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BJ's new technology to assist with buying decisions

Store Front Talk Back - Thu, 2017-08-17 11:21
BJ's Wholesale Club has partnered with technology company First Insight to implement a new predictive analytics machine. The consumer-driven tool will help the retailer's membership warehouse clubs across the U.S. make buying decisions regarding products offered in its warehouses.

Bourdain's 'shameful' secret

Topix - Thu, 2017-08-17 11:07

With shows like "No Reservations" and "Parts Unknown," Anthony Bourdain has built himself a solid reputation as a connoisseur of worldly cuisine, home-cooked meals and fine dining establishments. But if his recent remarks to the Boston Globe are any indication, he really just craves fast food at the end of a long day.

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Online fraud spikes 137% despite new chip-based security measures, study says

Store Front Talk Back - Thu, 2017-08-17 10:41
Online fraud has spiked 137% since the implementation of EMV chip cards. BRP's Perry Kramer explains why this type of security is not enough for emerging technology in fraud.

BMW, Daimler discuss car-sharing pact, Sixt CEO hints

AutoNews - Thu, 2017-08-17 08:15
Daimler and BMW may be in talks to combine their car-sharing services Car2Go and DriveNow, hinted Erich Sixt, the CEO of car rental company and DriveNow partner Sixt.
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Fast casual snack concept on a mission to give back

FastCasual.com - Thu, 2017-08-17 06:00
Georgia's Purpose Snackery is a snack shop that encourages its independent franchisees to make an impact in the communities they serve.

Envysion Announces Partnership with El Pollo Loco

PR Web - Thu, 2017-08-17 03:30

The nation's leading fire-grilled chicken chain partners with Envysion for managed video services across all company-owned restaurant locations.

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Miracle Method Adds Industry Veteran To Build Franchise Growth...

PR Web - Thu, 2017-08-17 03:30

Gwyn O’Kane will bolster development for the nation’s largest professional bathroom and kitchen refinishing franchise

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Bill Scavone of Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. Named a Top...

PR Web - Thu, 2017-08-17 03:30

Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc., headquartered in Morris Plains, N.J., is proud to announce that Bill Scavone has been named a top franchise executive by Franchise Business Review in its “2017...

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Bizarre chemicals in fast food causes female-looking BREAST to grow on the chest of a Chinese boy

Topix - Thu, 2017-08-17 02:11

In China, a teenage boy grew an A-cup size breast as a disturbing result of eating too much fast food. He started noticing the growth six years ago.

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Taco Bell has reinvented the taco shell yet again

Topix - Thu, 2017-08-17 00:00

A bacon sundae and a taco waffle are just two of too many fast food abominations we can't believe. A bacon sundae and a taco waffle are just two of too many fast food abominations we can't believe.

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Standing up for her rights led to better things

Topix - Wed, 2017-08-16 19:45

At 16 she stood up for workers' rights in fast food restaurants now she is Unite Union's organiser for fast food workers in Auckland. In 2013 we [the workers at McDonalds] walked off shift and went on strike.

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Flavor of the Week: Chia gains popularity as plant-based protein

Nation's Restaurant News - Wed, 2017-08-16 18:37
The nutrient-dense seed finds its way into salad dressings, veggie burgers and beverages

5 Company Culture ‘Slip Ups’ That Will Cost You Dearly

Small Business Trends - Wed, 2017-08-16 17:30

Corporate culture is the foundation of any successful business. A joint study performed by professors from Columbia Business School and Duke’s Fuqua School of Business in 2015 surveyed more than 1,500 North American CEOs and CFOs who run high-level businesses.

In the study, a survey was distributed asking the respondents a variety of questions about their views on the importance of corporate culture in their businesses, as well as their thoughts on where their current corporate culture stands.

The results (original source):

  • 90 percent of executives said culture is important at their firms;
  • 78 percent said culture is among the top 5 things that make their company valuable;
  • 92 percent said they believe improving their firm’s corporate culture would improve the value of the company;
  • Only a mere 15 percent said their own corporate culture is exactly where it needed to be.

Obviously, corporate culture is something business leaders around the country feel is vitally important to how successful the business runs. It’s also something that’s easy to lose track of when phones are ringing all day and deals are getting signed by the hour.

However, let it slide and pretty soon you’ll be left with unhappy, unproductive, and potentially disloyal employees that will quickly lead you down the road to a crash-and-burn scenario for your business.

Avoid These Company Culture Mistakes

Here are 5 company culture mistakes that if avoided/repaired, will most definitely improve your company’s corporate culture:

1. Lack of Downtime (Both At and Away From the Office)

Even the most high-level leaders have dozens of mundane tasks that need to be completed every day. Still, you and your employees can’t possibly maintain productivity and a good attitude at work with your eyes staring at a monitor 12 hours a day.

Many businesses, particularly startups, are equally guilty of expecting their employees to burn the candle at both ends, working 24/7 in an effort to build and maintain a business. Everybody needs time off, away from work, in order to maintain adequate work/life balance.

Encourage frequent breaks during work hours, and don’t force employees to work more time than their salary allots for. A really good tip is to encourage employees to take exercise breaks, like Google and these other 4 major corporations do.

2. Lack of Humor Around the Office

Laughter is scientifically proven to reduce stress. Yet so many offices out there maintain a rigid, wooden culture that discourages humor in favor of keeping things on a professional level. Worse, many managers are still trained to discipline employees when they see them messing around during work hours.

The fact is, some of those employees may in fact need a talking to, if you constantly see them crowding the water cooler and telling jokes. Most are just letting their brains take a rest from their work, and getting a much needed endorphin rush to take back to their desk with them.

3. Lack of Fast, Stable Internet Connectivity

We all live and work in a connected world. There have been a few studies over the last couple of years that have identified poor Internet service as the most common complaint issued by otherwise happy employees.

The problem with poor Internet service is that it impedes a worker’s ability to get their work done quickly, and can have a huge impact on your customer service department when trying to service clients on web based apps and databases.

4. Lack of Stimulating Surroundings

Think color isn’t important in the office? Ask yourself this: why do people agonize so much over what colors to paint their walls, staircases, shelves, etc., in their homes? It’s because colors set the tone for a room, they help us cultivate emotions that either make us happy, sad, or flat uninspired.

If your current layout is drab and dated, consider modernizing that old office by painting and decorating with colors proven to boost creativity, happiness, and productivity.

5. Lack of Trust in Employees

This is one of the biggest corporate culture killers on the list. Not extending trust to employees, or constantly hovering over them when you do, will always lead to a lack of fulfillment and direction for them.

Extending trust can be done in a number of different ways, from constantly allowing employees new reach with regard to the level of work they do, to being honest and transparent about your successes and failures, and the ultimate direction you want to see the company going in.

Conclusion

The study on the importance of corporate culture outlined in the introduction showed a very strong majority of business leaders in North America’s biggest corporations understand the need to build and constantly improve the conditions their employees work in each and every day.

I’d like to end by asking two important questions:

  1. Are you ready to place a stronger emphasis on it in your business?
  2. Do you feel corporate culture belongs in the top 5 list of things that make your company valuable?

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This article, "5 Company Culture ‘Slip Ups’ That Will Cost You Dearly" was first published on Small Business Trends

La Madeleine completes first refranchising phase

Nation's Restaurant News - Wed, 2017-08-16 17:20
Bakery-café chain sells 26 restaurants to HZ LM Casual Foods

New Facebook Features Let You Promote Brand Ambassador Content and Posts

Small Business Trends - Wed, 2017-08-16 15:30

Marketing your business on Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) just got easier.

New Facebook Branded Content Features

The social media giant has introduced some new features that will help marketers amplify brand content and control campaigns with creators.

Amplify Creator Posts

In an official post, the company announced marketers can now directly boost a creator’s post as it appears on the page.

What’s more, marketers can use Facebook targeting and custom audiences to connect with the right people. The creator just needs to give the marketer permission to boost the post when they compose their message and tag the page using the branded content tool.

The target audience will be able to see the post originated from the creator, even though it has been boosted by the marketer.

Control Branded Content Tags

Facebook is also giving marketers more control to authorize which creators can tag them in a branded content post. In addition, marketers can access key data such as reach, engagement and CPM to determine the effectiveness of posts they’re tagged in.

The company has refreshed the branded content tab in both Page Insights and Business Manager. It now includes:

  • Detailed tool-tips and explanations to more easily view and understand results,
  • Total spend from both the creator and marketer on each post,
  • Separate summaries of total spend and CPM — in multiple currencies, if required.
Facilitating an Easier Collaboration with Facebook Influencers

Facebook has said these new features will help marketers collaborate more effectively with influencers. But with so many influencers on Facebook, it ultimately boils down to finding the right ones for your business.

To pick the right influencers, it is important to evaluate their potential and reach. For example, what’s the demographic of their social media followers? How often do they communicate with their followers? How suitable are they to endorse your business? These are some important questions that you must ask before you choose a Facebook influencer.

Image: Facebook

This article, "New Facebook Features Let You Promote Brand Ambassador Content and Posts" was first published on Small Business Trends

Fidelity gets involved with J. Alexander's again

Nation's Restaurant News - Wed, 2017-08-16 15:30
Blog: If Ninety Nine merger is OK'd, Fidelity would regain control of the company it spun off in 2015

Where in the world can you eat a burger for under R150

Topix - Wed, 2017-08-16 15:26

Traveling as a young person also means eating out on a budget. In this list, we feature all the spots in some of our favourite tourist friendly cities where you can eat a burger for under R150.

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