Back Office

June 23, 2014

Ask Big Dave: Understanding Expenses on a Financial Statement

Q: How and where are expenses shown on a financial statement? – Kenny Reid, Boston, Massachusetts A: Your financial statement really is your periodic snapshot and should be treated as your business’s report card. The function of business is to make a profit. If you do not make profit you are acting as a social… Read More

June 16, 2014

Driver Safety

Sometimes, things happen to delivery drivers. From assaults to auto accidents, delivery related injuries are an unfortunate fact of pizza life. Here are some things you can do to keep your drivers safe while they’re on the road: • Make sure routine maintenance is performed on the vehicles. Regardless of whether you own the cars… Read More

June 9, 2014

Reputation Management

“Your pizza sucks,” signed an ambiguous online customer reviewer. Most operators can relate to receiving a similar review on one of the many user-generated customer review Web sites. It’s just sitting out there for the world to see when someone searches for your pizzeria online. There’s a buzz from owners who are finding online user-generated… Read More

May 27, 2014

All Hands on Deck

Quality seasonal workers make the summer rush a lot easier Keeping an even staff level throughout the year is a great thing. You know your employees, they know their roles and staff turnover is steady and predictable. But for some pizzerias, that’s not an option. Summer comes on strong, and with it, a huge spike… Read More

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May 22, 2014

Working while distracted

Operators enforce employee cell phone policies   Cell phones have created some challenges for operators who want staff members to stay focused. In fact, employees were sneaking calls, not to mention texting, posting on Facebook and playing Candy Crush in the restrooms, says Megan Dennison, director of operations for Cane Rosso in Dallas. “They think… Read More

May 19, 2014

Pricing Beverages

If you’re uncertain about your beverage pricing you’re not alone. Confusion over this aspect of operations is common and widespread, says Aaron Allen, global restaurant consultant with Orlando-based The Allen Group of Hospitality Companies. It’s a complicated proposition, says Allen. Set prices too high and you could drive customers to tap water (or to your… Read More

May 12, 2014

Online, mobile, tablet visibility critical to success

Can your pizzeria be found? Sometimes customers have trouble finding Coal Fire Pizza, located near Baltimore. “They’ll say, ‘We tried Google Maps and MapQuest and the directions were wrong,” says Dennis Sharoky, president of the five-unit company. “We look into it and we try to find us, and it comes up. Maybe they were doing… Read More

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May 1, 2014

Feet to the fire

Holding employees accountable is never easy, but it sure is necessary Paul Reader compares his pizzeria to a football team running an offensive play. Each employee has certain tasks to complete at certain times and when any team member fails to fulfill his or her responsibilities, performance suffers. “And it’s not long before you’re fighting… Read More

Photos by Rick Daugherty & Josh Keown

May 1, 2014

Delivery drivers — The big screen

Keep your drivers — and the public — safe by checking job applicants’ pasts Delivering a pizza means more than just getting the fresh hot pie to the customer quickly. Operators have to make sure their delivery drivers do not harm anyone through a vehicular accident or a crime. One way to help prevent these… Read More

Photo by Josh Keown

April 28, 2014

Growing the Online Component

Angelo Halakos, owner of Seasons Pizza, was skeptical about online ordering at first. He wasn’t sure it would actually work, and then there was the fee to consider, reasonable though it was. Even so, Halakos, who owns 28 locations primarily in the Newark, Delaware area, decided to take a chance. “All the big chains had… 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.