Growing number of chains build smart-phone apps for ordering, branding

Growing number of chains build smart-phone apps for ordering, branding

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More restaurant brands are working to say “there’s an app for that” to meet both the growing consumer use of smart phones and the demand for more convenience.

Most recently, Domino’s Pizza, Starbucks Coffee and bd’s Mongolian Grill have introduced new smart-phone apps focused on mobile ordering, nutrition information, mobile payments and brand loyalty programs. Restaurant smart-phone apps also span several types of platforms, including not only Apple devices but also Android-powered phones and tablets.

The goal is to build sales and consumer loyalty, chain executives say, and now is the time to place resources against developing mobile applications.

“I was waiting for these iPhone and smart-phone apps to become more mainstream for restaurants,” Denise Head, vice president of marketing at bd’s Mongolian Grill, a 35-unit stir fry chain. “I feel we’ve turned a corner. I still hear skepticism that you can’t be sure it drives traffic. But we feel we’re at the point where we can put applications in there that drive more sales.”

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First Data: Growth in payment-card spending slows

First Data: Growth in payment-card spending slows

Posted by in Marketing & Trends

American consumers are putting the brakes on spending as intensifying inflationary pressures — notably high gas prices — and persistent high employment fuel growing concerns about the economy, according to payment processor First Data.

According to payment-card data tracked by Atlanta-based First Data, growth in consumers’ total spending and shopping occasions slowed significantly compared with a year earlier.

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5 positive signs for restaurants

Posted by in Restaurants

Rising costs for food and fuel have dominated headlines and weighed heavily on the minds of restaurant operators.

However, despite all the discouraging news, the state of the industry isn’t as grim as it sounds, according to Brad Ludington, a restaurant securities analyst at KeyBanc Capital Markets.

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A4R’s Points of Sale re-launched!

A4R’s Points of Sale re-launched!

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It took us some time but we are finally pleased to inform you that the A4R blog has re-launched!

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A4R’s Points of Sale — Under Construction!

A4R’s Points of Sale — Under Construction!

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The A4R blog is currently undergoing some renovations. Stay tuned for more updates!

In the meantime, keep up-to-date with A4R’s newest products and services by clicking here.

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What bugs you when you go out to dinner? What would you change?

What bugs you when you go out to dinner? What would you change?

Posted by in Restaurants

Here are 7 key items that “bug” industry professionals when they go out to dinner.

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