December 2008 Blog Posts (88)


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80/20 Rule Applied

Most of us are familiar with the 80/20 rule, or the Pareto Effect, as it is most commonly known. The 80/20 rule has been represented in business discussion as 80 percent of production comes from 20 percent of the producers for many years. More broadly the 80/20 rule has been applied to every imaginable situation in business with amazing accuracy. Reading this complex information is fairly heady stuff, not known for light content, however a little struggling makes it more understandable.… Continue

Added by Mark Frank on December 2, 2008 at 1:53pm — 4 Comments

Pure Economics: Cans Lose

Now that it's officially official that we're in a recession, food service companies have even more reason to cut costs as the country collectively tightens its belts for the economic downturn.



One of the easiest ways to save money is to reduce waste. In times like these, you need to maximize yield on every food item in your refrigerator. Of course, that instantly puts aerosol whipped topping at a disadvantage. In… Continue

Added by OnTop(r) on December 2, 2008 at 12:26pm — 1 Comment

Employee Meal Benefits

What does your company offer for Employee Meal Benefits (employees dining as guests, not during / following a shift)? Has your organization cut these benefits in response to the current economic conditions? Thank you!

Added by Kat Hoffman on December 2, 2008 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

IndyDining Expansion: Exciting New Opportunities for Entrepreneurs

I am the President of IndyDining, a web community designed to provide consumers with tools to find new restaurants and help restaurants attract those customers. It began as a service to cater to Indianapolis residents and visitors, while driving traffic to restaurants whose attendance may have been staggering due to the current shape of the economy. Recent press coverage, however, has sparked a substantial amount of interest in expanding all that… Continue

Added by Jeremy Clarke on December 2, 2008 at 10:36am — No Comments

Advertising in an Economic Downturn

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Attached is a powerpoint I used recently at a CO-OP meeting I had with my franchisees and managment team. It helped me shed a little light at the end of the tunnel and that cutting costs on marketing which seems to be a natural defense given the current… Continue

Added by Scott on December 1, 2008 at 10:21pm — 3 Comments

Loyalty & Mobile Marketing

What are restaurants doing to increase sales and drive traffic in this difficult economy? Is anyone using mobile marketing programs (mobile coupons, etc.)? Has anyone had success on the mobile front?

Added by Matt Armstead on December 1, 2008 at 8:57pm — 2 Comments

21st century job seeker tip of the week

Find any business professional’s email address using Social Media and Google.



Are you looking for the contact information of the person who makes or influence the hiring decision but keep getting pushed to a link to fill out an online application?



Here is a tip on how to find the right person and get their email.



First search the Social Media sites you’re on entering in the company’s name as a keyword in the search. Browse through the members to find the person… Continue

Added by Amanda Hite on December 1, 2008 at 7:45pm — 2 Comments

So, you want to open your first restaurant...

It's been your dream for years, and now you plan to make it a reality: your first restaurant. Now what do you do?



Fans of the Food Network may remember David Adjey from his appearance on a 2008 episode of “Iron Chef America” when he competed against Iron Chef Michael Symon, resulting in a rare tie between the two chefs. He is also known in Canada for his appearances in “Restaurant Makeover”.



David Adjey’s Restaurant 101, his newest… Continue

Added by Heidi Burbela on December 1, 2008 at 12:15pm — No Comments

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The National Restaurant Association and EatStreet have released a free educational guide focusing on online ordering and emerging restaurant technology trends.

Boyd's Coffee Launches Single-Cup Coffees For Retail And Foodservice

The coffees come in a variety of roast levels and include organic and Rainforest Alliance Certified™ options: French No. 6®, Red Wagon® Organic Coffee, Good Morning™, Hi-Rev® (delivers more caffeine), and Lost Lake™ Decaf Organic Coffee.

Arby's Announces Development Deals With New And Existing Franchisees

ARG recently sold 14 company-operated restaurants in Tampa, FL to Mosaic Investments, Inc. (Mosaic), a fully integrated investment firm based in Atlanta. In addition to remodeling existing locations slated to commence at the end of 2014, Mosaic has committed to build 13 new Arby's restaurants in the Tampa area over the next nine years.

Smoothie King Appoints Vice President Of Business Development To Drive Brand's Expansion Across The U.S.

Prior to joining Smoothie King, Bruno served as vice president of retail sales, operations and franchise development for Fannie May Fine Chocolates, a division of 1800Flowers.com, where he oversaw a $69.5 million retail division that included 100 corporate stores and 45 franchised stores.

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Our energy future depends on nuclear fusion, says Michel Laberge. The plasma physicist runs a small company with a big idea for a new type of nuclear reactor that could produce clean, cheap energy. His secret recipe? High speeds, scorching temperatures and crushing pressure. In this hopeful talk, he explains how nuclear fusion might be just around the corner.

TED: Sarah Lewis: Embrace the near win - Sarah Lewis (2014)

At her first museum job, art historian Sarah Lewis noticed something important about an artist she was studying: Not every artwork was a total masterpiece. She asks us to consider the role of the almost-failure, the near win, in our own lives. In our pursuit of success and mastery, is it actually our near wins that push us forward?

TED: Matthew Carter: My life in typefaces - Matthew Carter (2014)

Pick up a book, magazine or screen, and more than likely you'll come across some typography designed by Matthew Carter. In this charming talk, the man behind typefaces such as Verdana, Georgia and Bell Centennial (designed just for phone books -- remember them?), takes us on a spin through a career focused on the very last pixel of each letter of a font.

TED: Jeremy Kasdin: The flower-shaped starshade that might help us detect Earth-like planets - Jeremy Kasdin (2014)

Astronomers believe that every star in the galaxy has a planet, one fifth of which might harbor life. Only we haven't seen any of them -- yet. Jeremy Kasdin and his team are looking to change that with the design and engineering of an extraordinary piece of equipment: a flower petal-shaped "starshade" positioned 50,000 km from a telescope to enable imaging of planets about distant stars. It is, he says, the "coolest possible science."

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