Back Office

September 20, 2012

Capitalize on March Madness

Every March, you can count on two things: hordes of college students flocking to the beach for Spring Break and sports fans tuning in to the college basketball playoffs. March Madness has gotten so big that even those who aren’t inclined to follow sports participate in the requisite office pool. Case in point: the Pizza… Read More

September 20, 2012

Credit Card Fees

A growing number of my customers use credit cards, but the fees are killing me. Anything I can do? A: I feel your pain! If the fees are killing you, then the sales are saving you! We can no longer live without accepting credit cards, because almost everyone does and we would lose the sales…. Read More

September 20, 2012

Hiring Store Manager

I’m thinking of hiring a store manager and want to know your opinion on promoting from within or bringing someone new into the company. I’ve done both and it is definitely an easier transition to promote from within if you have the right candidate. One of the problems you could face occurs when the employee… Read More

September 19, 2012

Employee Theft Warning Signs

One of my first assignments as a consultant was to implement a turnaround for a group of pizzerias. They were hanging on by a thread. They had cashed in all of their CDs, 401ks and charged their credit cards to the max. I had made several visits to the operations. They were buying their food at good pricing and… Read More

September 19, 2012

Get a Grip on Labor Costs

Right behind food cost is your second most expensive controllable expense: labor. Labor cost, or L/C, is usually referred to as a percentage of gross sales. I stayed on top of hourly labor like a hawk. My point of sale system served as my time clock and provided real time labor amounts in dollars as… Read More

September 13, 2012

Cost of Delivery

History tends to repeat itself. Ten years ago, I wrote an article regarding my personal experiences dealing with soaring delivery costs and associated expenses. Big Dave’s Pizza had a sales mix that approximately half dine-in and half delivery. This ratio, now more than ever, is critical. In the past decade, associated delivery expenses and wages… Read More

September 13, 2012

Cross Train for Rushes

Big Dave Ostrander Crunch Time Remedy Cross training covers all your bases By Big Dave Ostrander Its late afternoon Friday. Within an hour, the phones will be ringing off the wall. Your best crew is checking and double checking stock levels and doing their last minute prepping and fine tuning of their work stations. Then the… Read More

September 13, 2012

Establish Measurements

Big Dave’s delivered a lot of orders. I’m convinced that one of the biggest reasons we dominated the delivery market in my area was that we measured the amount of time that elapsed from the phone call, in the oven, time out the door and time to the customer’s door. I became very obsessed with… Read More

September 13, 2012

Cross Training

The more your crew can do, the better your operation will run. In baseball, triple threats — players who can hit, field and run brilliantly — are rare gems. Entertainers who can sing, dance and act are called triple threats. In our world, my definition of a triple threat is crew people who can “make… Read More

September 13, 2012

Downsizing Pizza Sizes

It was a hot summer night. I was cruising with my friends. We were a carload of young guys, fresh out of high school, approaching a college campus, looking for a good time. The driver pulled into a drive thru burger place. He said “these burgers are great. I bet you can’t eat two and… 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.