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Make time for staff training

Restaurants must make time for training.

#CONNECTsummit14: Beacons offer immediacy, simplicity and context

Beacons are powerful tools, enabling marketers to push the right message to the right person in the right place at the right time.

How to Become a Solid Online Pizza Business

Simply posting an Internet storefront isn't enough to satisfy consumers. Success of an online presence relies on a creative mix that features secure transactions, sales tools, mobile apps and social media integration.

Sponsored by: Revention

Why investors are eating up food delivery services

Partnering with a delivery service frees up restaurant owners to focus on food and experience while still expanding their customer base.

Domino's, Pizza Inn shares outshine competitors

Pizza shares generally rose this past week with Domino's Pizza and Pizza Inn outshining competitors at a $2.49 and 43 cent leap, respectively.

Infographic: 5 Things Restaurant Mobile Apps Must Include

Mobile innovations continue to grow at a staggering pace and to win the game, your brand's mobile app is going to need more than just a menu, nutritional information and restaurant locations.

Sponsored by: CONNECT Mobile Innovation Summit

Doing digital signage right

The retail food industry depends on suggestive selling and upselling, according to restaurant franchisee and digital signage provider Ernest Koury, and when you have disinterested employees, no one is there to protect your brand. Digital signage mitigates the impact of undertrained or overwhelmed front line employees.

Does China expose the concept of Quality Fade in QSR food products?

The tendency of major QSR brands to stick with longtime suppliers exposes a false sense of security with faulty supplier partners.

Summit to take a deep dive into the future of ATM and mobile technologies

The second annual ATM & Mobile Innovation Summit in September will feature experts with exceptional depth of knowledge in areas of innovation, security, compliance and regulation.

Wheat, cheese prices jump as gas falls

Pizza shares, wheat, cheese on the rise

Beacon technology enabling restaurant commerce and communication

With geo-triggered ordering, customers make their order in advance and the order gets pushed to the kitchen only when the customer walks in.

4 ways restaurants can optimize the customer experience through mobile

Mobile searches related to restaurants have a conversion rate of 90 percent with 64 percent converting within the hour.

Nearly 60% of Papa John's US delivery sales now come through digital channels

The company is in the midst of a new POS rollout that is expected to drive labor efficiencies, speed of service and order accuracy.

Wearable technology brings a new world of opportunity to the restaurant industry

Wearables are combining the computing power of smartphones with the convenience of the accessories we put on every morning.

Latest China supply crisis hits Yum! Brands stock hard

An abundance in refinery production is keeping gas prices in check.

Mission Foods leapfrogs competitors with plastic ship boxes

It is not often in the QSR industry, that one decision can positively impact so many touch points in restaurant operations.

The importance of online ordering when it comes to catering

Research has shown that people who place mobile and online orders have an average ticket 30 percent higher than in-store customers.

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Cone-shaped pizza concept to expand business in North Carolina

Kono Pizza has signed onto a multi-unit franchise deal to open three locations in Charlotte, N.C.

PizzaExpress photography contest supports amateur artists

PizzaExpress is giving amateur artists a chance to showcase their photography with its 'Slice of Art' campaign.

National Food Safety Month marks 20 years

As part of its strong commitment to food safety, the National Restaurant Association announced this year's National Food Safety Month (NFSM) will mark its 20-year anniversary by featuring the top 20 food safety tips from the past 20 years.

Henny Penny named a Brinker International Supplier Partner Of The Year

Brinker International, Inc. awards Henny Penny, Highland Baking Co. and HotSchedules with the annual Supplier Partner of the Year Award.

800 Neapolitan Pizzeria gambles on SLS Las Vegas

800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria has opened its newest location in the SLS Las Vegas resort.

Pieology appoints new VP of marketing

Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.-based Pieology has appointed its first vice president of marketing, Debbie Porter.

Buffalo Wild Wings expands pizza business

Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. has expanded its pizza business by opening its second PizzaRev location.

Taste trends: fermented flavors riding in on the heat wave

Consumers are developing a taste for fermented foods like kimchi, craft pickles and fish sauce, according to the newest Culinary Trend Tracking Series (CuTTS) from Packaged Facts.

International Franchise Association launches ad campaign battling portion of Seattle's new wage law

The International Franchise Association today has launched an ad campaign battling back against a portion of Seattle's new wage law, alleging proponents of the law have an agenda to undermine the franchise model.

OrderUp to target underserved delivery market

OrderUp, a Baltimore mobile and online food ordering and delivery service, announced the company raised $7 million in funds for nationwide expansion and delivery technology.

Boombozz opens sixth Louisville location

Louisville, Ky.-based Boombozz Craft Pizza & Taphouse is expected to open its sixth Louisville area location in November 2014.

Pizza Hut supports Oso mudslide victims

Victims of the March 22 Oso mudslide will receive $200,000 in donations from a Northwest group of 108 Pizza Hut franchisees.

Pizza Hut and ICFLIX go to the movies

Pizza Hut and ICFLIX have joined up to bring dinner and a movie to countries across the Middle East starting August 15th.

Little Caesar's passes on Pizza Bowl

Little Caesar's announced the disbandment of its Pizza Bowl at Detroit's Ford Field.

Self-service restaurant solution is music to your ears

CBS NorthStar announced an update to its NorthStar Order Entry technology that allows restaurants to provide a jukebox feature to table ordering.

Pizza box transforms into plates, storage container

GreenBox, a recycled material pizza box, is to be used at all six Upper Crust locations in Boston as of July 1, 2014.

Birthday giveaways, value packages offered at Chuck E. Cheese's

Chuck E. Cheese's announced its birthday celebration giveaway from Aug. 1 through the end of 2014.

Partnership to provide restaurant accounting solutions

Quatrro FPO Solutions, provider of platform based business services to restaurants, is teaming up with enterprise reporting and data management provider ROS Technology Services.

New research indicates consumers prefer natural cheese

New research by Reportlinker.com reveals that 90% of adults surveyed consume cheese and prefer natural over processed cheese, according to a press release.

Marco's Pizza adds "A Little Kick" to National Hot & Spicy Day

Marco's Pizza is promoting its new Spicy Fresco Three Cheese and Spicy Double Pepperoni Fresco pizzas by inviting guests to stop by tomorrow, Aug. 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to receive a free slice.

Pizza Ranch expansion planned in Midwest

Pizza Ranch announced the opening of its newest location in Fort Dodge, Iowa, according to a company press release.

Giordano's partners with basketball legend Scottie Pippen

Chicago's Giordano's Famous Stuffed Pizza announced its expansion to the North Shore of the city in partnership with basketball legend Scottie Pippen.

Pizzeria delivers pizza, ocean view

Pizza lovers can enjoy their favorite pie and take in the ocean at Imperial Beach, San Diego-based Seacoast Pizza.

"You Gotta Eat Here," starring Detroit Style Pizza Co.

Food Network's "You Gotta Eat Here" will feature Detroit's Detroit Style Pizza Co.

Rustic Crust honors natural disaster workers

Rustic Crust, maker of organic and all-natural pizzas, paid tribute to the New Hampshire Police, Fire & EMS Foundation for its contributions across the state in support of firefighters, police officers and emergency medical service personnel, according to a press release.

California legislature passes bill making it harder to terminate franchising agreements

The California legislature approved a law Aug. 8 that will make it harder for franchisors to terminate franchising agreements with franchisees, according to MSNBC.com. The bill will now return to the Senate for final approval.

Food Hall by Villa opens at Arizona Mills

Villa Enterprises announced the grand opening of its "Food Hall by Villa" at Arizona Mills on Aug. 23 at 10 a.m.

RMD Technologies teams with Verizon for new 'smart' temperature monitoring technology

RMD Technologies, LCC recently launched the D-Mometer and TAM Network, a "machine-to-machine" (M2M) solution that provides businesses and consumers real-time information on the time and temperature exposure of meats, produce and other perishable items.

Yogurt entrepreneur launches Alabama pizza chain

Yogurt Mountain founder David Kahn is expected to debut his latest venture, Pizza 120, in the next few days, according to Alabama Media Group. The Tuscaloosa, Alabama restaurant is a build-your-own-pizza chain. In the coming weeks two more locations are slated to open in the state.

What do you get when you cross pizza and lipstick with an economic recession?

New research by CMC Markets suggests that pizza profits are a sign of the times for Australian consumers. CMC's "Pizza Index" findings indicate that rising pizza profits, such as Domino's recent announcement of its 50.4 percent increase in profits, are...

LaRosa's scores home run with free pizza and Reds games

Baseball fan Mike LaRosa is sharing some of his enthusiasm by offering LaRosa's customers free pizza if Cincinnati Reds pitchers strike out at least 11 hitters in a game. Attendees can bring their ticket stub to LaRosa's and receive a...

Former Domino's driver named Executive Vice President, Team USA

Domino's Pizza has named Stan Gage as Executive Vice President – Team USA, the company announced today. Gage, former vice president of the Domino's "Americas region for internal operations," is to replace Steve Akinboro, who is in talks of purchasing...

Pizzerias claim five of 10 winning spots in U.S. Foods contest

Food Supplier US Foods announced the ten finalists yesterday of its Top Family Friendly Restaurants competition. Those nominated are considered "the best in helping families create memorable dining experiences through food, family and fun," the company said. "At US Foods,...

Webinar on beacons, geofencing now available

The free webinar Using Beacon Technology and Geofencing In Your Restaurant sponsored by Splick.it and hosted by FastCasual.com earlier this week is now available for playback.

Unique marijuana pizza leaves company thirsty for more

In addition to yesterday's announcement of the potential development of a marijuana pizza, Unique Pizza and Subs Corporation stated today it is creating a marijuana pizza sauce to be sold in states where edible cannabis products have been legalized. "The...

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