Restaurant graphics: More important than you think? (Part 1)

This two-part series delves into how and why restaurants should take their graphic elements more seriously.

Commodities: Cheese, wheat drop, fuel rises

Agricultural commodities gave pizza restaurateurs a break last week in trading with the price of both wheat and cheese falling, but those gains were made up for with losses in increasing gas and natural gas prices.

Self-order kiosks give staff more time, diners more control

Quick service and fast casual restaurants are increasingly enjoying the benefits of self-order kiosks.

How using customer data will make you a better marketer

Marketing sometimes gets a bad rap as being immeasurable fluff, but no one can argue with marketing built on factual data that can also be measured.

College kids still love fast food, but they're pickier than ever

Today's coeds have high expectations for even the fastest food that they order.

Part 2: The pain and the glory of getting REAL

Restaurateurs who seek REAL certification say it’s a tough and sometimes painful process. But they are quick to add that it can end up paying off big for a restaurant brand.

Part 1: Why more restaurants are getting REAL

Hundreds of restaurant brands have achieved REAL certification, but what are they getting out of it? Our two-part report begins with a look at research into the trends driving more healthful menus, sustainable sourcing and environmentally sound practices.

Pizza Hut digital leader Baron Concors talks mobile strategy, best practices

Baron Concors, Pizza Hut global chief digital officer, said the “focus on mobile is a focus on customer,” and that retailers must turn their mindset to becoming students of human behavior.

Commodities: Gas prices start to level off, while cheese gets pricier again

The market was a mixed bag last week for pizza restaurateurs. Gas prices have begun to level off after weeks of declining from the early summer highs typically seen around the travel season. Likewise, cheese prices, which appeared to be dropping, have started an upward trend again.

Congrats to the restaurant winners in the 2016 'Inc. 5000'

Inc. Magazine has named America's top 5,000 fastest-growing businesses, and the list includes a healthy representation of restaurants.

At Malawi's Pizza, dinner is a world-changing experience

A novel pizza brand that started in Provo, Utah, is making a huge difference for children in one very tiny, very impoverished African nation.

Online or offline: Ways your restaurant can tap into Pokemon Go craze

In the annals of gaming history, this summer will go down as the summer of Pokemon Go. The augmented reality game has players worldwide out on the streets and everywhere else, attempting to catch Pokemon in just about every nook...

Should you switch to fully digital or combination digital and printed menu boards?

Switching from static menu boards to new digital menu boards is a big step for restaurant operators. Digital menu boards have more components, are more costly and seem more complicated in the beginning than static, printed menu boards, but they add many huge advantages.

Massive Big Food study holds lessons for restaurant industry today

American Big Food is losing market share like someone just pulled the plug from its collective bathtub, according to a newly published study on the state of Big Food.

Should franchisors rethink employee training under the NLRB cloud?

Using a networked, digitally driven, consumer model for employee training can turn employees into eager directors of their own professional development without the risk imposed by the NLRB joint-ownership rules.

'Do you want fries and a fill-up with that, sir?' C-stores compete for restaurant business

As if the restaurant business weren't competitive enough already, now it appears that convenience stores want in on the action, too. There's no telling how such a trend might change the food-service industry.

Remember the '70s? Mr. Gatti's does and wants you to, too

There's gold in those olden days for brands such as Mr. Gatti's that are finding nostalgia might be the best path into the future.

Commodities: Cheese prices finally beginning to fall

Cheese prices are finally falling, but the price of wheat is taking up the slack in this week's commodity report of pizza restaurateurs.

Big reasons why big data can vastly improve marketing efforts

We all know the big, failed product launches, especially those from companies known for marketing greatness like New Coke, the Arch Deluxe and Orbitz soda. And, of course, there’s lots of analysis out there about why they crashed and burned,...

5 great ways paid social ads can equal more restaurant reviews

It's no secret that online reviews can be very beneficial for a restaurant's reputation and business. But many restaurateurs are not aware that they can use paid social promotion to win reviews, making the most of the ad dollars you spend on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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