Wix.com acquires OpenRest

OpenRest's integration into the Wix platform will enable restaurant owners to take orders directly from their Wix websites and native mobile apps.

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People don’t just leave bad managers...They also leave bad schedules

Mobile tools help your team plan ahead, and when the schedule finds its way to mobile phones, you can kiss the 'I didn’t know' excuse goodbye.

Prognostication: 2015 menu trends

Beverages, micro-local, crowdsourcing and increased competition from nontraditional foodservice outlets are all expected to shape the restaurant landscape in 2015.

Will Apple Pay be good, bad or neutral for the restaurant industry?

Seth Priebatsch, LevelUp's Chief Ninja, prognosticates about the future of Apple's mobile payments platform as it applies to restaurant chains.

Which is better for your business: A mobile website or a mobile app?

Millennials expect your website to have more than just your location, hours of operation and phone number; they want to see your menu, reviews, promotions and photos.

Is it time for a mobile site? Check for yourself in Google Analytics

Sixty-one percent of mobile users will simply leave a website that is not optimized for viewing on their device and will move on to competition.

Nine keys for driving speed of service

Restaurants can become victims of their own success when high volume slows down service. Check out these tips for satisfying the need for speed.

Taking the ambiguity out of local marketing strategies

HuHot's VP of Marketing shares how to get franchisees to weigh in on marketing decisions, and how to blend corporate standards with local store marketing techniques.

Domino's iPad app yields highest conversion, ticket of company's digital ordering channels

Voice ordering was also a highlight of Q3, with more than 200,000 voice orders placed despite no promotion of the platform since the June launch.

Pizza Hut's digital sales mix up 5 percent in the last quarter

As the brand continues its turnaround strategy, it will launch a new advertising position in Q4 aimed at millennials.

How technology is personalizing the customer experience

The technology and food experience are now weighted equally in the eyes of the consumer, some experts say.

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NEWS


TouchBistro, Merchant Warehouse team up for mobile payments

TouchBistro will use Merchant Warehouse's Genius Customer Engagement Platform to process payments made via the TouchBistro POS solution.

Marco's launches Halloween costume contest to celebrate new combo deal

Marco's Pizza has a new combo deal featuring its limited-time Pepperoni Magnifico and signature Cheezybread. The brand is also hosting an online Halloween costume combo contest that will award one winner with free pizza for a year. Fans are encouraged...

Webinar will take marketers beyond mobile payment

For restaurants and retailers, the possibilities opened by the mobile wallet revolution extend far beyond payments.

Mellow Mushroom plans Movember fundraisers for men's health issues

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers is planning a series of events to raise funds and awareness for the Movember Foundation, an organization devoted to men's health issues. To kick off the month, the chain invites fans to Instagram their mustaches. For...

Stevi B's Pizza announces holiday charity initiatives, contests, cheesecake

Pizza buffet restaurant Stevi B's Pizza of Atlanta introduced an assortment of charity initiatives products and deals starting this month for customers, according to a company announcement.

Venuelabs launches free social listening tool for small businesses

AboutLocal lets small retailers listen to and engage with their customers in real time across hundreds of disparate online channels.

OpenTable adds Apple Pay integration

OpenTable, a provider of online restaurant reservations, has announced its integration with Apple Pay. "With Apple Pay, OpenTable diners can skip the step of adding a card to their profile and simply settle their check with a single touch using...

Lightspeed adds restaurants to POS portfolio

Commerce platform provider Lightspeed has announced its entry into the hospitality industry with the launch of Lightspeed Restaurant. According to a news release, Lightspeed now serves 21,000 businesses processing over $8.2B in sales annually. The company also announced that it...

Groupon launches business ratings platform

Groupon has launched more than 7 million new listings for merchants called Pages, a platform that includes ratings, tips, money-saving opportunities and other information about merchants throughout the US. For the first time, Groupon is using a platform to publish...

Zomato restaurant discovery service launches in Canada

Zomato plans to expand across Australia, Europe, South-East Asia, the Middle East and the Americas in the coming months.

Mahana releases tool for mobile payment benchmarking

Restaurants can benchmark their implementation, use and acceptance of emerging mobile payment technologies against the industry using Mahana's Payment Experience Evaluation Report

Pizza Inn incentivizes military care package donations

Pizza Inn is adding "a Twist" to its Treats for Troops project this year. Participating restaurants are now urging guests to drop off a bag of unwrapped, individuals-sized candy to be included in care packages addressed to military personnel stationed around the world. The bags are being accepted through Nov.

Sal’s Pizza parent company rewarding unplugged customers

Salvatore's Restaurants, an Italian restaurant group with five locations in Massachusetts as well as the parent company of Sal’s Pizza, is offering its guests free food if they can part with their smartphones long enough to enjoy a meal. Beginning...

Lavu iPad POS partners with Staples for restaurant bundle availability

Lavu Inc. has partnered with Staples Inc.

NCR mobile POS adds remote pay, order ahead with Apple Pay support

The NCR Silver mobile point-of-sale system for small businesses is now offering remote payment and order ahead capabilities that are compatible with Apple Pay. These capabilities will be offered for free to merchants until Jan. 1.

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