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Identifying best practices for restaurant site selection

Getting boots on the ground to narrow down an ideal location is important.

Greener planet, more green in the pockets

Au Bon Pain reduced its carbon footprint, looks to shave up with 13 percent off its energy bill by monitoring and analyzing its energy usage.

How to Profit from ATMs: A Guide for Retailers and Restaurateurs

This report provides an in-depth guide for retailers, restaurateurs and other businesses that are considering installing ATMs on their premises.

Sponsored by: Elan Financial Services

Is grass-fed milk better for you than organic milk?

One industry insider claims grass-fed labels are bringing in customers, more than non-GMO labels.

New guide caters to restaurateurs, retailers looking to boost income with ATMs

'How to Profit from ATMs: A Guide for Retailers and Restaurateurs' delivers 40 pages packed with essential information about the business of owning, operating and earning revenue from ATMs.

SAVOR...Chicago Streamlines Convention Cafe with Self-service

Self-order kiosks from NEXTEP SYSTEMS help ensure that visitors to North America's busiest convention center don't have to wait in line.

Sponsored by: NEXTEP SYSTEMS

Panasonic bets on growth of drive-thru digital menu boards

Because of the heavy traffic volume at the drive-thru, Panasonic's Jeff Pinc said the industry is in the beginning stages of wide adoption of outdoor digital displays.

Online ordering provides the holy grail of customer-level data

Even for brands in which digital ordering represents a small percentage, its search traffic and order traffic represents a meaningful sample size from which brands can glean valuable insights.

E-2 visa leads UK entrepreneur to California dream

Franchising is an ideal fit for many foreign entrepreneurs seeking to live and work in the US.

What did you miss at #CONNECTsummit14? Check out the highlights

#CONNECTsummit14 included mobile innovation leaders from across the spectrum: tech, restaurant, retail.

Three ways restaurants can be smarter with local schools

Online ordering is the perfect way to remind students, parents and school administrators that you care about their needs by offering them a quick and value-oriented way to order their meals.

What's ahead for Wingstop? Mobile payment

Wingstop is heavily invested in social media for engaging customers and driving sales. The next step: mobile payments.

A confluence of factors pushing digital signage into the mainstream [infographic]

Such technology decreases a customer's perceived wait time by up to 40 percent.

Allergen awareness: Why American brands should be watching the EU

The focus on establishments that serve food items will become more prevalent as the number of people born with allergens continues to increase.

Why restaurants should embrace mobile payment with iPhone 6 and PassBook

By combining NFC with finger touch recognition technology, Apple is able to offer NFC payment securely inside PassBook, making PassBook more relevant than ever.

'Failure is not an option' in CEO's cancer battle

Just as things started taking off for Chicken Salad Chick, President and CEO Kevin Brown was diagnosed with stage IV liver cancer. He's fighting back, and helping others.

Apple Pay explodes onto the scene

Apple intros mobile wallet capabilities that combine NFC, Passbook and Touch ID. Company has support from banks, major card issuers and retailers.

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Panera brings back Pink Ribbon Bagel for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

A portion of the proceeds from the purchase of each bagel, which are twisted into a ribbon shape, will be donated to breast cancer-related causes.

Fuddruckers opens second unit in North Dakota

Fuddruckers opened the second of five restaurants planned for North Dakota with franchisee Serka Services LLC. The newest Fuddruckers opened at 1603 35th Ave, SW in Minot, near the Dakota Square Mall. "We're excited to be expanding our presence in...

JAB Holding Company affiliate to acquire Einstein Noah Restaurant Group for $374 million

An affiliate of JAB Holding Company will acquire Einstein Noah Restaurant Group for approximately $374 million.

Data breach extends beyond Jimmy John's to other restaurants

Data breach extended beyond 216 Jimmy John's restaurants to include 108 other restaurants.

GrubHub data reveals gender differences in takeout ordering patterns

The findings of a recent analysis of a year's worth of GrubHub data reveals differences in what, when and where men and women order takeout.

Corner Bakery Cafe marking World Smile Day with mug giveaway

Special promotion will feature a set of smiley face mugs for the first 50 guests; one to keep, one to share with a friend.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf connects with LA's train commuters for new partnership

The promotion at LA's Union Station included mystery offers, a special train car and decorations on the platforms.

Restaurant Association, UnitedHealthcare partner up for member discounts

The National Restaurant Association has announced exclusive member discounts from UnitedHealthcare on manual medical rates for fully insured business groups with 51 or more eligible employees. According to a news release, through NRA's Health Care HQ, members can access potential...

Global foodservice trends driven by QSR segment performance

Higher check averages at restaurants around the world during Q2 helped to increase the overall consumer spending in every country except Spain and Italy, according to new data from The NPD Group. NPD's Crest foodservice market research shows that traffic...

Food truck revenue expected to increase by 76% in next five years

The food truck segment began picking up steam around 2008, with many concepts abandoning more expensive brick-and-mortar bills during the Great Recession. According to the National League of Cities, there are no signs of this marketing slowing down – food...

Smoothie King adopts iPad POS systemwide

With more than 700 restaurants, Revel Systems says Smoothie King's iPad-based POS deployment is the largest to date.

Smoothie King opens 700th store

Smoothie King plans to open more than 1,000 stores across the United States over the next 3 years.

Survey launched to track restaurant menu prices

Restaurant supply chain co-op SpenDifference has launched the latest survey in its menu price tracking study program. U.S.

Seasonal hiring outlook solid, according to survey

Eighty-nine percent of employers anticipate hiring the same number of seasonal workers as 2013, or perhaps more.

100 Montaditos debuts second New York City location

Spanish import specializes in montaditos, a stuffed bread roll.

Rubio's will update 60 units with coastal theme

Rubio's emphasizing coastal theme in restaurant redesign, rebranding.

Zoup! opening five units this fall

Five new units opening this fall will bring the chain's count to 70 locations across the US and Canada.

Zoyo breaks into Georgia

Franchisees Craig and Robin Kovel leaning into community marketing through partnerships with schools and sports leagues.

Dickey's opens in Natchitoches, Louisiana

Dickey's opened its newest unit at 936 University Parkway in Natchitoches, Louisiana, on Sept. 25. "We are located right across from my alma mater, Northwestern State University, and near two other schools, making this the perfect location for students and...

Starbucks will offer 10th anniversary special edition of Ray Charles' 'Genius Loves Company'

The two-disc edition includes the full-length album, bonus tracks and special packaging.

Insureon launches microsite for small foodservice businesses

The educational site is designed to help caterers, food trucks and other operators manage risk exposure.

YP teams up with GrubHub

Partnership will add online and mobile ordering to YP's local search.

Calexio goes international with 15-unit Middle East deal

The 15-unit master franchise deal will take Calexio to the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

SCS Global Services and SafetyChain Software partner for training and automation

SCS Global Services has partnered with SafetyChain Software to provide services for training, certification to third-party food safety schemes, and food safety and quality assurance automation.

Red Book Connects launches HotSchedules iPad app

New app takes advantage of iPad's larger screen to enhance viewing options, data display.

Starbucks set to purchase remaining Starbucks Japan shares for $913.5 million

With franchise rights set to expire, Starbucks Japan partner Sazaby approached Starbucks about selling its ownership stake.

Jimmy John's settles lawsuit over delivery accident

A motorcyclist injured in a crash with a Jimmy John's driver claimed the company's 'freaky fast' delivery policy put drivers under pressure that caused them to disregard safety.

Togo's acquires 13 units from founder

The newly-acquired stores will provide Togo's with a larger platform for testing products and systems, and training new franchisees, management and crew.

Jimmy John's confirms data breach

Intruders gained access to data via stolen POS login credentials.

Togo's acquires 13 units from founder

The newly-acquired stores will provide Togo's with a larger platform for testing products and systems, and training new franchisees, management and crew.

Peet's Coffee & Tea peeks into presidents' coffee habits

Ever wonder how Honest Abe took his coffee? Peet's Coffee & Tea may have the answer for you this week.

Wahlburgers inks 3-unit Vegas deal

The better burger concept, founded by famous brothers Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlburg, is the subject of an A&E; network reality show.

Menchie's rakes in $350,000 for Make-a-Wish

The donations will be used to grant wishes for more than 35 children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Swarm and Revel Systems announce partnership

The integration of Swarm and Revel solutions will yield visitor traffic and sales conversion data users can use to make operational and marketing decisions.

Juice it Up! strengthens California base with new unit

Juice it Up! has opened its newest location at 14898 Dale Evans Parkway, Suite 250 in Apple Valley, California. "Nearly a decade after first partnering with Juice It Up!, we are thrilled to open our third store to share the...

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