Make/Ready/Discard: Managing Stock on Hand

Tomatoes being prepped in restaurantTake a minute to step into the shoes of your employees. Working once or twice a week part-time, and starting part way through the day, your staff don’t necessarily know how long prepped food has been sitting. Only proper communication can ensure they know what ingredients are good to use, and which ones aren’t.

Print make/ready/discard (MRD) slips from your POS system to label each prep item with the date it was made, when it is ready to be used, and when it needs to be discarded. Read more

Patio Season Point of Sale Prep

Restaurant patioThe weather is warming, and patio season is here. Setting up your restaurant’s patio for summer involves more than pulling out the tables, and adding summer specials and promotions.

Your patio is an extension of your dining area during the summer months. If you offer full service, it’s important that your customers receive the same quality of service indoors and out.

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Kitchen Display Systems: Increasing Efficiency in Your Pizza Kitchen

A prep station at a restaurant with a kitchen display systemOrganizing the back of house can be a roller coaster for many pizzerias. Busy Friday nights, lunch rushes, and condensed dinner times can be the true test of the restaurant’s efficiency in the kitchen. How orders flow through the kitchen is a huge part of the challenge.

There are two popular methods for sending orders from your POS system to the kitchen: Read more

[New Guide] Compatibility Matters: Meeting Your POS Match

Cover page of the guide: Compatibility Matters: Meeting Your POS Match

Pizza Marketplace recently released a new guide to help pizzerias navigate the process of selecting a new point of sale system, particularly when it comes to compatibility with your restaurant.

Compatibility Matters: Meeting Your POS Match walks restaurant owners through the important considerations about the point of sale systemand their restaurant conceptbefore tying the knot with a compatible POS partner. Read more

The Online Customer Experience

SpeedDine menuA few weeks ago, we described online ordering as the “new front door” for many pizzerias. Your online ordering site is often a new customer’s first experience with your brand. That’s why it’s so critical that the ordering process be seamless from your customer’s point of view.

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Pay@ the Door: EMV Security and Cost Reductions for Restaurant Delivery

Ingenico ICMP Smartcard for Pay@ the DoorHave you upgraded your payment technology to accept EMV yet? Many pizzeria and delivery restaurant owners have been dragging their feet, as a large percentage of their sales are card-not-present deliveries. For online and delivery orders, pizzerias and delivery restaurants are being charged card-not-present fees—whether they have upgraded to EMV or not. If more than half of your payments are card-not-present, it’s hard to justify the hardware upgrades for EMV. Read more

Online Ordering: Your New Front Door

SpeedDine Online Ordering on an iPadTo your web-savvy customers, loading a slow online ordering website feels like walking up to a restaurant and seeing a long line. They won’t wait. They won’t order—they go somewhere else. For customers who find you online, the ordering site is your new front door.

While it may feel like you have less control over your customers’ first impressions online than you do in the store, that doesn’t have to be the case. Let’s take a look at a few things to look for in an online ordering provider to meet customer expectations and increase online sales. Read more

SpeedDine: New from SpeedLine

Mobile ordering by SpeedDineFrom the 2018 Pizza International Expo, SpeedLine is pleased to announce a new online ordering service for SpeedLine customers. SpeedDine offers fast, affordable, and convenient online ordering that integrates directly with the SpeedLine POS.
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Heat Maps: Using Delivery Data to Understand Your Market

A view of heat maps in SpeedLine Store ManagerHow much do you know about your delivery area and customers? What neighborhoods order most frequently? Which menu items are most popular?

Delivery restaurants have an advantage over other restaurant concepts: a ton of customer data that can help you define and target effective marketing promotions. To order for delivery, your customers need to supply three main pieces of information: their address, name, and order. If customers order online, chances are you also have their phone number and email address.   Read more

Profitable Delivery: Recovering your costs with delivery zones and fees

car driving for pizza deliveryRestaurant delivery has a price tag—often a substantial one. Profitable delivery relies on understanding and figure out ways to cover your standard costs. One common method is to charge a delivery fee.

Defining Delivery Zones

Depending on the size of your delivery area, your true costs for delivery will vary from address to address. Creating multiple zones keeps prices more affordable for customers ordering from locations close to the restaurant, and helps you recover your higher costs for delivery to customers further away. Read more