Back Office

November 1, 2011

2011 November: Ask Big Dave

Dave, I need to trim costs considerably in just about every facet of my business. Where do I start? I can’t afford to cut quality of my product, I know, but I can’t afford not to make cuts everywhere else. Peter White San Diego, California Peter, I feel your pain. And I’m glad you know… Read More

October 1, 2011


Imagine this scenario: You’ve just launched a series of four pesto-inspired pizzas. To promote your new menu items, you gear up for a one-day promotional event, practically giving away the pizzas.642-541 You’ve advertised the heck out of the promo and even received local media coverage. But are you ready to handle the big day? Executing… Read More

September 1, 2011

2011 September: SOCIAL HOUR

When Facebook was first introduced, the site was the online version of the Wild West, devoted primarily for collegiate use and of little consequence to a young suburban mother like myself. Fast forward a couple of years, and just about everyone I know –– including my in-laws, my 83-year-old great aunt and my friend’s dog… Read More

July 1, 2011


Soda is a serious moneymaker, especially in the pizza world. And fountain sodas, especially, can help keep your business in the black, namely because you don’t have to pay the extra for cans and bottles. Like many owners, Nick Merlino of Goomba’s Pizza in Colmar, Pennsylvania, started out with bottles. “We mostly do take-out and… Read More

June 1, 2011

2011 June: Theft Deterrent

No one likes to think about it, but employees do steal from their employers. The SBA reported that 10 percent of businesses filing bankruptcy cited employee theft or fraud as major causes. Pizzeria operators have two options: ignore the possibility or take proactive steps to protect the business. The three main kinds of employee theft… Read More

June 1, 2011

2011 June: IN IT TO WIN IT

Imagine your customers ordering their pizza not by the inch –– but by the pound. And the goal? Getting them to polish it off in-house for a chance at t-shirts and cash but best of all, glory. Such is the idea behind eating challenges popping up in restaurants across the country. Televised events, such as… Read More

June 1, 2011

2011 June: Going Mobile

The U.S. has gone mobile. To be specific, wireless penetration in the U.S. reached 93 percent in 2010, according to the International Association of Wireless Telecommunications Industry (CTAI). Those are some serious numbers. And, the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) reports that nearly 30 percent of those users are sporting smart phones. The fancy little gadgets… Read More

June 1, 2011

2011 June: Man on the Street

I’ve been in a real rut lately. There are dozens of quality pizzerias in my area, but when my friends want to go out for a pie or two (or six) we end up at the same place every time. It isn’t even close to my apartment; I have to take the subway six stops… Read More

May 1, 2011

2011 May: Payday

Chuck Wilburn was already a veteran Shakey’s Pizza Parlor operator when he watched a new restaurant open across the street from his Redlands, California, store several years ago. The restaurant was good, and the business flourished quickly. But Wilburn wondered how long the good times would last when the owner’s spending habits changed drastically amid… Read More

April 1, 2011

2011 April: Ask Big Dave

Dave, I just opened my first pizzeria a couple of months ago. Labor has consistently been running between 20-22 percent. At times, I feel short-staffed, but I really can’t afford to hire new help right now until I get sales higher. Do you have any suggestions for me? Is my labor where it should be?… Read More

Run a Successful Pizza Business With Better Back Office Practices

Modern pizzeria operators know good food is of the utmost importance for success. So, too, are back office practices. Whether you’re looking for advice on how to start a pizza business or tips for menu engineering, Pizza Today’s Back Office section offers thorough resources for making a pizzeria a profitable venture.

Learn from the best. The pizza industry’s most successful operators weigh in on back office issue to share their stories with tips and advice to help your pizzeria grow.


Overlooked Back-Office Issues Can Send Business Spiraling

Letting a pizzeria’s concept grow stale can lead to a reduction of sales, but that means more than just revamping the menu and décor. Taking a hard look at finances, modern marketing, restaurant management, hiring, ordering practices, costs and valuation can make you a more successful operator.  Top-notch achievement starts with effective management who know how to run a pizzeria’s staff but also have a firm grasp on the day-to-day back end issues facing everyday owners and operators.