Average gas prices up, cheese and wheat down

Gas prices went up slightly for the first time in about a month, while cheese dropped below a dollar.

Check out the two new 'Windows' now open for mobile POS

A new partnership between Microsoft and PayPal opens the door for PayPal Here to run on any device running Windows 8.1, and Panasonic is releasing a new Toughpad, which also runs on Windows 8.1.

Weaving a loyal web: 3 steps to integrate social into loyalty marketing

Ninety percent of loyalty program members desire ongoing communications from the programs in which they participate.

Papa John's franchisee leverages remote management technology to run the business from afar

Jaime Pickett franchises Papa John's units in Boston from her home in Virginia, entrusting and empowering her team to work together when she's not there.

Pizza Hut shares up nearly $2 in 1 week

Commodity prices continue to fall, while Pizza Hut shares race above competitors.

State of the Union puts minimum wage, 30-hour work week, joint employer issues in the spotlight

It's been a busy week in Washington. From the State of the Union address to the Supreme Court to more on the minimum wage, here's a round-up of hot public policy topics for restaurants.

Why operators need to know about patent trolls

Patent trolls could cost restaurants money and slow innovation. Here's what operators need to know about patent trolls.

Best practices for developing, deploying a mobile app for your brand

Your app is an extension of your brand, and an app with sub-par design or functionality can do serious damage to that brand.

Natural gas and pizza stocks show mixed results

Cheese, wheat and gasoline and diesel fuel prices continued to fall last week while natural gas once again saw mixed results across the country.

How restaurants are using gamification to increase engagement in loyalty apps

Restaurants are discovering the power of leveraging apps, loyalty programs and games to engage customers and drive traffic.

Gas and wheat prices continue to fall

Gas prices have fallen even further and are down more than $1 from a year ago.

How one independent pizzeria survived growing pains

Getting noticed is a challenge, you have to offer something truly great and differentiate yourself in several ways, says CEO of Louisville-based Loui Loui's.

Pizza Inn Holdings Inc. hopes investors will RAVE about new name

Pizza Inn Holdings Inc., the parent company of Pie Five Pizza Co. and Pizza Inn, has announced that it is changing its name to RAVE Restaurant Group Inc., reflecting the company's transition to a multi-brand group.

Strong growth ahead in 2015, predicts the IFA, but threats are looming

While the economic forecast is strong, headwinds caused by the NRLB's joint employer ruling, minimum wage hikes and ACA implementation could curtail QSR franchise growth in 2015.

Building genuine customer engagement in an Instagram world

Instead of exhausting yourself trying to change customer behavior, take the necessary steps to minimize the distractions cell phones can present.

How to manage rising food costs

Look into markets that sell seconds or items that are discounted because of overruns.

Independent pizzerias leverage local ingredients, marketing to compete with big chains

For independent operators, it's important to understand futures and have a good relationship with distributors and manufacturers to best manage food costs.

What to consider when implementing a restaurant kiosk

A majority -- 88 percent -- of restaurant patrons indicate a preference for self-service technology at their table, while 12 percent indicated a preference for a kiosk upon arrival.

Gas, cheese, wheat prices all fall to close out the year

Gas prices have fallen 50 cents in the past month and are more than $1 lower than they were this time last year.

Christmas arrives at the gas pump

Fuel experiences its longest streak of declining prices on record, according to AAA.

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