We are Transforming Data into Knowledge
Restaurant & Service AnalyticsOur unparalleled benchmarks of sales, traffic, PPA, sales per labor hour, day-part metrics and much more help our members make better business decisions. We help our members improve results by providing state of the art, interactive business intelligence tools with deep insights into key operational metrics.
TDn2K EventsWe are the creators of Summer Brand Camp and Global Best Practices, two amazing annual conferences open to all restaurant and service organizations. We also host quarterly webinars, which focus on the latest workforce trends and issues facing the restaurant industry.
Consulting & Targeted Competitor ReportingOur company is a powerhouse for restaurant industry performance management. In addition to the insights provided within our revenue and traffic reports, we also track human capital intelligence and brand intelligence services as well as ad hoc analysis and consulting services.
Participating Members Receive Full Access to National and Local Industry BenchmarksWe securely collect, clean and analyze our members' sales and traffic data before delivering weekly insights and interactive dashboards.
This dashboard is intended to provide a quick, simple snapshot of the current week and provide immediate insights. From this page, you are just a handful clicks away from endless possibilities in data analysis and benchmarking your results against our entire consortium.
This dashboard focuses on spreadsheet analysis by unit, dma, state or region in any time or historical period.
The Scorecard provides an “accordion-style” analysis from the highest level (country) to the unit level within a single instance. Levels are expanded when rows are clicked. For example, clicking on a region’s data will make the states or DMA within that region appear. Having the ability to “drill-down” all the way to the unit level is a perfect way to tell a story and analyze all levels of data at once.
Broken down by region, state or DMA map, the Markets dashboard provides spatial analysis. The map contains areas that are shaded in proportion to the measurement of the statistical variable being displayed on the map. It’s an easy way to visualize how a measurement varies across a geographic area or how it shows the level of variability within a region.
Trends is a powerful, multi-metric analysis tool used for time series analysis. Line colors define the data type (company, segment or industry data). Trendlines are also marked with its respective metric marker and data type color, but are also distinct for having a dashed line.
Additional Monthly Insights
The Restaurant Industry Snapshot
The Restaurant Industry Snapshot is a monthly compilation of real sales and traffic results from over 193 DMAs from 130+ restaurant brands and nearly 26,000 restaurants that are clients of Black Box Intelligence. Regularly featured in Nation's Restaurant News, the snapshot reports data in four distinct segments: casual dining, upscale/fine-dining, fast casual and family dining. → Check Out Our Latest Snapshot
A monthly commentary released by BBI in order to share observations and in depth analysis to member companies only. This commentary is published in easy to follow charts and graphs, with insight into the BBI dataset, as well as observations shared using data from sister companies.
Market Share & Industry Growth Report
Taking information from Black Box Intelligence member companies and combining it with data from over 35 of the largest publicly held restaurant companies, this report represents the largest data set available for the restaurant industry, representing over 100,000 individual units. Companies subscribing to this product get the invaluable insight of knowing their own sales market share compared to the overall industry as well as their own specific industry segment. This report also complements the rest of the BBI suite by reflecting the impact of new restaurant locations being opened and closed on the total sales growth of the industry. Market share, total sales growth, unit growth and average weekly sales are included and shown at the national level and also for each of the 11 regions of the country and top 100 largest DMAs.
Fast Casual Restaurant Intelligence
Monthly update on Black Box Intelligence operational benchmarks for the Fast Casual segment. Metrics include comp sales, traffic, check growth, food sales and beverage sales. Benchmarks are presented for monthly, quarterly and year of year time periods and includes regional trend analysis.
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20 years in the making, and we're just getting started
Black Box Intelligence is a TDn2K (Transforming Data into Knowledge) company founded by restaurant industry veterans, Wally Doolin and Joni Thomas Doolin. TDn2K is also the parent company of People Report and White Box Social Intelligence.
People Report has been tracking and benchmarking human capital performance for over 20 years. In 2009, we launched a sister company, Black Box Intelligence as an innovative new tool to track, analyze and benchmark financial and operational metrics directly against the competition, including sales, traffic, to-go sales and day parts. We help our members make informed decisions, with interactive business intelligence tools that can quickly identify trends, opportunities, and deep insights into restaurant performance at the unit or market level. Combined with People Report, we are revolutionizing decision-making as our members receive productivity analytics including Sales Per Labor Hour. Our just released BBI 2.5 is also revolutionizing the way our members view their data, with state of the art technology introduced in November 2014; a beautiful, seamless and now mobile way to stay on top of the numbers.
Today, Black Box Intelligence identifies the unique performance data points that reveal what defines best in class performance in the restaurant industry. The BBI consortium continues to grow, currently tracking the performance of 193 DMAs, 130+ distinct brands, and nearly 26,000 restaurant units representing 65 billion dollars in annual sales revenues. BBI 2.5 provides timely, relevant and best in class insight and tools for companies striving to break from the pack and thrive in today’s hyper competitive marketplace.
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- September 9, 2016
August Restaurant Sales and Traffic Trend Upward, Still in Negative Territory
- August 11, 2016
July Delivers More Market Pressure and Weakest Restaurant Performance Since 2013
- July 14, 2016
Negative Sales Streak Spans Two Quarters for First Time in 24 Months Amidst New Labor Challenges
- June 9, 2016
Complex Labor Challenges and Weak Sales Continue to Plague Restaurant Industry