Daily Operations

Daily Operations

1. Frequently Check Inventory

Sno Shack, Inc. ships within 48 hours of receiving your order. We try extremely hard to ship orders the same day but if the order comes in too late in the day we are forced to ship it the next business day & we are not open on Saturdays)…so we suggest staying ahead of the game by keeping extras of essential parts on hand at all times and ordering your flavor inventory in advance.

Things Sno Shack, Inc. suggests you have at all times:

  • Ice
  • Styro-foam cups
  • Spoon Straws
  • Flavor Concentrates
  • Ice Cream
  • Cream

Re-Stock Shack With:

  • Ice
  • Styro-foam Cups
  • Spoon Straws
  • Refill water tank- empty waste tank

2. Ice Block Preparation

Ice temperature is extremely important. While adjusting the speed of the Real Snow Block Ice Shaver to compensate for imperfect ice temperatures, the quality of your product will increase if you follow a few simple steps to prepare the temperature of your ice.

First, it is important to set your ice freezer or merchandiser at about 23 degrees.  Most freezers are pre-set around 0 degrees. By keeping your ice at a warmer temperature, creating the perfect “snow” will be easier and faster.
Next, maintain a room-temperature shack (72° F or 22 °C) by using air-conditioning.

Finally, set the block of ice on the counter about 10 minutes prior shaving it.

The best way to tell if the ice block is ready is by the amount of condensation on the bag. Notice when you get the block out of the freezer, the whole bag will be stuck to the block, but as it sits out and condensation starts to appear, the bag will become unattached to the block, first at the corners. When you can see that this has happened about 1 inch from the corner on all sides, the block is ready to use.

3. Cleaning Routine

  • Scrub floors (if not done by the closing shift the night before)
  • Clean windows-EVERYDAY-just a wet towel and a dry towel- no Windex is necessary-just keep them clean- inside and out!
  • Check Flavor Inventory

Before Opening:

  1. Double check that outside the Sno Shack is clean (pick up liter, scrub ground if it didn’t happen the previous night, etc…)
  2. Unlock door, serving windows, ice merchandiser
  3. Re-wipe off all counter surfaces
  4. Make sure all flavor serving bottles are filled & ready to go.
  5. Make sure that all the pint concentrate bottles are refilled & wiped clean.
  6. Check Cup, Spoonstraw, Ice, and flavor concentrate inventory, as well as other supplies like sugar to make sugar water (typically made at another location such as your home).
  7. Make sure there is enough sugar water for the day…make more if necessary!

    During Hours of Operation:

  1. Always be wiping down the counters, the floor, the window ledges. If business is slow & you have extra time, wipe down the serving bottles, bottle racks, etc… remember, a clean building/ business is essential to repeat customers!

After Closing:

  1. (It doesn’t hurt to clean your building premise and windows in the morning because then potential customers driving by see that you care about your business and take it seriously).
  2. Scrub Pavement outside!! Don’t let the grim and stickiness of the day build up!
  3. Clean Windows- (Can be done before or after hours of operation), just make sure they are clean during the day! It doesn’t take Windex or window cleaner to get the job done: a wet rag and a dry one both on the window’s inside and outside. Clean the clear shaver door the same way as the windows- everyday!!
  4. Remove money from the building: be non- conspicuous about it for your own safety. Only leave what it takes to start the next business day in the till. (Typically we suggest about 15 ones, 5-8 fives, 2 tens, and 1 twenty, along with a roll of quarters, and some of all other coins).
  5. Turn off all lights
  6. Unplug Ice Shaver so the fan doesn’t run all night.
  7. Make sure windows, ice merchandiser, and door are locked.

4. Keeping Your Money Safe

We suggest emptying your till everyday. Locking cash registers can be helpful not only in keeping your money safe, but keeping track of cup sizes sold, ect… throughout the day.

Daily Operations

Daily Operations

Frequently check inventory including ice, Styrofoam cups, spoon straws, flavor concentrates, sugar water, cream and ice cream.
*Sno Shack, Inc. ships within 48 hours of receiving your order. We try extremely hard to ship orders the same day but if the order comes in too late in the day we are forced to ship it the next business day. We are not open on Saturdays or Sundays. We recommend keeping extras of essential shaver parts on hand and ordering flavor inventory in advance.
Recommended Cleaning Supplies:
-Counter towels: Bar mop size works great. Some Sno Shack owners prefer to use microfiber towels. We suggest using colored towels; they appear less dirty when cleaning up flavors. These towels are also used to wipe off the cups if you spill so they aren’t sticky or messy when you hand it to the customer.
-Floor towels: Visibly different than the counter towels and stored in separate container.
-Water for cleaning: Keep your fresh water tank supplied with clean water and empty your waste water tank when it is full. It is wise to keep an extra hedpak jug of water on hand for cleaning your shack or to re-fill the tank when it’s low.
-All-purpose cleaner: Use to clean the counters and window ledges. This helps keep counters fresh and clean and gets rid of the stickiness
-An indoor scrub brush/mop: Use to clean the floors inside.
-A heavy duty bristle brush/broom: Use to scrub the pavement outside the building. Customers drop their gum or their shaved ice on the ground causing the pavement to become sticky and dirty. Using the broom with water helps to keeps things clean and keeps your customers from sticking to the ground while they wait in line.
-Bucket to haul water outside to scrub the pavement
-Small garbage and liner bags for inside your Sno Shack
-Large garbage and bags for outside your Sno Shack building. Be sure to keep the trash emptied; it affects your overall appearance.
-Container for dirty towels and aprons to be stored under the counter until taken to be washed

Cleaning Routine:

-Before Opening:
-Walk around the outside of the Sno Shack building to make sure it is clean
-Unlock door, serving windows and ice merchandiser
-Wipe off all counter surfaces
-Fill empty flavor bottles
-Top off concentrate bottles that are getting low
-Check inventory
-Check sugar water supply and make more if needed
-During Hours of Operation:
-Always wipe down the counters, the floor and the window ledges. When there is down time, wipe down the serving bottles, bottle racks, etc.
-Remember, a clean building/business is essential to repeat customers!
-After Closing:
-Scrub Pavement outside. Don’t let the grime and stickiness of the day build up.
-Clean windows using a wet cloth and a dry one both on the inside and outside.
-Clean the clear shaver door inside and out with a damp cloth.
-Remove money from the building. Only leave what it takes to start the next business day in the till. (We suggest about 15 ones, 5-8 fives, 2 tens, and 1 twenty, along with a roll of quarters, and some of all other coins).
-Unplug Ice Shaver
-Turn off all lights
-Lock windows, ice merchandiser and door

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