February 12, 2014 |

Quick Tips February 12, 2014

By Pizza Today


Industry Headlines
February 12, 2014

The Pizza Expo 2014 mobile app is live!

The “Show of Shows” is bigger and better than ever this year as the International Pizza Expo celebrates its 30th anniversary next month. Map out your show plan and schedule with the Pizza Expo mobile app — available for the iPad, iPhone, Android and Windows Phone devices.

The Pizza Expo mobile app features a tradeshow schedule, events, speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, shuttle bus schedule and maps. In addition, the app gives you access to real-time event information and updates and connects you with Twitter and Facebook right from the app.

To download the Pizza Expo app, click here.

It’s 2014…where is your Web site?

Managing Editor Mandy Detwiler shares her biggest pet peeves when it comes to your Web site — or lack thereof. A strong online component is vital to your business.

Outdated Web sites leave visitors to make assumptions about your business. “If you’re still hawking awards won in 2008 and using a Flash intro, I’m going to assume you probably don’t put much thought into your restaurant either,” Mandy says. “That, or you’re too swamped with day-to-day operations to give your Web site much consideration.”

To read more of Mandy’s blog post, click here.

Each week, Pizza Today editors blog about issues affecting the independent pizzeria industry. Visit PizzaToday.com often to read our Views.

USDA releases American pizza consumption study

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Surveys Research Group has presented findings on the “Consumption of Pizza” in America this month. We all know Americans love pizza, and now there is a U.S. government-backed study that finds one in eight Americans eat pizza on any given day — that’s 13 percent of the population.

On the day consumed, pizza provided about one-fourth of the total daily energy. For adults, the majority of pizza was consumed at dinner. For children, the distribution was similar for lunch and dinner.

To read highlights of “Consumption of Pizza” in America and download the USDA report, click here.

Four steps to maximize employee incentives and recognition

Fight employee turnover with an employee retention program. Incentives and recognition should be a key strategy in fostering long-term employment.

Four steps to maximize incentives and recognition include: knowing when employees tend to leave; making long-term staff heroes and publicly acknowledge their longevity; communicating with staff early and often; and asking employees what rewards they want.

Click here to explore more employee retention strategies.