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American fast food as we know it is dying - and healthier chains may be replacing it

Topix - Wed, 2017-11-15 16:51

These rising companies offer nutritious dishes that are just as affordable, convenient, and tasty as the food served at chains like McDonalds and Taco Bell. "We're trying to take these price points and get them compatible with - or lower than - traditional drive-thru fast food, but make them organic, large portions, and accessible to everyone," told Business Insider.

Categories: Today's Food News

This City Is the Fast Food Capital of America Right Now

Topix - Wed, 2017-11-15 16:51

Need a midnight snack in California? Chances are, you're going to In-N-Out, the Golden State's favorite burger joint. Got the munchies in Texas? Whataburger's probably what you're after.

Categories: Today's Food News

Papa John’s tries to ease controversy on Twitter

Nation's Restaurant News - Wed, 2017-11-15 16:41
Chain apologizes two weeks after CEO’s controversial statements about NFL ratings

Xero HQ Apps Now Available to Small Business Accounting Companies in US

Small Business Trends - Wed, 2017-11-15 16:30

Xero (NZE:XRO) just announced the general availability of Xero HQ apps in the Americas. The release of the new apps corresponds with a growth of 43 percent in Xero’s business domestically. Ten apps have been launched in collaboration with the company’s partners to improve the Xero online accounting software for small businesses.

The 10 apps have been selected to provide a comprehensive set of services already needed by accounting or bookkeeping firm. These include real-time visibility and insights into customer data with a suite of tools designed to improve the efficiency of digital practices in the industry.

The new apps are important to small businesses in several ways. First, a large number of CPAs and bookkeepers already using Xero software to provide their services are small businesses themselves. Second, most of the clients these firms serve are small businesses as well — from a variety of other industries. The new apps Xero has announced will small accounting and bookkeeping firms the ability to interact with greater ease with their clients and deliver more personalized services further setting them apart from larger competitors.

Herman Man, Vice President of Products and Partnerships for Xero Americas, in a release announcing the new apps explained, “By combining partner apps in one central place, Xero advisors get the power of a richer practice management experience, enabling them to become more efficient. These integrations provide accountants and bookkeepers with an even more robust set of tools to build a growing digital practice and make an important step in the journey from traditional accounting to client advisory.”

Xero HQ Apps

Here the 10 integrated apps in Xero HQ include:

  • Boma, providing self-driven marketing features,
  • Datamolino, offering status updates about client paperwork,
  • Expensify, providing real-time expense reporting,
  • Fathom, creating custom management reports,
  • FUTRLI, providing future insights for a business,
  • Hubdoc, automating financial documents,
  • Practice Ignition, assisting with client proposals and onboarding,
  • Receipt Bank, assisting with more efficient bookkeeping,
  • SuiteFiles, bringing all client data and files into one place,
  • Spotlight Reporting, enabling accountants and bookkeepers to see how clients are performing in a single view.
More about Xero

Xero is an online software client accounting for small business available anywhere, anytime, and on all devices. It connects businesses to their advisors and other service providers, such as accountants and bookkeepers. The platform has been designed so small businesses owners can use it easily. But it is also comprehensive and powerful enough to provide CPAs and other financial service providers with the tools they need to run their practices.

The company said it has grown by 52 percent internationally in the past year, and the global subscriber base now exceeds the 1 million mark.

The Benefit of Full Visibility

When a small business uses Xero, the information the company generates is designed to be easily visible to accountants, bookkeepers, and others. This type of visibility makes it easier to identify issues before they become a much bigger problem as well as solve urgent needs of the client.

As a cloud-based platform, Xero allows its users to view their financial records from anywhere. Service providers can also use the technology to deliver real-time services to their client knowing they can access the information anytime on any device.


Xero is available in more than 181 countries around the world with a free trial for the three different tiers it offers. The Starter, Standard, and Premium versions will run you $20, $30, and $40 respectively per month. A mobile app is also available for Android and iOS.

Image: Xero

This article, "Xero HQ Apps Now Available to Small Business Accounting Companies in US" was first published on Small Business Trends

Why JAB Holding is buying everything at high prices

Nation's Restaurant News - Wed, 2017-11-15 16:24
Blog: For the firm, deals are about long-term returns, not short-term gains

Sodexo to acquire Centerplate

Nation's Restaurant News - Wed, 2017-11-15 16:04
Move makes company a leading player in the convention center and sports/entertainment concessions markets in the U.S. and internationally.

Fine-dining chef serves fabulous, funky burgers and fries

Topix - Wed, 2017-11-15 14:27

Indulge in quality burgers, gourmet French fries, sloppy Joe tacos and more at chef Nick Badovinus' Off-Site Kitchen in Dallas. The exemplary fries are made from mature high-starch potatoes, which are blanched, fried and tossed with California garlic salt.

Categories: Today's Food News

Dealers crucial for vehicle purchase, J.D. Power study finds

AutoNews - Wed, 2017-11-15 13:44
Online tools may make it easier for consumers to shop for vehicles and products at home, but interacting with a salesperson is a key component of high customer sales satisfaction, a J.D. Power study finds.
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Retail Roundup—Target taking hit for online; Amazon Echo selling in Canada

Store Front Talk Back - Wed, 2017-11-15 13:19
Target is still paying for its investment in online sales, Amazon began selling the Echo in Canada, plus more need-to-know news from the world of retail.

The T-Mobile REVVL Plus Combines Features with Competitive Pricing for Business

Small Business Trends - Wed, 2017-11-15 13:00

The T-Mobile REVVL Plus has been released three months after the company launched the budget-friendly REVVL line. The addition of the plus is going to give T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS) customers a bigger screen, battery, and a price increase of $75.

At $200 the REVVL Plus is entering a segment with a lot of competition. However, T-Mobile is offering the phone with its JUMP! or Equipment Installment Plan (EIP). This should make the price easier to justify for budget-conscious consumers and small businesses. 

JUMP! and Equipment Installment Plan (EIP)

The JUMP! and EIP plans from T-Mobile are attention grabbers because of their very low monthly payments. You can get the new REVVL for zero down and $9 a month on the 18-month JUMP! on Demand lease. With EIP, you will need to put down $8 and make 24 monthly payments of just $8.

These are prices most everyone can afford, part of the reason for the success of the first REVVL. The company said it sold almost three times more than it had forecast. And with $1,000 smartphones now becoming the norm for high-end devices, T-Mobile is going after the low to mid-range segment.

John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile, said in a press release announcing the new phone, “As smartphone prices soar, the REVVL Plus bucks the trend, delivering high-end features — like bigger screens, better cameras, longer battery life, biometric security and more — at an unbeatable price.

T-Mobile REVVL Plus Features
  • 2.0 GHz Octa-Core processor
  • 6 inch full HD IPS display
  • 32GB storage expandable to 128GB
  • 2GB RAM
  • 3,380 mAh battery
  • Dual 13MP and 5MP rear facing / 8MP front facing cameras
  • Android N operating system
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Special edition black and magenta color
Small Business Use

The REVVL Plus is not going to compete with the likes of the iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S8+. But if you are looking for a phone that will give you voice, video, and text communications on 6 inch HD screen with 3,380 mAh battery and no frills, this will do.


The REVVL Plus is going to be available on November 17, 2017, in T-Mobile stores nationwide.

Image: T-Mobile

This article, "The T-Mobile REVVL Plus Combines Features with Competitive Pricing for Business" was first published on Small Business Trends

Kia highlights access to Malaria treatment

AutoNews - Wed, 2017-11-15 13:00
In the latest video to join our viral video chart, Hyundai brings out the big guns: Kids.
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Marriott's Sorenson, STR's Smith Inducted Into U.S. Travel Hall Of Leaders

Hotel Interactive - Wed, 2017-11-15 12:37
WASHINGTON—Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott International, and Randy Smith, co-founder and chairman of data and analytics firm STR, were ...

Tracking The Transformation

Hotel Interactive - Wed, 2017-11-15 12:15
Best Western Details Digital Initiatives, Progress To Membership At Annual Conference

Why there might be hope for millennials renting cars

AutoNews - Wed, 2017-11-15 12:06
I rented a car for the first time and it wasn't bad, perhaps signaling hope that millennials will use rental cars.
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Consumer privacy critical after store closure

Store Front Talk Back - Wed, 2017-11-15 11:51
When a store is closing, retailers need to worry about safeguarding both corporate and customer data so that they can keep their reputation.

Small businesses confident, but apathetic to holidays

Store Front Talk Back - Wed, 2017-11-15 11:24
There are still plenty of concerns that plague small businesses as they move into 2018, but confidence in the retailers is up 47% and at the highest it's been since the third quarter of 2012.

Be like Amazon to win the 'Great Restaurant Market Share War' - Wed, 2017-11-15 10:29
The only way for restaurants to grow is to optimize every single aspect of their businesses.