http://www.bluemaumau.org/trendspagestories en Marriott Introduces IoT Hotel Room of the Future http://www.bluemaumau.org/16202/marriott_introduces_iot_hotel_room_future <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="Marriot IoT hotel room" src="/sites/default/files/u9/IoT-Room_Mirror-Image1-2.jpg" style="width: 320px; height: 160px; float: right; margin-top: 3px; margin-bottom: 3px;" width="320" height="160" /> <div class="caption">IoT&nbsp;yoga routines &amp; wake-up alarms on verbal or mobile command</div> </div> <p>Marriott International, now the largest hotel company in the world since its acquisition of Starwood Hotels &amp; Resorts last year, is working with Samsung and Legrand to create the hospitality industry&rsquo;s Internet of Things (IoT) hotel room of the future. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/16202/marriott_introduces_iot_hotel_room_future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/16202/marriott_introduces_iot_hotel_room_future#comments Trends Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:06:30 +0000 BMM 16202 at http://www.bluemaumau.org After 5 Quarters of No Growth, Guest Traffic in U.S. Restaurants Dips Yet Again in Q2 http://www.bluemaumau.org/16048/after_5_quarters_no_growth_guest_traffic_us_restaurants_dips_yet_again_second_quarter_2017 <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Customer visits to U.S. restaurants and foodservice outlets remained negative in the quarter ending in&nbsp;June.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/16048/after_5_quarters_no_growth_guest_traffic_us_restaurants_dips_yet_again_second_quarter_2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/16048/after_5_quarters_no_growth_guest_traffic_us_restaurants_dips_yet_again_second_quarter_2017#comments Trends casual dining foodservice research full service restaurant QSR The NPD Group Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:40:46 +0000 Don Sniegowski 16048 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Generation X Now Represents Nearly a Quarter of All Restaurant Visits http://www.bluemaumau.org/15987/generation_x_now_represents_nearly_quarter_all_restaurant_visits <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>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.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15987/generation_x_now_represents_nearly_quarter_all_restaurant_visits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15987/generation_x_now_represents_nearly_quarter_all_restaurant_visits#comments Trends Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:43:03 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15987 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Franchise Hiring Lowest in Almost Five Years http://www.bluemaumau.org/15893/franchise_hiring_hits_five_year_low <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>National employment in the private sector was up by&nbsp;177,000 jobs in April, a moderate slowdown compared to previous months. However, franchised establishments were especially hard hit. Franchise jobs increased by only 5,400 in April, according to the monthly ADP National Franchise Report. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15893/franchise_hiring_hits_five_year_low" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15893/franchise_hiring_hits_five_year_low#comments Trends Wed, 10 May 2017 18:43:29 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15893 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Restaurant Count in 2016 Drops Most Since Recession http://www.bluemaumau.org/15862/restaurant_count_2016_drops_most_recession <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>The number of restaurants in the United States has fallen to its lowest level in ten years, according to a count of commercial restaurant locations compiled each spring and fall by a major foodservice researcher. Restaurant locations fell in 2016 by two percent, according to The NPD Group.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15862/restaurant_count_2016_drops_most_recession" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15862/restaurant_count_2016_drops_most_recession#comments Trends Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:10:52 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15862 at http://www.bluemaumau.org U.S. Hiring Booms in February, while Franchise Hiring Lags http://www.bluemaumau.org/15799/us_hiring_booms_february_while_franchise_hiring_lackluster <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><img alt="workers" src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5324/30713665741_90ba5d532e_c.jpg" style="width: 320px; height: 180px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right;" />Nonfarm private sector employment in the United States grew by a whopping 298,000 in February, according to actual payroll data compiled by the ADP National Employment Report. The U.S. economy has not had such a stellar monthly job number in years.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15799/us_hiring_booms_february_while_franchise_hiring_lackluster" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15799/us_hiring_booms_february_while_franchise_hiring_lackluster#comments Trends Thu, 09 Mar 2017 17:27:35 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15799 at http://www.bluemaumau.org QSR Traffic Stalls, Full Service Visits Down in 2016 http://www.bluemaumau.org/15740/qsr_traffic_stalls_full_service_visits_down_2016 <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><img alt="" src="http://www.bluemaumau.org/sites/default/files/File%20Feb%2008%2C%201%2046%2049%20PM.jpeg" style="float: right; width: 320px; height: 320px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" />As goes the U.S. quick service restaurant (QSR) segment, so goes the total foodservice industry. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15740/qsr_traffic_stalls_full_service_visits_down_2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15740/qsr_traffic_stalls_full_service_visits_down_2016#comments Trends Wed, 08 Feb 2017 17:33:20 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15740 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Research: Canadian Full-Service Restaurants Should Expand Convenience and Differentiation http://www.bluemaumau.org/15724/research_canadian_fullservice_restaurants_should_expand_convenience_and_differentiation <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>A restaurant researcher finds that full-service restaurants in Canada are slowing as competition heats up from the more nimble fast-casual segment. The researcher, Chicago-based Technomic, says that full-service restaurants need a better answer in growing demand through a convenient, differentiated dining experience.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15724/research_canadian_fullservice_restaurants_should_expand_convenience_and_differentiation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15724/research_canadian_fullservice_restaurants_should_expand_convenience_and_differentiation#comments Trends Tue, 31 Jan 2017 13:03:40 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15724 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Research Shows Light Visitors Key to Restaurant Growth http://www.bluemaumau.org/15714/research_shows_light_visitors_key_restaurant_growth <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>A foodservice researcher argues to restaurateurs that if half of its not-so-frequent visitors who are turning away from restaurants made one more visit per year it would be an incremental increase in sales to the industry of $1.1 billion.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15714/research_shows_light_visitors_key_restaurant_growth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15714/research_shows_light_visitors_key_restaurant_growth#comments Trends Wed, 25 Jan 2017 17:46:14 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15714 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Strong Franchise Hiring for December but Finding Workers Is Tougher http://www.bluemaumau.org/15680/strong_franchise_hiring_december_finding_workers_tougher <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/351/32088015996_faea0bb2f6_z.jpg" style="width: 320px; height: 180px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /> <div class="caption">Hotel workers keep busy behind the scenes (photo/bluemaumau)</div> </div> <p>Franchised establishments in the United States had a strong December for job hiring. They added 23,300 jobs, according to ADP Research Institute, which is part of payroll service provider ADP. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15680/strong_franchise_hiring_december_finding_workers_tougher" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15680/strong_franchise_hiring_december_finding_workers_tougher#comments Trends Thu, 05 Jan 2017 19:32:04 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15680 at http://www.bluemaumau.org