By Jennifer Wiebe

“Hey, Joe.” The Best Part About Pizza Expo 2017

A week after our return from the International Pizza Expo, we’re still digesting all that we saw and heard at this year’s big show.

Conversations with restaurant operators at the Expo are a crash course in how the industry is changing—and how it stays the same.

The radical changes that stood out to me were around mobile technology. Restaurant operators were looking for solutions for mobile order entry in the store. And flexible options to handle online orders from a surprisingly wide set of providers. Read more

Restaurant Security: EMV and PCI Fraud Safeguards

If EMV and PCI are just letters to you, you should know that these acronyms represent important security standards for your business.

Did you know that if a guest uses a counterfeit or stolen, chip-enabled payment card in your restaurant, and if you are not using an EMV card reader, you are liable for any and all chargebacks? Chargebacks of this kind are on the rise. Read more

Restaurant Management: Cash Controls at the Point of Sale

What steps are you taking today to ensure lean, profitable operations in the restaurant? Managing the flow of cash through the restaurant is a critical piece of your security plan. Read more

Restaurant Operations: 3 Strategies to Optimize Labor and Schedule to Targets

optimize laborIn the restaurant business, where you’re watching every dollar, the ability to trim your labor costs down to the dollar is critical. And controlling labor can be the key to a profitable week. Let’s look at at how to optimize labor, and why it’s so critical to get our labor costs under control.

We know that fixed costs such as rent and utilities are beyond our control, while labor is a cost we can control. But there are lots of moving parts to consider. Read more

Restaurant Marketing: Script Upselling to Increase Revenue

upselling with SpeedLine POSWinning new customers can be an expensive and time consuming venture. We understand how much more money and time it takes to win new customers. In this post, we’re focusing on how you can increase revenue by boosting add-on sales.

Upselling is all about increasing overall revenue by boosting the size of each order. To make it easy for staff to upsell consistently, build automatic suggestive selling prompts into your POS order screens.   Read more

Restaurant Management: The Big 4 Reports and Alerts to Watch

Restaurant managementLet’s face it. It can be hard to keep your finger on the pulse of your pizzeria every hour of every day. But your point of sale system can track events for you, so management can keep an eye on the big picture.

 

Are you using all four of these key POS tools to help reduce theft and drive efficiency?

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Restaurant Management: 4 Tips for Creating a Profitable System in Your Restaurant

restaurant profit and securityYou can create lean and profitable systems in your restaurant by fine tuning the systems you have in place. Manage money and margins with these four key controls.

 

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Restaurant Management: Increase Delivery Efficiency with Visual Dispatch

LiveMaps visual dispatch - efficient deliveryGone are the days of effectively running a pizza delivery operation with a pad of paper and a rotary phone.

Today, your business is sharing space with Amazon and Uber. And as a result, your customers’ expectations around delivery are very different today than they were a few years ago.

To compete in this new delivery space, a Visual Dispatch system gives you an edge. This can make it easier to plan routes and pair nearby orders for efficient delivery. Read more

Restaurant Management: Where are the Gaps in Your Labor Systems?

labor crew hard at workIn any economy, controlling labor can be the key to a profitable week. In the restaurant business, where you’re watching every dollar, the ability to trim labor costs is a survival skill.

We can be certain that at some point, we will face another recession. What cannot be so certain of is when. By doing the work now to prepare, you can set up your business to weather a downturn successfully.
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Managing Restaurant Operations across Multiple Locations

managing operationsHow do you stay on top of performance and ensure brand consistency in multiple stores and regions?

It takes clear visibility into performance at every location, every day. Successful chains use business intelligence from their stores along with central management tools to drive efficiency, consistency, and profitability across the brand. Read more