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5 Easy Ways to Motivate Your Restaurant Staff and Reduce Turnover

[fa icon="calendar'] May 16, 2018 9:18:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations, Kitchen Operations

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It’s no secret that the restaurant and foodservice industry is in the midst of a significant worker crisis — recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data pins the annual turnover rate at around 73%.

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12 Ways “Cutting Corners” Impacts the Overall Customer Experience

[fa icon="calendar'] May 9, 2018 9:14:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations, Performance/Quality, Kitchen Operations

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In the age of shrinking margins and growing competition, restaurant operators are getting more inventive about how to make a dollar stretch.

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5 Benefits of Using Pre-Made Dough Balls Instead of Scratch-Made Dough

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 18, 2018 9:07:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations, Kitchen Operations

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With $799 billion in U.S. sales last year alone, the restaurant industry is big business. Competition is fierce, and operators must capitalize on every advantage to remain profitable.

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14 Ways to Reduce Overhead Expenses and Increase Profit Potential

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 28, 2018 9:06:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations, Kitchen Operations

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In an industry plagued by labor shortages and relentless competition, restaurant and foodservice operators often find themselves with shrinking margins and, as a result, profits. Protecting margins by doing more with less has gone from a smart business strategy to an everyday best practice, leaving many to consider how — or if — they can reverse course on this erosion of profitability.

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5 Changes Pizzerias Must Make to Remain Efficient and Profitable

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 17, 2018 9:14:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations, Kitchen Operations

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Your pizzeria may be operating without any glitches, but does that mean it’s running efficiently? In light of the growing challenges operators are facing — labor shortages, higher costs, lower margins and stiffer competition — it may be an ideal time to assess what’s working and what isn’t, and make some changes to maximize profitability and customer satisfaction. Start with these five steps:

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6 Ways Restaurant Operators Use Technology to Solve Labor Challenges

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 10, 2018 9:07:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations

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Although the current national unemployment rate of about 4% suggests otherwise, foodservice professionals continue to struggle with finding and retaining workers in an industry with an annual employee turnover rate averaging 73%.

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Innovative Food Delivery Trends in 2018

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 3, 2018 9:23:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations, Customer Service

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In 1889, when a famed Naples pizza chef trundled three different pizzas — fully cooked and piping hot — to the doorstep of the hungry and demanding  King Umberto I of Italy and Queen Margherita of Savoy, little did he know that he started a trend that's alive and well hundreds of years later.

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Dough Ball Versatility: Pizza Three Ways [VIDEO]

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 6, 2017 9:16:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in Custom Crusts, General Operations, Kitchen Operations

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Many people understand the advantages of using frozen dough balls, but did you know just how many styles of pizza you can make from them? In the past, we’ve shown you how to use dough balls for styles like hand-tossed and wood-fired pizzas. This time, Chef Luke from Alive & Kickin’ Pizza Crust shows off just how easy it is to tackle signature pizza styles of Take ‘n’ Bake, Detroit-style and Chicago-style deep dish pizzas — all using pre-made dough balls.

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Dough Ball and Crust Options for Grilled Pizza

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 8, 2017 9:19:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations, Crust Varieties, Kitchen Operations

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People love grilling pizza at home, so imagine their delight if they’d find grilled pizza at your venue — especially if pies aren’t your specialty. Owners/operators of restaurants or entertainment venue chains are finding adding grilled pizza to the menu is a true brand differentiator, and many are surprised at just how easy it is to do once they understand how to maximize their grill’s capabilities.

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5 Steps for Transitioning From Scratch-Made to Pre-Made Dough Balls

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 1, 2017 9:11:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in Custom Crusts, General Operations, Kitchen Operations

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Growth is a top priority for multi-store pizzeria owners/operators, but have you considered how meeting that goal will change how you do business?

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