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Can Burger Lovers Be Fooled by Mock Meats?

New plant-based burgers are tasting like meat thanks to a new technology. Paul Solman of PBS NewsHour investigates further.

Marriott Introduces IoT Hotel Room of the Future

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Marriott International, now the largest hotel company in the world since its acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts last year, is working with Samsung and Legrand to create the hospitality industry’s Internet of Things (IoT) hotel room of the future.

Google Search and Maps Now Show Restaurant Wait Times

Crowd photoGoogle Search or Maps already predict restaurant wait times on computers. Soon those predictive wait times will be available on smart phones too to help people on the go plan the timing of their visit to restaurants.

How Chick-fil-A Innovates to Ratchet Up Pad Site Efficiencies

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​Chick-fil-A's business success has muted many a former skeptic who didn't think it could be done on their terms. A challenge for the company in recent years has been changes in commercial real estate, much of it unfavorable. The company puts strong reliance on innovation to come up with solutions that work in the real world.

Higher Numbers of EVs Fueling Battery Supply Concerns

With purchases of electric vehicles expected to steeply increase, mostly because of government mandates banning the sale of gasoline and diesel engines after various specified dates, there are doubts about battery suppliers being able to keep up with the demand.

Will Amazon Move into Auto Retail?

With Amazon getting into bricks and mortar with its Whole Foods purchase, making its delivery more convenient than ever with its prime and free delivery services, and announcing establishment of a second headquarters in addition to the massive one in Seattle, could the company also be the auto sales behemoth of the future?

Augmented Reality on New iPhone System Could Be a Boon to Small Businesses

Apple has just released the new iOS 11 for iPhones and iPads, which includes Augmented Reality (AR). The following video showing what IKEA has already done with AR may spark your imagination on the possibilities for your own business.

Multi-Unit McDonald's Franchisee Launching Upgraded Design

A new McDonald's featuring the chain's latest design and technology is opening in La Crosse, Wisconsin, on Thursday. It will be a first for Courtesy Corp., the franchisee, which owns 59 locations in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. The refreshed high-tech model has been introduced by around 2,600 restaurants globally, including over 500 McDonald's in the U.S.

McDonald's Resurgence Figures Showing Bigger Effect on Smaller Competitors

smashburgerConsumers have been spending more money at McDonald's per store in the last couple of reported quarters, reversing a widely reported protracted decline. The ebb and flow affects competitors, but the smaller chains appear to be bearing the brunt of the effect of guest dollars spent at McD's rather than with them.

Kroger Launching First Restaurant, Plans for More

Joining the fray into the increasingly stiff and changing competition among eateries, Kroger's first restaurant is slated to open late next month in Union, Kentucky.