Companies looking for improvement in 2011 should work on communication.
Roy Bergold: Tales from McDonald’s
We’ve reached the end of the year, and it’s time for my take on a few of the things I’ve seen happen within companies and among people in 2010. And it’s time to offer some suggestions on how to make it better in the upcoming New Year. I grew up on the far south side of Chicago, near the Gary,...
Even in a down economy, consumers expect quick serves to support a cause.
Charitable Giving
Although the down economy has forced many operators to focus on the nitty gritty of business details and ignore the outside-the-store activities, customers still expect brands to stand for a good cause. According to the 2010 Cone Cause Evolution Study, which analyzes consumers’ expectations and...
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With the workforce improving, employers should keep a tight grip on their crew.
Human Resources
Keeping crewmembers happy may not be on the top of an operator’s mind when he’s dealing with distribution issues and sales problems brought about by the recession, but new research suggests that it probably should be. A new survey by hourly employment website SnagAJob.com found that 61 percent of...
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Grilled chicken dishes are the core of the menu at Ranch One.
Emerging Concepts
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The founders of Ranch One, Ori Gottlieb and Mordechai Davidi, had one goal in mind when they opened their first restaurant next to the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City: They wanted to have the No. 1 grilled chicken sandwich concept in the country. That was 1990. In 1997, restaurant industry...
Operators should double their social media efforts when opening a second unit.
Promotions
Q: How can I market my new store on social media sites without confusing or stealing customers from my first?   You already know that social media can be a really effective way to keep in touch with your customers. That’s important, because only about 10 percent of restaurants are using it, even...
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Restaurants can’t afford to undermine their brand image with poor service.
Denise Lee Yohn: QSR’s Marketing Guru
Remember the tagline, “You Deserve a Break Today”? If you’re like me, you probably look back fondly on those days when McDonald’s made it a mantra. The line signaled the spirit of the industry at the time—people really enjoyed going to fast food restaurants, and quick serves really provided a...
Fritzi Woods is educating the industry about securing both male and female talen
Executive Insights
Is there a reason foodservice is still so heavily dominated by men? I don’t think there’s a specific reason, compared to other industries, other than maybe awareness. The foodservice industry has been plagued by people not clearly understanding the benefits and opportunities available in the...
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Industry News
  Birmingham, Alabama–based Jack’s Family Restaurants celebrated its 50th anniversary this month, capping a half century in which it became the first fast food chain in Alabama—and one of the first in the nation. The anniversary marks a significant milestone for a company that has changed hands...
Quick service restaurant operators can survey equipment options at NAFEM Show.
2015 NAFEM Show Preview
THE Q&A We spoke with officials at the North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers about what attendees can expect from this year’s event. What is the purpose of the NAFEM Show? The NAFEM Show features foodservice equipment and supplies from 500-plus manufacturers. At the show,...
Quick service restaurant executives run charity effort to raise funds for cancer research.
A Personal Connection
When Lori Newcomb found out she had stage III ovarian cancer last year, she made it her mission to learn more about the disease and help other women fighting the same battle. She sat down with her husband, Chris Newcomb, cofounder and CEO of Southern quick-service chain Newk’s Eatery, and together...
Quick service pizza restaurants roll out mobile apps and ordering tools.
Order’s Up
More than two decades ago, Pizza Hut sold its first pizza online—reportedly the first thing ever sold on the Internet. Ever since, the nation’s pizza chains have been leading the way in online sales innovation. And this year, that innovation is expected to continue as pizza brands fight off a stiff...
10 Challenges for Fast-Casual Leaders
While the fast-casual category continues to be the fastest-growing industry sector, the road in 2015 will be bumpy. We will see constant change and challenges around every corner. For industry leaders, there are issues that will keep even the most seasoned executive awake at night.  Here is my top...
Fast food kitchens must protect restaurants against food borne illness.
How to Improve Your Food Safety
Stories surrounding food-borne illness outbreaks in national quick-service restaurant chains have become very common, with many national brands having suffered at least one major food-borne illness outbreak. Whether the cause of the outbreak is due to contaminated food or unclean surfaces, food...
The top quick service restaurant brands from year 2014 served new menu items, technology, innovation.
2014’s Top Brand Stories
It’s that time of year. Time to look back and reflect upon the brand developments in quick service from the past year—from the surprising to the exciting and the defining—that seemed most important. Innovation and growth are a couple of the common themes among the top fast-food brand stories of...