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Self-order technology options expand, challenging foodservice operators still using legacy POS

Self-order technology options expand, challenging foodservice operators still using legacy POS

New foodservice technologies — including self-order kiosks, mobile ordering and EMV-enabled payment systems — are being introduced at a rapid pace. Operators with existing POS investments need to be able to integrate new capabilities into their existing systems.

Southern California crepes food truck expands into multifaceted foodservice business

Southern California crepes food truck expands into multifaceted foodservice business

After starting out as a provider of tabletop crepes, Crepes Bonaparte expanded into catering, food trucks, a food truck booking service and, eventually, a brick-and-mortar restaurant. Synergies among the different business segments have helped the company maintain profitability.

Seattle pair parlay Korean taco truck into brick-and-mortar chain

Seattle pair parlay Korean taco truck into brick-and-mortar chain

Roz Edison and Kamala Saxton got into the food truck business at the right time in 2009, despite little formal business experience. Having a clear focus on the type of food they wanted to offer and maintaining a consistent schedule for the truck proved important to their success.

The 5 best types of customer loyalty programs for food trucks

The 5 best types of customer loyalty programs for food trucks

The expansion of mobile payment has increased customer expectations for loyalty rewards for nearly all types of purchases. Fortunately, food trucks have several options to reward customers for their patronage and ensure their ongoing loyalty.

Booking services help more clients find food trucks

Booking services help more clients find food trucks

Booking services help clients find food trucks to serve regular meals as well as special catering events. The companies, which typically charge the food truck a fee or a percentage of the sales, have been expanding. Food truck operators hold mixed views.

A mission to help leads a Texas family into mobile food

A mission to help leads a Texas family into mobile food

Starting a food truck has been an intense educational experience for a Texas family with no prior foodservice background. Entering their third year, Steve and Nanette Hutto have decided to take an active management role.

'Grocery on wheels'  makes its debut

'Grocery on wheels' makes its debut

Self-driving vehicles that deliver fresh produce and allow consumers to place orders via an app and then physically pick their own produce could be the long-sought answer for online produce delivery.

Influencer of the Year: Keith Hill, I Love Bacon

Influencer of the Year: Keith Hill, I Love Bacon

Keith Hill believes the food truck industry is becoming more competitive and needs more educational resources to help entrepreneurs succeed. This is why he participates in industry building activities, including sharing his expertise with others.

11 menu trends going mainstream in 2018

11 menu trends going mainstream in 2018

Now trending: Detroit-styled pizza, Vibrantly colored drinks and salads, soft-serve ice cream coming in innovative flavors and a focus on mushroom-centric dishes.

Technology, social media topics lead top 10 stories in 2017

Technology, social media topics lead top 10 stories in 2017

Stories about social media and technology tools were the most-read articles in 2017, the inaugural year for Food Truck Operator. An analysis of the 10 stories reflects a variety of concerns as the industry continues to expand at a rapid pace.

Seoul Taco: A food truck entrepreneur success story

Seoul Taco: A food truck entrepreneur success story

A passion for food, combined with a desire to improve his lot in life and a little luck propelled David Choi, the son of Korean immigrants, to launch Seoul Taco, a small chain of restaurants and food trucks.

Foodservice leaders describe best practices for managing social media challenges

Foodservice leaders describe best practices for managing social media challenges

Managing social media messages is an evolving challenge for foodservice operators. A recent panel highlighted how some proactive companies are addressing the task.

Millennials: give us discounts, go easy on the apps

Millennials: give us discounts, go easy on the apps

One of the more eye-opening sessions at the Fast Casual Executive Summit in Nashville last month was a quick, question-filled hour-long chat with a varied panel of millennials about what gets their food business and what does not.

How foodservice leaders predict global menu trends

How foodservice leaders predict global menu trends

Menu experts predict global menu trends at this year's Fast Casual Executive Summit.

Public officials take note: Food trucks are needed for disaster relief

Public officials take note: Food trucks are needed for disaster relief

As state and local governments consider ways to best regulate the growing food truck industry, they should recognize the great resource food trucks present in disaster planning.

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