Toast buys scheduling platform Sling

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Written by James Shea

Toast has acquired Sling, an employee scheduling, communication and management platform. Through features including scheduling templates, in-app messaging and multi-location team management, Sling helps a restaurant’s staff more efficiently and better manage labor costs and increase employee job satisfaction.

Sling and Toast originally established a partnership in April 2021. Customers have responded positively with strong adoption of Sling as part of Toast’s integrated digital platform, and thus purchasing the platform made sense.

“Great employees are what make restaurants run,” said Aman Narang, COO and co-founder of Toast. “By adding Sling to the Toast platform, we can provide a more comprehensive suite of team management products purpose-built for restaurants, from new hire onboarding to payroll processing, and now the ability to schedule shifts across the team. Our customers will benefit from the ability to simplify communication across their teams, control their labor costs and efficiently manage their teams through one integrated platform. We’re delighted to welcome the Sling team to the Toast family.”

A strong relationship between restaurants and their employees is crucial. Roughly half of restaurant operators expect recruiting and retaining employees to be their top challenge in 2022, making it critical for every restaurant to efficiently manage their limited staffing and deepen the connection to employees.

“Empowering restaurant employees was central to our founding vision,” said Helgi Hermannsson, Sling CEO and founder. “We are thrilled to join Toast and more deeply leverage our employee scheduling, communication and management capabilities to help restaurants increase team efficiency and lower labor costs. This is a great milestone for all the Sling employees who have helped us grow into a robust solution over the past seven years. We’re excited to continue innovating on restaurant employee experience as part of Toast”

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