C-Speak: Effective discounting vs. lazy marketing

Fishbowl's chief analytics officer chats about how offering untargeted, heavy discounts can hurt sales.

Sponsored by: Fishbowl

Pie Five, Pizza Inn exec on why training has evolved

Pie Five, Pizza Inn exec on why training has evolved

Mary Barker, VP of human resources at Rave Restaurant Group, talks about how the brand handles training.

Mazzio's CEO: 'Today's generation wants to learn in a new way'

Mazzio's CEO: 'Today's generation wants to learn in a new way'

Millennials have changed the way Mazzio's trains employees.

Fast Casual Top 100 winners honored at annual gala

Fast Casual Top 100 winners honored at annual gala

The 2017 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers were honored at the annual gala.

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.

Sponsored by: Fishbowl

PR guru shares tips to saving your brand from a crisis

PR guru shares tips to saving your brand from a crisis

Ellen Hartman, CEO of Hartman Public Relations, taught the attendees of this year's Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit in Dallas about the importance of having a risk-management plan. Key steps, however, to defusing any negative event, from a food safety...

Former Chipotle, McDonald's exec: 'Leadership development has evolved'

Former Chipotle, McDonald's exec: 'Leadership development has evolved'

Cultivating leadership and developing oneself is key to success, according to Bobby Shaw, a veteran executive of several brands, including Chipotle and McDonald's.

Biju's Little Curry CEO gives tips on how to win big with retail partnerships

Biju's Little Curry CEO gives tips on how to win big with retail partnerships

Biju Thomas, founder of Biju's Little Curry Shop, discussed how he successfully partnered to open inside Whole Foods.

Industry execs 'Spread the Love' at Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit

Industry execs 'Spread the Love' at Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit

Restaurant executives from all over the world gathered in March at the Restaurant Franchising and Innovation Summit in Dallas to not only learn from one another about growing their businesses, but also make more than 10,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Summit summations: Dallas event delivers Texas-sized dividends

Summit summations: Dallas event delivers Texas-sized dividends

Katie Fuhrman of MomentFeed; Kimberly Brastad of Dairy Queen; Keith Hill of I Love Bacon; Jamal Bara of Waterfall; Demetra McLain of DW's Subs and Jacquelyn Cirko of Groupon, give an inside look to their Summit experiences.

C-Speak: Cincinnati Reds' success with food lockers paves way for restaurant uses

The Cincinnati Reds scored a home run with Apex Supply Chain technologies' "click-and-collect" foodservice system last season, paving the way for widespread use by restaurant concepts of all varieties.

Sponsored by: Apex Supply Chain Technologies

Saladworks CEO reveals brand's 5-step come-back strategy

Saladworks CEO reveals brand's 5-step come-back strategy

Saladworks was facing bankruptcy in 2015, when Centre Lane Partners bought it for nearly $17 million. Since then, CEO Patrick Sugrue has been working to breathe new life into the 30-year-old brand. "You have to be able to fail fast...

BuzzFeed exec schools restaurateurs on mastering customer engagement

BuzzFeed exec schools restaurateurs on mastering customer engagement

Jennifer Klawin, SVP, brand strategy, West Coast for BuzzFeed, shared social media tips with restaurateurs.

Why Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit is taking on London

Why Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit is taking on London

Restaurant franchises hoping to grow in the UK must embrace innovation and technology.

Welbilt: Bringing innovation to the table

Restaurant operators obviously have a variety of challenges when it comes to running a successful business.

Sponsored by: Welbilt

Japanese Domino's customers get pies by reindeer

Japanese Domino's customers get pies by reindeer

Domino's — never one to shy away from a delivery challenge — has opted to go "old school" for its latest delivery dilemma work-around in the snowy northernmost part of Japan, Hokkaido. The chain is dispatching antlered delivery drivers this...

How mobile allows Cici's Pizza to deliver enhanced customer experience

How mobile allows Cici's Pizza to deliver enhanced customer experience

Tim Tang of Hughes interviewed Douglas Kwong, Digital Director of Cicis Pizza at the 2016 CONNECT Mobile Innovation Summit, about how the chain uses digital marketing to delight its customers.

Fast Casual Exec Summit attendees learn that success isn't just about food, it's about the people

Fast Casual Exec Summit attendees learn that success isn't just about food, it's about the people

The Fast Casual Executive Summit 2016 brought together hundreds of c-level executives to learn from one another in Dana Point, California.

C-Speak: How Fazoli's CEO keeps dishing out growth

C-Speak: How Fazoli's CEO keeps dishing out growth

Carl Howard discusses how he turned a failing QSR brand into a thriving fast casual franchise and why he believes his work isn't quite yet done.

Video: Retailers dive into technology at Interactive Customer Experience Summit

Video: Retailers dive into technology at Interactive Customer Experience Summit

The Interactive Customer Experience (ICX) Summit featured almost three days of education, networking and tours.

C-Speak: PDQ president using tech to get rid of the back office

PDQ President Steve Erickson and David Cantu, co-founder of HotSchedules, discuss how the brand uses technology to control operations and deliver better customer service.

Sponsored by: HotSchedules

Video: Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit attendees party with a purpose

Video: Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit attendees party with a purpose

More than 140 restaurant execs, plus a variety of sponsors, attended the first Franchising Restaurant and Innovation Summit.

Video: Illegal Pete’s founder discusses how raising hourly wage to $17 has grown his business

Video: Illegal Pete’s founder discusses how raising hourly wage to $17 has grown his business

Employees get a food and drink credit, medical and dental insurance and tips, which all resulted to a 3.2-percent increase to the brand's bottom line.

Video: Former NFL star shares how football experience shapes his restaurant business

Video: Former NFL star shares how football experience shapes his restaurant business

John Offerdahl, former Miami Dolphins linebacker and owner of Offerdahl’s Café Grill, discusses how the lessons he learned from playing in the NFL helps him run his business.

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