Reuters report says restaurants and robotics still haven't mixed

Reuters today published a story on the use of robots in food service, which shows that most restaurateurs are staying with humans for the bulk of their needs due to the high cost of investment in robotics, complexity of tasks in food service, and the problems presented by robot maintenance and repair issues in a restaurant setting.

Free books and fire truck-delivered pizza: Two pizza powerhouses show benefits of cause-based campaigns

Mega-chain pizza brands, Domino's and Pizza Hut, are pulling out all the stops this fall to show the world how the Big Pie Guys and Gals do marketing with a purpose.

Commodities: Yum Brands only gainer during a tough week for pizza stocks

Aside from Pizza Hut parent, Yum Brands, last week was a pretty rough one for pizza stocks.

The Restaurant Review Dance: Four steps to a better reputation

The importance of both knowing, and fiercely protecting your restaurant’s reputation online, is integral to business success today in any area of food service. For proof, look no further than the following three research findings: The addition of a single...

Cloud POS vs. digital ordering engine: Everything you need to know

As more restaurant brands develop digital ordering capabilities, restaurant technologists must understand the key differences between a cloud POS and a fully-featured digital ordering engine.

Yum! Brands okays separation, increases dividend and appoints board member

Lots of high-level action occurring this week at Yum Brands with its board of directors giving the go-ahead to the previously announced separation of the company from its China business. Yum China begins trading Nov. 1, on the New York Stock Exchange as YUMC.

Commodities: Another profitable week for pizza operators

Aside from stabilizing auto fuel prices and slightly rising natural gas prices, last week was a particularly rosy one for pizza restaurateurs' bottom lines.

Rooting out today's top culinary trends

Root vegetables are the food service trend of the moment, according to research on the top plant-based edibles in restaurant kitchens and menus from market research publisher, Packaged Facts.

Texas groups join NRF to sue Labor Department over new overtime rule

A group of Texas chambers of commerce has joined the NRF to file suit on behalf of the "millions of employers and employees" that the groups say the new rules will negatively affect.

RetailMeNot's latest marketing approach is one restaurateurs might want to consider

RetailMeNot is taking an interesting approach to product promotion that restaurateurs might not only find fun to review, but might also consider for themselves. The retail savings and promotion site’s new campaign revolves around a special big data-type of report...

What the best-dressed pizzas are wearing around the globe

In part 2 of this series on pizza toppings, we go to the masses for the take on what’s hot and what’s not atop pies globally.

Commodities: A good week to be in the pizza biz

Despite all the doomsayers last week, predicting the beginning of a restaurant recession, pizza restaurateurs had a very good week last year at the market. Commodity prices -- aside from auto fuel -- all dropped, while the value of pizza stocks rose, particularly at the smaller take-and-bake Papa Murphy's chain.

Pokemon GO ... away? Restaurants liable if distracted diners are hurt

By Nicholas Resetar/ Attorney Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably aware that the mobile-based augmented reality game, Pokemon GO, has taken the world by storm. This manifests itself daily in oblivious players with their heads glued to...

Self-order kiosks gain fans among restaurants, consumers

The quick service and fast casual restaurant formats may offer their customers different experiences, but both are starting to leverage self-order kiosks to improve customer experience.

What the best-dressed pizzas are wearing now

Almonds, arugula, potatoes and eggs, are just a few of the players in the results of our completely unscientific poll of cool and surprisingly tasty pizza toppings, the first of a two-part series on what's "up" in pizza.

3 steps to better restaurant food safety

The focus on food safety throughout the nation's food supply chain is at all-time high. Between consumer health issues brought about by the ingestion of unsafe products, and the outbreak of diseases that impact the food supply, it's imperative that operators continue to focus on protecting the lives and health of their guests.

The franchisee's financial 4: Top tips to get investors to show you the money (Part 2 of a series on restaurant financial issues)

In yesterday's initial part of this series, readers got expert advise on equipment leasing options and how they can help with your overall food service operations. Today's article, takes a deeper look at the work most restaurateurs must make sure they accomplish before approaching any outside sources for financing their dreams.

Want social media success? Just EAT it

When it comes to social media success, it can be tough to remember that it's all about quality, over quantity in most cases. But the good news is, if you can learn to EAT it, you'll have that task accomplished. Read on, if you want to learn how.

To lease or not to lease: 5 tips, if that is your question (Part 1 of 2 on restaurant financing issues)

In a business that demands a steady and relatively liquid cash flow, leasing equipment can make a lot of sense. Here are five tips to help you decide what equipment to lease and how to prepare for the deal.

Commodities: Prices on the rise

The price of commodities were mostly on the rise last week, while the value of pizza stocks fell, making the holiday week less than happy one for those in the pizza business.

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