Border Foods is one of the largest Taco Bell Franchises in the U.S., employing more than 5,000 team members in nearly 200 restaurants across the Upper Midwest. Focused on a people-first culture, Border Foods works to develop team members for long-term careers with the brand and beyond.
Branch features used
Border Foods chose Branch to help them offer a financial wellness benefit to their employees and also to upgrade their current payment methods, which included issuing paper checks. Branch not only helped boost their employees' financial wellness with faster access to their pay, but also saved management time and money by replacing paper checks with digital payment processes instead.
Why did they partner with Branch?
About 70 percent of employees with Border Foods were on paper checks, which was creating problems for both the workforce and HR. Given the size of their workforce—and the fact that issuing paper checks could tally up to $4 per check—it sometimes cost up to $14,000 each paycycle just to pay employees. In addition to the cost of the physical checks and printing them out, payroll admins needed to have couriers deliver the batches of checks to 200+ restaurant locations each pay cycle. Border Foods wanted a solution to streamline payroll and get their employees paid faster. With Branch, they were able to use our Branch Card and Wallet to pay employees faster--and without the need to cut paper checks. Employees received a fee-free checking account and debit card that they could use to save, send, or spend money with, empowering them with faster payments and zero fees.
In just 30 days, the payroll team saw significant results:
- 83% increase in direct deposit adoption
- $5,500 in savings per pay cycle
- 3 stores that eliminated paper check usage entirely.