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Five Guest-Pleasing Pizza Online Ordering Sites

Women ordering delivery online on her mobile phoneOnline ordering is increasingly a necessity for delivery restaurants. According to a study by orderTalk, almost two thirds of Americans order meals online. But as online ordering has gained popularity, customer expectations have also increased.

Here is a look at how five pizza chains are tackling those expectations—and what makes them awesome.  Read more

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

Pizza ExpoA 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 Operations: 3 Equipment Essentials for Effective Pizzeria Operations

Equipment EssentialsAs we get ready to head to Pizza Expo 2017 next week, we’ve been thinking about what a fantastic opportunity it is to check out new pizza and delivery-related products. If you’re looking for ideas to improve operations in your pizzeria, Pizza Expo is a great place to start.

Are you opening a new restaurant, or replacing aging equipment? Ensuring your restaurant equipment is in tip-top shape is a key factor in fine tuning operations.

These are three equipment essentials for any pizza and delivery operation: 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

5 Ways Your POS can Help Prepare for the Holiday Rush

holiday shoppingThe holiday season is upon us, and for most restaurants, that means an uptick in business over the next month. Hungry holiday shoppers create an opportunity to turn new guests into regulars. But the key is in the preparation. Rushed visitors won’t be impressed if their order is late or out of stock. Or if staff are harried and unfriendly.

Here are five ways you can use the tools in your point of sale system to take full advantage of the increased sales volume. Read more

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

Turning the Tables: Capitalizing on Restaurant Aggregators

XT4015_terminal_main_menuThe argument is over! Right? Restaurant aggregators like Grubhub/Seamless and Eat24 are here to stay. Now we can focus on how to use these tools as revenue generating engines for your restaurant. It is common knowledge that the percentage of profit withheld by restaurant aggregators can make it difficult to find an upside, but trust me it’s there, you just have to look a little harder. Following these 3 steps will increase revenue from restaurant aggregators and eliminate the headaches that come with restaurant delivery logistics. Read more

From The Archives: Are You Missing Out On Your Share of the Online Ordering Pizza Pie?

online ordering growthThe ability to order pizza online has become an attractive option for many customers.  According to a new bench marking study, fewer than half of independent pizza and delivery restaurants are realizing the benefits of online and mobile ordering.  Of the restaurants surveyed, only 44% are taking orders online. Web and mobile orders make up less than 8% of total sales. This slow adoption of online and web ordering is causing restaurants to miss out on revenue in the short term. This means they take a hit in customer retention over time as savvy customers find new local pizza and delivery options online. Read more

Customer Demand Drives Restaurant Technology Changes

Customer Demand Drives Restaurant Technology ChangesIn a recent Pizza Marketplace webinar, I shared a story from an RMagazine interview with STACKED CEO Paul Motenko. Motenko shared this observation, which applies across any restaurant technology decision:

The most important and lasting technology changes in the restaurant industry aren’t about technical possibilities. Real shifts are driven by what restaurant guests want. Customer demand.

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

New Integration Connects Third-Party Online Ordering Sites with the Restaurant POS

Do you receive orders from third-party sites like GrubHub or Doordash?

Restaurants today are accepting orders from a growing number of restaurant aggregator and third-party ordering sites. These sites can be an important sales channel for restaurants in major markets—and are becoming more popular across the country. Although they may charge more than other online ordering providers, in the right market, third-party ordering sites can attract a lot of new business. Read more