The time is nearly right here. If you, like me, have been berating the catering options and service on the Stadium of Light for a while, suitable information can be on the horizon.
The club’s present-day catering settlement with Molson Coors expires on the give up of the 2019-20 season. Like the alternate seat challenge, the club has every other large possibility to improve the matchday experience and enhance the relationship with the enthusiasts.
However, be warned – the negotiation of a brand new settlement or a couple of contracts is simplest the start to enhance the modern supplying at the Stadium of Light… And it all comes at a value.
In the beyond I’ve performed a few independent fans enjoy assessment paintings, especially in football stadiums inside the UK. Sure, there may be masses to be vital of, but there may be additionally a few superb practices about catering and the general fan experience at other golf equipment.
Here’s what I suppose needs to trade.
EPOS – Electronic Point of Sale
An EPOS gadget is nothing new – simply the potential to pay with the aid of card or contactless on the concourse. While the stadium is handiest 22 years old, the lack of EPOS has been startling omission when it comes to the in shape, day concourse revel in, and crucially, contributing to the club’s fit day sales. Research informs us the proportion of cash payments within the UK, in 2007, become sixty-one %, falling to 34% in 2017 and forecasted to drop to sixteen% by way of 2027, at the same time as contactless payments will growth from 15% in 2017 to 36% in 2027. This is possibly to be a good deal better in football stadiums, given the demographics of fanatics and the possibly spend to normally be under £30.
However, EPOS comes at a price. I recognize of some other current stadium (capability round 30000) who lately upgraded to concourse EPOS and its value more than £1million. Think of the infrastructure, the new tills, and most significantly, a vastly improved WIFI connection. It’s a large funding, however should see huge improvements in the speed and satisfactory of carrier.
Other stadiums have advanced mobile telephone apps in which food may be ordered (I know the membership has tried this recently to a lesser quantity).
Roker Report’s very own Tom Albrighton reliably informs me that is how Ireland’s Aviva stadium works in widespread, keeping off coins transactions and lengthy queues. Mark Campbell lately referred to Spurs radical pour from the lowest technology, and other stadiums around Europe provide pre-loaded credit score season playing cards. However, wherein digital generation is used, costly infrastructure and renovation is a need to – all of it comes at a rate.
Creation of Shared Value (CSV)
CSV is an idea evolved as lately as 2011. Porter and Kramer wrote inside the Harvard Business Review approximately the bold claim that capitalism is underneath siege – in its pursuit for earnings, most important business is simply the purpose for many social, environmental and economic troubles. As clients, we’re more aware and extra concerned than ever about the effect of our very own hyper-intake. Think unmarried use plastics, deforestation and the exploitation of food producers.
However, big manufacturers have begun to take the word.
Previously, manufacturers would speak approximately their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), but regularly, this becomes because of regulatory requirements forced upon them, or a response to the current controversy, (VW’s method to CSR has modified really put up emissions scandal). CSV is taking the CSR bulls**t words we read in annual monetary reviews and developing significant motion. Big brands realise its really worth.
There are three wonderful ways to do this: through reconceiving products and markets, redefining productivity within the feed chain, and constructing supportive industry clusters at the employer’s places
So how can Sunderland enforce a CSV version?
1. Reconceive the market
The first step is a concerted effort to apprehend what fans want.
I understand studies has already been performed through RAWA to apprehend better what enthusiasts what in terms of catering. Whilst catering is based on a extra conventional ‘transactional’ advertising method (inventory them high and sell sell sell) – huge brands are creating benefit from accumulating and the use of client statistics greater effectively. This leads to an extra relationship-based totally advertising and marketing approach. The emphasis in nonetheless on increasing transactions, but the quantity of transactions will increase organically because the patron is getting what they need.
2. Reconceive merchandise
Maybe tin hat time.
I believe the everyday healthy day meals supplying is outdated.
Beige, overpriced, high in carbohydrates/fats.
Yes, this kind of choice desires to stay, but football lovers are disturbing more preference. Whilst I am not suggesting adoption of Forest Green Rovers a hundred% vegan menu, I consider a more fit, greater varied, seasonal concourse menu is needed.
3. Redefining productivity inside the value chain and constructing supportive enterprise clusters at the employer’s locations
I don’t need to get political however put up-Brexit Britain gives little or no for the North East and its SME’s. Institutions which includes Sunderland AFC want to appearance after its own with regards to providers.
In my previous article I talked about the membership wanting to construct relationships which will build a more sustainable dating with its supporters. The membership want to seek out nearby suppliers with regards to appointing catering contracts.
Craft beer and microbreweries is an industry on the rise, and we’ve many successful ones on our doorstep in the North East. Given our history with VAUX, the club ought to recall such providers. The location additionally has a wealthy food heritage. On the latest visit to Middlesbrough FC (sorry) I divulged in chook parmo in a bun – sure it was beige, sure it become mainly carbs and fat, however it way something a whole lot greater than a stomach liner at the soccer healthy, and it was astounding!