lifetime, and that’s precisely why Small Box Energy continues to support our clients and innovators in the restaurant space.  


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Small Box Energy at NFA BKC Summit 6/6-6/9

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Off to Arlington VA, Small Box Energy will exhibit its energy management system, specifically designed with restaurants in mind. The NFA BKC Summit is an annual event where Burger king franchisees and suppliers come together for networking, educational and social opportunities. This year the NFA BKC summit is at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City  in Arlington, Virginia June 6- June 9th.  

Tracy Markie, Small Box Energy’s CEO, will be there exhibiting the award winning energy management platform, chameleon™ at booth #94. Burger King Franchisees will have the opportunity to learn about the benefits that having an energy management system can have on a restaurant’s bottom line as well as the environment.

With convenience being a key factor in today’s society what an amazing thing it would be to be able to view not just one of your restaurant’s energy consumption and temperatures real time from your phone, but your entire portfolio?! This is what the chameleon app does, it provides real time visibility and remote control that give restaurant owners peace of mind and actionable data.

Gone are the days of showing up to one of your locations during the afternoon lunch rush and the outside lights are still on. Alerts can be sent when connected equipment is not following schedule,and remedying that problem right from the app makes energy management and facility visibility a breeze.

Check out the website to see what the chameleon can do for you! Start saving for summer months now!

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Restaurants, Relationships, and Perspective!

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Restaurant leadership conference 2017 was centered around returns on relationships, which we all know in the restaurant industry is pivotal. Speakers included Susan Adzick vice President of McLanerlc talk food service, Brian Little distinguished scholar, Greg Creed CEO of Yum! Brands, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Pepsi Co. CEO Indra Nooyi and many, many more!

All the speakers focused on discussing relationships and how they affect every facet of our lives.   Relationships are how we connect with other human beings, how we make lifelong friends, and how we teach future generations to interact with their peers. The speakers this year gave great insight and offered different perspective on interactions small and large and how they mold people.

Here at Small Box Energy one of our most coveted core values is “Bring out the Best in People”. There is no better way to describe this than the energy that surrounded everyone at RLC this year. Post the personality test given by Brian Little, you could hear people chatting and laughing about how they scored in comparison to some of the coworkers and even a topic for discussion at the exhibitor booths. The halls seemed to come alive with people embracing their differences, overcoming their introverted-ness and establishing relationships that would last a lifetime.

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Attending trade-shows has always been a huge priority for Small Box Energy as we get to build new relationships, reconnect with old acquaintances and meet with current clients. We got into this business for the return on relationships all while making the industry more sustainable.

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IoT Today & Tomorrow- Tracy Markie Speaks @ RFMA 2017

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Tracy Markie, Small Box Energy’s CEO, spoke at the RFMA conference on IoT Today & Tomorrow- Practical Use for Facility Managers. He expressed the differences in IoT today, how 6.4 billion

David Andow President of Small Box Energy

David Andow President of Small Box Energy

‘things’ will be connected; and IoT of tomorrow and how research suggests that 20.8 billion ‘things’ will be connected. IoT affects everything from the front of the house (POS, Customers, Marketing, Social, etc.), to operations (employees, Accounting, Suppliers, & Inventory), and to the back of house (Food Safety, Equipment Monitoring, Energy Efficiency etc.). The impact that a cloud based platform that connected every aspect of your business to conserve energy and gain visibility is priceless.

The session also included educational content about using EMS (Energy Management System) Data collected with IoT platforms can provide insight into HVAC issues at your restaurant.  Poor performing HVAC systems are energy wasters.  Servicing or replacing old HVAC units also lead to fewer complaints from customers.

RFMA Closing Party

RFMA Closing Party

We enjoy having the chance to attend these trade-shows as it gives us the chance to meet new people and build strong, new relationships; but it also allows us to meet up with old friends and have a great time!

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Not just for restaurants and c-stores anymore, other retailers are choosing Small Box Energy’s chameleon™ too.

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Small Box Energy provides an affordable energy management solution for retail space under 15,000 square feet.

Small Box Energy was proud to exhibit in the Intel booth (@IntelRetail) at NRF this last week where we showcased our chameleon platform that utilizes Intel’s Quark architecture at the heart of our intelligent IoT chameleon webserver. The Intel and Small Box Energy teams presented to many retailer chains, reseller partners and international channel sellers who took an extreme interest in our solution.

“The scalability and versatility of chameleon is why we are getting so many inquiries from retailers,” said Tracy Markie, chief executive officer for Small Box Energy. “The balance of features and ease-of-use may catch their eye, but the real, tangible value they see chameleon bringing to their operations is what keeps their interest.”  Retailers work the same long hours as restaurants, so they use a lot of energy with extensive equipment run-time and wear. A large percentage of stores have temperature controlled inventory, such as flower shops, pharmacies, pet stores and dollar stores. These attributes align to the chameleon platform uniquely, and when demonstrating the platform at the show, executives immediately saw the value, efficiency and costs savings it could bring to their bottom lines.

Small Box Energy is the only energy management platform providing temperature monitoring and early equipment diagnostics as part of their energy management platform, and users have seen savings up to 30% throughout their operations.

Our business model is simple. We offer a managed solution and monthly operational expense (OpEx) payment structure based on the equipment installed at the stores thus eliminating capital expenditures (CapEx). Your entire portfolio of locations can be managed on using a web browser or one of our mobile apps. The extremely user-friendly interface utilizes a tiered, customizable login structure to give managers and employees the appropriate access to manage information, review alerts/alarms and change settings as needed.

When speaking to executives at the show, Our Customer Success Team emerged as a key distinguishing factor among competitors. Our services include 24/7 monitoring for each location. If an alarm is received and not acted upon, we contact the management staff just to verify they saw the issue and are working on a solution. Facility leadership was very interested in alerting and alarming, reporting and analytics. To ensure success, we provide ongoing insight into operations, equipment performance and overall energy usage with key recommendations to decrease costs. This deep dive analysis is enabled through chameleon’s unique IoT technology and will continue to provide value for years to come to retailers.

With all the ‘buzz’ at NRF about Small Box Energy and our solution, you can expect to see a lot more about chameleon helping retailers neutralize increasing costs resulting from new labor and wage regulations and insurance hikes.

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Small Box Energy Showcases Operational Efficiency for Retailers @ NRF2017

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Intel® invited Small Box Energy to share our chameleon solution at NRF’s BIG SHOW 

Small Box Energy is proud to be participating with Intel and numerous other innovative companies at the 2017 NRF annual convention with many other innovative companies. IoT is changing the retail landscape daily and brings efficiency, reduced costs, and greater productivity to your business. Small Box Energy’s chameleon platform can help retailers predict maintenance needs, reduce energy and reduce inventory loss of temperature controlled foods.Come check us out at booth number 3125!

About NRF

NRF’s Annual Convention & EXPO earned the nickname “Retail’s BIG Show” years ago and because the name was so appropriate, it stuck. Today, Retail’s BIG Show is NRF’s flagship event held annually in New York City. The three-day event offers unparalleled education, collegial networking with 33,000 of your newest friends, and an enormous EXPO Hall full of technologies and solutions. Even after more than a century – 106 years to be exact – Retail’s BIG Show is still the only place where you can see and experience all things Retail because we’re always adding new programs and updating others.


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Small Box Energy Helps Kick Off Denny’s Annual Franchisee Conference

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David - DFASmall Box Energy helped kicked off the annual Denny’s Franchisee Association (DFA) Conference in Orlando Florida yesterday. Shown here is DFA’s Chairman of the Board, Craig Barber, talking with David Andow, president of Small Box Energy, at the annual Sponsor’s Dinner. Small Box Energy has been a supplier to Denny’s franchisees for several years, and we are proud to sponsor the DFA annual conference. We understand the restaurant industry is faced with many challenges, especially now with wage increases, higher health insurance costs and more regulations, high employee turn-over and ever increasing food costs. It is very important to Small Box Energy that we keep engaged with our customers so we understand their needs, priorities, and challenges. This engagement helps us understand how we can evolve and maximize our platform to meet their key priorities and reduce overall operating costs to help them offset the other costs they are facing.

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