Kiosk translates in sign language to assist hard of hearing customers

Juke Slot develops a kiosk that offers sign language for hard of hearing customers, a significant market with special needs. One customer's experience alerted the company to the need.

Commodities: Mostly positive week for all but Papa Murphy's

Last week's stock market and commodities trading action was relatively positive for most pizza brands, which grew in value in overall trading and had some good news in the price paid for oft-used commodities like cheese.

Saladworks CEO reveals brand's 5-step come-back strategy

Saladworks was facing bankruptcy in 2015, when Centre Lane Partners bought it for nearly $17 million. Since then, CEO Patrick Sugrue has been working to breathe new life into the 30-year-old brand. "You have to be able to fail fast...

4 metrics every restaurant should track

You may be running a well-structured training program for new staff in the hopes that they’ll learn quickly and become more productive, but you might be missing a critical piece in your evaluation of staff growth — the impact new staff are having on sales and profitability.

New player rolling into foodservice news universe

On April 1, a whole new foodservice business website hits the online world to cover everything about the growing food truck industry worldwide.

BuzzFeed exec schools restaurateurs on mastering customer engagement

Jennifer Klawin, SVP, brand strategy, West Coast for BuzzFeed, shared social media tips with restaurateurs.

Are wearables the future of dining out?

Wearables in the food industry can increase in-house communication with the entire staff and elevate the customer service experience, giving you an edge over competitors in an aggressively competitive industry.

Study: Billions wasted on loyalty efforts that bomb

Restaurants invest a lot in loyalty programs, but one massive study just completed by operational strategy company, Accenture, says a lot of that money is currently wasted because their data shows the programs often miss their mark, according to a news release.

How to romance customers out of Valentine's Day dollars

Coming up with attractive and creative Valentine's Day promos can be a challenge when nearly every restaurant on the planet is competing for the consumer’s love and affection. Check out some of this year's promotions.

NYC restaurateur proposes 3-tier minimum wage to 'help small business owners'

CEO Willie Degel thinks the industry should have a specific minimum wage for private companies with less than $25 million in revenues, a higher wage for private companies making $25-$50 million and an even higher wage for publicly traded companies.

Happy Pizza Day ... particularly you, Texas, Michigan

Pizza Marketplace wishes you a Happy Pizza Day. And just for kicks, we thought we'd share a little list that Welcomemat Services sent our way about which towns' residents redeemed the most free Welcomemat pizza gifts over the last year when Texas and Michigan showed a special fondness for the pies.

And the bride wore … pepperoni?

Long white dress. Bouquets of exotic flowers.

Commodities: Heavy trading week brings a mixed bag of results

In last week's heavy trading, pizza stocks and pizza commodities were all headed in different directions as far as overall value is concerned.

2 events to help you succeed in franchising

To help operators avoid common pitfalls and to learn about the new technology now available to help restaurateurs succeed, Networld Media Group is hosting two events focusing on franchise growth and innovation.

Pizza Hut puts the PJs back in pizza night

Pizza and PJs just go together, and in the U.K. Pizza Hut is making that perfectly acceptable, even if diners choose dining out over delivery. This week, the brand's Manchester-area restaurants opened in-restaurant "pajama-safe zones," so customers can stay comfy...

3 brands discuss sweating out Super Bowl's 'super Busy-ness'

Across the U.S. this pre-Super Bowl week, restaurant owners, employees and vendors are probably popping extra vitamins — maybe even carb-loading a little in anticipation of the monumental demands coming Sunday. Here three brands relay the worries, the work and the potential wealth at stake.

Big brands hoping to score with a variety of marketing tactics on Super Bowl Sunday

Brands will fight for their piece of the pie on what the USDA describes as the  No. 2 food holiday of the year. Fifteen percent —  or about 48 million people — will place some type of food order.

Why the restaurant industry's relationship with US government is still #Complicated

Considering President Donald Trump's passion for business, many were hoping the relationship between the restaurant industry and the government would be less strained. Feelings about his leadership are mixed, however.

Snow, sweets and Super Bowl: February is a marketer's dream

From Super Bowl Sunday to Valentine’s Day Tuesday, February may be the dead of winter in the Northern hemisphere, but this second month of the year is still brimming with marketing opportunities for restaurants to attract consumers suffering from cabin fever.

Commodities: Stock values rebound, supply prices flatten

The bottom line improved last week for pizza restaurateurs as stock prices for four major brands rebounded in value, and commodity prices overall either fell or remained flat.

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