Savvy Summer Hiring – How to Spot the Good Students

guysforblogAre you fully staffed for summer? It’s that time of year when students are thinking about how they can earn some money during the summer break.

Many restaurant operators find that hiring reliable staff can present challenges on a regular basis. Hiring seasonal staff has its own unique set of challenges. Before you leap into recruiting, consider these quick tips for savvy summer hiring: Read more

Beyond Staying Afloat: How a Pizza POS Can Grow Your Delivery Business

Growing any business can be a difficult task. However, with the right tools you can find a clearer path to take, and make it easier to figure out how to accomplish significant growth.  The most important tool for the growth of a pizza business is the point of sale system.

There is a caveat to this statement: having the right tool means having a point of sale system designed for your pizza business. The reality is that not all point of sale systems are the same.  Also many point of sale systems lack the capabilities you need to help your pizza business grow.

For more about the differences in restaurant and pizza point of sale systems, please check out the article here which explains those points in greater detail.

The right technology can make a huge difference in a pizza business. Let’s look at how you can make your point of sale system work for you. Read more

Pizza Delivery Drones: Future or Fantasy?

dronesYou’ve probably seen the videos: pizza delivery drones are out there now. But how many are actually delivering pizza for real, and how many are simply a brainchild of the company’s marketing department—a publicity stunt?

The truth is that, even for large, sophisticated companies like Amazon and Google, regular delivery by drone is likely some distance into the future.

Here are a few reasons why: Read more

4 Benefits of Leasing Your Next Point of Sale System

leaseAre you considering purchasing a new point of sale system?  Perhaps you are opening a new pizzeria, replacing an old system, or purchasing a new POS for an existing location that’s using pen and paper. What if you don’t have the cash on hand when you need it? You could take out a loan to purchase a new system—but have you considered leasing? Here are 4 benefits of leasing that might help you determine if this option is right for you. Read more

From the Archives: Protecting Your POS Data—Creating a Backup Strategy

business peopleBacking up the data in your restaurant POS is a critical part of regular system maintenance. Not backing up your data regularly can be costly to your business.

For SpeedLine POS users, the first step is a tool called Hot Backup. Working behind the scenes, Hot Backup protects against hardware failure and human error by backing up your data from one station to another automatically all day long.

But to make sure that your data is safe from disasters like fire, flood, or theft, you’ll also need an off-site backup. Read more

Customer Demand Drives Restaurant Technology Changes

7K0A0796In a recent Pizza Marketplace webinar, I shared a story from an interview RMagazine published with STACKED CEO Paul Motenko. The comment he made during that interview that sticks in my mind is an observation that applies across any type of restaurant technology decision.

Motenko’s point was that the most important and lasting technology changes in the restaurant industry aren’t about the latest and greatest technical possibilities. The real shifts are driven by what restaurant guests want. Customer demand.

So how is customer demand influencing your restaurant technology choices? Read more

Employee Management Automation: Tips for Restaurant Operators

Aug 3 blog photo - kitchen-staffDo you know when your delivery driver’s insurance is due? Or when your cook’s FoodSafe certification is scheduled to be renewed?

With all the operational factors you need to monitor every shift, it can be difficult to keep track of every little detail that comes with managing employees. So how can you stay on top of things?

Here are 5 ways to set up your point of sale system to track the details for you: Read more

Restaurant Marketing to Millennials 101

iStock_000021725832XLargeHow important are Millennials in your restaurant marketing strategy?

With more than 80 million people born between 1977 and the mid 1990’s in the United States, Millennials are said to be the most influential audience since the baby boomers.  In fact, according to the National Restaurant Association, “Millennials—also known as Generation Y and Generation Now—are a large and diverse market with significant spending power.” Confident, expressive, optimistic, and ready to change the world, Millennials are a group that think and behave different from other generations. Read more

Choosing a Restaurant POS: the Right Fit for Your Concept

XT4015_terminal_main_menuA lot goes into a technology decision, and no one likes to make a mistake. But sometimes the fear of making a wrong choice causes restaurant operators and technology committees to place too much weight on specific factors:

  • Some focus on things like longevity, install base, and references—because there’s a comfort factor in choosing an established partner.
  • Others focus on a specific technology or feature—because they want something modern and new.

And absolutely, those are valid considerations.

But when fit doesn’t get equal weight with function in the decision, you can end up with a quality solution that doesn’t fit your business. Read more

Restaurant Marketing: Retain Valuable Customers with a Loyalty Program

iStock_000014853789XXLargeHave you considered implementing a loyalty program in your restaurant?

Studies show that it costs substantially more to acquire a new customer than to keep existing customers coming back. And implementing the right loyalty program can help. According to Hubspot, “a 5% increase in customer retention can lead to a 25-100% increase in profit for your company.” And beyond sales, loyalty programs help pizza operators increase brand loyalty, and maximize the lifetime value of their customers. Read more