http://www.bluemaumau.org/trendspagenewssummary en Augmented Reality on New iPhone System Could Be a Boon to Your Small Business 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> <div class="media_embed" height="248px" width="320px"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="248px" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-xxOvsyNseY" width="320px"></iframe></div> <!-- 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 Hurricane Harvey Expected to Boost Auto Sales http://www.bluemaumau.org/hurricane_harvey_expected_boost_auto_sales <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Hurricane Harvey wreaked <a href="https://www.wired.com/story/harvey-houston-cars-ruined/" target="_blank">havoc on up to a million cars</a> in <a href="https://www.thrillist.com/lifestyle/houston/houston-problems-public-transportation-history-floods" target="_blank">car-dependent Houston</a> 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).</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/hurricane_harvey_expected_boost_auto_sales" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/hurricane_harvey_expected_boost_auto_sales#comments Trends Mon, 04 Sep 2017 17:11:34 +0000 BMM Staff 16068 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Checkers & Rally's Franchisee Saves with Prefab Building http://www.bluemaumau.org/checkers_rallys_franchisee_saves_prefab_building <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Checkers &amp; Rally&#39;s is saving its franchisees time and money with prefabricated modular and container buildings. They continue to have the&nbsp;option of&nbsp;traditional buildings. The company announced the two new choices last November.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/checkers_rallys_franchisee_saves_prefab_building" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/checkers_rallys_franchisee_saves_prefab_building#comments Trends Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:30:37 +0000 Marilee Hayes 16037 at http://www.bluemaumau.org CEO of Largest Mall Owner in US Says Mall Traffic Increasing http://www.bluemaumau.org/ceo_largest_mall_owner_us_says_mall_traffic_increasing <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>The prevailing news about mall foot traffic is that it&#39;s decreasing, but David Simon, CEO of Simon Property Group, a publicly traded REIT (NYSE: SPG) and the country&#39;s largest mall owner, takes the opposite view. He contends that traffic is <em>increasing.</em></p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/ceo_largest_mall_owner_us_says_mall_traffic_increasing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/ceo_largest_mall_owner_us_says_mall_traffic_increasing#comments Trends Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:45:23 +0000 BMM Staff 15985 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Dairy Queen Franchisee Switching from Malls to Standalones http://www.bluemaumau.org/dairy_queen_franchisee_switching_malls_standalones <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Multi-unit Dairy Queen franchisee Steve Cowgur, 65, says traffic is on the decline at malls, so he&#39;s moving his mall locations to standalones. He owns 12 Dairy Queens, mostly in the Phoenix area, and has been in that line of work since 1976, when he took on an <a href="https://dairyqueen.1851franchise.com/details/2703120/Veteran-Dairy-Queen-Franchisee-Diversifies-Portfolio-with-DQ-Grill-Chill-Restaurants" target="_blank">accounting position</a> at an Orange Julius store that he bought seven years later. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/dairy_queen_franchisee_switching_malls_standalones" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/dairy_queen_franchisee_switching_malls_standalones#comments Trends Sun, 23 Jul 2017 05:15:54 +0000 BMM Staff 15984 at http://www.bluemaumau.org HITEC Keynote Speaker: Blockchain Will Be Even Bigger http://www.bluemaumau.org/hitec_keynote_speaker_blockchain_will_be_big <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Alex Tapscott, keynote speaker at the <a href="https://www.hftp.org/hitec/" target="_blank">HITEC conference</a> on hospitality technology, which just concluded a few days ago in Toronto, spoke on &ldquo;Blockchain Revolution: Surviving And Thriving In The 2nd Era Of The Internet.&rdquo; Tapscott is 1 of <a href="https://www.thestar.com/business/2017/03/17/toronto-based-blockchain-institute-launched.html" target="_blank">14 founding members</a> of the High Level Advisory Group on FinTech&nbsp;at the International Monetary Fund and the co-author, along with his father Don Tapscott, of Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology behind Bitcoin&nbsp;Is Changing Money, Business, and the World. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/hitec_keynote_speaker_blockchain_will_be_big" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/hitec_keynote_speaker_blockchain_will_be_big#comments Trends Tue, 04 Jul 2017 01:34:37 +0000 BMM Staff 15960 at http://www.bluemaumau.org