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Yum Brands' fried-chicken emporium KFC was one of a handful of businesses to take part in a Google Glass "pilot program" to determine how the oft - maligned device might help with employee training. USA Today reports the pilot program "condensed an 80-page training handbook into a series of on-screen prompts" in Google Glass, which was then shown to new employees.
KCF has a new menu offering that has some patrons of the fast food chain excited. The new "Zinger Double Down King" is KFC 's newest menu item and this bacon cheeseburger has fried chicken patties instead of bread for a bun.
The fast food chain is struggling with declining sales, fast-casual competitors, and unrest from workers and franchisees. This week, the company announced US sales fell 3.3% last quarter.
This week, online deals service Groupon introduced a new feature called “Pages.” The new feature is similar to Yelp in that it gives businesses an online space where they can display information and allow visitors to leave feedback. And that wasn’t the only online update in the business world this week. Google also rolled out a new version of Google Penguin, which decreases search engine rankings for sites that violate Google’s Webmaster Guidelines.
These updates could have a definite impact on small businesses. But they aren’t the only news stories that have made headlines in the business world this week. Here’s a full list of our top business and tech related posts in this week’s small business news and information roundup.Online Marketing Groupon Introduces “Pages” Similar To Yelp – Sort Of
Groupon seems to be taking a page from the Yelp playbook introducing Groupon Pages. The new feature is another effort by the company to move away from its online coupon origins by providing more comprehensive services to small businesses.The Flightless Bird Sets Sail, Google Penguin 3.0 Update Launched
It’s been nearly one year since Google has launched a Penguin update. So many saw this highly anticipated change coming. Officially announced Friday by Google on Search Engine Land, Penguin 3.0 is in full swing and has gotten us all talking. Penguin updates always aim to eliminate spam on the Web, so we should see some major changes soon.16 Killer Places to Market Your App Besides Google
Developers of the app “Disconnect Mobile” have made big news lately, and not in the usual way. Google banned the app — twice — from the Google Play app store. (Though at last glance, it seems to have been reinstated again.) Disconnect Mobile prevents anyone from tracking or putting malware on a user’s device. And that includes advertisers — hence Google’s displeasure.Finance Has the Recession Crushed SMB Owners’ Spirits for Good?
Are small business owners giving up? According to a recent poll by Wells Fargo and Gallup, even though small business owners generally report being satisfied with their businesses, fewer of them feel successful than at any other time in the past 10 years.Sole Proprietors’ Use of the Home Office Tax Deduction is falling
While a large fraction of U.S. businesses are home-based, few small business owners take advantage of the home office tax deduction, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) statistics show.Technology Citrix Acquires E-Signature Company RightSignature
Citrix has acquired RightSignature, an e-signature company. RightSignature is an online software platform for getting digital signatures on electronic documents such as contracts. The move makes sense for Citrix, because its ShareFile application consists of cloud file sharing and document storage.Social Media It May be a Crime to Post Your Ballot on Twitter (And Other Voting Laws)
Did you know that in the State of Ohio, it is a felony to post a picture of your completed ballot on a social media site like Twitter or Facebook before you mail it in? You may think of it as innocent sharing, but according to the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio laws that predate social media make it a crime.Business Gifts Have a Techie in Your Life? Hip Tablet Gift Ideas For 2014
Tablets are a trendy piece of technology and are only continuing to grow in popularity. This popularity also makes a tablet a highly desirable gift to give, but with a sea of options it’s not the easiest task to pick the right one. There are a number of things to consider when selecting a tablet; price, power, and features to name a few.Food and Craft Gift Ideas for Your Business
There is an ever growing community of crafters, makers, and foodies worldwide. And there is also an ever growing demand for the unique products they create. Chances are some of your partners, customers, clients and employees are among these creative connoisseurs.Small Biz Spotlight Spotlight: Home Inspection Franchise Saves Couple From Bankruptcy
Tom and Tracey Capuano went from being on the verge of filing for bankruptcy to thriving in a new business in just over a decade. In the late 90’s, Tom’s heating and air conditioning business was failing. The couple was struggling to keep their home and other assets. So they looked into starting a different type of business.Mobile Technology Nexus 9 Could Be an Android Rival for iPad
Google and HTC are challenging Apple’s iconic iPad with a new Android tablet of their own. The 8.9-inch Nexus 9 will be available starting on Nov. 3. The display size makes the new device just slightly larger than the comparable iPad Air 2 and its predecessor the iPad. The new device is the latest in a growing line of Nexus tablets and smartphones, alike.The iPad Air 2 is Like a Tablet on a Diet, Thinnest Ever
The new iPad Air 2 recently unveiled by Apple is really thin. How thin? So thin it’s 18 percent thinner than it predecessor, iPad Air, itself the successor to the original iPad mobile tablet. It is so thin Apple is actually touting it as the thinnest iPad in the world. Seriously, iPad Air 2 is like a tablet on a diet.The Oppo Phone Camera Can’t Miss, it Swivels 260 Degrees
The new oppo N3 phone has a camera that can’t miss. That’s because it can swivel 260 degrees and Oppo is hoping its new N3 phablet is a real head turner. Actually, it’s more likely that the Oppo N3’s own head will turn while creating better photo opportunities for you. The company has released several images of its new plus-sized phablet.Nexus 6 Could Compete with iPhone 6 Plus, Other Phablets
Motorola’s Nexus 6 code named Shamu has finally surfaced and seems likely competition to the iPhone 6 Plus and other popular phablets. The Nexus 6 features a full 6-inch quad-HD display. That’s a half-inch larger than the new iPhone 6 Plus. That screen size also matches the dimensions of the Nokia Lumia 1520 and outclasses the display of the Galaxy Note 4 at just 5.7-inches.New Motorola Droid Turbo Phone Has Pro Camera And Wireless Charging
Forget Shamu-sized screens. The latest Motorola is said to have a camera that strays into pro territory. And if that’s not enough, the new Droid Turbo is believed to be built with wireless (Qi) charging. A recent tweet by famed tech leaker Evan Blass of @evleaks gives us our first look at the new device. Motorola is trying to make a splash in the hyper-competitive smartphone market.New Xperia Smartphone Batteries Will Last For Days
The more we rely on smartphones for an increasing number of tasks, the more it taxes the battery on our devices. That’s why it’s always ideal to take a charger if you’ve got a busy day planned. To respond, many smartphone makers are touting the vitality of their new phones’ batteries.
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BreWingZ Sports Bar and Grill strengthens its Operations Team promoting new Director of Operations Jeremy Horne.
(PRWeb October 21, 2014)
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The newest trend in fast food cuisine is the food portmanteau: we've seen Doritos Locos Tacos, the cronut, the ramen burger all take off to astounding commercial success. But some of these efforts have not been quite as well-received, perhaps because of the misguided ambition to cram as many different things into one "sandwich" as possible.
You know which holiday is coming up next, right? Halloween!
And as soon as Halloween is over, the big Holiday-season-with-a-capital-H kicks into full gear. So things are going to get crazy hectic pretty soon.
But, take a deep breath, because even if you haven’t begun your Holiday preparations yet, there’s still plenty of time to do a lot of things. Still you’ll want to get started soon and kick it up a notch.
Just take time out, grab a cup of warm cider or hot chocolate, and join us for a Twitter chat on Tuesday evening.
I’ll be joining the FedEx Office team for another Holiday Boot Camp session, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. EST (5 p.m. PST) on Twitter.
The chat will take place on Twitter.com, using the hashtag: #SMBHolidayPrep.
We will have practical tips. And more importantly, we want to hear from YOU:
Are you getting the picture — that this is about YOU?Sneak Peek
We’ll be giving away some really nice gift cards for FedEx Office locations. The gift cards will go to those with the best answers to some of the questions we’ll be asking during the chat. So start thinking up your best tips to share.
We will also talk about organizing everything, getting it all done, and still having some time to enjoy the season.
Feel that stress lifting? Glad to hear it!
Finally, we’ll take a not-too-technical look at the services that can help you prepare for the Holiday season. We’ll talk about how to use printed banners, signs and other materials to make a big impact with little cost.Twitter Chat Details
Mark your calendar!
Who: The FedEx Office team @FedExOffice and yours truly, Small Business Trends founder and CEO, Anita Campbell @SmallBizTrends.
What: A one hour chat — the Holiday Bootcamp. A primer to get your small business ready for the Holiday Season!
When: Oct. 28, 2014 at 8 p.m. EST (New York time zone)
Where: On Twitter — just search on the hashtag #SMBHolidayPrep to follow the conversation. And use the hashtag in your tweets to participate.
Hope to see you there!
Disclosure: FedEx Office compensated me to participate as a small business expert during the FedEx Office Tweet Chat program. FedEx Office also provides the gift cards. But the ideas in this article are mine and not ideas or advice from FedEx Office.
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With more than 60 open and operating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants located throughout Michigan, and more than 40 additional restaurants planned to open in the state over the next several years, Dunkin’ Donuts continues to recruit franchise candidates with an emphasis on Flint, Lansing, and Traverse City.
Candidates interested in growing the brand in these territories can contact Shawn Caric to learn more. Also, an Informational Franchising Webinar will be held on Thursday, October 23 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (EDT).Other Kickers: FranchisingGrowthMicrosites: BreakfastDessertsChains: Dunkin' Donuts
Before the Mendelsohn family opened their first Good Stuff Eatery on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., they made sure they were absolutely prepared. Instead of hastily opening multiple units, the family focused on getting things right with the pilot location, a meticulous approach that turned the eatery into one of D.C.’s most popular fast-casual burger joints.Other Kickers: ExpansionFranchisingGrowthFast CasualMicrosites: BurgersChains: Good Stuff Eatery
Expo will be held from October 22nd to October 24th in Louisville, Kentucky
(PRWeb October 21, 2014)
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Savory Spice Shop, the leading provider of fresh-ground spices and handcrafted seasonings, is launching its first cookbook, Spice to Plate, on November 1, 2014. The cookbook features 30 new recipes...
(PRWeb October 21, 2014)
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