Pizza delivery's changing landscape: Lessons from retail universe

The trend sweeping the industry for increased delivery from all brands is changing the landscape for pizza restaurateurs, who've traditionally "owned" the delivery territory. Fortunately, the wider retail world has been dealing with the same phenomenon for some time and has plenty of lessons to teach pizza operators about this "brave new world."

4 keys to giving QSR customers the tech they 'expect' ... and more

A recent survey makes it official: Customers truly want technology in their QSR experience. Do it right with these four keys from an expert on all that is restaurant digital.

In pictures: Global restaurant execs in London: Part 1

Executives from 17 countries gathered in London for the 2017 Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit — Europe last week. The event, produced by Networld Media Group, provided the opportunity for more than 100 restaurant leaders to share advice, success stories and discuss how they moved on from failure.

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."

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.

New studies show restaurant 'do's and don'ts' of online ordering, delivery

As the restaurant industry continues to bask in the big-dollar benefits of online ordering, two new studies shed light on best practices when it comes to online ordering and third-party delivery as well as overall customer experience.

The CIO-CMO partnership: The path to digital ordering dynamism

Digital ordering success begins at the top of your organization with real alignment between those who lead the charge organizationally to make the system run on the inside, as well as those responsible with how all that technology appears to and engages with the customer.

'Do you deliver ... profits?' This webinar does

Mastering delivery isn't easy, but this free May 18 webinar is a great place to learn how to re-ignite your program.

Capturing today's diners? A lot of it is still about 'the money'

Even with the surprises that the AlixPartners diners' preferences poll has shown this week, in many ways it still all comes down to the fact that customers want it all and they want it as cheap as they can get it.

Pie Five, Firehouse, First Watch,Pei Wei execs discuss 'the good, the bad and the ugly' of online reviews

A recent survey found that 61 percent of the dining public check online reviews before visiting a restaurant. How those reviews can help or hurt sales was a central theme at the Restaurant Franchising and Innovation Summit.

Hot Heads & Rapid Fired Pizza founder on a regional growth approach

Hot Heads Burritos founder, Ray Wiley, is on a roll again, this time with a fast pizza concept, called Rapid Fired. The chain has taken a regional approach to franchise growth, centered around Dayton, Ohio, which has turned out to be just the right place for a 180-second pizza place to call home.

McDonald's massive move to mobile ordering: A big change that warrants big groundwork

McDonald’s and its recently unveiled plans to implement mobile ordering and curbside pickup is proof that even the mightiest brands now know mobile ordering is the order of the future. But, chains must lay the groundwork for this major transition by preparing a foundation that helps them clear the potential hurdles and move on to future success.

C-Speak: Driving local competition with authenticity

Customers now make decisions about where to eat on a more local level, so restaurateurs must adapt their marketing strategies.

4 functional factors fueling pizzeria design trends

Three pizza brands that have recently implemented redesigns make it clear that industry changes are driving some of the most popular design trends.

Sleep talkers beware: Alexa is listening for your restaurant reorders

Amazon Prime members can now voice-order meals through Amazon Restaurants on Alexa-enabled devices,

Why Dominos and Papa John's sales are up in a food service downturn

Why are some pizza chains thriving in an overall economic downturn for the restaurant industry? The answers speak volumes about today's customers' demands.

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.

Pizza Hut digital leader Baron Concors talks mobile strategy, best practices

Baron Concors, Pizza Hut global chief digital officer, said the “focus on mobile is a focus on customer,” and that retailers must turn their mindset to becoming students of human behavior.

Learning from the best and the worst restaurant apps

Nearly half of the top 100 restaurant chains don't have a native app, even though consumers expect one. Gleaning wisdom from over 1 million app reviews has revealed some interesting lessons and principles, from both the well-done apps to the mobile flops.

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