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...

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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.

Pizza Hut announces complete brand, menu overhaul

Changes include new crusts, drizzles, toppings, uniforms, website and more.

Papa John's POS rollout to be completed by Q1

The company remains bullish on North China and is focused on shifting its marketing and menu strategies to support growth in the market.

Order kiosks making a comeback in the restaurant industry

Millennials are accustomed to technology and like a sensory experience – to touch and feel things – and kiosks give them that opportunity.

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.

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.

Toppers Pizza's remodeling, digital efforts help brand stay relevant in 'fast casual environment'

The company expects its mobile site to launch by the end of this year and is investing 'seven figures' into additional digital initiatives.

Report: Restaurant mobile websites slow to load digital orders

If mobile websites included a click-to-order button that routed customers to a geolocation API, the brands' mobile experiences would be better suited to handle each query.

Online ordering provides the holy grail of customer-level data

Even for brands in which digital ordering represents a small percentage, its search traffic and order traffic represents a meaningful sample size from which brands can glean valuable insights.

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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.

Online ordering platform added at Carmela's Pizzeria

Greenfield Farms Food, parent company of Carmela's Pizzeria, has announced the completion of the brand's online ordering system. Additionally, the company has started development of a mobile app. Carmela's online ordering platform integrates into its new website and also features an interactive catering menu.

Dining app expands mobile ordering platform across all foodservice markets

Toronto-based maegan, a mobile ordering and payment platform, is now available for use across all food and beverage service markets, including hospitals, stadiums, hotels and food courts. "Mobile ordering is traditionally associated with restaurants, but we wanted to bring this...

CARDFREE rolls out next-gen order-ahead product

CARDFREE Inc., a mobile commerce provider, has launched its next generation order-ahead product and has also signed a patent license with Ameranth Inc., which provides web and wireless data synchronization. According to a news release, the patent license enables CARDFREE...

Domino's makes big push for digital orders

Domino's Pizza is offering 50-percent off all menu-priced pizza orders placed digitally for an entire week, beginning today and running through Dec. 7. "We're excited to bring even more convenience to customers who are taking advantage of Cyber Monday," Spokesperson Chris Brandon said in a news release.

Pizza Hut UK's digital menu uses eye-tracking technology to help customers order

Pizza Hut UK has launched a new "Subconscious Menu," which includes 20 ingredients ranging from chicken to peppers. According to The Telegraph, however, the ingredients are not the main draw.  The digital menu features eye-tracking technology, developed by Swedish-based Tobii Technology, that helps customers with their orders.

ChowNow partners with Yelp for online ordering

Online ordering and marketing platform ChowNow now integrates with the Yelp Transaction Platform to allow restaurants to take orders directly from their Yelp business page.

Boston Pizza selects Paytronix for 'MyBP' loyalty program

Paytronix Systems Inc. has announced that Canada's Boston Pizza has selected the Paytronix Rewards platform as the foundation for its new Boston Pizza MyBP Program. According to a news release, Boston Pizza selected Paytronix because of its integration with both...

Domino's kicks off annual fundraiser with St. Jude Meal Deal

This week, Domino's Pizza kicked off its 11th annual Thanks and Giving Campaign to raise money for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

ToGoTechnologies certifies printer for restaurant mobile ordering solution

ToGoTechnologies, a provider of e-commerce solutions, announced it has certified the Epson OmniLink TM-T88V-i smart printer for its mobile and online ordering solution. According to a news release, ToGo’s solution leverages Epson’s ePOS-print and Server Direct Print technologies to create...

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.

GrubHub data reveals gender differences in takeout ordering patterns

The findings of a recent analysis of a year's worth of GrubHub data reveals differences in what, when and where men and women order takeout.

YP teams up with GrubHub

Partnership will add online and mobile ordering to YP's local search.

Heartland adds mobile and online ordering solution

Heartland Payment has introduced a mobile and online ordering solution for restaurants. The solution, called Heartland Mobile and Online Ordering, was released in partnership with ToGoTechnologies. "Restaurants are looking for a competitive mobile ordering solution that will match the functionality...

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Online ordering has grown exponentially in recent years as consumers increasingly turn to their mobile devices and computers for quick, convenient order placing. Larger chains are starting to see digital sales reach 40-plus percent and are pushing the ever-changing platform through various promotions.