Commodities: Most pizza stocks see bump, supply prices mixed

Commodity prices were truly a mixed bag this week with the cost of some of the most commonly used items in pizza restaurant operation truly varied, although the overall high value of the dollar has helped.

Will the menu trends of 2017 turn to the dark side?

Charcoal, heavy fats and lots of bubbles may not sound like they belong on 2017's list of menu trends, but the Canadian food-centric marketing consultancy, THP, said its research shows otherwise.

Mobile payments + loyalty programs = a millennial magnet

Entice and capture millennials and you simultaneously attract the larger overall audience. That's why restaurants need mobile payments and loyalty programs now.

6 hacks to optimize restaurant digital tech

You can invest in the best digital technology, but you'll only be getting mediocre results unless you employ techniques like the six hacks explained in this article.

Three ways to get maximum power out of direct mail

Tech may be all the talk, but one of the lowest tech approaches to promoting your brand, direct mail, is still not only effective but competitive with most anything digital is doing.

Top seven steps to supply chain heaven outlined at summit

Figuring out supply chain problems has a new urgency and importance today that might not have existed just three years ago. Here from the Fast Casual Summit last month, seven key steps to supply chain heaven.

Commodities: Election rocks nation, not pizza stocks

With the big question answered on the next U.S. president, the good news is the pizza commodities market remained relatively stable. Most prices for commodities dropped slightly over the week, while pizza stock prices were mostly up.

Free Webinar: Pilot Testing Restaurant Digital Signage - The Only Way to Fly

Invest an hour of time in the free webinar, Pilot Testing Restaurant Digital Signage: The Only Way to Fly. It's chock-full of checklists, proven testing rules and a discussion with one brand about the lessons its leadership learned through testing for a signage system that has been game-changing for that chain.

4 key steps to maximizing success with seasonal workers

As restaurants prepare to serve hungry holiday crowds, restaurant managers also prepare to welcome a wave of seasonal employees. It's critical that restaurant locations across any brand's system know the best ways to welcome and onboard these seasonal holiday workers.

Series Part III: Digital signage software beyond the order counter

By Stuart Armstrong/ ComQi Group President For many working in food service today, their work  is strictly a "job," not a career. That fact is proven in the industry's employee turnover rates alone, with a typical fast-food restaurant fully replacing its entire staff of employees annually.

Series part II: 5 key questions to ask about digital signage software

By Stuart Armstrong/ ComQi Group President When it comes to selecting a digital signage system and software for your food service operation, some features really should not be compromised. The fact is that every restaurant is different and has some...

A load of tasty restaurant LTOs tell veterans 'Thanks'

It's quite a week to be an American with tomorrow's presidential election and Friday's celebration of Veterans Day. Many restaurant brands are playing up this patriotic time with special promotions to honor both days.

Series Part I: 7 signage software essentials you must know before you go digital

By Stuart Armstrong/ ComQi Group President  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Menu Labeling Requirement Act goes into effect May 5, promising to put huge pressures on restaurants with 20 or more locations, who must comply with federal rules to feature both calorie counts and other nutritional information on their menus.

Commodities: Prices echo country's 'case of nerves' this week

With one day to go before a potentially game-changing presidential election, pizza stocks echoed the country's overall trepidation and commodity prices were no real pick-me-upper, either.

Report: 4 top pizza industry growth factors

Good news came this morning in the form of a new report on the global pizza market for the next three years. Technavio's latest research shows that the market will grow at a CAGR of 3 percent through 2020.

Holy Guacamole! Are avocados back or not?

Is the avocado shortage still on? The answer, it seems, depends on who you ask and what news source you rely on.

How mobile allows Cici's Pizza to deliver enhanced customer experience

Tim Tang of Hughes interviewed Douglas Kwong, Digital Director of Cicis Pizza at the 2016 CONNECT Mobile Innovation Summit, about how the chain uses digital marketing to delight its customers.

Going global: Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit adds European event

Early-bird registration is now open for next year's London and Dallas summits.

Webinar: 7 essential strategies to recession-proof your restaurant

Are you leaving money on the table? Learn how to turn your POS into a money-producing machine for what some analysts believe is a coming restaurant recession.

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