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The Peabody Memphis Adopts Fourth’s Procurement and Inventory Management Solution to Control Costs
Highway West Vacations Selects Fourth’s Workforce Management Solution to Boost Efficiency
KSL Resorts Selects Fourth’s Procurement and Inventory Management Solution to Aid Expansion
Fourth Powers Procurement, Inventory, and Supply Chain Management for RIMAP Hospitality
Fourth to Acquire PeopleMatter and Hiring Manager to Complement End-to-End Workforce Management and Operations Product Suite
HotSchedules Enters New Era of Serving Hospitality and Retail under Global Brand, Fourth
Fourth Enterprises Selected as Preferred Vendor for Great Harvest Franchising, Inc.
Fourth Enterprises is Driving Significant Savings and Investments in Hospitality for Sun Pubs Group
Fourth Enterprises Announces New Chief Operating Officer and Chief Revenue Officer
HotSchedules Announces New In-App Health Survey to Help the Industry Safely Reopen

Workforce and HR management platform introduces new tool to monitor restaurant and hospitality employees’ health amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Austin, TX (June 2, 2020) – HotSchedules, Now Powered by Fourth, the leading provider of end-to-end, best-in-class technology and services for the restaurant and hospitality industries, today announced the limited availability release of its Health Survey in-app tool designed to help operators prevent the spread of coronavirus, among other illnesses. The survey will prompt employees to answer a series of questions on the HotSchedules app regarding their health in advance of showing up for their shift, providing an accessible and consistent system for operators to determine if an employee is healthy enough to interact with guests and other employees before coming into the location.


Plate IQ Partners with HotSchedules to Launch Gift a Plate to Support Restaurants and Feed Families in Need to deliver meals to feed families in need in San Francisco

San Francisco, California – May 4, 2020 – Plate IQ, the technology company that helps restaurants improve and automate their Accounts Payable (AP) processes, has announced it has teamed up with several industry partners to establish the nonprofit organization,, in an effort to aid those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The organization will source and funnel donations to local restaurants in Bayview so that they can produce meals for local shelters and food banks that are partnered with Gift a Plate, including the United Council of Human Services shelter in San Francisco.  

Plate IQ is currently partnering with HotSchedules, PayActiv and ICR. Participating restaurants include Mixt, Curry Up Now, Fiorella, Sajj, Tendergreens and Oren’s Hummus.  


Fourth Enterprises Announces New CEO and CFO

Leading the company to its next phase of growth, Clinton Anderson will succeed Ben Hood as CEO, John Whitmarsh joins as CFO 

AUSTIN, Texas and LONDON – December 10, 2019 – Fourth Enterprises, LLC, parent company of HotSchedules and Fourth, (“the Company”), a leading provider of workforce, inventory and operations management solutions to the global restaurant and hospitality industry, today announced the appointment of Clinton Anderson as its new Chief Executive Officer.


HotSchedules, Now Powered by Fourth, Unveils U.S. Brand at Spark 2019

Introduction of 2020 product roadmap reinforces the power of its unified technology suite to empower restaurant and hospitality operators 

AUSTIN, Texas – November 6, 2019 — Following their July 2019 merger, HotSchedules and Fourth, two of the leading technology providers to the restaurant and hospitality industries, today announced the go-to-market brand in the United States as HotSchedules, Now Powered by Fourth. This rebrand is designed to signal the company’s intent to consolidate all product offerings on the Fourth Platform and to transition the holding company name to Fourth Enterprises, LLC from HotSchedules’ previous parent company name, Red Book Connect, LLC. 


HotSchedules and Fourth Join Forces to Become Global Leader in End-to-End Restaurant and Hospitality Management Technology Solutions

Merger creates the hospitality industry’s first and only fully integrated intelligent operations software and solutions for workforce and cost-control management

AUSTIN, Texas & LONDON—July 10, 2019 – HotSchedules, provider of the leading workforce and inventory management solutions for the restaurant industry, and Fourth, provider of the only integrated hospitality workforce management and cost-control operations platform, today announced they merged business operations in an agreement backed by Marlin Equity Partners and Insight Partners.


Nothing Bundt Cakes Leverages HotSchedules Technology to Manage Employees and Expand Nationwide

HotSchedules has been selected by Nothing Bundt Cakes to provide a reliable and intuitive technology solution during a time of expansion.

AUSTIN, Texas and ATLANTA, June 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — HotSchedules©, the leading provider of workforce and back office solutions for the restaurant and hospitality industries, has been selected by Nothing Bundt Cakes, a leading national bakery that offers a variety of handcrafted Bundt Cakes made with the finest ingredients, to provide a reliable and intuitive technology solution during a time of expansion.


HotSchedules Announces New Shift Ratings Feature to Gauge Team Satisfaction and Drive Employee Retention
Fourth Unveils First Annual “Truth about Dining Out” Survey Results, Revealing Americans’ Eating-out Habits, the Rise of Third-Party Delivery Apps and Favorite Celebrity Chef
Fourth Adds Six New Restaurant Groups to Its Growing Client Base, Expanding US Footprint in the Hospitality Management Solutions Industry
Fourth Launches End-to-End Restaurant and Hospitality HR, Benefits and Payroll Services
Golden Pantry Food Stores Selects HotSchedules as Employee Scheduling and Labor Management Solution
Dairy Queen, Pincho Factory, M Restaurant Group and Others Join Fourth’s Client Roster
Fourth Acquires Leading HR Services Provider Choice HR
HotSchedules Reports Record Level of Engagement by Customers in 2018
Jason’s Deli Selects HotSchedules as Scheduling and Labor Management Solution
Fourth Appoints Strategic HR Partner
Pubs and Bars More Upbeat as Restaurant Confidence Falters
Location, Location, Location: Dining Habits of UK Regions Revealed by New Survey
Inside the Social World of Shift-Scheduling Apps

Excerpt from The New York Times

There’s no such thing as remote restaurant work. But there is HotSchedules.

Zoom fatigue, layoffs in Slack chat, reply-all meltdowns and the general destruction of work-life boundaries: The digitized plight of the white-collar office employee, 9-to-5-ing remotely, has been documented extensively.

In non-white-collar industries, hit even harder by the pandemic — small businesses like restaurants, bars and independent retailers — managers have spent much of this year dealing with more immediate and brutal dilemmas, making major staff cuts and furloughs, navigating complicated loan applications and weighing closures both temporary and permanent. Their employees, many unable to collect unemployment benefits that are now running out anyway, are not only eager for work but also wary of its new risks.


Real-Life Data Can Now Inform Real-Life Decisions

Excerpt from Hospitality Technology

I’ve spent the majority of my career in the restaurant industry from cook to server to supervisor and this experience has been invaluable. I’m now in a leadership position at a company focused on harnessing technology to support restaurant and hospitality teams all over the world. My real-life experience has taught me that most people within a restaurant actually seek the same goal, though we may describe it in different ways – we all want to use our time efficiently to gain the most benefit. Labor optimization is critical at all times but paramount during this historic pandemic, especially for restaurant leaders who, unfortunately, have felt the effects of constant policy changes – arguably more than any other industry. Luckily, we now have something that can help.


How and Why Restaurants Should Create Predictable Schedules for Workers

Excerpt from Nation’s Restaurant News

An unpredictable schedule can wreak havoc on employees’ lives and leave operators short-staffed. New research, software and predictive scheduling laws are pushing restaurants toward stability.

Barry McGowan, CEO of Brazilian steakhouse chain Fogo de Chão and HotSchedules customer was quoted saying, “Ultimately, it’s really about the employee,” said McGowan. “We hired somebody to do something for us. We’ve got to balance their needs with ours.”


6 Ways to Offset Rising Labor Costs in the Restaurant Industry

Excerpt from Night Club and Bar

Article by David Cantu, Co-founder and Chief Customer Officer at HotSchedules, now powered by Fourth

Rising labor costs are a constant headache for today’s restaurant operators. Labor is already one of a bar or restaurant’s top costs, but as minimum wages and healthcare costs rise across the country, owners and operators are seeking new, creative ways to cut costs and stay profitable.  Let’s examine a few below.


Halting Turnover Turmoil: Tips to Attract and Retain Top Talent in the Restaurant and Hospitality Industry

Excerpt from Staffing Steam

By Simon Bocca, Chief Growth Officer at HotSchedules, Now Powered by Fourth

With a shrinking labor pool and employee turnover higher than ever before, it’s no surprise that finding and keeping staff is one of the biggest challenges restaurant and hospitality managers face today. Not only are there tremendous costs associated with training new employees, but high turnover also negatively impacts customer experience and points to a larger problem within the business. To solve labor challenges, operators must understand how to effectively manage the entire employee lifecycle.


HotSchedules, Fourth Unveil Post-Merger Leadership Team

Excerpt from Hotel Business

HotSchedules and Fourth, leading providers of the restaurant and hospitality industry’s only integrated workforce, cost control and inventory management solutions, revealed the formation of a new executive leadership team comprising industry experts and technology evangelists from both entities.


How New Tech Is Helping Restaurants Handle Food Allergens

Excerpt from Forbes

More than 170 food products have been identified as potential causes for allergies, and eight items are considered the top food allergens in America. They include wheat, milk, shellfish, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy and fish. According to Food Allergy Research & Education, food allergies force a person to go to an emergency room every three minutes. Eating out is a challenge for many people with allergies, and Simon Bocca, chief growth officer at Fourth, shared how new technology can help in a recent interview.


From Voicebots and Loyalty to Data and Delivery: What Are the Next Big Hits (and Misses) in Food Tech?

Excerpt from The Spoon

I have been tracking the food tech ecosystem for the past decade, and along the way have seen many business models and fads come and go, from daily deals and local loyalty schemes, to meal kits and the on-demand convenience economy, to the ever elusive promise of personalization via some version of “Pandora for Food”.


Hire, Train, Retain, Repeat: Tips for Finding and Keeping Employees

Excerpt from

Not since 1969 have so few people been unemployed in the United States. Evidence of a strong economy, but that doesn’t mean franchisees can relax. On the contrary, today’s record low unemployment rate means they must work harder than ever to hire and keep the kind of employees whose work sustains a successful business.


How C-store Chains Are Using Technology to Connect With Employees

Excerpt from Convenience Store News

NATIONAL REPORT — Over the past several years, there have been countless conversations around technology in the convenience channel. In fact, a record number of industry stakeholders converged in Nashville, Tenn., in late April for the 2019 Conexxus Annual Conference — lending even more proof to the growing importance of technology in the industry.


3 Steps to Navigating Effective Wage and Hour Compliance

Excerpt from Workforce

Restaurant operators face many unique challenges — labor management being a top one. In addition to today’s tight labor market, operators must also manage high employee turnover, complex scheduling as well as ever-increasing regulations around hour, wage and tip reporting requirements.

It’s no surprise that the restaurant industry continues to be a major target for Fair Labor Standards Act and class-action litigation. This type of litigation has proven to be costly in recent years as claims can be triggered by any number of employee complaints, including pay and hourly discrepancies.


The talent textbook: Algorithm scheduling and workers' choice

Excerpt from HR Drive

Late last year, Walmart announced that it would roll out an internal scheduling app across all its U.S. stores to enable managers to predict shift openings in advance and allow workers to have more flexibility and stability in their schedules.

But Walmart is far from the only employer thinking about this issue. ‘My Walmart Schedule’ reflects a broader trend in the hourly workplace regarding the use of platforms that allow employees to choose their shifts and enable managers to ensure they have the coverage they need. The internal app, as well as similar third-party apps used by various employers, could also help employers stay on top of overtime laws and a growing list of predictive scheduling laws in some localities.


A Costly Investment in Staff Training Technology Pays Off

Excerpt from Skift table

Hiring at The Dead Rabbit, a world-renowned bar located in lower Manhattan, is an exhaustive process. There’s the questionnaire on the application (“Tell us a story about the best place you’ve ever worked. What was your best day there? How did you know when it was time to go?”), an intensive interview to gauge ambition, curiosity, and emotional intelligence, a trial run with the team, and then — maybe — a job offer.


3 Reasons Predictive Analytics is Revolutionizing the Hospitality Industry

Excerpt from Hospitality Technology

Predicting what a business needs, when it needs it, sounds like an impossible feat to most. But with the right tools and technology, the hospitality industry can now come very close. For instance, when leveraging the power of true predictive analytics, hospitality chains and individual locations can routinely receive forecasts enabling them to increase operational efficiency, better manage labor and onerous HR issues and appropriately track and benchmark inventory. Once integrated, the intuitive technology provides actionable insights to hotels and restaurants by collecting, processing, analyzing and interpreting large amounts of varied data to better understand the past, make the necessary adjustments to the present and predict the future.


It's not just McDonald's — restaurant CIOs are hungry for tech

Excerpt from CIO Dive

…The consumer facing technologies that restaurants are exploring or investing in also requires the eye of professionals outside of technology.

A unique guest experience is derived from a seamless cohesion of data, digital offerings and marketing expertise.

“If you recognize the guest, you can get the food quite wrong, and they’ll still come back,” said Christian Berthelsen, CTO, of restaurant and hospitality software provider Fourth


3 Ways Italian Restaurants Can Reduce Turnover and Expenses

Excerpt from Sapore Magazine

For Italian restaurants, the industry-wide labor crunch is a real threat. Despite hourly turnover rates plateauing this year, the restaurant industry as a whole still faces a massive labor shortage. Though that turnover may have stopped growing, TDn2K reports that it has topped out at an astronomical 132 percent for quick service. Additionally, manager turnover, which measures at 50 percent, is still on the rise.


What Do Restaurants Need in a Forecasting Solution?

Excerpt from Hospitality Technology

As operators deal with the increasingly costly and complicated labor market, new strategies are being defined to maintain profit margins. There’s a lot of talk about kiosks as a form of customer service automation. In fact, some of the largest QSR chains are devoting significant budget to their FOH automation strategies.


Dairy Queen Franchisee Fourteen Foods Expands Deal with HotSchedules

Excerpt from QSR Magazine

HotSchedules, a leading provider of workforce and back office solutions for the restaurant and hospitality industries, announced that the largest Dairy Queen franchise in North America, Fourteen Foods, has expanded its partnership with HotSchedules to implement comprehensive labor and task management.


Bloomberg Radio: The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Hospitality Businesses

From Bloomberg Radio

James England, Senior VP: Strategic Partnerships, was invited to Bloomberg radio talking about the current technology trends in the hospitality industry, focusing on:

  • How tech-savvy the restaurant industry can be
  • Why some hotels are lagging behind
  • How Fourth are helping hospitality businesses increase their profits
  • The impact of artificial intelligence on the hospitality industry
  • The benefits of consolidating systems across a hospitality business 


Adaco Acquired by Fourth

Excerpt from Hospitality Technology

Fourth, the global SaaS provider of labor, payroll, inventory and procurement systems for the restaurant/bar, hotel, contract catering and leisure markets, has announced the acquisition of Adaco Inc., supplier of SaaS based purchasing and inventory control solutions to the hotel sector in the US and throughout the world.


Hospitality Wages Spike After Months of Deflation
Natural Grocers Teams Up With HotSchedules