Toast Serves up Expanded Restaurant Solutions with Sling Acquisition

Digital tech platform for restaurants Toast is finalizing a deal for the acquisition of employee scheduling, communication and management solution Sling for undisclosed terms, according to a press release on Thursday (July 7).

Sling and Toast started collaborating in April 2021 and got positive feedback from customers using the integrated services. Toast’s suite of payroll and management products is complemented by Sling’s employee scheduling and other capabilities.

Sling helps restaurant staff more efficiently manage labor costs, and helps increase employee job satisfaction through features that include scheduling templates, in-app messaging, and multi-location team management.

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“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.”

Narang added that Toast’s clients will gain the benefit of using a single platform to easily manage their teams, facilitate communication, and control costs.

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Combined with Sling, Toast will serve an estimated 11 million U.S. restaurant employees using Sling’s mobile app, which enables them to view and trade shifts, manage their availability remotely and receive real-time communication.

With the Toast Team Management Suite, restaurant employees can get an expanded look at their pay and benefits as well as “opportunities for increased financial stability,” per the release. 

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“Empowering restaurant employees was central to our founding vision,” said Helgi Hermannsson, Sling CEO and founder.