On Point: the restaurant technology blog

Make/Ready/Discard: Managing Stock on Hand

Posted by Elizabeth Kelly on Wed, May 23, 2018 @ 11:05 AM

Take a minute to step into the shoes of your employees. Working once or twice a week part-time, and starting part way through the day, your staff don’t necessarily know how long prepped food has been sitting. Only proper communication can ensure they know what ingredients are good to use, and which ones aren’t.

Print make/ready/discard (MRD) slips from your POS system to label each prep item with the date it was made, when it is ready to be used, and when it needs to be discarded.

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Topics: food cost, food costs, Insights and Best Practices, Inventory, inventory management, Make-ready-discard, Managing stock, MRD slips, portion control

[New Guide] Compatibility Matters: Meeting Your POS Match

Posted by Elizabeth Kelly on Fri, Apr 27, 2018 @ 09:04 AM

Pizza Marketplace recently released a new guide to help pizzerias navigate the process of selecting a new point of sale system, particularly when it comes to compatibility with your restaurant.

Compatibility Matters: Meeting Your POS Match walks restaurant owners through the important considerations about the point of sale systemand their restaurant conceptbefore tying the knot with a compatible POS partner.

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Topics: Guide, Insights and Best Practices, pizza POS, point of sale, POS choice, restaurant POS, Restaurant POS Case Studies, Restaurant Technology, restaurant technology

Heat Maps: Using Delivery Data to Understand Your Market

Posted by Elizabeth Kelly on Thu, Mar 15, 2018 @ 09:03 AM

How much do you know about your delivery area and customers? What neighborhoods order most frequently? Which menu items are most popular?

Delivery restaurants have an advantage over other restaurant concepts: a ton of customer data that can help you define and target effective marketing promotions. To order for delivery, your customers need to supply three main pieces of information: their address, name, and order. If customers order online, chances are you also have their phone number and email address.  

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Topics: heat maps, Insights and Best Practices, Restaurant Management, Restaurant Marketing, restaurant marketing, restaurant technology

5 Reasons to Attend the 2018 Pizza Expo

Posted by Elizabeth Kelly on Thu, Feb 15, 2018 @ 08:02 AM

It’s that time of year again! We are getting ready for the 2018 Pizza Expo in Las Vegas.

Pizza Expo is North America’s biggest pizza industry event.

Looking for a good reason to join us? How about five great reasons?

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Topics: Industry Experts, Insights and Best Practices, International Pizza Expo, pizza POS, point of sale, restaurant technology, SpeedLine POS, Tradeshows

Pizza Delivery: 7 Tricks for a Safe Halloween

Posted by Elizabeth Kelly on Wed, Oct 25, 2017 @ 08:10 AM

Halloween is a crazy night. On one of the top five busiest nights of the year for pizza, the streets are full of little ghosts and goblins begging for candy. Are your drivers prepared?

Keeping your pizza delivery drivers (and your youngest future customers) safe on the road is always a top priority, so we’ve prepared a few safety tricks:

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Topics: delivery, Delivery, Insights and Best Practices, Theft and Security

Prolonging the Life of Your POS: Maintenance Schedule

Posted by Elizabeth Kelly on Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 08:09 AM

Like all the equipment in your restaurant, your point of sale system needs regular maintenance to ensure the longest possible lifespan. A POS outage on a busy Friday night is every restaurant manager’s nightmare.

By following this simple maintenance schedule, you can keep your POS (and restaurant) running smoothly.

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Topics: How-to, Insights and Best Practices, point of sale, POS maintenance, Restaurant Technology, restaurant technology

Increase Your Restaurant Profits Through Non-Labor Cost Control

Posted by Elizabeth Kelly on Thu, Aug 03, 2017 @ 08:08 AM

When restaurant revenue takes an unfortunate turn for the worse, owners often scramble for a response and resort to cost cutting. But cost cutting is a knee-jerk reaction. It's not a long-term solution.

So what do you do instead?

Avoid rash action, and instead practice ongoing cost control.

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Topics: food cost, food costs, Insights and Best Practices, Inventory, loss prevention, portion control, Restaurant Management, restaurant management

From the Archives: Managing Access to Avoid Internal Theft

Posted by Tricia Hoy on Thu, Jul 06, 2017 @ 12:07 PM

According to the Statistic Brain stats site, employee theft accounts for more than $50 billion in lost sales to employers in the Unites States each year, or about a 7% average of annual revenues. That’s an alarming number, and one many restaurant operators know all too well.

Statistic Brain also reports that approximately 75% of employees have stolen once, and 37.5% at least twice. Even if you trust the people working for you, those statistics mean putting the proper tools in place to protect the business is critical.

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Topics: Industry Experts, Insights and Best Practices, loss prevention, restaurant POS security, Restaurant Security and PCI, Restaurant Technology

Restaurant Marketing: Facebook Tips from Smart Pizza Marketing

Posted by Bruce Irving on Wed, May 10, 2017 @ 08:05 AM

We at Smart Pizza Marketing, have spent thousands, and have been able to use the data obtained to really help others understand what is currently working. In this post, I am going to share the three specific things that are really working well right now on this incredible social network.

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Topics: How-to, Industry Experts, Insights and Best Practices, Listening to your Customers, Online Marketing, Restaurant Marketing, restaurant marketing, restaurant technology

From the Archives: Savvy Summer Hiring – How to Spot the Good Students

Posted by Tricia Hoy on Wed, May 03, 2017 @ 08:05 AM

Are you fully staffed for summer? It’s that time of year when students are thinking about how they can earn some money during the summer break.

Many restaurant operators find that hiring reliable staff can present challenges on a regular basis. Hiring seasonal staff has its own unique set of challenges. Before you leap into recruiting, consider these quick tips for savvy summer hiring:

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Topics: employee management, How-to, Insights and Best Practices, pizza POS, point of sale, Restaurant Management, restaurant management, social media marketing, SpeedLine POS, student hiring, Uncategorized

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