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Finding Greatness

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Hiring the right people can make or break your business   For reasons well known to pizzeria operators, finding great employees, particularly for entry-level positions, is often “throw-up-your-hands” frustrating. But despite the challenges it’s entirely possible to staff your restaurant with people you can count on to show up, perform to (or exceed) your expectationsMore »

Loyalty Programs: In the Club

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The Greek poet Euripides said: “One loyal friend is worth 10,000 relatives.” Think about the truthfulness of that statement. Friendship is a relationship we are not born into but still choose to cherish. In the hospitality industry, we form relationships with our customers and treat them like dear friends. We reach out, listen and reactMore »

Man on the Street: Socially Awkward

Scott Weiner

Got social media? Here’s how to use it right   I’m so glad I don’t have to write another column about why everyone should be active on social media. You already know how vital it is to your pizzeria’s marketing plan and posting had become a part of your routine. Now that you’re a socialMore »

Why Employees Quit

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Money is why we work and you may think that it’s the reason employees leave their jobs. But while compensation is a factor, it’s simply one reason that workers move on, and is an easy problem to fix. We’ve found five other significant reasons why employees chose to not stick around to make and serveMore »

Delivery as a marketable service

Delivery as a marketable service

Nearly 80 percent of U.S. pizzerias offer delivery. What does delivery mean to you as an operator? a) An additional avenue of revenue? b) A selling proposition? c) A daily challenge of overseeing drivers and deliveries? d) All of the above You probably answered “d.” Today’s diners regard pizza and delivery as going hand-in-hand. ManyMore »

I Make a 20 Percent Profit Margin, and So Can You

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By: Michael Shepherd I recently learned that a profit margin of 7 percent is the average for the pizzeria industry. So, for every dollar in sales, only seven cents is left over to take home as profit. This means for every $10 pizza I sell, I should only get to keep 70 cents. My firstMore »

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 »

Workplace Bullying

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It exists — so what are you doing to make your workplace safe?   With all the attention bullying is getting these days, you’d think it would be easy for pizza restaurant operators to pick up on incidences of workplace bullying. But in fact, most bullying is very subtle, says conflict resolution specialist Tara Fishler, founderMore »

The Driver’s Paycheck

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With 130 Domino’s Pizza outlets under his charge, Glenn Mueller signs plenty of checks for delivery drivers. The head of Gulfport, Mississippi- based RPM Pizza, Mueller, a 30-year veteran of the pizza world, has watched competitors throughout the restaurant landscape rush into the delivery business with little understanding of its nuance and complexities. And theMore »