Restaurant industry upbeat for 2017; big year for digital marketing

This year promises to be a lucrative one for the restaurant industry, according to the Toast Restaurant POS "Restaurant Success in 2017 Industry Report," which takes an inside look at restaurant owners' strategies for this year. Toast compiled data from...

New tech finds, funnels real-time restaurants digital sign content

Allure is debuting an advanced content automation technology for digital signs and other devices used in the fast food and fast casual sectors.

Study: Consumers receptive to chatbots

A majority of consumers are comfortable talking with a chatbot yet only a fraction have engaged with one, according to the 2017 Mobile Consumer Report from Vibes. In addition to under-indexed chatbot use, Vibess fourth annual Mobile Consumer Report uncovered...

3 pizza concepts adopt Punchh platform

Punchh, a restaurant technology platform, added MOD Pizza, Pizza Inn and PizzaRev in the second half of 2016, according to a press release. The concepts join 75 restaurant chains including Pieology, Smashburger, Moe's Southwest Grill and TGI Fridays. "We believe...

NRA implores Congress: 'Keep debit-swipe fee controls in place'

The National Restaurant Association has joined forces with dozens of other restaurant groups to launch a campaign against repealing debit swipe-fee protections under the Durbin Amendment, which passed in 2010 as part of the Dodd-Frank Act. The issue is coming...

Company launches platform to lower costs of mobile-ordering deployments

Avanti, the company that provided Subway with its mobile-ordering platform, has made it possible for smaller chains to use the same type of system since it launched it as a cloud-based platform, according to a news release. Avanti's system at...

Papa John's enhances digital ordering with PayPal, Papa Track

Papa John's International has enhanced its digital ordering process by adding PayPal as a payments option and introducing Papa Track. This tracker is designed to allow customers to examine the pizza-making process from the oven to delivery, according to a...

Amazon expands food delivery service

Washington, D.C. Amazon Prime members can now get deliveries from 150 restaurants, including Osteria Morini, Bolt Burgers, Pizza Mart and Maketto, according to a press release. "Who doesn't love being a Prime member and all the benefits that come with it?" Jesse Hiney, general manager of Osteria Morini DC, said in the release.

Donatos debuts iOS app

It only takes three taps to reorder from Donatos Pizza via its new mobile iOS app, now available on all Apple devices, according to a press release. "As consumers continue to shift toward mobile devices for online ordering, we want to make sure our ordering capabilities meet them where they are," Donatos CEO Tom Krouse said in the release.

Pizza Express UAE turns problem into profit with WiFi

After hearing customer complaints of spotty WiFi coverage in PizzaExpress UAE locations, the brand partnered with Purple and CDW to install a solution that not only pleases guests but also props up profits and promotion value for the chain through...

Fishbowl links with Android Pay for easy loyalty and coupon redemption

Fishbowl, a customer engagement platform provider for the restaurant industry, has announced an integration with Android Pay to provide easy loyalty, coupon and promotions management for restaurant industry clients. Fishbowl said in a press release that the collaboration with Android...

Bridg partners with Papa Murphy's for big results with lapsed customers

Papa Murphy's recently partnered with Bridg to create buzz and business with the chain's lapsed customers, according to a company press release. "While we had existing customer data, we partnered with Bridg to extract, analyze and leverage the information to...

Fishbowl, Olo integrating to allow operators to leverage online ordering data for better customer engagement

Fishbowl and Olo are integrating their platforms to allow restaurant operators to leverage online ordering data as a source for identifying customers and transactions.The partnership should also help operators create better engagement and increase repeat visits and sales, according to...

1000 Degree Neapolitan Pizza heats up CO

Denver will soon be warmed by 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza's newest location, coming Dec. 1, according to a press release.

PizzaRev rolls out mobile app

PizzaRev has partnered with Punchh platform to launch its mobile app. Upon downloading, members will receive a free pizza or entree salad. The app features "Rev Rewards" loyalty program as well as online ordering and mobile pay. "Our commitment to...

Blaze Pizza opens new Chicago-area location

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza is opening a new Chicagoland location in Orland Park on Nov. 14, according to a press release. Franchise partner, Adam Cummis, said he hopes to build strong community ties with local groups and create a spot where guests can connect, create and enjoy. The location will host a grand opening with free pizzas on Nov.

Papa John's debuts new Pan Pizza

Papa John's is kicking off its new pan pizza, and the results will have casual eaters and hard-core fans alike excited to try it, according to a press release. "We've been working for a year and a half on this...

Domino's adds one more way to order online

Domino’s Pizza took another digital jump in delivery technology this week, announcing that it will use bot technology to let U.S. customers with a pizza profile order via Facebook Messenger, beginning today. Domino's new ordering bot allows customers to place...

Olo Dispatch covers nation, half of US population

Digital ordering service provider Olo has announced that its year-old Dispatch delivery service now covers all of the U.S. and half of the nation's population, according to a press release. The service allows customers to visit restaurants’ existing digital ordering...

Free webinar: How to Create Loyal Guest Behavior

Restaurant chains across the country are continuing to build and execute loyalty programs that provide immediate and sustainable results. Loyal customers have the power to revive stagnant brands and help industry leaders remain competitive, which is particularly important in an uncertain economic climate.

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