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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 »

Independent vs Franchisee

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Is an independent or franchise operation right for you?   You’re an entrepreneur, one who starts a business and is willing to take considerable initiative and risk in order to make money. Entering into the restaurant business is certainly a gamble –– 80 percent fail within the first five years. How can we lessen our risk?More »

Digital Menu Boards

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Walk the average commercial block and you may notice a lot more digital signage about.The retail sector, including restaurants, has seen a surge in digital displays. Raf Vanreusel, managing partner at TelemediaVision in Baltimore, Maryland, says retail is one of the fastest growing markets for digital signage. The QSR industry was an early adopter ofMore »

Primo Pasta

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Get those garden-fresh veggies into a versatile primavera sauce   It’s summer, and that means a bounty of fresh vegetables are at every corner farm stand and are at their best price through your vendors. Some say there is a primavera phenomenon going on and I say it’s simply that time of year where produceMore »

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 »

Big Dave Ostrander talks dough consistency

Pizza Industry Expert Big Dave Ostrander talks dough consistency

Q: Dave, I make my dough fresh every day. Some days it’s perfect and others it’s either too soft or too firm. Since I hand stretch, this is a big deal. What am I doing wrong? Tony S. via e-mail A: Hey Tony! Early on, I also suffered from this dough problem. Back in theMore »

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 »

One-Minute Operator EP3 — Ann Kim, Pizzeria Lola

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How does your menu change seasonally?   Ann Kim, owner of Minnesota-based Pizzeria Lola, the 2014 Pizza Today Independent Pizzeria of the Year,  answers this One-Minute Operator question. The One-Minute Operator is a video series on PizzaToday.com featuring successful pizzeria operators dropping great advice one minute at a time. For more episodes, visit One-Minute Operator.

Places that Rock: Katie’s / East Side Pies / 4th St. / Rocco’s

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Katie’s Pizza & Pasta 9568 Manchester Rd. Rock Hill, Missouri 63119 (314) 942-6555 katiespizzaandpasta.com Katie’s showcases its uniqueness in expertly crafted videos, including how-to guides with owner Katie Lee. The wood-fired pizzeria makes much of its menu from scatch, including dough, sauces, dressings and artisan pastas of varying shapes and colors. The restaurant has anMore »