Google goes "hands free" with mobile payments

The company is testing what it calls a 'Hands Free' app that enables users to make and confirm purchases without a payment card or mobile wallet.

The Pizza ATM: Gimmick or marketing genius?

Although it's not yet in America, the Pizza ATM has been producing and dispensing pizzas in Europe for the past 13 years. Its owner has set it sights on launching, this year, in the United States.

Technology: A brand-driver or a necessary evil?

Allowing your guests to view menus, place orders and read nutritional information while at home or on-the-go is paramount. But just because we can, should we always use digital technology?

In the restaurant Red Zone: Running the last 20 yards in the pick-up game

The success of mobile and online ordering can only be achieved when the digital strategy has an equally well-thought out plan to support pick-up or curbside delivery. Scott Marentay of Hyperactive, describes why outdoor digital signs should be part of the playbook.

Revisit your beverage program to cater to customer needs

Although a majority of pizza chains offer fountain drinks or ready-to-drink options, revisiting your beverage offering could uncover opportunities to capitalize on trends.

What 5 qualities do you need in your frontline employees?

As restaurant operators, the most important thing we do is coach and develop our people.

Mobile is affecting commerce decisions for retailers

At the NRF Big Show, a panel discussion about what's next in payments focused on the role technology has played in consumers' expectations as they interact with their favorite brands.

Merchants shift priorities to better serve today's consumers

At the National Retail Federation Big Show, London-based multinational retailer Marks and Spencer described how it created a new loyalty program.

Growing reception and use of restaurant self-serve POS

While rugged mobile tablets are making their way into the food services market, one element of the checkout experience that continues to be in demand for restaurant patrons are self-serve kiosks.

5 trends to make a pie-ority in 2016

No longer content with standard pizza, hungry consumers nowadays demand a higher quality pie that's worthy of their hard-earned dough and caloric budget.

10 fresh restaurant marketing ideas for 2016

Today there are marketing techniques that won't break the bank and will help you save time. Use these restaurant marketing ideas to take your business to the next level in 2016.

Living the brand: How &pizza CEO has inspired customers to wear its logo forever

&pizza is the name of the Washington, D.C.-based pizzeria co-founded by Michael Lastoria and Steve Salis in July 2012. Since then, it's expanded to 13 locations in the D.C. area and spreading its four core values — celebrate oneness, make it personal, keep it fresh and elevate everything — as it goes.

Can your restaurant bounce back from a crisis?

Running a restaurant can be a great source of enjoyment. It can also be a risky endeavor. What can you do when your restaurant faces a PR crisis?

4 for 15: 4 speakers, 15 minutes each, limitless knowledge

Three fast casual restaurant operators and other experts share their insights about the industry and how they've found success and value in it.

The perfect pitch: 3 restaurant concepts

Entrepreneurs from Burgers n’ Fries Forever, Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac n’ Cheez and Pincho Factory pitched concepts to a panel of distinguished investors and consultants who provided professional advice.

Going beyond the discount with new approaches to spur brand loyalty

Fast casual operators want to reward guests with more than food. There are new loyalty program trends to attract new customers, boost revenues and provide memorable experiences for guests.

ICX Symposium: Data is driving the customer experience

Data is driving customer engagement, and there is a wealth of tools an enterprise can use to collect, assess and analyze data to enhance its interactive customer experience strategy.

Email marketing is far from a dead marketing tool

Email is ubiquitous personally and professionally, which means email marketing is far from dead.

3 tips for boosting the upsell effort

A family has just called and ordered two large, two-topping pizzas for dinner. Here are some tips to increase that order by upselling additional items ranging from extra cheese to dessert.

FCES15: Stay on trend with the latest food trends

Tastes and trends in food change and evolve rapidly. What may have been an innovative concept last year may be exactly the wrong one now.

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