Vendor / Supply Agreements: Coming to Terms


Relationships are invaluable to a restaurant’s success. It is a no-brainer that the relationships between management and staff, staff and customer and restaurant and supplier need to be strong in order for a restaurant to keep its doors open. And relationships require work. They require communication and, sometimes, resolution. They require time and effort fromMore »

Bases Covered


Do you know the law when it comes to hiring immigrants?   Hiring a worker who is not legally authorized to work in the U.S. is likely only to bring hassles for pizzeria owners. Those costly and time-consuming troubles could include an audit, which many businesses have faced in recent years. Immigration and Custom EnforcementMore »

Outside Looking In

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Remote monitoring can reduce losses, heighten efficiencies and increase the bottom line Suspect an ongoing issue with internal theft, shrinkage or sweethearting? Curious if staff members are following store procedures around closing, food handling or cash management? Have a hunch that energy use is much higher than it should be? Remote monitoring –– the abilityMore »

Labor Woes

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Don’t make these Department of Labor mistakes   In the May issue of Pizza Today we discussed how easy it is for pizzeria operators to run afoul of Department of Labor (DOL) regulations, despite all good intentions to the contrary. With DOL audits on the upswing, restaurants have been on the receiving end of heightenedMore »

EMV Uncovered

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What restaurants need to know about EMV and the looming liability shift   Take notice, pizzerias, the EMV liability shift deadline looms. This October, restaurants must be equipped to accept EMV cards –– an acronym for Europay, MasterCard and Visa –– or risk financial responsibility for any point-of-sale fraud that occurs in their stores. UnlikeMore »

In Too Deep

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How to avoid unwanted attention by the Department of Labor   There’s good attention and then there’s bad attention, and getting noticed by the Department of Labor falls under the latter category, which is why most smart pizzeria operators take pains to stay on the right side of this government agency. But despite the bestMore »

Take a Hike


How will minimum-wage increases affect pizzeria operations?   On January 1, Rhode Island’s hourly minimum wage jumped from $8 to $9. The Ocean State’s third minimum wage increase in three years, the New Year’s Day mandate sparked a hefty sigh from Bill Kitsilis. “It’s not that I think the minimum wage shouldn’t get raised, butMore »