The 3 Biggest Problems Facing the Hospitality Industry in 2022

Seventy-three percent of U.S. travelers intend to take a vacation in the next six months, a steep increase from 62 percent in 2021, according to a new study by MMGY Travel Intelligence. While the hospitality industry is undoubtably happy to check-in more guests, many venues are still struggling to recover from other aspects of the coronavirus pandemic. Labor, sustainability and supply chain issues are still serious concerns at hotels, resorts and venues. Equipping your team with the right Cambro products can help you tackle these issues and operate more efficiently.

1. Labor shortage

“Open positions in our hotels are 20% to 30% higher now than pre-pandemic, despite less overall staffing in the hotels,” said John Davis, Managing Director — Asset Management, Driftwood Capital. Although staffing issues aren’t going away anytime soon, there are ways to streamline responsibilities to alleviate some of the extra pressure on your current staff.  

  • Camshelving: How often is your shelving cleaned? Most restaurants are in one of two camps: they rarely to never clean their shelving or they need to set aside a day or multiple hours to get it done because it is so much work. Camshelving eliminates both of these costly issues because you simply run the shelf plates through the dishwasher.
  • Food Pans and Seal Covers: When using the right storage products, prep time can be significantly decreased and some processes can even be eliminated completely. At Green2Go, employees used to spend an extra hour shocking and cleaning wilted lettuce to return it to a fresh and green appearance. When they switched to Camwear Food Pans and Seal Covers, they stopped having to do this method all together.
  • CamBar: If you’re having a hard time finding catering employees, let our CamBar do the heavy lifting. Rather than have servers floating amongst the crowd, position a CamBar in a convenient spot and have guests order and pick up their cocktails from one or two bartenders.

2. Sustainability

The hospitality industry is working toward reducing water and energy consumption and decreasing waste in order to be more environmentally friendly and lower costs. Hotels and lodging businesses account for approximately 15% of the total water usage in the US, according to the EPA. However, industry estimates suggest that implementing water-efficient practices in commercial facilities can decrease operating costs by approximately 11 percent and energy and water use by 10 and 15 percent, respectively. 

One of the biggest uses of water is warewashing. Although everything needs to be washed once, many hospitality businesses have to wash their wares twice because they’re using dishracks with open walls. Glasses are left exposed and vulnerable to dirt, dust and critters. Rewashing glasses and dishware is a waste of time and water. Camracks® ensure glasses and dishware are fully washed the first time and protect their contents while in storage.

Additionally, there are many electric Cambro products, like the Pro Cart Ultra® and the Ultra Pan Carrier H-Series, that have earned certifications based on their energy efficiency.

3. Supply Chain

Seventy-six percent of respondents to an American Hotel & Lodging Association survey say they’re experiencing a lack of availability in food and beverage supplies. Many businesses are realizing they need to find supplies that are made in the USA to cut down on delivery and lead times.

Because of Cambro’s commitment to American manufacturing, 99 percent of Cambro products sold to customers in North America are made in the US. At any given time, Cambro has 800 of their most popular products ready to be shipped anywhere in North America within two to three business days.

When you purchase a Cambro product, you have the confidence of knowing you are getting a high-quality item that has been developed under strict US regulations and undergone rigorous testing. Cambro is especially stringent when it comes to product consistency. Cambro products are all manufactured in the exact same way, with the exact same materials.

The hospitality industry may take longer to recover, but it will come back that much stronger. Contact your local Cambro sales rep to find the best products to support your business.


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