http://www.bluemaumau.org/trendspagenewssummary en Can Burger Lovers Be Fooled by Mock Meats? http://www.bluemaumau.org/can_burger_lovers_be_fooled_mock_meats <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>New plant-based burgers are tasting like meat thanks to a new technology. Paul Solman of PBS NewsHour investigates further.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/can_burger_lovers_be_fooled_mock_meats" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/can_burger_lovers_be_fooled_mock_meats#comments Trends food science food technology food trends mock meats plant-based meats vegetable meats Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:10:12 +0000 Don Sniegowski 16203 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Google Search and Maps Now Show Restaurant Wait Times http://www.bluemaumau.org/google_search_and_maps_now_show_restaurant_wait_times <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><img alt="Crowd photo" src="http://bluemaumau.org/sites/default/files/u9/Crowd1.jpg" style="width: 320px; height: 118px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />Google Search or Maps already predict&nbsp;restaurant wait times on computers. Soon those predictive wait times will be available on smart phones too to help people on the go plan the timing of their visit to restaurants.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/google_search_and_maps_now_show_restaurant_wait_times" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/google_search_and_maps_now_show_restaurant_wait_times#comments Trends Fri, 10 Nov 2017 17:13:25 +0000 BMM Staff 16197 at http://www.bluemaumau.org How Chick-fil-A Innovates to Ratchet Up Pad Site Efficiencies http://www.bluemaumau.org/how_chickfila_innovates_ratchet_pad_site_efficiencies <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="Eat Mor Chikin Kowz" src="/sites/default/files/u9/Kowz1.jpg" style="width: 320px; height: 309px; margin-top: 3px; margin-bottom: 3px; float: right;" width="320" height="309" /> <div class="caption">Eat mor chikin kowz / photo by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/55229469@N07/8617693274/sizes/o/" target="_blank">Forsaken Fotos</a></div> </div> <p>​Chick-fil-A&#39;s business success has muted many a former skeptic who didn&#39;t think it could be done on their terms. A challenge for the company in recent years has been changes in commercial real estate, much of it unfavorable. The company puts strong reliance on innovation to come up with solutions that work in the real world.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/how_chickfila_innovates_ratchet_pad_site_efficiencies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/how_chickfila_innovates_ratchet_pad_site_efficiencies#comments Trends Sat, 28 Oct 2017 16:16:29 +0000 Marilee Hayes 16178 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Higher Numbers of EVs Fueling Battery Supply Concerns http://www.bluemaumau.org/higher_numbers_evs_fueling_battery_supply_concerns <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="Volvo XC90 charging" src="http://bluemaumau.org/sites/default/files/u9/Electric%20Car.jpg" style="width: 320px; height: 180px; float: right;" /> <div class="caption">Volvo XC90 / photo <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/departmentofenergy/29547145265/in/album-72157670319380843/" target="_blank">U.S. Dept. of Energy, Volvo Cars</a></div> </div> <p>With purchases of electric vehicles expected to steeply increase, mostly because of government mandates banning the sale of gasoline and diesel engines after various specified dates, there are doubts about battery suppliers being able to keep up with the demand.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/higher_numbers_evs_fueling_battery_supply_concerns" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/higher_numbers_evs_fueling_battery_supply_concerns#comments Trends Mon, 23 Oct 2017 09:42:28 +0000 BMM Staff 16170 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Will Amazon Move into Auto Retail? http://www.bluemaumau.org/will_amazon_move_auto_retail <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>With Amazon getting into bricks and mortar with its Whole Foods purchase, making its delivery more convenient than ever with its prime and free delivery services, and announcing establishment of a second headquarters in addition to the massive one in Seattle, could the company also be the auto sales behemoth of the future?</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/will_amazon_move_auto_retail" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/will_amazon_move_auto_retail#comments Trends Sun, 24 Sep 2017 17:54:05 +0000 BMM Staff 16112 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Augmented Reality on New iPhone System Could Be a Boon to Small Businesses http://www.bluemaumau.org/augmented_reality_new_iphone_system_could_be_boon_your_small_business <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Apple has <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/19/16333344/apple-ios-11-iphone-ipad-download-available-now" target="_blank">just released</a> 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.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/augmented_reality_new_iphone_system_could_be_boon_your_small_business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/augmented_reality_new_iphone_system_could_be_boon_your_small_business#comments Trends Tue, 19 Sep 2017 23:05:42 +0000 BMM Staff 16101 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Multi-Unit McDonald's Franchisee Launching Upgraded Design http://www.bluemaumau.org/multiunit_mcdonalds_franchisee_launching_upgraded_redesign <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>A new McDonald&#39;s featuring the chain&#39;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&#39;s in the U.S.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/multiunit_mcdonalds_franchisee_launching_upgraded_redesign" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/multiunit_mcdonalds_franchisee_launching_upgraded_redesign#comments Trends Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:21:24 +0000 Marilee Hayes 16098 at http://www.bluemaumau.org McDonald's Resurgence Figures Showing Bigger Effect on Smaller Competitors http://www.bluemaumau.org/mcdonalds_resurgence_affects_smaller_competitors_more <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><img alt="smashburger" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/764/22240275839_e8c3ae439e_n.jpg" style="width: 320px; height: 213px; float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" />Consumers have been spending more money at McDonald&#39;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&#39;s rather than with them.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/mcdonalds_resurgence_affects_smaller_competitors_more" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/mcdonalds_resurgence_affects_smaller_competitors_more#comments Trends Sat, 16 Sep 2017 19:55:57 +0000 BMM Staff 16096 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Kroger Launching First Restaurant, Plans for More http://www.bluemaumau.org/kroger_launching_first_restaurant_plans_more <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Joining the fray into the increasingly stiff and changing competition among eateries, Kroger&#39;s first restaurant is slated to open late next month in Union, Kentucky. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/kroger_launching_first_restaurant_plans_more" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/kroger_launching_first_restaurant_plans_more#comments Trends Thu, 14 Sep 2017 23:20:14 +0000 Marilee Hayes 16093 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Workers Stage Labor Day Demonstration at McDonald's in Orlando http://www.bluemaumau.org/workers_stage_labor_day_demonstration_mcdonalds_orlando <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>A Labor Day rally in Orlando that included McDonald&#39;s was one of hundreds in places like Los Angeles, Chicago and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/32BJSEIU/videos/1827668857261497/" target="_blank">Philadelphia</a> organized by the Service Employees International Union and other labor groups.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/workers_stage_labor_day_demonstration_mcdonalds_orlando" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/workers_stage_labor_day_demonstration_mcdonalds_orlando#comments Trends Mon, 04 Sep 2017 18:19:25 +0000 Marilee Hayes 16069 at http://www.bluemaumau.org