The last year brought about some big changes to the pizzeria industry, from increases in online ordering, to native mobile apps, robotic delivery, and third party delivery. In today’s post, we’ve collected the what we expect to be the hot pizzeria tech topics in 2018:
By now, you have no doubt heard the horror stories of data breaches resulting in stolen customer information at big box stores and large chain restaurants. But just because we only hear about breaches at large companies, it doesn’t mean they aren’t occurring in smaller chains and independent restaurants. In fact, hackers specifically target small retail businesses and restaurants that tend to have less rigorous security controls in place.
Based on statistics released in 2016, more than 80% of all internet users own a smartphone. These people are your current and potential customers, and you need to meet them where they are—on their smartphones.
Smartphone adoption rates are even higher for people between the ages of 18 and 49—more than 90%. Another study also revealed that this group spends 89% of their screen time using mobile apps, but only 11% on mobile browsers. The case for building a mobile app for any business is stronger now than ever before.
Just how much is your most valuable customer worth? More than you would think. According to Venga, your top 5% of customers bring in 20% of your restaurant’s total revenue. That’s a small number of people bringing in a lot of your revenue.
Where do you take your friends for a meal? Your favorite restaurant, of course! Your most frequent customers will likely introduce friends, coworkers, and family to your establishment, as well—and are some of your most likely online reviewers too. So they are absolutely key to increasing your customer base.
Upgrading or replacing your POS may be a decision you have been putting off for a while.
You’ve spent a lot of time with your POS. It’s easy to think in terms of problems and gaps—but an important step in evaluating POS systems is to clearly detail not only what you want to change, but also the capabilities and qualities you can’t live without.
Employee theft is a problem that plagues the restaurant industry. Every manager wants to trust the people they hire, but that doesn’t mean managers and owners should be naïve to popular tactics for theft detection and prevention. Using the theft controls in your point of sale system doesn’t mean you don’t trust your staff. But it makes it much more difficult for any employees who might be inclined to abuse your trust.
Running multiple locations requires insight into many small local markets, as well as information to draw broader conclusions. In a recent case study by Pizza Marketplace, Woodstock’s Pizza spoke candidly about the challenges the company faced while expanding their business. As their company grew, each location implemented different point-of-sale systems, which created headaches for analyzing data from the stores.
Halloween is a crazy night. On one of the top five busiest nights of the year for pizza, the streets are full of little ghosts and goblins begging for candy. Are your drivers prepared?
Keeping your pizza delivery drivers (and your youngest future customers) safe on the road is always a top priority, so we’ve prepared a few safety tricks:
Editor’s note: It’s hard to believe, but it’s that time of year again! Gift card order deadlines for the holiday season are quickly approaching. Vantiv Integrated Payments—a partner, and the payment processing provider for many SpeedLine customers—shared this helpful article about how gift cards outperform other marketing strategies. Keep reading to find out about the many advantages of a gift card program for your business.
Advertising, direct mail, coupons … there are many ways to get your customers’ attention. But what will ultimately motivate them to purchase your products or services? Adding gift cards to your marketing plan is a smart way to engage customers and keep them coming back. Consider these seven ways gift cards outperform other common marketing strategies: