Looking for ways to find and keep employees? NRA leaders offer insights

Given the reality of fewer young employees in the work force, the only options are to recruit more from other age groups or be more successful recruiting younger employees.

Commodities: Markets yield midsummer merriment for pizza brands

It was an especially nice week for pizza stocks, with all four brands monitored here showing healthy gains over the course of the trading week.

3 commonalities among Lyfe Kitchen, Urban Plates, Baskin Robbins brand-building strategies

Building a successful brand has three parts: storytelling, club making and country building, according to a branding expert at the National Restaurant Show.

Are kiosks the next step for restaurant-based digital signage?

There's a lot of buzz surrounding the rise of self-order kiosks in dining establishments, especially quick-serve restaurants. As digital menu boards approach the point of saturation in many restaurants, kiosks represent the next big opportunity for restaurant-based digital signage.

Webinar: The Halal Guys shares 3 loyalty lessons with big pay-offs

The Halal Guys Marketing Director Andrew Eck related valuable information in the hour-long session, including three principles that he said brands must keep in mind in their loyalty program creation.

The kiosk game: What restaurants must be prepared to pay to play

While self-service initiatives provide significant ROI opportunities, businesses should understand all of the necessary costs and how they plan to fit those costs in their current budget before moving forward.

It’s a jungle out there, all right, and its name is Amazon

There may never be a more fitting name than that of Amazon, the mega online retailer that has come to demonstrate what the term “It’s a jungle out there” really means when referring to the ruthlessness of the business world. And now the food service industry is seeing firsthand how Amazon institutes the "law of the jungle."

Commodities: Last week was 'all mixed up'

For pizza operators, last week was a grab-bag of results on the commodities and stock markets, where prices paid for public brands and essential operational ingredients experienced ups and downs relative to their individual markets.

Infographic: Great ways restaurants can lighten the load on that online carbon footprint

From eco-friendly web hosting and printer-friendly content to streamlined fulfillment processes and "green" shipping, there are a variety of ways restaurant brands can operate with a clean conscience.

Domino's moo-ves in to milk some action from 'Cow Appreciation' events

What do you do when a competitor has a really good annual promotion that they thought of first? If you're Domino's, you apparently tell the competition to "moo-ve" over. Such is the case today, as Domino's QSR competitor Chick-fil-A celebrates...

Commodities: Holiday makes for a mild mid-summer trading week

It was a relatively uneventful week in commodity and pizza stock trading with only moderate gains or losses on either front, suggesting that a lot of traders like to build summer vacations around the long Independence Day holiday, too.

Be my 'bBff': Marketing guru says best brands 'participate' in diners' lives

Brands with the most loyal and committed customers know you only earn super-loyalty when you participate in customers' lives, says veteran marketing guru, Norty Cohen.

Caliburger founder to discuss how $3.1M investment will fuel robotics in the kitchen

The substantial investment is the combined effort of Acacia Research Corporation, Match Robotics VC, and a number of undisclosed strategic investors.

Investing in technology? Restaurants share hits and misses

Companies need to do their research, and management has to be supportive for technology initiatives to succeed.

Food truck boosts sales for Texas pizza and wings restaurant

Il Primo Pizza & Wings in Richmond, Texas has proven that a food truck can do a lot to promote a brick-and-mortar restaurant, and that there are significant operational synergies between the two sales venues.

Free smartphones, campground delivery among pizza promos for Independence Day

Independence Day weekend beckons, and some have clearly pulled out all the wheel chocks to pull in new and returning customers.

The Halal Guys loyalty story to headline July 13 webinar

The Halal Guys have had enormous success with their well-researched loyalty program, which the brand's leadership with share with our readers during a July 13 webinar.

Surprise! Readiness tips for times when bad news lands on your doorstep

On any day of the week, any brand in the world can get sucked into the vortex of a negative news event. Read on for tips from a PR veteran and longtime journalist on preparing for and responding to such events to "control the bleeding."

Commodities: Gas, cheese and trading prices play nice with most brands

It was a good trading week for all but one pizza brand, while all pizza operators got a break last week on cheese and gas prices.

Free Webinar: How to get your brand all wrapped up in that 'transparency thing'

Can consumers really see your brand? Do they really see how you're "being transparent" about your ingredients, their sources and quality? This free webinar gives expert advice on what restaurants must make clear today to build their customer base for tomorrow.

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