Why Hoteliers Are Upgrading Their Restaurant Management Capabilities

It’s clear that hoteliers have technology on the brain, including restaurant technology: Almost one-quarter (24 percent) of operators who have not purchased a new restaurant management and POS system within the past three years plan to do so in the next 12 months, according to research from the newly released 2016 Smart Decision Guide to Restaurant Management and POS Systems.

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Report: CVS Health testing Google Nearby beacon

Google recently announced it is allowing businesses to send smartphone alerts to consumers via Google Play through a program called Nearby, Internet Retailer reported.    “CVS is one of the first businesses testing Nearby,” the report stated. “CVS is using the Nearby program to let shoppers know they can send photos to the retailer for in-store printing via the CVS smartphone app,” Internet Retailer concluded, citing Google.

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Unable to find a buyer, entertainment retailer to close all stores

Hastings Entertainment is going out of business.   The company, founded in 1968, filed Chapter 11 in June, with the hopes of finding a buyer, but none materialized. On June 20, Hilco Merchant Resources and Gordon Brothers Group bought the company to oversee liquidation of the stores in a contractual joint venture. The partners started going-out-of-business sales at all Hastings locations on Saturday, July 23.

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Rachael Ray, Rite Aid announce $25K donation to Detroit’s Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program

The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program announced Wednesday a $25,000 donation to the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program, a Detroit-based nonprofit that empowers Detroit youth to be positive and productive members of society through education, athletics, mentorship and intervention.

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Starbucks adds retail group to oversee new store concepts

New store formats loom large in Starbucks Corp.’s long-term strategy.   The coffee giant on Monday announced that Cliff Burrows, who has headed up Starbucks’ Americas business for eight years, will lead a new group within the company called Siren Retail. In the role, Burrows will oversee the global expansion of the chain’s new Roastery concept, as well as the development of the upscale Starbucks Reserve stores. http://www.chainstoreage.com/article/coffee-giant-two-new-store-expansion-moves

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