Improving the Gourmet Niche


The unique gourmet shop of Kudler Fine Foods was founded in 1998 by Kathy Kudler in LaJolla, California.   Kudler Fine Food provides an extraordinary shopping experience. Kudler offers a large selection of fresh baked delights, organic meats, seafood, fresh organic produce, cheese, and wine. Kudler fine foods were able to expand in 2000, with the opening of the second store in Del Mar, California and again in 2003 with the opening of a third store in Encinitas, California. This paper will examine the current business information system and operations and explore business solutions through advanced information technology.

Current Systems of Operation

Currently each store has four, point-of-sale terminals. Not only do these terminals record all sales data at the time of check out but also records customer data associated with the items purchased.   The recording of all sales data in the database helps to manage inventory. It helps to anticipate new stocking orders. The La Jolla store and the Del Mar store both have three servers. The store in Encinitas has one server where all information is stored.   This data is used to help forecast items that will be in demand in the near future. Collects point-of-sale data is translated on spreadsheets reports that are used for inventory management.

Proposed Solution

Kudler Fine Foods will continue to be competitive and grow the company by expanding the computer network operations and how it collects data.   Kudler Fine Foods will need the new and uses this data to manage all departments of all store locations. To accomplish the business solution Kudler Fine Foods must upgrade from three separate information networks at each location to all of the information sent to upgrade severs and all applications used to collect and network data information from all three stores.   As reported in an article, Organizational Impacts of Information Systems Use, (2003), “The extensive use of communications technologies...