The flame game

The fiery foods craze is working its way into pizza operations. One operator tells how his habañero pizza is heating up sales.

From raft to riches

Cuban émigré Ramon Rodriguez came to America with nothing. Now he's preparing to turn over his $11 million-a-year pizza company to son Raymond.

The emperor's new pizzeria

After a quarter century as an independent, Rey's Pizza in Miami is set for expansion, and now 'the king' is courting licensees.

'Pizza! The Movie' is a terrific tale of the industry

Filmmaker Michael Dorian is showing 'Pizza! The Movie' at several American film festivals this year. Read more and learn why this is a must-see for anyone in the pizza industry.

Talk it up!

Promoting product is important, but positioning an owner's personality is equally important in driving word-of-mouth marketing.

Kings of the pizza contests

Several pizza operators share their tips for winning some of the country's top pizza contests.

NAPICS wrap-up: 4,500 attendees sample a slice of the independent pizza market

A crowded show floor greets operators and exhibitors at the North America Pizza & Ice Cream Show.

Perishable Cash

It looks, smells and tastes like food, but in reality, inventory on your shelves is perishable cash. Manage it tightly, and you could add profits to your bottom line.

OPERATIONS: POS system: Time saver, money maker

Time slaving becomes time savings with an electronic point-of-sale system.

<B>2004 NAPICS ROUND-UP:</B> First-ever North America Pizza & Ice Cream Show draws 4,000 attendees

A combined 7,285 attendees and exhibitors filled the aisles of the Columbus Convention Center for NAPICS, 2004's first pizza show.

Time to order online

Ordering online from a distributor is simple and convenient, but few distributors and pizza operators are using such services.

Looking Back '... Looking Ahead

PizzaMarketplace's editor reviews five significant events that occurred in the pizza industry in 2003, and makes five predictions for 2004.

Can Your Pizza Business Survive an Audit&#63;

Christmas is coming, but if you're a pizza operator or a tipped employee who hasn't recorded his income correctly in 2003, you'd better watch out—for the IRS.

2002: A Year in Review

Sluggish sales amid a sputtering economy didn't stop the pizza industry from delivering a year full of highs and lows in 2002

Raw Deals

Sales of take-and-bake pizza might not seem impressive now, but operators believe its time is coming.

The bounce stops here

Thanks to the Internet, services that recover funds from bad checks have come a long way recently, and pizza operators are reaping the benefits -- for free.

Easier-bake ovens

Your business has overwhelmed your ability to serve customers in a timely manner. Could a bigger, better, faster oven solve your problems?

Gas price spike = driver rate hike&#63;

Though high gas prices are hitting drivers' wallets, many operators believe their drivers are fairly compensated.

Net Returns

Orders of pizza through the Internet are growing now that operators are learning how to make it work efficiently.

Hot and Handy

Sales of heated pizza delivery bags are growing, but not everyone is convinced they're necessary or worth the added cost.

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