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How self-serve kiosks can rescue corporate dining — part 2: how the solution came to be

FastCasual.com - Mon, 2017-03-27 11:59
While self-serve kiosks allow corporate dining locations to eliminate the cashier and improve the speed of service for customers, there had been no "off-the-shelf" solution - until now.

Auto sales peak heightens risk for lenders, Moody's warns

AutoNews - Mon, 2017-03-27 10:27
As auto sales have peaked in the United States, competition to finance car loans is set to intensify and drive increased credit risk for lenders.
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Velvet Taco names Clay Dover president

Nation's Restaurant News - Mon, 2017-03-27 10:00

Velvet Taco has named Clay Dover to the newly created position of president, the fast-casual operator said Monday.

Dover most recently served as chief marketing officer for Pei Wei Asian Diner, the fast-casual division of Scottsdale, Ariz.-based P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Inc. Prior to assuming that role in 2015, Dover held executive positions at Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers.

Velvet Taco, a division of Dallas-based Front Burner Restaurants, this month opened its fifth unit in Austin, Texas. The brand was named a Nation’s Restaurant News Hot Concept in 2016.

“Clay is one of the most talented individuals in the restaurant industry, and we couldn’t be more pleased that he will be leading the Velvet Taco brand as it embarks on a path of significant growth across new and existing markets,” Front Burner CEO Randy DeWitt said in a statement.

Velvet Taco opened its first restaurant in Dallas in 2011, and later expanded to Chicago, Houston and Fort Worth, Texas.

In September, Velvet Taco received a “significant strategic growth investment” from the private-equity firm L Catterton.

Dover said he was attracted to Velvet Taco’s fast-casual niche for innovative tacos.

“I really had no intention of leaving Pei Wei any time soon, but the opportunity to join Randy and the Velvet Taco team with this extraordinary concept at such an early stage in its development was just too good to pass up,” Dover said in a statement.

Prior to joining Raising Cane’s, Dover served as CEO of Metromedia Restaurant Group and vice president of marketing at Apex Restaurant Group. 

Contact Ron Ruggless at Ronald.Ruggless@Penton.com

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McAlister's franchisee: 'Don't climb the ladder; build your own'

FastCasual.com - Mon, 2017-03-27 08:47
Heather Ricks, a McAlister's Deli franchisee in Virginia, has a six-person management team. Five are females, and one of her restaurants boast an all-female kitchen.

Rosati's CEO: 'If your company is a boys club then join the club'

FastCasual.com - Mon, 2017-03-27 08:30
Marla Topliff, president of Rosati's Pizza, fell in love with the restaurant business after working as a marketer for Rosati's.

W Marbella To Debut On Spain's Sizzling South Coast

Hotel Interactive - Mon, 2017-03-27 07:52
NEW YORK, NY––W Hotels Worldwide, now part of Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR), today announced the signing of W Marbella and The ...

Hilton Appoints Chief Customer Officer

Hotel Interactive - Mon, 2017-03-27 05:35
MCLEAN, VA--Hilton (NYSE:HLT) has named Jonathan (Jon) Witter as Chief Customer Officer. In this newly created role, he will oversee the ...

MNC Land And Hyatt To Bring First Park Hyatt Hotel To Indonesia

Hotel Interactive - Mon, 2017-03-27 05:33
JAKARTA, INDONESIA--PT MNC Land Tbk (MNC Land) and Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced plans for the first Park Hyatt ...

Getting payment figures down to the penny

AutoNews - Mon, 2017-03-27 01:01
With advancements in online tools for trade-in valuation and financing, could there be a day when consumers get exact payment offers via third-party sites before stepping foot in dealerships?
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Gap between sales and registrations narrowed in 2016

AutoNews - Mon, 2017-03-27 01:01
There's no clear explanation for the shift, but 2016 was marked by headlines focusing on some automakers' questionable sales practices.
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Zellmer wins transformation role at Porsche

AutoNews - Mon, 2017-03-27 01:01
Porsche's U.S. chief Klaus Zellmer has been given the chance to shepherd the iconic sports car brand in the market he calls the most competitive in the world.
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Car-shopping sites could start selling

AutoNews - Mon, 2017-03-27 01:01
Executives who run third-party shopping sites are considering whether to move from consumer-research havens to platforms where people purchase vehicles.
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Ford focuses on slimming down inventory

AutoNews - Mon, 2017-03-27 01:01
Ford is determined to avoid a glut of unsold cars and trucks piling up on dealer lots by trimming production - even if its vehicle volumes are relatively healthy compared to the rest of the industry.
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Getting payment figures down to the penny

AutoNews - Mon, 2017-03-27 01:01
With advancements in online tools for trade-in valuation and financing, could there be a day when consumers get exact payment offers via third-party sites before stepping foot in dealerships?
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Enterprise offers automakers renter insights

AutoNews - Mon, 2017-03-27 01:01
An Enterprise Rent-a-Car mobile app now lets customers rate their rental vehicles, providing feedback to automakers on what are essentially extended test drives.
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Velocity gains speed as driver of remarketing

AutoNews - Mon, 2017-03-27 01:01
The glut of off-lease vehicles returning to market is causing the nation's two largest auction groups to double down on the concept of velocity -- albeit in slightly different ways.
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Consolidation pays off for auction players

AutoNews - Mon, 2017-03-27 01:01
A growing reliance on data and analytics in the remarketing space is driving recent auction consolidation, some industry experts say.
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Classics of tomorrow for the right price today

AutoNews - Mon, 2017-03-27 01:01
Want to buy a reasonably priced car that stands a chance of becoming a classic? You start by acquiring something that is hot and sporty and not produced in the hundreds of thousands.
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