California Pizza Kitchen unveils Valentine's Day deals

California Pizza Kitchen unveiled its love-sick deals for Valentine's Day, the Sweet Deal for Two and the "What We Do For Love" sweepstakes.

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Best practices for developing, deploying a mobile app for your brand

Your app is an extension of your brand, and an app with sub-par design or functionality can do serious damage to that brand.

How restaurants are using gamification to increase engagement in loyalty apps

Restaurants are discovering the power of leveraging apps, loyalty programs and games to engage customers and drive traffic.

Building genuine customer engagement in an Instagram world

Instead of exhausting yourself trying to change customer behavior, take the necessary steps to minimize the distractions cell phones can present.

Independent pizzerias leverage local ingredients, marketing to compete with big chains

For independent operators, it's important to understand futures and have a good relationship with distributors and manufacturers to best manage food costs.

Executive round table: Pizza industry leaders make their 2015 predictions

Themes for 2015 include customization, freshness and mobile ordering/payments.

The pace of fast casual pizza accelerates in 2014

Despite a number of headwinds such as high cheese and beef prices and labor pressures, many operators remain optimistic for 2015.

Competition for talent among hot trends for employers in 2015

The upswing in the economy means competition for talent will heat up in 2015. That means employers need to up their game when it comes to attracting and retaining the best team members.

Online cultural inclusiveness: Something for restaurant brands to think about

Focusing on how diversity is presented on a company website provides an opportunity to reaffirm our industry’s commitment to reaching a multicultural workforce and customer base.

Bringing millennials to your table

Millennials believe they simply don't have time to commit to a sit down 90-minute meal, so brands should deliver succinct experiences to help customers do more with limited time.

Social media expert: Restaurants need to get better at brand storytelling

The challenge is no longer having the biggest presence or most followers; now quality matters before activity.

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NEWS


San Fran meal delivery service now takes Bitcoin

San Francisco-based SpoonRocket, an on-demand meal delivery startup, has announced that it now accepts Bitcoin as a form of payment.

Ingenico, Beamm team up to launch EMV-certified tablet POS

The smart tabletPOS combines an Ingenico iCT terminal, Beamm’s smart iPad POS application and management tools, a tablet stand, and cash drawer to provide a complete EMV-certified, in-store POS solution that is Apple Pay and Google Wallet ready

ShopKeep launches mobile app for iOS

The app works with ShopKeep Register, the company’s point of sale application, and offers users the ability to monitor business operations via their mobile devices.

Zomato acquires Urbanspoon

The deal marks restaurant search app Zomato's entrance into North America. Zomato is now active in 22 countries.

Mobivity adds former Papa John's exec to management team

Mobivity Holdings Corp., a provider of smart receipt marketing solutions and mobile marketing technologies, has appointed Donna Mitchell as its SVP of Strategic Accounts. According to a news release, Mitchell will help lead revenue creation for Mobivity with a focus...

Pieology Pizzeria adds gift card options

Pieology Pizzeria has announced that gift cards are now available for in-store purchase at all locations. The reloadable gift cards are available in any denomination. "We're excited to now offer Pieology gift cards, making it easier than ever to give...

Papa John's co-op names new media agency

The Louisville (Kentucky) Co-Op of Papa John’s International Inc., has selected Current360 as its media agency. The scope of work will include competitive research to identify opportunities, consulting services to leverage sponsorships and partnerships, and media planning, placement and tracking...

Restaurant startup game app launches

Players can build their own fine dining, family restaurants and fast food places in Restaurant Bigwig 2.0 for the iPad.

IFA launches labor resource site for franchisees

The International Franchise Association has unveiled a new resource website for franchisees. The Franchise Labor & Workforce Hub includes information for franchise business owners looking to learn more about current labor and workforce challenges facing employers as well as best...

bogopogo launches restaurant mobile coupon plan

bogopogo has launched its FRAMPLE (Free + Sample) plan, providing free mobile coupon access to all restaurants across the US and allowing them to promote their best restaurant deal. "This changes everything. Now every restaurant in America can communicate their...

OrderUp adds AOL veteran to executive team

Baltimore-based OrderUp has hired former AOL SVP of Corporate Development Michael Smith as its new VP of Corporate and Business Development. The move will support OrderUp's growth. According to a news release, OrderUp's order and delivery volume has recently increased...

Snagajob launches video job application feature

Snagajob has released its free app for iOS and Android, designed to make the job posting/hiring process easier by using a smartphone’s or tablet’s video, photo and GPS technology. Employers can currently post jobs for free via the app’s free...

Healthy Dining adds tech execs to support growth

California-based Healthy Dining has added two information technology professionals to help the company's growth. Steve Palmer and Alex Kang will further the development of Healthy Dining’s new software and digital platforms. Additionally, the team will develop new software applications designed...

Uncle Maddio's new IT strategy includes loyalty, ordering and security

Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint will launch a new IT strategy in Q1 aimed at improving customer engagement and franchisee satisfaction.

ChowNow adds Apple Pay platform

Company claims to be the first online ordering system to offer the new payment technology.

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