Daniel Estrada, CEO and co-founder of 86 Repairs, says his pizzeria clients are three times more likely to use a conveyor oven than a deck oven. The average repair cost for a conveyor oven is $775, while the average repair cost for a deck oven is $552, Estrada says. Related: … More
DoorDash Is Developing Its Own Food Delivery Robots
DoorDash received federal approval on two patents for small, compact self-driving delivery vehicles last fall. The third-party delivery giant also introduced DoorDash Labs, which is focused on “building automation and robotics solutions to shape the future of last-mile logistics.” Pizza Power Report 2022: Get ready for the robots! Third-party delivery … More
Start the (Dough) Presses to Speed Up Your Pizza Production
Dough presses can speed up production in your pizza kitchen and create more consistent results. Keep in mind that you might need to change your dough formula if you’re working with a dough presser. Related: A newcomer’s guide to pizza dough equipment When you’re working with a higher-volume operation—or if … More
Why Phone Systems Are More Important Than Ever for Restaurants
Despite evolving online ordering technology, phone systems are far from obsolete—in fact, they, too, are getting more advanced.
The Pizza Kings: The Strange, Sad Story of Two Great Visionaries
This article was originally published in the August 2016 issue of PMQ Pizza Magazine. Click here to view it in our digital edition. By Rick Hynum He was the Johnny Appleseed of New York pizza, a business genius and visionary who helped countless Italian-American restaurateurs open their first pizzerias and … More
Pizza Power Report 2022: Get Ready for the Robots
By Rick Hynum As we reflect on the past year in the pizza industry, the old Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times,” comes to mind. For the record, there’s no evidence that the expression originated in China, but, wherever it came from, it packs a punch. For pizza … More
Keep Your Pizzeria’s Appliances Running Smoothly Year After Year
Regular maintenance helps lower energy costs, reduces breakdowns and ensures your pizzeria’s equipment lasts over the long haul.
SpaceX Engineers Blast Off into the Pizza Robot Business
Benson Tsai, a former engineer at Elon Musk’s SpaceX, now leads a team that has developed a mobile pizzeria powered entirely by robots. Stellar Pizza is set to launch its first food truck in Los Angeles next spring with a machine that can reportedly make a pizza every 45 seconds. … More
OttOmate Virtual Event to Focus on Pizza Robots
As foodservice robots begin to look like a viable option in the coming year, OttOmate hosts an online event with some of the industry’s leaders this Friday. Speakers include representatives from innovators like xRobotics, Picnic, Pazzi Robotics, Refraction AI and Papa John’s. Related: Picnic reveals costs for Its pizza-making robotics … More
How to Create a Streamlined Online Ordering System
Digital experts share ways to streamline customers’ ordering from behind the scenes—including targeting them with smart upsells and special offers.
Gas vs. Electric Oven? Here Are the Pros and Cons of Both
It’s a discussion that has scored space in PMQ’s Think Tank for more than a decade: Gas or electric? Tom Lehmann, consultant for Dough Doctor Consulting in Manhattan, Kansas, notes that gas ovens, being much more popular in the United States, often receive the brunt of manufacturers’—and operators’—focus. But … More
Basil Street to Roll Out Automated Pizza Kitchens Nationwide
Specializing in automated pizza kitchens, Basil Street has partnered with Celestica, a leader in design, manufacturing and supply chain solutions, for a Fall 2021 roll-out. Basil Street piloted its prototype kiosks in multiple states last year, the company said. Related: Basil Street’s pizza vending machine greets customers at the door … More