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Jack Of All Trades

2012 September: Jack Of All Trades

Save on labor by cross-training employees For Mia’s Pizza and Eats, a small mom-and-pop shop in Georgia, cross-training is a cost-cutting necessity. “There really isn’t a time at Mia’s when an employee can claim ‘That’s not my job,’ ” says owner Clori Rose-Geiger. “We try to instill in them the idea that everything that needsMore »

2012 September: The Payroll Dilemma

2012 September: The Payroll Dilemma

Show of hands: who enjoys doing payroll? Indeed, many pizzeria operators far prefer mingling with guests or making pies to the tedious back-office task. Yet, employees must be paid and payroll remains a necessary duty to please employees, the government, and the bottom line –– whether it’s tackled in house or outsourced to a payrollMore »

Targeting Teens

Targeting Teens

By the end of next year, there will be 35 million teenagers in the United States. At the peak of the baby boom, there were 33 million. And, what’s more — today’s teens have more disposable income than any other generation of teens had. Luckily, teens love pizza, so attracting them shouldn’t be all thatMore »

Marketing Matters: The price of advertising

2012 August: Marketing Matters

A good ad is priceless, but can a price-less ad be good? Most of us would be hesitant to run an ad campaign without a price point, and right­ly so. Research firm Phoenix Marketing International finds that the inclusion of specific pricing is a key factor of high per­forming quick service restaurant advertis­ing. Their researchMore »

Putting In The Work

2012 August: Putting In The Work

Controlling labor costs: a matter of planning and monitoring Andy Lanz runs Figaro’s Pizza in Verona, Wisconsin, an eight-year-old shop with carryout, delivery and a 35-seat dining room. He calls his eatery a “modest one” that doesn’t churn “massive volume.” “So if I don’t pay attention to my expenses, I just don’t make money,” LanzMore »

Bar Staff Training Tips

Bar Staff Training Tips

Rather than flipping new staff a book for their self-study or allowing a new bartender to learn the poor habits of a shoddy veteran, integrate these key elements into bar staff training for maximum effectiveness: Engaging and Interactive: creating a hands-on training experience improves the likelihood that staff will retain and utilize the information. Pre-TrainingMore »

2012 July: Text Ordering

2012 July: Text Ordering

Just when you thought you’d caught up with the new wave in technology-style ordering, the big boys have gone one step further than Web sites to introduce text messaging. Yes, you can now order via cell phone — without actually using it to call anyone. So, what is text ordering? It’s an order via aMore »

2012 August: Passion For Pizza

2012 August: Passion For Pizza

Watch this video of Paulie Gee’s in Brooklyn, New York and feel that fire for the pizzeria industry stir inside: It’s Never Too Late to Make Pizza: Paulie Gee’s from SkeeterNYC on Vimeo. This is an example of how video can tell a pizzeria’s story. Take time to tell your story. Show your unique personality.More »

2012 July: Lower Your Energy Costs

2012 July: Lower Your Energy Costs

To ease the burden of rising energy costs, start by taking a look at your HVAC system. The unit not only maintains the current climate control in your restaurant, but it also controls exhaust from the kitchen. One way to maintain climate in the back and front of the house is to install two orMore »

2012 August: Pizza Sizing Math Lesson

2012 August: Pizza Sizing Math Lesson

Did you know that a 14-inch pizza actually has nearly twice as much area to cover than a 10-inch pizza? That’s right, believe it or not. In order to figure the area of your pizza (in square inches), turn back to your school days and recall that the area of a circle is ascertained byMore »