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.

Foodtech key to tapping into growing Indian foodservice market

A new report from TechSci Research shows that over the next five years, India may be one of the most promising markets for food service investment, But you must be a leading-edge system for both online ordering and meal delivery.

Chick-fil-A app campaign analytics show just how big a win it was

You can drive consumers to your app, but you can't necessarily make them download it. This has been the perpetual problem for restaurants that want their guests to be intimately linked to their brands via smartphones. As difficult as it...

Why your app isn't appealing to your customer base

Not all apps are created equal, and consumers don't have the patience to wait while you to get it right.

Six ways your restaurant's reputation is affecting your online orders

As technology makes it easier for your customers to order online, it also makes it more important than ever to manage your restaurant's reputation.

3 steps to make third-party ordering work for your restaurant

Third-party sites generate sales — and often new customers — so they don't want to shut off the tap. But they're pulling their hair out over the transaction fees, the labor costs and the loss of control over the customer experience.

Part One: A new restaurant sector pokes its way out of the shell in California

In this first of a three-part series, we take a closer look at the chain that claims it's inventing a new restaurant sector that combines speed and quality into an idea that some industry analysts say the market is clamoring for.

Benefits of a technology billfold: Why the mobile wallet is here to stay

There will be more than 200 million mobile-wallet users across the U.S. by the end of 2016.

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