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Selling to outside venues

This is a question that we get asked every day by our operator partners. When people see the numbers, they find it hard to believe. Besides the fundamentals — high quality product, premium pricing, minimal discounts and aggressive marketing — there is another reason why we have had added success: … More

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Reward programs boost employee morale

Street Fighting business owners do everything they can to attract and keep good talent. Surprisingly, money isn’t the best way to inspire performance and loyalty. Numerous studies have pegged lack of praise and recognition as the most common reason good employees leave— ahead of poor compensation, limited authority and personality … More

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Survey forensics

You don’t have to flip too many channels to know about the popularity of police shows focused on the science of forensic evidence. Watson would have followed behind Sherlock with a spectrometer if Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a modern day author. Success leaves clues…clues you can use to engineer … More

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New York's landmark pizzerias

As I made travel arrangements for another trip into New York to continue my research on the top 10 landmark pizzerias, the memory of zero-degree weather and Old Man Winter’s cruel joke on a poor Southern boy still lingered in the back of my mind… actually it shivered down my … More

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Don't let cheese squeeze you dry

Don’t Let Cheese Squeeze You Dry Last spring, in Madison, Wisconsin, I presented a little seminar to about 30 pizzeria owners. They were the guests of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.   We had the opportunity to really learn everything about mozzarella and Italian style cheeses in four full days of … More

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Liquor liability and you

Thousands of lawsuits are filed every year involving the sale,  serving or distribution of alcohol. Every year some of those lawsuits are successful  and someone pays the price – big time. The lawsuits are usually not brought by the person drinking the alcohol, but usually by someone who wasn’t even … More

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Your top 100

When asked, most pizza operators believe they are in the “pizza business.” Emphasis is placed on consistently creating the finest pizza, delivering the best service and keeping a clean restaurant. Most operators can tell you more about the price of cheese or their current food cost than they can about … More

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Information security

Owning and operating a franchise food business provides the opportunity for both personal satisfaction and financial success.  While many owners experience great benefits, the challenges to effective operations are making such benefits harder to obtain. California Civil Code section 1798.82 requires that businesses notify residents if a breach involves a … More

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From the horse's mouth

Everyone does business a different way. In this new department, PMQ will pose two to three questions each issue to a group of owners/operators from across the country so you can see what others think about certain topics. In this department, you get the word straight from the horse’s mouth. … More

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The Italian job

Muhammad Ali once said, “Champions are made from something they have deep inside of them—a desire, a dream, a vision.” Ten pizzeria owners and managers put their lives on hold with the need to prove something to the pizza world. They traveled far and wide to satisfy that competitive desire. … More

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Pre-employment testing…should you or shouldn't you?

There’s a lot of talk about testing job applicants before you hire them, but is it really all that easy, effective, and necessary? Most hiring managers or owners rely on the application or resume, job interview, and references in selecting the best people for the job openings they have.  However, … More

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Ask Joey

Well here they are, the repercussions. We had such a nice run of commodity-based pricing, it was inevitable that some rising prices would eventually hit. Many of us reap the rewards during low market conditions without consideration that they will go up. After March, we feel as if they have … More