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Premier Whiteboard Animation Firms Receive April Awards from 10 Best...

PR Web - Tue, 2016-04-26 03:30

10 Best Production is pleased to release its new April award honoring the Best Whiteboard Animation Firm. As an independent researcher, 10 Best Production scours the globe to identify the firms that...

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Schussler Creative and Xiao Nan Guo Announce Anticipated June 16, 2016...

PR Web - Tue, 2016-04-26 03:30

Minnesota-based Schussler Creative and Xiao Nan Gao Restaurants Holdings to open The BOATHOUSE®: Great Food, Waterfront Dining, Dream Boats™ at Shanghai Disney Resort

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Deliver Media and Deliver Digital Merge to form an Omni-Channel...

PR Web - Tue, 2016-04-26 03:30

Deliver Media and Deliver Digital become a unique franchise marketing solution by fully integrating direct with digital to help national brands own each of their local markets.

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SoCal Buick GMC Breaks Digital Agency Ranks, Becomes Fastest Growing...

PR Web - Tue, 2016-04-26 03:30

After changing digital agencies in December, 2014, the SoCal Buick GMC LMA is crediting Flash Point Communications with helping it achieve the fastest regional growth rate in North America.

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88 RE/MAX Brokers in Northern Illinois Recognized with Career Honors

PR Web - Tue, 2016-04-26 03:30

RE/MAX has announced that 88 brokers at its offices across northern Illinois have earned career honors. RE/MAX brokers are eligible for four career awards, each marking an important professional...

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ActiveLED, Inc. Introduces the CPY3 LED Parking Garage Canopy...

PR Web - Tue, 2016-04-26 03:30

Is Your Parking Garage a Safe Environment For Students, Employees and Patrons?

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AutoNews Now: FCA to shuffle plants, products

AutoNews - Tue, 2016-04-26 01:01
FCA plant, product shuffle: Ram factory to make Jeep Wagoneer, as Compass-Patriot replacement heads to Mexico; FCA column clicks; Ford investments; BMW exec changes
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First Shift: Mitsu misconduct goes back 25 yrs

AutoNews - Tue, 2016-04-26 01:01
25 years of Mitsu misconduct; Ford, Volvo, Google, Uber, Lyft in self-driving push; Earnings up at FCA, down at Hyundai; VW outsells Toyota; Honda Clarity's aerodynamic design.
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Audi teams up with Captain America

AutoNews - Tue, 2016-04-26 01:01
In 'The Chase,' from Anomaly, Audi leverages its 'Captain America: Civil War' sponsorship to film a humorous take on the classic car-chase shot.
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Periscope Tests New Doodle Feature on Your Live Stream

Small Business Trends - Mon, 2016-04-25 17:30

Periscope, Twitter’s live streaming video app, is now testing a new Periscope Sketching feature that allows users to draw and doodle on top of live-streamed video.

How Periscope Sketching Works

The Periscope Sketching feature, which is expected to go live shortly, will allow users to choose from several color options, and will also have an eyedropper tool that will copy a specific color from the video being streamed. The sketches that users make on their streaming videos will only last for a few seconds, preventing clutter on the screen.

As for its benefits, Periscope Sketching will allow users to point out specific parts of the video to those watching the live stream. Although it’s uncertain at this stage if the feature will emerge for everyone in Periscope. Right now, it’s a beta feature only. However, it’d definitely be a fun addition.

Periscope was started in February 2014 by Beykpour and Bernstein under the name Bounty. They raised $1.5 million from Founder Collective, Scott Belsky, Maveron, Google Ventures, Menlo Ventures, Bessemer, Stanford – StartX and Sam Shank in April 2014. Later, in Jan 2015, it was acquired by Twitter before it even went public.

Periscope was launched on March 26, 2015. And on May 26, 2015, Periscope was released for Android. By August 2015, Periscope announced that it had surpassed 10 million accounts. The amount of video being watched had reached a level of 40 years per day. On December 9, 2015, Apple named Periscope as the iPhone App of the Year.

Periscope users have the option to tweet out a link to their Live Stream. They can also choose whether or not to make their video public or viewable only to a select audience. Periscope also allows viewers to send “hearts” to the broadcaster by tapping on the mobile screen as a form of appreciation.

Live-streaming became the rage in 2015 after apps like Periscope, Meerkat and Snapchat exploded in popularity. Facebook had begun trying to catch up with them in 2016 by adding a dedicated live tab to its mobile app.

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This article, "Periscope Tests New Doodle Feature on Your Live Stream" was first published on Small Business Trends

Delivery traffic outside pizza segment booms

Nation's Restaurant News - Mon, 2016-04-25 17:30
Sandwich segment leads ordering-in growth Sandwich segment leads ordering-in growth

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Food Innovation Challenge Offers $50K in Seed Funding

QSR Magazine - Mon, 2016-04-25 17:05
Image Caption: Image Credit: Inaugural Food Innovation Challenge offers $50K in seed funding.Exclusive Brief: 0

Archer Daniels Midland Company and National Foodworks Services (NFS) announced the official launch of the first annual Food Innovation Challenge.

The Food Innovation Challenge is a contest designed to provide new food entrepreneurs with access to resources and industry mentors to evaluate their product ideas and ultimately the opportunity to win $50,000 in seed funding and $50,000 of in-kind services to bring their product to market.

New Bohemia aims to expand beyond Minneapolis base

Nation's Restaurant News - Mon, 2016-04-25 16:54
Fast-casual chain specializes in exotic-meat sausages and craft and local beers Fast-casual chain specializes in exotic-meat sausages and craft and local beers

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New Build-Your-Own Pizza Concept Debuts in Oklahoma

QSR Magazine - Mon, 2016-04-25 16:29
Image Caption: Image Credit: Build-your-own Firo Fire Kissed Pizza debuts in Oklahoma.Exclusive Brief: 0

Firo Fire Kissed Pizza, a Lawton, Oklahoma–­based artisan pizza, fresh salad, and authentic gelato concept that offers high-quality products and experience at an affordable price, is entertaining a brand new audience with the launch of a strategic franchise expansion initiative sweeping Oklahoma and Texas.

Chains: Firo Fire Kissed Pizza

PizzaRev Doubles the Dough with Thicker Crust

QSR Magazine - Mon, 2016-04-25 16:07
Image Caption: Image Credit: PizzaRev doubles the dough with a thicker crust.Exclusive Brief: 0

PizzaRev will introduce a new thicker crust option. On May 1, 2016 PizzaRev will officially offer Double Dough at its 33 open restaurants across the country. The first 50 guests to arrive at each PizzaRev restaurant on May 1 will receive one free Double Dough pizza.

The Double Dough crust is just what it sounds like: double the dough and thickness of PizzaRev’s award-winning Signature Thin crust. Guest response to the thicker crust option was overwhelmingly positive when PizzaRev tested the Double Dough at select stores.

Chains: PizzaRev

Firenza Moves in on Louisville

QSR Magazine - Mon, 2016-04-25 16:03
Image Caption: Image Credit: Firenza signs franchise deal in Louisville, Kentucky.Exclusive Brief: 0

Firenza, a chain that offers custom, made-to-order pizzas, will soon be delighting diners in the Louisville, Kentucky, area.

Firenza has awarded a unit to local entrepreneurs Stanford and Gbemisola Obi, who will bring the concept to the Louisville area. Company plans call for having as many as 10 area locations over the next several years.

Chains: Firenza

Submit for the 2016 QSR 50 Today!

QSR Magazine - Mon, 2016-04-25 15:43
Deadline for this year's submissions is April 30.Exclusive Brief: 1

It's the industry's biggest report: The QSR 50, your annual run-down of the best-performing U.S. quick-service brands. The top 50 companies ranked by U.S. system-wide sales, along with an additional 15 brands contending for the list, will appear in the August 2016 issue of QSR, giving you a glimpse into the tips, tricks, and strategies each brand uses to get ahead of the game.

Robeks Taps 'Spa Water' for Summer LTOs

QSR Magazine - Mon, 2016-04-25 15:33
Image Caption: Image Credit: Robeks taps Spa Water for three summer LTOs.Exclusive Brief: 0

Premium smoothie and juice franchise Robeks has rolled out two new smoothies that radically reduce calorie counts and sugar content, plus a new upscale bowl, all that deliver on the exceptional, authentic flavor that has made the brand a hit for 20 years.

Through July 10, Robeks customers will be able to order these three new items that are made using Pineapple Ginger Spa Water and Cucumber Mint Spa Water. There are about 100 Robeks locations nationwide.

Chains: Robeks

Your Employees are Stressed Out About Their Financial Futures, Study Says

Small Business Trends - Mon, 2016-04-25 15:30

A vast majority of American workers are worried about their financial future, according to a new study by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

The latest Workplace Benefits Report has revealed that American workers’ stress about their finances has increased, while confidence in their financial futures has decreased. Specifically, three in five employees today feel stressed about their financial futures, up from 50 percent in 2013.

For the study, Bank of America Merrill Lynch conducted a nationwide survey of more than 1,200 employees with 401(k) plans at companies of all sizes.

Key Takeaways

Some of the key findings of the study about employee financial stress include the following:

  • More than half (55 percent) admit to needing help managing their finances, including saving for retirement and managing debt.
  • About seven in 10 (69 percent) have experienced a rise in healthcare costs over the past two years, directly attributing to decreased retirement savings.
  • Fifty-nine percent want help understanding how workplace financial benefits can aid in increasing their financial security.
  • Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of employees say they have increased their focus on retirement planning and saving and recognize the importance of the saving plans offered by their employers.
  • About 68 percent say that financial benefit plans offered by their employers will be their largest or second largest source of income in retirement.
What You Can Do to Reduce Employee Financial Stress

With ongoing market volatility severely impacting the economy at large, it’s not difficult to understand why the heat of employee financial stress is being felt. It’s also not a surprise that employees are now looking at their employers to help them manage their financial lives.

“Given how many are struggling with today’s financial demands while planning for their future, employers are in a critical position to help their employees secure their financial future,” says Lorna Sabbia, head of Retirement and Personal Wealth Solutions for Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

“By working in close partnership with a plan provider dedicated to helping employees live better, such as Bank of America Merrill Lynch, employers can provide their employees financial wellness programs and benefits that are accessible and integrated.”

A study of employers (PDF) conducted in 2015 found that providing financial employee wellness programs can help employers identify the trouble spots that prevent employees from gaining financial security.

From a business perspective too, it makes sense to provide the right financial guidance to the employees. As Kim Kasin, financial guidance executive at Bank of America Merrill Lynch says, “By offering financial wellness solutions and addressing their employees’ needs, employers can create a culture that enables the employees to accept the assistance.”

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This article, "Your Employees are Stressed Out About Their Financial Futures, Study Says" was first published on Small Business Trends

Freddy's Dishes Fried Pickles, Cookie Butter Concrete

QSR Magazine - Mon, 2016-04-25 15:24
Freddy's serves up Fried Pickles and Cookie Butter Concrete as LTOs.Exclusive Brief: 0

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers adds Fried Pickles to its limited-time menu alongside the Cookie Butter Concrete. Both items are available for purchase Thursday, April 21 through Wednesday, June 15.

Sliced pickles are breaded and fried golden and crispy on the outside, but remain tangy and crunchy on the inside. Guests can order the Fried Pickles à la carte with a complimentary side of ranch or in place of shoestring fries with a combo meal.

Chains: Freddy's