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Dunkin’ Brands adds Linda Boff to board of directors

Nation's Restaurant News - Tue, 2017-05-23 18:26

Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. has named Linda Boff, CMO of GE, to its board of directors, the company said Tuesday.

Nigel Travis, chairman and CEO of Dunkin’ Brands, said Boff will be vital to the quick-service operator as it looks to fine-tune its marketing.

Linda Boff Photo: Dunkin' Brands

"Linda is one of the pre-eminent marketers in the country, and we are delighted she has joined our board of directors," Travis said in a statement. "Her extensive background in integrated marketing and digital media, as well as her global brand-building expertise and reputation for innovation, should greatly assist us in our quest to position Dunkin' Donuts as the leading beverage-led, to-go brand."

Boff leads GE’s global marketing strategies. She has been with the company since 2004. 

Boff is also on the Board of Partnership with Children, a New York City-based organization that provides social support to hard-to-reach schoolchildren.

She is also vice chair of the Ad Council and serves on the executive committee of the Association of National Advertisers. 

Dunkin’ Brands said Boff’s marketing skills would benefit the more than 20,000 points of distribution that the company has worldwide. 

Contact Dan Orlando at dan.orlando@penton.com

Follow him on Twitter: @danamx

Sensor technology helps physical compete with online

Store Front Talk Back - Tue, 2017-05-23 18:04
If retailers are going to compete with Amazon, they need to adapt their product sensor technology in order to weave their stock and inventory information.

Denny’s names Michael Furlow CIO

Nation's Restaurant News - Tue, 2017-05-23 17:23

Denny’s has named Michael Furlow, an industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience, as its new CIO and senior vice president of information technology. 

The move comes as Spartanburg, S.C.-based Denny’s puts more attention towards maximizing tech strategies.

“Technology is critical to restaurants today, and Michael will be a welcome and instrumental member of our team as we continue to develop new ways of leveraging technology to better serve our guests,” Denny’s CEO John Miller said in a statement.  

“We look forward to having Michael’s deep knowledge of the restaurant industry coupled with his expertise in strategic technology development added to our capabilities. Michael’s track record in building solid, organized IT teams makes him an ideal fit for the role, and we are excited to welcome him to the team,” Miller added.

Furlow was CIO at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews from October 2015 through April 2017.

“Having spent my career in the restaurant industry, I have always admired Denny’s for its ability to evolve and adapt to best serve customers both in the U.S. and around the world,” Furlow said in a statement. “I’m thrilled to join the dynamic team of leaders at the company and look forward to leveraging technology to help support the company’s strategic objectives.” 

Previously, Furlow served as CIO for Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. and Einstein Noah Restaurant Group Inc. before his tenure at Red Robin. 

Alex Lewis had served as Denny’s CIO since 2009. In April, Lewis moved to a vice president role with a focus on strategic analytics. 

Denny’s has more than 1,700 franchised, licensed and company-owned restaurants across the United States and worldwide. 

Contact Dan Orlando at dan.orlando@penton.com

Follow him on Twitter: @danAMX

 

Must-see videos: Behind Olive Garden's Mediterranean-inspired menu

Nation's Restaurant News - Tue, 2017-05-23 17:17

IHOP offers special pancakes for the spring. The entire restaurant team at Chick-fil-A learned sign language for the hearing impaired team member. Olive Garden offers a tour of Italy. The change at Denny's will happen on May 30th. To help restaurants make more money, Breadcrumb POS by Upserve and Grubhub have integrated their products.

IHOP touts Strawberry & Cream Pancakes

Chick-fil-A gives birthday surprise to team member

Olive Garden shows where ingredients are sourced

Denny's hints at big changes ahead

Restaurants increase order volume with Breadcrumb POS and Grubhub

Must-see videos: Olive Garden shows where ingredients are sourced

Nation's Restaurant News - Tue, 2017-05-23 17:17

IHOP offers special pancakes for the spring. The entire restaurant team at Chick-fil-A learned sign language for the hearing impaired team member. Olive Garden offers a tour of Italy. The change at Denny's will happen on May 30th. To help restaurants make more money, Breadcrumb POS by Upserve and Grubhub have integrated their products.

IHOP touts Strawberry & Cream Pancakes

Chick-fil-A gives birthday surprise to team member

Olive Garden shows where ingredients are sourced

Denny's hints at big changes ahead

Restaurants increase order volume with Breadcrumb POS and Grubhub

Dodge puts a price tag on 2018 Challenger SRT Demon

AutoNews - Tue, 2017-05-23 17:00
Get your pocketbooks ready. After lots of speculation, pricing on the Dodge Demon will start at $86,090 with the destination charge and a gas guzzler tax.
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Jack in the Box Selects Hughes for Its Nationwide Next-Generation Network

FastCasual.com - Tue, 2017-05-23 16:07
Quick service restaurant Jack in the Box and its Qdoba Mexican Grill subsidiary have selected Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) the world's leading provider of broadband satellite networks and services, to upgrade their nationwide network to deliver faster performance, enable new cloud-based applications and provide a better customer experience.

55% of retailers focusing on unified mobile experience

Store Front Talk Back - Tue, 2017-05-23 16:06
More than half of retailers are focused on optimizing the customer experience by creating a unified mobile shopping experience. As the future of retail becomes the present, consumers expect retailers to combine the sensory of the physical world with the personalized shopping experience of the digital world.

[LIVE WEBINAR] Show-n-Tell: Why Food Transparency Sells Now

FastCasual.com - Tue, 2017-05-23 15:42
Date: June 13, 2017 | Time: 2:00 PM EDT | Duration: 1 hour | Join the Litehouse team for a live webinar as they discuss and explore the evolving food transparency trend and how you can clean up your menu. Register now!

Study says drivers don't trust ride-hailing firms to build self-driving cars

AutoNews - Tue, 2017-05-23 13:45
Consumers are less likely to view ride-hailing companies as reliable autonomous-vehicle manufacturers, according to a global study published by Inrix.
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Retail Roundup—Walmart remodels in Michigan, Food 4 Less gets millennial vote

Store Front Talk Back - Tue, 2017-05-23 13:28
Walmart is investing millions in store remodels, millennials love Food 4 Less, Old Navy sales boost Gap's numbers, plus more need-to-know news from the world of retail.

Blaze Pizza takes top place in Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers

FastCasual.com - Tue, 2017-05-23 11:59
Jim Bitticks, VP, operations and training for Blaze Pizza, takes the stage to accept first place in this year's Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers.

NRA 2017 in photos: Editors share top highlights

FastCasual.com - Tue, 2017-05-23 11:55
The editors of FastCasual, Pizza Marketplace, QSRWeb and Food Truck Operator share some highlights from the 2017 NRA show in Chicago.

Value Proposition

Hotel Interactive - Tue, 2017-05-23 11:20
ILES Idea Exchange Weighs Key Issues For Independent Hoteliers

Restaurants realizing importance of mobile payments and loyalty

FastCasual.com - Tue, 2017-05-23 11:00
Loyalty and order-ahead-and-pay are becoming the standard in the industry.

Jaguar Land Rover profit margin improves

AutoNews - Tue, 2017-05-23 09:56
Jaguar Land Rover's profit margin widened to 14.5 percent in its latest quarter on strong demand for SUVs in major markets including China and the U.S.
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Jaguar Land Rover profit margin improves on China, U.S. demand

AutoNews - Tue, 2017-05-23 09:56
Jaguar Land Rover's profit margin widened to 14.5 percent in its latest quarter on strong demand for SUVs in major markets including China and the U.S.
Categories: Latest News

Labor issues: Why your brilliant marketing efforts are failing

FastCasual.com - Tue, 2017-05-23 09:07
Before you pass labor issues off to the next guy, you may want to see how labor affects the marketing department's efforts.