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Revealing the Hidden Value of Your POS System

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 18, 2017 9:26:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations, Restaurant Marketing

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Point of Sale (POS) systems are restaurant industry staples, providing a variety of capabilities beyond what the transaction-oriented name suggests. Some operators with existing POS systems aren’t familiar with the operational efficiencies of lesser used features — and that oversight could be costing them time and money.

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Mobile Apps: Budget-Friendly Solutions for Pizzerias

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 11, 2017 9:37:37 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations, Customer Service, Restaurant Marketing

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Given that some of the top national pizza chains garner about 15% of their collective total annual revenue from digital platforms, mobile apps are a viable and sought-after way for customers to connect with your pizzeria. The sticking point for smaller operations, however, is that if the “big guys” are realizing this kind of success in mobile ordering (which is predicted to be a $38 billion industry by 2020), the price of developing and maintaining a mobile app must be cost-prohibitive.

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5 Tips for Pizzerias Facing a Labor Shortage

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2017 9:14:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations

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Labor shortages are increasingly common in a variety of industries, with foodservice being among the most prevalent. The demand for higher wages and benefits coupled with low unemployment has fueled hiring competition for both experienced and entry level workers, to the detriment of independent restaurants and pizzeria chains.

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Why Your Pizzeria Needs a Digital Menu Board Now!

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 16, 2017 9:18:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations, Menus & Recipes

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If we were to ask how your current menu is doing, you’d probably answer, “Good!” But is “good” good enough...when a digital menu board could take your game up to “great?”

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3 Most Important Technologies for Pizzerias Today

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 2, 2017 9:16:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations

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While there’s something to be said about pizzerias that still make their pies and do things “the old-fashioned way”, there are several new technologies today that can help improve your pizza ordering, payment, and delivery processes, while also helping you deliver a better final product. It’s important that you keep up with industry standards and patron expectations, and in 2017, that means having a mobile-friendly website, being present on mobile apps, providing an online ordering option, and using a sophisticated POS system to help make your restaurant more accessible and run more efficiently.

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Top 3 Reasons Too Many Pizza Crust Options are Bad for Business

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 14, 2017 9:09:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations, Crust Varieties

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The more options, the better, right? Not always so when it comes to pizza crusts. Offering too many options on your menu can not only overwhelm customers, it can overextend your staff.

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Innovative Food Delivery Trends in 2017

[fa icon="calendar'] May 10, 2017 9:12:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations, Customer Service

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Legend has it that the first official pizza delivery happened in 1889, when King Umberto I of Italy and Queen Margherita of Savoy desired some delicious local cuisine, but didn’t desire to mingle with the masses. A famed Naples pizza chef was happy to provide the royal treatment, so to speak, and trundled three different pies—fully cooked and piping hot—from his kitchen to the doorstep of the king and queen.

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Showing Appreciation to Restaurant Employees: 8 Simple Ideas

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 15, 2017 9:33:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations

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Losing a good employee not only disrupts your operations; it impacts your bottom line. A study by the Center for Hospitality Research at Cornell University estimates that the true cost of staff turnover could be as high as $5,864 per employee when factoring in hidden productivity loss, recruitment, training time and other expenses.

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Top 5 Tips for Controlling Your Food Costs

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 8, 2017 9:36:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations, Kitchen Operations

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The price of putting a meal on the table keeps going up, and that includes the tables at your restaurant, too. In fact, food prices are expected to rise beyond inflation for the next few years, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department. Add to that increased wages, equipment costs and other expenses, and small pizzeria chains, restaurants and commercial kitchens have a hard time making ends meet.

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How to Know if Your Pizzeria Should Offer Delivery

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 1, 2017 10:21:00 AM / by Dan Pecha posted in General Operations, Customer Service, Restaurant Marketing

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Pizza and delivery have been synonymous for decades, and the number of people having it delivered to their doorstep continues to rise. But those customers still expect the same fast, fresh and hot pizza they’d enjoy if they were sitting at a table in your restaurant.

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