Tech in a box: How Dickey's uses big data to target marketing strategies

During "Tablets: When, Where, Why and How" at the ICX Summit in Chicago, Dickey's discussed its custom-developed business intelligence service called Smoke Stack that analyzes data to help the restaurant connect with customers and increase sales.

ICXSummit: How to bring 'social proof' into your brick-and-mortar locations

Brick-and-mortar retailers and restaurants must find ways to bring “social proof” to their stores and technology may be the way to do it.

Egg shortage 2015: How is your restaurant coping?

Due to the egg shortage, local and national restaurants have had to improvise when it comes to providing eggs to their customers. Some have had to limit egg offerings, cut back on breakfast hours, embrace egg substitutes and charge more for egg-based products.

How helping employees reach financial stability will help your restaurant

Helping employees achieve financial stability by educating them on the public benefits already available not only helps improve the quality of their lives, but also give your restaurant a competitive advantage and a way to save money on insurance and turnover costs in the long run.

Beyond technology: 5 keys to managing menu updates

While many restaurant operators may be in good shape when it comes to meeting the caloric-labeling deadline of Dec 1, not all have considered the (print) execution efforts for menu boards, to-go menus, catering menus and related signage

How to engage Millennials on social media

Understanding what makes Millennials tick will determine the direction a restaurant should take in capturing their attention on social media.

Foodservice industry has 3 years to cut the fat

A FDA decision gives the industry until 2018 to remove trans fats from all foods, which the federal agency estimates causes 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths from heart disease each year.

Commodities: Papa John's, Papa Murphy's reach new 52-week highs

Last week's prices for cheese and wheat moved little, while regular unleaded gas rose five cents.

Success pours from Buffalo Wild Wings' beer program

The surprising element of success at Buffalo Wild Wings is not just the restaurant's wings, according to CEO Sally Smith in her BAR Keynote Speech at the National Restaurant Association's 2015 show in Chicago.

Creating franchise-friendly supply chains

A well-managed supply chain accomplishes three vital goals that are critical to a franchisee’s operations and bottom line:

Bird Flu: What restaurants can do to overcome its impact

While financials for publicly traded restaurants remain positive remain positive overall, helped by lower cheese and wheat costs, many operators must still contend the impact of Avian Influenza.

Commodities: Gas holding steady; cheese, wheat prices climb

Last week's prices show a significant rise in the cost of cheese and wheat.

Restaurants hitting home runs in baseball stadiums

Peanuts and Crackerjacks have always been staples at baseball stadiums around the country, but restaurants are trying to add other cuisines to baseball fans’ traditions.

5 tips for understanding consumer data

Restaurants now have the ability to collect tons of data but don't know how to use it.

Commodities: Prices on the rise for cheese, gas, wheat

Last week's commodities saw a rise in prices for just about everything, with exceptions for natural gas and Pizza Hut stocks.

Gluten-free: passing fad or permanent trend?

Is it time for your restaurant to go "gluten-free?" Though the trend "seems to be leveling out in the mainstream," it's more than just a passing fad.

Does your restaurant have a 'water issue'?

With sustainability now a top trend this year, it could be time for all restaurants to incorporate environment-friendly practices into their business plans.

NRA: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram execs share 3 social media myths

Social media myths dispelled by Facebook, Twitter and Instragram experts.

NRA: Menu trends beckon return to simpler times

For those of us who want to return to "the good old days," that time is here, at least in the world of restaurant trends, according to mega-trends analyst Nancy Kruse in her "Menus 2015: Turning Trends into Moneymakers" session at NRA 2015.

NRA: Is marijuana the next menu trend?

Will marijuana soon be on your menu? Steve Fox, director of VS Strategies, counsel at Vicente Sederberg LLC, and panelist for the 2015 National Restaurant Association Show's "Marijuana on the Menu" session thinks so.

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