Falcon Holdings: an effective journey to the cloud

By adding cloud-based financial intelligence to hundreds of restaurants, Falcon Holdings has streamlined its financial workflow and cut cycle time by more than half

Lindsay James
Lindsay James
By Lindsay James on 25 May 2016
Falcon Holdings: an effective journey to the cloud

This article first appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of OnWindows.

Falcon Holdings Management, a franchiser of Church’s Chicken and other US-based restaurant brands such as Long John Silver’s, Hardees and A&W, has achieved significant efficiency gains in its financial workflow thanks to Yooz, a provider of cloud-based platforms for end-to-end accounts payable (AP) automation which is part of document management company Itesoft.

Falcon Holdings, founded in Westlake, Texas, in 1999 is managing a total of 300 restaurants in 15 states and growing rapidly, adding 30 new locations in 2015 and aiming to add another 50 this year. To streamline its financial workflow from invoice to payment, the privately held company turned to Yooz. The cloud service has enabled it to quickly implement an end-to-end process to power its expansion into new brands and geographies.

“AP Automation by Yooz has transformed how we do business and given us a competitive advantage. It means having relevant information when you want it and where you need it,” said Giovanna Koning, CFO Falcon Holdings. “As a franchisee, we live and breathe our sales comparables for each day. With Yooz, our operators, regional managers and the executive team can see almost instantly how they are doing from a spending standpoint with the information that is readily available at our finger tips.”

Powered by Yooz, Falcon Holdings managers at different levels of the company can easily upload thousands of invoices per month, have them automatically GL-coded and forwarded to the right staff members to review, approve and initiate payment – even on a smartphone. Since Yooz is tightly integrated with Falcon’s ERP system Microsoft Dynamics GP and electronic payments provider Nvoicepay, the holding company now has an end-to-end solution that’s ready for continued growth.

“Falcon’s experience proves that Yooz saves enterprises time and money in an area that has traditionally been overlooked: the accounting department,” said Laurent Charpentier, chief innovation officer at Yooz North America. “Financial intelligence doesn’t stop with the CFO. Restaurant operators on the frontlines want technology that they intuitively understand and that’s as easy as personal banking on a smartphone. Yooz gives them this experience.”

Falcon Holdings has realised so much value from its Yooz implementation that, this year, the company is providing cutting-edge AP Automation to an additional 100 restaurants nationwide that it manages under service contracts.

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