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Dealing with distributors

The single best way to reduce your food cost is to shop every item from several distributors each week… If you think this statement is true, congratulations, you are a buyer. If you think there may be more to it, read on and become a purchasing manager. One of the … More

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Florida restaurant show

The Florida Restaurant Show was held in Orlando, Florida, on Sept. 20-22. The PMQ staff sifted through 649 exhibitor booths and more than 17,000 industry professionals who were in attendance and found some great ideas and products that you should know about. Borrowing from David Letterman, "OK kids, here is … More

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Customer appreciation night

After reading T. Scott Gross' book, Positively Outrageous Service, I was inspired to do an unheard-of thing when I operated Big Dave's Pizza. During my monthly team meeting, I asked my crew if they would work for tips only, on a to-be-announced day. 'Stay with me on this one while … More

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Donatos Pizzeria takes the P.I.E.

In the Pizza Power 2002 article from the last issue of PMQ, we took an in-depth look at what has been going on in the pizza industry over the last 12 months. In that article, Donatos Pizzeria Corp. was awarded the PMQ Pizza Industry Enterprise of the Year (PIE) award. … More

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Playing chicken with the big boys

By now everyone is aware of the recent launch of chicken products by some of the major pizza chains. Domino's is offering Buffalo Chicken Kickers, Papa John's is offering Papa's Chicken strips and both are backing up these new menu offerings with massive promotions. Customers are being bombarded with direct … More

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Pizza industry food distributors

So who doesn't feel like they just got through dealing with a used car salesman when their food distributor leaves? You may have gotten a good deal, maybe not. Hey, they are salesmen after all, but there is a difference. If you don't have the best products and happy customers, … More

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Pizza stores losing 7 percent from theft

Australia's leading thief catcher, Shane Windred, says pizza shop owners are losing up to 7 percent of their gross takings from staff theft. "The fast food industry in general is one of the last bastions of ready, unaccountable cash. Pizza stores in particular are at an even greater risk because … More

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Augello's Pizza – a league all their own

The first Augello's store began operations in 1995. Due to its growing popularity, not only with the locals, but also with the tourists, the second restaurant at New Farm was opened in 2001 and plans are in place for their third restaurant. Augello's is owned and managed by Simon Best, … More

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You can be on TV, too!

Back in the 1980's, there was a show that used to come on TV called Star Search. The show ended up becoming a veritable who's who of future celebrities. It was the steppingstone to many phenomenal careers. Star Search was the first time many of the contestants were seen by … More

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The coming insurance crisis

One of the more downplayed aspects of the current post-9/11 economy has been the effect on the nation's Property Casualty (non-life insurance) industry. While there may not be much "light" on this, things are certainly heating up. America's insurance industry is reeling from a combination of things that individually may … More

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Letter from the publisher

Average Pizza Delivery Time Falls to 32.5 minutes. How do you compare to the national average when it comes to the level of service you provide? Now you can know. In order to improve something you have to start measuring it. Once you are able to see how the service … More

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The true cost of leasing

Often, business owners are faced with the decision… "Should I lease or buy equipment?" The answer can be different in each situation and you should weigh all the factors in reaching a suitable, sound conclusion. In most cases, the first factor to consider is the source and availability of cash … More