9 Ways to Boost Remote Sales Productivity

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Companies around the globe are asking employees to work from home to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Yet many global firms are not prepared for a remote workforce. And when it comes to sales teams, remote work presents a unique set of challenges for sales managers tasked with leading geographically dispersed teams. Sales teams… read more

Taco Bell to debut ‘Go Mobile’ Prototype Store with Double Drive-thru lanes, Curbside Pickup

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In the works for a few years, the smaller footprint stores are designed for contactless carry out; but are Cantinas and fast social designs out? A Taco Bell executive gives us the lowdown. In early March, Taco Bell announced a bold plan to open ‘fast social’ restaurants with stadium-style seating for gamers. But those dine-in-focused… read more

Former Yum! exec joins Pieology as CMO

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Adrienne Berkes, a longtime leader at Yum! Brands, Inc., has joined create-your-own pizzeria Pieology as chief marketing officer. Ms. Berkes will be responsible for expansion of the brand overseas as well as throughout the United States. Adrienne is an accomplished marketing strategist with strong QSR retail experience and a passion to build brands,” said Gregg… read more

Wendy’s Sees ‘Ton of Upside’ in Breakfast

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Breakfast has been a bright spot for the quick-service restaurant (QSR) chain as it has adapted to challenging business conditions caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. “We could not be more pleased with our breakfast daypart since its launch in early March,” said Todd Allan Penegor, president and chief executive officer, during an Aug. 5… read more

Papa John’s will Hire 10,000 more Workers as it Tries to Meet Demand for its Pizzas

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Papa John’s announced it would hire 10,000 more workers as it tries to meet surging demand for its pizzas. Consumers who are sheltering in place are ordering more Papa John’s food during the coronavirus pandemic. During the three months ended June 28, the pizza chain’s North American same-store sales soared 28%, according to its preliminary estimates. … read more

What Does it Take to Reopen a Restaurant During Coronavirus? Here’s an Example

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COVID-19 case spikes have complicated the reopening process further for restaurants. It’s surfaced the concern—fair or not—whether steps taken in early phases were stringent enough to keep guests safe. And even with step-backs on capacity limits, restaurants are still reopening or preparing to do so en masse. It remains a dynamic and imposing task. While… read more

The Cheesecake Factory Tells Landlords Across the Country It Won’t Be Able to Pay Rent on April 1

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The Cheesecake Factory, one of the most popular sit-down restaurant chains in the country, says it will not be able to make upcoming rent payments for any of its storefronts on April 1 because of significant loss of income due to the coronavirus crisis. The Calabasas Hills-based company informed all of its landlords in a… read more

Pizza Inn Introduces Multi-Unit Incentive Program to Fuel Growth

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Amid strong interest from existing franchisees and robust same-store sales, Pizza Inn announced the roll out of a major multi-unit incentive program designed to fuel additional buffet growth for the brand. “Pizza Inn continues to offer strong unit economics and new market development opportunities,” says Brandon Solano, CEO of RAVE Restaurant Group. “Our new multi-unit… read more

22 CEOs, CMOs, COOs and other C-suite positions that changed in the restaurant industry in February

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Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Starbucks, Denny’s and more chains name new executives while others move on from their positions during the shortest month of the year January was a busy month for executives across foodservice brands, and February showed no signs of slowing down either. There were some major players moving between companies or leaving… read more

Union Square Hospitality Group to Cover Costs of Coronavirus Tests, Treatment for Workers

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Union Square Hospitality Group said its sick leave policy would be broadened during the coronavirus crisis to ensure workers can take time off if they’re sick. The group closed two more restaurants temporarily on Tuesday — the signature Union Square Café and adjoining Daily Provisions — to sanitize out of an abundance of caution after… read more