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The Pita Post Food Truck Saves Time, Money with Help from LRS Guest Paging System

FastCasual.com - Thu, 2018-02-22 10:17
The Pita Post has two trucks; one that rotates positions, and another that is located year-round in a local Detroit food truck park. Sasson purchased an LRS guest paging system for his stationary truck at the park, saying it is “one of the best calls” he ever made.

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Tutta’s Pizza Powers Up Customer Service with LRS Guest Pagers

FastCasual.com - Thu, 2018-02-22 10:07
In 2012, Tutta’s Pizza started as a food truck bringing made-from-scratch pizzas topped with slow-smoked meats to Dallas crowds. Tutta’s has been a long-time user of the LRS Guest Paging system and LRS is proud to be a part of their journey.

Style.me Gives Ecommerce Fashion Sellers Plugin to Offer 3D Fittings

Small Business Trends - Thu, 2018-02-22 09:30

Style.me just announced the availability of its 3D virtual fitting and styling technology for retailers and consumers for the North American market. You can now let your customers see how the clothes you sell online look on their personal avatars.

3D Virtual Styling in Action

The patented technology by Style.me brings together 3D rendering and 4K video to accurately capture the garments. After they become part of your catalog, customers can see how each item looks on their avatar. Using their smartphone, tablet or computer, they can also get fit recommendations and purchase merchandise in real-time.

For small boutiques and other retailers, this is a technology that will solve many of the difficulties of selling clothes online. Shipping costs for returned items, complaints about damaged merchandise and other merchandise problems can be minimized or avoided entirely.

The technology has the potential to make selling clothes online as easy as it is in brick and mortar outlets. The CEO of Style.me, Rufus Parkinson, said retailers in the US are dealing with the transition to eCommerce and the demands that come with it from consumers. In a press release announcing the new plugin, Parkinson said, “Our technology enables a personalized shopping experience that consumers were long craving, whilst inspiring them to find the styles and outfits they love.”

The Technology

Style.me has created a comprehensive system designed to be easily integrated into the workflow of a company’s ecommerce platform.

It starts by integrating the system with a one-time installation. Style.me says it only takes a few lines of code, and you will be up and running. After the installation, you can digitize the garments in your inventory using 3D scanning, and according to the company it only takes seconds.

The inventory then becomes part of the content management system, which includes an analytics dashboard with insights into customer behavior and proportions. This includes body sizes and shapes, desired fits, preferred styles, mix and matching, and ultimate purchasing triggers. You can then use the data to make purchasing decisions, deliver targeted marketing, and run a more efficient business.

E-Commerce Integration

The integration of e-Commerce gives small businesses access to new markets and a lot of potential for growth. For small clothing stores still on the fence because they don’t want to deal with returns and the associated costs, Style.me offers a technology which reduces these pain points or makes them disappear altogether.

Image: Style.me

This article, "Style.me Gives Ecommerce Fashion Sellers Plugin to Offer 3D Fittings" was first published on Small Business Trends

Calls for government ACTION on KFC as fast food shortage crisis...

Topix - Thu, 2018-02-22 08:31

Twitter user ManaboutLDN wrote: "Surprised that the KFC crisis wasn't discussed at today's PMQs, this is of national interest. Another added: "Did so-called man of the people Jeremy Corbyn ask about the KFC crisis at PMQs or does he actually not care about everyday people's everyday problems?" Next time you go to your favourite fast food restaurant, be careful! See these gross findings from a frog in a wrap to a cockroach on a hash brown.

Categories: Today's Food News

Small Toy Companies Thrive While Toys R Us Announces Store Closings

Small Business Trends - Thu, 2018-02-22 08:30

Toys ‘R’ Us is slated to close 180 stores across the US as the 115th North American International Toy Fair gets underway in NYC. But the market is rewarding nimble small businesses creating new toys faster than large established corporations.

Fox Business reports Toys ‘R’ Us hopes to restructure and recover after the company filed for bankruptcy. The 180 stores it is closing represent around one-fifth of its locations, but it is not affecting the US toy industry as expected. The $27 billion US market has slowed down, growing at only 1 percent in 2017, but the slowdown is attributed to the ebb and flow of the toy industry as products become hits or flops.

For small companies, the market provides great opportunities. At the fair, small toy companies told Fox Business it is all about having the right product, delivering it to market faster, and smart marketing.

Shay Chen, CEO and founder of Flycatcher Inc. told FOX Business, “For a startup in the toy industry, the hardest thing will be getting to the market so you need a good sales group and obviously you need a good toy.”

More than 1,000 toy companies from over 100 countries are attending the toy fair, and many of them are small companies looking to come up with the next big hit. And this requires spotting trends on social media and collapsing production times, according to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

Small Toy Companies Can Compete by Being Nimble

If small toy companies want to compete, they have to be very flexible and identify trends quickly to capitalize on them. This means fast turnaround times before copycats flood the market with imitations of your hit toy.

The Wall Street Journal explains toy companies are copying the production model of fast-fashion retailers who introduce new items in as little as 25 days. And this is where small companies can compete because they move much faster than their larger counterparts. However, Hasbro, Mattel, and others have also implemented this model within their companies with divisions designed to operate just like small companies delivering quick turnaround times.

But, as Chen said, at the end of the day, creating a hit toy is the best way to beat your competition.

Image: The Toy Association

This article, "Small Toy Companies Thrive While Toys R Us Announces Store Closings" was first published on Small Business Trends

7 Reasons Starting a Small Business is Crazy – Seriously!

Small Business Trends - Thu, 2018-02-22 07:30


I think people who start companies are, without a doubt, just a little bit crazy.

Myself included.

And people who start more than one company? Deranged lunatics – all of them!

Why? Because it’s insanely hard!

You’re signing up for a ridiculous amount of work.

But I also think you have to be crazy to start a company.

Your startup journey will be the wildest ride of your life.

Why People Who Start Companies Are Crazy

Here are seven reasons why.

1. It Takes A Ridiculous Amount of Work!

Many people who are seriously thinking about starting a company are usually thinking about the end.

You know, when you sell your company for millions or billions of dollars and money rains from the heavens.

Here’s the reality about being an entrepreneur:

It takes a ridiculous amount of work before you get anywhere close to that dream scenario.

Starting your own company means sacrificing your own time to build your company. It’s a full-time commitment. Expect many long days and long nights.

2. You Must ‘Dream While Awake’

Statistically, the odds of success aren’t in your favor.

You might fail.

Only 25 percent of venture-backed startups succeed.

Despite the awful odds, you unwaveringly believe in success. There’s huge power in delusional thinking!

The first company I founded? It almost failed. Twice.

Thankfully, that company survived. It eventually became profitable and continues to thrive today.

To survive, you need to be able to project an unbelievably (albeit unrealistic) great future.

Craziness is required to project that ridiculously bold vision and the enthusiasm to match.

This is what enables you to attract the team and investors you’ll need to make your delusion a reality.

3. Raising Money for Your Startup Is Challenging

I pitched more than 100 VC firms for the first company I founded. I got a dozen meetings.

The end result? Rejection.

It almost took me two years to raise a Series A round.

It’s remarkably hard to connect with top-tier investors.

Even when you do get a meeting, you’re going to run into some skeptical VCs.

4. Hiring Is Difficult

Unless you have a proven track record in the startup world, it can be incredibly hard to lure talented people to work for you.

Why would someone risk leaving a steady good job to believe in your crazy idea?

However, you should never settle because there’s a lack of available talent. You need to hire the best person for the job – someone who will help grow your business.

Here are three questions you should ask to weed out the good candidates from the bad:

  1. Tell me about your best achievement and why it was so great.
  2. How do you decide what to do next?
  3. How do you know what you did paid off?
5. Being Boss Sounds Great, But…

So you think you’ll be your own boss?

You’ll quickly discover that, although you’re “the boss,” you really aren’t in control of your company.

If you have investors, you’ll quickly discover they’re more demanding that any boss you ever had.

And let’s not forget about your customers. Think they aren’t really in charge? Think again! They’re probably more demanding that any of your old bosses or your investors!

Being the boss isn’t glamorous. You’ll probably actually lose freedom and have more responsibility than you ever could have imagined.

6. Pivoting Almost Never Works

If things go south, your company can always pivot and everything will be OK, right?

Well, here’s the thing. Pivots almost never work.

Although pivots have been made to sound cool, really it’s just a way of saying, “Oops, my vision didn’t match reality.”

Your investors and employees will lose confidence in your leadership. People will either start tuning you our or quit.

There’s little margin for error when you start your own company.

7. You’ll Do Less of What You Love

Being the founder means doing less of what you love.

For example, if you love coding, don’t expect to do much (if any) when you’re the boss.

You have to hire people who are better than you at what you love to do those things. Then you have to nurture and lead that team.

You have an entire company to run. That means inevitably sacrificing working on those things you’re most passionate about.

Here’s to the Crazy Ones

Yes, we may all be crazy. As an old Apple ad reminds us, we should celebrate being one of the crazy ones:

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

We aren’t just crazy. We’re courageous. We’re dreamers.

We’re willing to risk money, failure, and our reputation.

We’re willing to feel uncomfortable all the time.

Would you rather have it any other way?

If your answer to that one question after reading this article is “no,” then congrats! You’re crazy! It’s time for you to go start your company!

Photo via Shutterstock

This article, "7 Reasons Starting a Small Business is Crazy – Seriously!" was first published on Small Business Trends

The Marcus Corporation Announces 20% Dividend Increase

Hotel Interactive - Thu, 2018-02-22 05:25
MILWAUKEE--Directors of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE:MCS) today approved a 20.0% increase in the company’s quarterly cash dividend to $0.15 per share ...

Rockbridge Acquires Embassy Suites In Greater Boston Market

Hotel Interactive - Thu, 2018-02-22 05:16
COLUMBUS, OH––Rockbridge announced today its acquisition of the Embassy Suites in the Boston suburb of Marlborough, MA – near the region’s ...

German court delays ruling on diesel ban to next week

AutoNews - Thu, 2018-02-22 05:06
A German court on Thursday delayed a ruling on whether major cities can ban heavily polluting diesel cars, which could hit the resale value of 15 million vehicles in Europe's largest market and force automakers to pay for costly modifications.
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UNO Pizzeria & Grill announces new local craft beer line up

PR Web - Thu, 2018-02-22 04:30

UNO Pizzeria & Grill will add excitement to the doldrums of winter with the launch of their latest seasonal craft beer line up starting in February.

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Wayback Burgers Announces New Master Franchise Agreement, Expands...

PR Web - Thu, 2018-02-22 04:30

Area Businessmen Leading America’s Favorite Hometown Burger Joint into Northwestern Europe

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Former Star Baseball Player Leads New Local Urgent Care Center

PR Web - Thu, 2018-02-22 04:30

American Family Care Expands in the Upstate

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Tony Roma’s® Continues USA Restaurant Growth with Denver Opening

PR Web - Thu, 2018-02-22 04:30

Denver restaurant is the second new Tony Roma’s opened in the USA in 2018, demonstrating the brand’s renewed growth

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Morgan to Display Enhanced Options and New Designs for Refrigerated...

PR Web - Thu, 2018-02-22 04:30

Morgan Corporation, North America’s premier designer and producer of light- and medium-duty truck and van bodies, announces the introduction of its store-to-door home grocery delivery truck body as...

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The PEO for Franchises©, INFINITI HR, Sponsors #IFA2018 February...

PR Web - Thu, 2018-02-22 04:30

Leading Maryland-based PEO is sponsoring franchising's premier event that happens once a year.

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The Broadway's branch of KFC which is now back open following the chicken shortage

Topix - Thu, 2018-02-22 03:52

Four of the ten KFC stores in Bradford are back open following the Kentucky Fried Chaos that has affected the fast food chain. A problem with deliveries of chicken left swathes of KFC restaurants across the UK - including all the stores in Bradford - shut.

Categories: Today's Food News