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Augmented Reality on New iPhone System Could Be a Boon to Small Businesses

Apple has just released the new iOS 11 for iPhones and iPads, which includes Augmented Reality (AR). The following video showing what IKEA has already done with AR may spark your imagination on the possibilities for your own business.

Multi-Unit McDonald's Franchisee Launching Upgraded Design

A new McDonald's featuring the chain's latest design and technology is opening in La Crosse, Wisconsin, on Thursday. It will be a first for Courtesy Corp., the franchisee, which owns 59 locations in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. The refreshed high-tech model has been introduced by around 2,600 restaurants globally, including over 500 McDonald's in the U.S.

McDonald's Resurgence Figures Showing Bigger Effect on Smaller Competitors

smashburgerConsumers have been spending more money at McDonald's per store in the last couple of reported quarters, reversing a widely reported protracted decline. The ebb and flow affects competitors, but the smaller chains appear to be bearing the brunt of the effect of guest dollars spent at McD's rather than with them.

Kroger Launching First Restaurant, Plans for More

Joining the fray into the increasingly stiff and changing competition among eateries, Kroger's first restaurant is slated to open late next month in Union, Kentucky.

Workers Stage Labor Day Demonstration at McDonald's in Orlando

A Labor Day rally in Orlando that included McDonald's was one of hundreds in places like Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia organized by the Service Employees International Union and other labor groups.

Hurricane Harvey Expected to Boost Auto Sales

Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on up to a million cars in car-dependent Houston alone, let alone the rest of the Texas-Louisiana devastated area. Motivated owners will be seeking to quickly replace them, with the biggest beneficiaries expected to be the Detroit 3 (General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler).

After 5 Quarters of No Growth, Guest Traffic in U.S. Restaurants Dips Yet Again in Q2

Customer visits to U.S. restaurants and foodservice outlets remained negative in the quarter ending in June.

Checkers & Rally's Franchisee Saves with Prefab Building

Checkers & Rally's is saving its franchisees time and money with prefabricated modular and container buildings. They continue to have the option of traditional buildings. The company announced the two new choices last November.

Generation X Now Represents Nearly a Quarter of All Restaurant Visits

Generation X, ages 36 to 52, now represents 23 percent of all restaurant visits, not a significant difference from Boomers and Millennials, who represent 26 and 25 percent of visits respectively, according to a new foodservice study published by researcher NPD Group.

CEO of Largest Mall Owner in US Says Mall Traffic Increasing

The prevailing news about mall foot traffic is that it's decreasing, but David Simon, CEO of Simon Property Group, a publicly traded REIT (NYSE: SPG) and the country's largest mall owner, takes the opposite view. He contends that traffic is increasing.