Cash Transactions: Way to Pay

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Is there still room for cash handling in a plastic world? In today’s tech-charged payment society, cash may no longer be king, but the Washingtons, Lincolns and Jacksons haven’t exactly been overthrown, either. According to a 2014 retail point-of-sale report from Javelin Strategy & Research, cash accounted for 20 percent ($788 billion) of POS transactionsMore »

In the Know

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What’s your information sharing style? In today’s analytics-driven environment, information is everywhere –– even pizzerias, which run sales through point-of-sale (POS) systems, count inventory, record waste and collect customer data. Among multi-unit operations, specifically company-owned stores, how much of that information should be shared –– and with whom –– has emerged an increasingly pertinent issue.More »

What’s My Pizzeria Worth?

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Unlike automobiles or homes, assigning a value to any business, let alone a restaurant enterprise such as a pizzeria, can be a biased, meandering task filled with subjectivity, high emotion and figure-swaying details. It’s anything but concrete. A.J. Edelstein of The Restaurant Brokers, a Tempe, Arizona-based commercial real estate firm that specializes in restaurant deals,More »

Four steps to better inventory management

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When it comes to inventory management, Brian Coli of Georgio’s Chicago Pizzeria & Pub, a 13-year-old, two-store operation in Chicago’s northwest suburbs, knows he can’t afford to slip up. “Cost of goods sold makes up roughly one-third of our total expenses,” Coli says. “If we’re not paying attention to our inventory, it can become a problem. YouMore »

Money Chase — Business Grants and Tax Credits

Dave Brackett, owner of Pizzeria Rustica in Colorado, capitalized on $35,000 in tax credits.

How pizzerias are finding free money to boost the bottom line   It’s been five years since Dave Brackett has paid state income tax in Colorado. Brackett’s no scofflaw, though, but rather capitalizing on a Colorado state program that provides tax credits for small business owners developing in designated areas throughout the state. In OldMore »

Tasty Sips

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Establish a marketplace niche, deliver a more cohesive dining experience with coffee and tea service   History tells us Kenny Howard isn’t afraid to gamble. When Howard opened Fireflour in 2012, he bet that blue-collar Bismarck, North Dakota, would embrace artisan pizza. A year later, Howard doubled down. He took over an adjacent storefront andMore »

Franchise Dodger

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Seeking to grow without entering the franchise game a tricky feat Peter Taylor recognizes his strengths and his limitations. A nationally renowned restaurant operator, Taylor knows he can make a mean pie, but acknowledges he’s not the man to scale a concept. “I know pizza, but that doesn’t make me the guy capable of growingMore »

The top 7 reasons pizzerias fail — and how to avoid a similar fate

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For Dave Garcia, Alamo City Pizza didn’t go according to plan. In 2010, Garcia closed his six-year-old, San Antonio-based pizzeria. After a failed attempt to buy the building his shop inhabited, Garcia’s landlord presented a 10-year lease with a hefty rent increase. Amid such burdensome overhead costs in a 900-square foot space, Garcia simply decidedMore »

Food Safety 101

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Building a safe food culture in your establishment   For the last 37 years, Pizza Wheel has been charming the folks of 8,200-resident Bellevue, Ohio, with quality pizza and friendly service. In that time, Pizza Wheel has also been charming another group: the county’s health inspectors. Last year, the 25-seat pizzeria captured the Gold PlateMore »

Why should a pizzeria launch a smart phone mobile app?

WHY SHOULD A PIZZERIA LAUNCH A SMART PHONE MOBILE APP?

In both distance and mindset, Grand Forks, North Dakota, is far from the dreamy-eyed, tech-charged ways of Silicon Valley. This reality does not escape Tyler Kuenzel. “There’s a lag in technology in North Dakota and it takes a while for something to move to adoption,” says Kuenzel, co-owner of Deek’s Pizza, an 18-year-old concept withMore »