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How to make more money and have more fun: An unconventional perspective

The best-selling author believes hard work and excellence are the two keys needed for success.

Eliminate complacency to build a thriving enterprise

People, products, markets, customers and processes are dynamic and must change in order to adapt and grow.

Five PCI Security Deficiencies of Restaurants

The five major credit card brands (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and JCB), joined forces in 2004 to create the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Its sole purpose is to assist merchants in building a security program that meets the requirements expected by the card brands.

Sponsored by: Vendor Safe Technologies

Which is better for your business: A mobile website or a mobile app?

Millennials expect your website to have more than just your location, hours of operation and phone number; they want to see your menu, reviews, promotions and photos.

Panera, Chipotle set sustainability standards by starting small, thinking big

The biggest opportunities to save come with packaging and waste initiatives.

Approved Software Does Not Equate to PCI Compliance

The four most vital actions to accelerate your network and credit card data security

Sponsored by: Vendor Safe Technologies

5 steps for keeping your restaurant from getting ICE'd

The US government has stepped up its immigration enforcement efforts in recent years, and all employers -- not just large ones, or ones that employ non-citizens -- are at risk of failing an audit.

National gas prices hovering near 4-year lows

Domino’s Pizza shares hit a lifetime high after a positive Q3 earnings report.

Fast-paced technology changes highlighted in annual Fast Casual State of the Industry report

Restaurant operators are paying their employees more now than they were last year.

Is it time for a mobile site? Check for yourself in Google Analytics

Sixty-one percent of mobile users will simply leave a website that is not optimized for viewing on their device and will move on to competition.

Nine keys for driving speed of service

Restaurants can become victims of their own success when high volume slows down service. Check out these tips for satisfying the need for speed.

Firehouse CEO: Restaurant industry dealing with unprecedented headwinds

Union activism, food costs, data breaches and minimum wage debates are just part of the 'external factors' facing restaurant operators.

A case for produce management

Produce is hard to benchmark what you should be paying on a regular basis because there is no regularity to the product category.

Taking the ambiguity out of local marketing strategies

HuHot's VP of Marketing shares how to get franchisees to weigh in on marketing decisions, and how to blend corporate standards with local store marketing techniques.

Wheat prices spike as gas falls

Wheat prices increased after weeks of decreasing prices.

Pizza Hut's digital sales mix up 5 percent in the last quarter

As the brand continues its turnaround strategy, it will launch a new advertising position in Q4 aimed at millennials.

Deliver more than food; deliver an experience

Lean on your supply chain partners to innovate for you; they have resources and answers.

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Culinary Software Services releases Cheftec Xt4

Culinary Software Services recently released ChefTec xt4, featuring simplified entry of Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points information, a new EDI interface with FreshPoint and improved interfaces.

Venuelabs launches free social listening tool for small businesses

AboutLocal lets small retailers listen to and engage with their customers in real time across hundreds of disparate online channels.

Pieology Pizzeria growing California footprint

Pieology Pizzeria announced it will open seven additional locations in Northern and Central California by the end of the year. In October, the company is celebrating grand openings in Gilroy, Fairfield, and Fresno, with locations to follow in Daly City,...

Pizza Port Brewing Company expands distribution to Vegas

For the first time, Pizza Port Brewing Company's signature craft beer will be distributed outside of Southern California, as Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada introduces it to the Las Vegas and Reno markets. Pizza Port Brewing Company will roll-out...

zpizza expands in Austin market

zpizza has opened a new location in the Austin, Texas, area of Round Rock, at 200 University Blvd. #350. A grand opening celebration will be held Oct.

OpenTable adds Apple Pay integration

OpenTable, a provider of online restaurant reservations, has announced its integration with Apple Pay. "With Apple Pay, OpenTable diners can skip the step of adding a card to their profile and simply settle their check with a single touch using...

Lightspeed adds restaurants to POS portfolio

Commerce platform provider Lightspeed has announced its entry into the hospitality industry with the launch of Lightspeed Restaurant. According to a news release, Lightspeed now serves 21,000 businesses processing over $8.2B in sales annually. The company also announced that it...

Grimaldi's Pizzeria slaps trademark infringement suit against former employee

New York staple Grimaldi's Pizzeria has issued a trademark infringement lawsuit against a Chinese business. According to the New York Daily News, Grimaldi's JMC Restaurant Holdings, which owns the Grimaldi Pizzeria trademark, is accusing a former employee of planning to...

Groupon launches business ratings platform

Groupon has launched more than 7 million new listings for merchants called Pages, a platform that includes ratings, tips, money-saving opportunities and other information about merchants throughout the US. For the first time, Groupon is using a platform to publish...

Papa Murphy’s unveils Halloween menu promotions

Papa Murphy's is kicking off the Halloween season with its Jack-O-Lantern Pizza and is also launching new "Spooky Dough." The Jack-O-Lantern pizza will be available nationwide beginning today through Oct. 31.

Zomato restaurant discovery service launches in Canada

Zomato plans to expand across Australia, Europe, South-East Asia, the Middle East and the Americas in the coming months.

Mahana releases tool for mobile payment benchmarking

Restaurants can benchmark their implementation, use and acceptance of emerging mobile payment technologies against the industry using Mahana's Payment Experience Evaluation Report

Pizza Inn incentivizes military care package donations

Pizza Inn is adding "a Twist" to its Treats for Troops project this year. Participating restaurants are now urging guests to drop off a bag of unwrapped, individuals-sized candy to be included in care packages addressed to military personnel stationed around the world. The bags are being accepted through Nov.

California Pizza Kitchen adds reality show-inspired Korean Barbecue pizza to menu

Following last week's episode of TNT's new cooking competition series "On the Menu," California Pizza Kitchen has added the winning Korean Barbecue pizza in participating restaurants nationwide. Also, $1 from every sale of the winning pizza will be donated to...

Uncle Maddio's inks first deal in the Northeast

Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint has awarded its first multiunit franchise agreement deal in the Northeast, with five units planned for Pittsburgh within the next five years. The agreement deal was signed with Pittsburgh residents Gino and Molli Torriero, along with...

Pizza Ranch adds to Michigan portfolio

Pizza Ranch has announced plans to open in Holland, Michigan, this winter. It will be the brand's third location in the state. According to a news release, site selection is currently underway, and a team of local entrepreneurs is at the helm of this development. "Holland residents have been hoping for a Pizza Ranch location for ages.

C-stores continue to elevate foodservice offerings in market share fight

The National Association of Convenience Stores' annual show concluded last week in Las Vegas with some sessions covering the continued elevation of foodservice offerings in the segment, threatening market share from traditional limited-service concepts. C-stores are pressured to evolve amid...

Blaze continues to spread through California, Chicago

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza has announced several new locations slated for opening, including an expansion in Northern California. The concept will expand its footprint to seven locations in the greater San Francisco and Sacramento areas by late 2015. Blaze opened in...

Sal’s Pizza parent company rewarding unplugged customers

Salvatore's Restaurants, an Italian restaurant group with five locations in Massachusetts as well as the parent company of Sal’s Pizza, is offering its guests free food if they can part with their smartphones long enough to enjoy a meal. Beginning...

Restaurant group applauds President Obama's payment security executive order

On Friday, President Obama signed an executive order aimed at enhancing security measures for federal credit cards. He also urged retailers and banks to do the same in the fight against identity fraud. The order will add microchips and PIN numbers to government credit cards and debit cards beginning in January.

Lavu iPad POS partners with Staples for restaurant bundle availability

Lavu Inc. has partnered with Staples Inc.

Papa John’s franchisee sued for $2M by alleged wage theft

A five-unit Papa John’s franchisee has been sued by the New York State attorney general for $2 million. According to Reuters, the AG has accused the franchisee, New Majority Holdings LLG, and owner Ronald Johnson, of wage theft practices, claiming...

NCR mobile POS adds remote pay, order ahead with Apple Pay support

The NCR Silver mobile point-of-sale system for small businesses is now offering remote payment and order ahead capabilities that are compatible with Apple Pay. These capabilities will be offered for free to merchants until Jan. 1.

Visa, Chase add Apple Pay capabilities for merchants, customers

Visa and Chase both announced this week that its customers and merchants will soon have access to Apple Pay. Starting Oct.

Chuck E. Cheese's acquires 147-unit Peter Piper Pizza

Chuck E. Cheese’s parent company CEC Entertainment Inc.

Project Pie heads to the United Kingdom

California-based Project Pie will add 60 locations in the United Kingdom and Ireland following a new master agreement with The Canavan Co. UK Ltd., in partnership with former Hakkasan CEO Niall Howard. According to a news release, the group will...

Boston Pizza unveils new urban store design in Vancouver

Boston Pizza International Inc. has opened its 61st location in British Columbia at 808 Beatty St.

Russo’s Restaurants hitting growth goals at $1.1M AUVs

Russo's Restaurants, which includes Russo's New York Pizzeria and Russo's Coal-Fired Italian Kitchen, announced plans to continue expanding worldwide after surpassing the 40-unit mark in the US. The restaurant has also announced an 8-percent increase in systemwide revenue. This year, Russo's opened its first Hawaii location in Ewa Beach.

Domino’s Canada commits to domestic-only cheese supply

Domino's Pizza of Canada has announced a partnership with Dairy Farmers of Canada by committing to using only cheese made from 100-percent Canadian milk on all its pizzas and other menu items. Domino’s Pizza of Canada is based out of...

Uncle Maddio's raises funds for breast cancer programs

In celebration of the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, Uncle Maddio's Atlanta-area restaurants donated 15 percent of sales from Sept. 7 and $1 from each pink wristband sold to local breast cancer programs in Georgia. The total amount of...

Boombozz Pizza signs on as sponsor of Louisville Brewfest

Boombozz Pizza and Taphouse, the presenting sponsor of the 6th Annual Louisville (Kentucky) Brewfest, will host a party to kick-off Brewfest weekend tonight at 7 p.m. The event will be held at its Highlands location, 1448 Bardstown Road in Louisville,...

Virtual Next partners up with Vantage Analytics

Mobile-based digital rewards solutions company Virtual Next has announced a partnership with analytics platform provider, Vantage Analytics, to enable customer data analytics for its customers, which initially include restaurant chains New York Fries and Currito. According to a news release,...

Revention POS integrates with HotSchedules

Revention Point of Sale Solutions has announced integration with HotSchedules, a provider of labor management technology solutions. Web-based scheduling, robust communications, and advanced sales forecasting are some of the benefits expected from the integration.

Midsized business owners cite government regulations as top concern

A new study by research group ADP Research Institute reveals a gap in confidence for midsized businesses when it comes to the US economy. The study found that while only 15 percent of midsized businesses are confident that the US...

Connie's Pizza teams up with cancer foundation for disruptive awareness campaign

Connie's Pizza has teamed up with the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation and Northwestern Memorial Hospital to launch a disruptive awareness campaign for breast cancer. As part of the campaign, Connie's aims to provide the 40,000 Chicagoland households in its...

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