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How AI can revolutionize your restaurant

How AI can revolutionize your restaurant

Like any other industry, restaurants are under relentless pressure to satisfy the soaring expectations of consumers, who are keen on more personalization and convenience. It's especially difficult in the age of the digital native where quicker, easier and more customized…

2019's top pizza reads: century-old pizzeria restoration to futuristic pie prep

2019's top pizza reads: century-old pizzeria restoration to futuristic pie prep

The final year of the 2010s had Pizza Marketplace readers looking back nearly a century to learn about restoring historic buildings for pizzerias, as well as into one possible pizza future where pie assembly is managed by artificial intelligence via an automated pizza assembly line.

2020 pizza brand planner/predictor

2020 pizza brand planner/predictor

As 2019 draws to a close, pizza brands are contending with significant dips in dine-in traffic, as well as peaks in patrons' passion for all things plant-based. How can a brand make the most of the market is as we enter 2020? Part two of this Pizza Puzzler gives expert guidance for the year ahead.

As the new 'Roaring Twenties' dawn, what should pizza brands take on?

As the new 'Roaring Twenties' dawn, what should pizza brands take on?

This month's Pizza Puzzler focuses on a question many brand leaders are mulling over at this hour, "How should I change my brand in the coming year for maximum business benefit?" In this two-part "Pizza Puzzler," restaurant industry trend predictors, brand leaders and professional organizations give their best informed guesses for the year ahead.

Pizzeria will make sci-fi a reality with AI-powered assembly line

Pizzeria will make sci-fi a reality with AI-powered assembly line

The AI-driven automated pizza assembly line made public this morning promises to take pizza brands' make-stations out of human hands and turn them over to a 300 pie-per-hour data and pizza-making dynamo.

1000 Degrees Pizza on wrangling 25+ delivery providers into better business

1000 Degrees Pizza on wrangling 25+ delivery providers into better business

As third-party delivery platforms proliferate, pizza restaurateurs are challenged to lasso customers' demand into their daily business flow. After all, as 1000 Degrees Pizza recently learned, doing so can have enormous benefits on the bottom line.

4 growth guidelines globetrotting pizza brands need to know

4 growth guidelines globetrotting pizza brands need to know

Global expansion is no longer only the domain of the pizza brand behemoths. Lots of smaller chains are hitting the worldwide market, and leaders at those which do keep four fundamental facts top of mind.

Removing friction in digital ordering, delivery discovery

Removing friction in digital ordering, delivery discovery

Digital presence is everything today, but too many brands are unwittingly diverting sales to third-parties thanks to a cluttered digital path that drags the brand itself way down in search results. Start taking better care of that integral online path to your brand today, with these ideas.

Like toppings on pizza, pictures portray your brand's personality on social media

Like toppings on pizza, pictures portray your brand's personality on social media

While pizza toppings may tell a lot about a diner's personality, great images and video can serve the same purpose for pizzerias on social media. Follow these five picture pointers to get maximum marketing mileage out of the images your brand uses to tell the world what it is on social media.

Sure, you're marketing to the individual diner, but what about the 'diners'?

Sure, you're marketing to the individual diner, but what about the 'diners'?

Marketing to the individual and "knowing the diner" are familiar terms to restaurateurs, but new University of Virginia research shows brand leaders must also know dining groups and how companions affect buying decisions.

Online ordering in an age of 'pie-high' expectations for pizza brands

Online ordering in an age of 'pie-high' expectations for pizza brands

Increasing demand for delivery and decreasing customer tolerance for waiting mean that pizza brands must absolutely have an online ordering portal today and ensure it works quickly and easily. Here are some things pizza leaders can do now to make sure those essentials are in place.

Designer: Don't let restaurant tech wave wipe out customer experience

Designer: Don't let restaurant tech wave wipe out customer experience

Delivery-heavy pizza brands today depend heavily on all sorts of restaurant tech, but one restaurant designer wants brand leaders to approach their accommodation for such technology with a healthy dose of caution that it doesn't wash away your brand's customer experience.

Launching a more lucrative pizza brand through tech-assisted recipe costing

Launching a more lucrative pizza brand through tech-assisted recipe costing

How often do you recipe cost and what factors do you take into consideration? Today, with the proliferation of online ordering tools, POS integrations and restaurant data technologies, pizzerias can generate much more accurate recipe cost analyses and the difference can be a real boost to the bottom line.

Playing a powerful pizza game in an Amazon-Uber-fied world

Playing a powerful pizza game in an Amazon-Uber-fied world

Pizzerias have long been players in the delivery game, but Amazon's model of how that delivery happens, along with Uber's model of who does it, has changed the rules of the game today. Survival in this competitive sector now means playing by those new rules.

How pizza brands can get their slice of post-Amazon Effect action

How pizza brands can get their slice of post-Amazon Effect action

The so-called "Amazon Effect" has changed the game for restaurateurs and pizza brands are no exception. What can be done to stay competitive in a faster, at-your-fingertips retail world? Read on for ways to meet the needs of the off-premise customer.

What in the world is blockchain?

What in the world is blockchain?

Blockchain, cryptocurrency, bitcoin: These terms can often be highly confusing to those not in some level of the IT industry. Ray Wiley, CEO and co-founder of Hot Head Burritos and Rapid Fired Pizza helped bring some clarity to these topics during a session at the Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit.

Free webinar: Optimize operations by running a data-driven restaurant

Free webinar: Optimize operations by running a data-driven restaurant

Is your brand's data doing all that it can for you? If you have a sneaky suspicion you might be missing out, check out this March 7 webinar with Focus Brands and Revel Systems to find out how some of the nation's most successful snack QSRs do data right.

Why Domino's 'offensive game' may be big winner Super Bowl Sunday

Why Domino's 'offensive game' may be big winner Super Bowl Sunday

How does a pizza brand really use Super Bowl Sunday pizza orders to break into a cache of new customers? Domino's offensive game this Sunday appears to be a great way to start.

Positive pizza guest engagement? It's all how (when, where) you ask the questions

Positive pizza guest engagement? It's all how (when, where) you ask the questions

Customer insight makes the restaurant world go 'round because it gives pizza brands a critical competitive advantage. And while many brand leaders may think they have all the right answers to the customer insight game, they probably don't if they failed to start with all the right questions.

Keeping customers comin' back: A personal, cross-functional, incremental challenge

Keeping customers comin' back: A personal, cross-functional, incremental challenge

Repeat visits are top of mind for every brand but few may realize how critical the fourth customer visit is and why it requires a specific strategy. That's just one of the revelations uncovered in this session from the Fast Casual Executive Summit last month in Seattle.

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