National Retail Federation asks U.S. House to put OT regulation 'on pause'

The House Small Business Committee this week got an earful from the National Retail Federation on the Federal overtime regulations set to become effective Dec. 1. The NRF said the regulation will not only freeze hiring but will also lead to lay-offs and demotions.

Americans have lots of new-found love for fast food, but still smitten with full-service

Americans are feeling the love a little more these days for fast food, according to this year's customer satisfaction survey and index for the food service industry. But, as a nation, our true love is still heading out to a full-service restaurant for a meal.

Still need to fill some summer employee spots? Look for candidates with camp counselor qualities

Need some pinch-hitters to flesh out the spring hires that didn't work, or didn't last? Think about candidates who've had experience as camp counselors, or show those kinds of qualities because they are often both leaders and team players who work well in the restaurant setting.

Harris Poll forewarns of potential upheaval due to upcoming OT regulation

Americans have a hard time putting work away. In a new Harris Poll, most said it's at least partly because they have too much to do to in an eight-hour day.

Are you ready to 'pitch' your fast casual concept?

Fast Casual is now accepting entries for The Perfect Pitch — what we like to describe as a friendlier version of "Shark Tank."

International franchise expansion requires hefty work upfront

Domestic franchisors, whether running one location or 100 in the U.S., face a challenging journey in the quest to go international.

Snapchat campaigns capture a lot of dough for Virginia pizza chain

Ever thought of using that perpetual teenage social media favorite, Snapchat, in your social media marketing? Virginia-based Firenza certainly did, and the results have been very gratifying.

Pizza commodities: Costlier to create, but cheaper to deliver

Key ingredients used in pizza creation were all priced higher on the markets last week, though the cost of delivery was cheaper thanks to falling gasoline prices. Pizza stocks were mixed.

How to get 'free' money out of your landlord

When it comes to opening a location in a shopping center, obtaining a lease with a prime location and reasonable lease terms can be difficult for many small restaurant concepts. Michael Walters, president of Falcon Realty Advisors' Restaurant and Entertainment Group, reveals a couple secrets that could help.

Why the problem of restaurant pathogens REALLY may have a "silver" lining

A non-toxic type of cleaner that kills pathogens with a form of ionized silver is spreading in use after showing great results in several chains nationally.

The peanut butter (allergy) crunch heard ‘round the country

In what should serve as a cautionary tale for the entire foodservice industry, Panera Bread faces a $500,000 lawsuit over a grilled cheese sandwich contaminated with peanut butter.

A whole lot of movement going on in the pizza marketplace

Lots of action going on in pizza franchises this week. Here's a quick look at three that crossed our desks this morning.

Restaurant industry tentatively embraces emerging mobile technology

Mobile Payments Today Editor Will Hernandez went to the National Restaurant Association Show for the first time to get a look at how restaurants are connecting with the connected consumer.

Commodity prices make this a great summer for LTOs and menu variety

Favorable commodity prices gives restaurants a chance to exercise their menu creativity with new offerings and LTOs.

Are your restaurants in compliance? Major changes take effect Friday for business first aid kits

The regulations change this Friday on the bare minimum number and type of medical supplies that all U.S. workplaces must have under the law.

Humane Society CEO: Customers prefer restaurants that show compassion to animals

The CEO of the Humane Society of the United States discusses why he believes that restaurant brands embracing animal exploitation will lose cusomers.

Yelp-foodjunky.com partnership gives restaurateurs a front seat at the corporate catering table

A new tech partnership pairing Yelp with foodjunky.com could offer a nice inroad to new source of business for restaurants nationwide.

Persona Pizza Chef wins big again with house-made desserts

Persona Pizza may be small now as a chain, but its chef and co-founder has big plans and even bigger passion for his product.

Tough market last week for pizza operators

Commodity prices were up and pizza stock prices fell last week in trading at the major markets nationally.

Why your loyalty program is failing and how to fix it (Part 3)

By harnessing the power of smart loyalty and letting customers control their own experience, brands can create a superior consumer journey.

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