From Restaurant Technology

“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

From the Archives: Master Menus for Multi-Unit Restaurant Companies

With most of the crew at the International Pizza Expo this week (visit SpeedLine at booth #421), we’re featuring this article on master menus from the archives.

Many chains use master corporate menus to control food cost and brand consistency. By standardizing menu offerings, recipes, and portions, restaurant chains protect their margins, deliver a consistent product across multiple locations. This  streamlines IT operations.

Tastes can vary from one area to another. The leek-and-potato pizza that’s a hit in Oakland may not go over so well in Dallas. With regional differences in prices, coupons, and tastes, how do you put the concept of a corporate menu into practice? Read more

Restaurant Operations: 3 Equipment Essentials for Effective Pizzeria Operations

As 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

Continuing Care: Does Your POS Vendor Offer After-Sale Services?

SpeedLine restaurant POSToo often, we hear stories of POS vendors whose attention to service tails off shortly after the check is cut. This can leave restaurant owners scrambling to maintain their systems. And from getting the most out of their technology investment.

If you’re shopping for a POS system or other restaurant technology, one of the important things to consider is what happens after the system is installed and paid for. Does the vendor offer ongoing support? Menu and setting management services? Online training materials? Aftermarket equipment options? 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

From the Archives: 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

Mid-America Restaurant Expo Starting this Weekend

mid america restaurant expoCome down and visit SpeedLine Solutions and regional reseller Pure POS at Mid-America Restaurant Expo this Sunday, January 29th and Monday, January 30th.

The expo will be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Doors will be opening at 10:30 am.

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Best Restaurant Technology Blog Posts of 2016: The On Point top 10

Looking back, 2016 was an amazing year for innovation in restaurant technology. EMV rollouts and a range of new digital payment options drove major changes in payment processing for many restaurant brands. Online ordering continued to grow at an exponential rate. And we’ve seen a range of new developments in delivery—from third-party services to delivery by drone.

The top 10 most popular 2016 On Point posts offered insights into ways you can leverage restaurant technology (and the point of sale system in particular) to streamline operations and boost restaurant profit. Read more

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

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