IDG's CIO magazine announced Jersey Mike’s Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, as a recipient of the 2015 CIO 100. The 28th annual award program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT).
"For 28 years now, the CIO 100 awards have honored the innovative use of technology to deliver genuine business value," said Maryfran Johnson, Editor in Chief of CIO magazine & Events. "Our 2015 winners are an outstanding example of the transformative power of IT to drive everything from revenue growth to competitive advantage."
Jersey Mike’s won for the creation of a single propriety, fully integrated technology platform for complex franchise operations, unusual in the franchise hospitality industry. This centralized POS provides Jersey Mike’s operators of nearly 1,000 locations with a clear roadmap for daily success and allows them to grow revenue, improve profitability, control food and labor costs, leapfrog competitors, break into new markets, and improve customer service while allowing the company to adapt quickly to a changing business environment.
“Even though as a brand we’re nearly 60 years old, we pride ourselves on the advantages of cutting-edge technology to support our franchise owners,” said Scott Scherer, CIO, Jersey Mike’s. “Jersey Mike’s has more than doubled in size in just three years, and we recognized as we grew that we needed a single POS written, designed and controlled by the company. This has been invaluable in allowing Jersey Mike’s to react quickly to changes related to procedures and laws while driving top line sales, improving product quality and reducing bottom line costs.”
In addition to the CIO 100 award, Jersey Mike’s won two Hospitality Technology Restaurant Breakthrough Awards in two years (2014 and 2012) based on different components of this technology project.
Started in 1956, Jersey Mike’s was named the #1 fastest growing chain in the Nation’s Restaurant News 2014 Top 100 and continues to win best sub awards in virtually every market it enters.
Executives from the winning companies, including Scherer, will be recognized at The CIO 100 Symposium & Awards Ceremony, to be held Tuesday evening, August 11th, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
About the CIO 100: Recipients of this year's CIO 100 Award were selected through a three-step process. First, companies filled out an online application form detailing their innovative IT and business initiatives. Next, a team of external judges (many of them former CIOs) reviewed the applications in depth, looking for leading-edge IT practices and measurable results. Finally, CIO editors reviewed the judges' recommendations and selected the final 100.
Coverage of the 2015 CIO 100 Awards will be available online at CIO.com on August 1, 2015 and in the August issue of CIO magazine.
About Jersey Mike’s Subs: Jersey Mike’s, a fast-casual sub sandwich franchise with more than 1,500 locations open and under development nationwide, believes that making a sub sandwich and making a difference can be one and the same. Jersey Mike’s offers a sub above, serving authentic fresh sliced subs on freshly baked bread – the same recipe it started with in 1956 – and is passionate about giving back to its local communities. For more information, please visit www.jerseymikes.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/jerseymikes) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/jerseymikes).
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Scott Scherer, Chief Information Officer, Jersey Mike's Franchise Systems, Inc.