Commodities: A good week to be in the pizza biz

Despite all the doomsayers last week, predicting the beginning of a restaurant recession, pizza restaurateurs had a very good week last year at the market. Commodity prices -- aside from auto fuel -- all dropped, while the value of pizza stocks rose, particularly at the smaller take-and-bake Papa Murphy's chain.

To lease or not to lease: 5 tips, if that is your question (Part 1 of 2 on restaurant financing issues)

In a business that demands a steady and relatively liquid cash flow, leasing equipment can make a lot of sense. Here are five tips to help you decide what equipment to lease and how to prepare for the deal.

Commodities: Prices on the rise

The price of commodities were mostly on the rise last week, while the value of pizza stocks fell, making the holiday week less than happy one for those in the pizza business.

Commodities: A relatively rough week for most pizza makers

Last week was not the cheeriest for the pizza marketplace with most pizza stocks dropping.

Commodities: Markets fluctuating, pizza stocks down

Pizza commodities were a mixed bag of good and bad news last week.

Commodities: Savings to be had on gas, wheat

Cheese prices continued their ascent on the commodities market last week, but there were savings to be had on most other restaurant necessities.

GE sells off restaurant assets of lending arm in massive 3-way deal

GE Capital U.S. is selling the bulk of its restaurant financing assets, which are worth about $1.4 billion.

Friday's Brexit left most pizza stocks relatively unchanged

The week that ended with the market-shaking news of Brexit, seems to have left pizza stocks relatively unchanged, though wheat commodity prices dropped sharply on the week.

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.

3 steps to make third-party ordering work for your restaurant

Third-party sites generate sales — and often new customers — so they don't want to shut off the tap. But they're pulling their hair out over the transaction fees, the labor costs and the loss of control over the customer experience.

Domino's wage theft suit could have big implications for chains

The suit claims that because of the under-calculated hours, employees at the franchises named were not compensated for more than $500,000.

Negotiating the operating costs as rent for restaurant tenants

There are aspects of the operating costs that can be changed to the tenant's favor, although most commercial real estate professionals may explain that operating costs are not negotiable.

10 questions to ask before leasing commercial space

Are you planning to lease commercial space? Here are 10 questions you need to ask about the landlord and building.

Restaurateurs speak out against NLRB ruling

The National Labor Relations Board made it easier on Thursday for restaurant workers to unionize, and many restaurateurs are already worried about what the ruling means for their businesses.

Commodities: Cheese down, gasoline up

The price for cheese fell by nearly 5 cents, but gasoline has increased 8 cents over the past week.

Rethinking an IPO in a seller’s market

Going public means being prepared for much greater transparency and accountability in business operations.

Tips on preparing for a minimum wage increase

Make good hiring decisions; mistakes can be costly since training new employees is a considerable investment.

Factors driving interchange rates down

Competition is offering merchants new ways to accept payments and this will lower fees over time.

The hidden costs of delivery

Consolidation is more efficient, less time-consuming and more economical.

Optimize distribution costs

Consolidate dry, refrigerated and frozen items and include paper goods and cleaning supplies.

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