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.

Patxi's Pizza responds to settlement over health care law

Company accounting records show 4-percent surcharge was collected for employee health care costs only.

Papa John's boycott threatened over CEO's Obamacare comments

Founder John Schnatter estimates that the reform law will cost between $5 million and $8 million annually.

U.S. restaurant industry outlook: Slow and steady improvement

CIT's managing director says financing continues to open up for restaurant companies.

Commentary: How to build customer demand counter-intuitively

By limiting capacity, while maintaining good quality and service, operators can assure that demand remains high.

Gas prices set Labor Day record

Drops in natural gas and wheat provide relief.

Premium gas prices hit $4 mark

The cost of cheese continues to rise.

Papa John's Obamacare comments create social media firestorm

During Q2 earnings call, CEO claimed Affordable Care Act would cause rise in pizza prices in order to protect shareholders.

Different approaches taken to navigate rising food costs

Fast casuals have relied on menu price increases, while QSRs shift focus to value proposition.

Spread of hours in New York

Are you familiar with the regulation regarding the spread of hours in New York? It applies to virtually every restaurant in the state and failure to adhere to it can lead to sanctions by the state’s Department of Labor. The law works like this: Let’s say a waiter works a double shift, the first shift running from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Domino's international momentum continues

Low number of closures in the U.S. is the result of improved store economics.

Wheat prices up more than $2.50 since early June

Papa John's shares get a lift from Mitt Romney's speech.

Meal credits

Many restaurant owners who offer free meals to their employees are unaware that they are entitled to a minimum wage meal credit for each employee. Specifically, an employer who customarily furnishes meals to employees may reduce the cash wages paid...

Report: Working wages remain low in the food industry

Research by the Food Chain Workers' Alliance paints a dismal picture of working wages and conditions throughout the industry's five core segments – farmers, processing facility employees, distribution, grocery store employees and restaurant/foodservice.

Employee hotline – Avoid passing in the no passing zone

Employee Hotlines encourage employees to report incidences when they observe unsafe conditions or inappropriate behavior, and promotes a culture of ethical behavior and honesty.

Experts weigh in on cost effective menu improvements

Innovation can be achieved with items that already exist in the kitchen.

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