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50 Great Ideas

The top industry ideas we've spotted in the last year

50 Great Ideas

39. Modernizing the rules

To be a more appealing employer, the HR team for convenience chain RaceTrac went through its rules with one question in mind: If a policy is not there to keep customers or employees safe, question it....

50 Great Ideas

40. DIY desserts

Supermarket chain Giant Eagle created an eye-catching and interactive DIY bakery experience in select locations. The display features colored sprinkles, piping bags and icings, which are kept chilled....

When there is a new concept at the University of Connecticut, the dining team creates a temporary tattoo of the logo or name.

At the Citibank corporate cafeteria in New York City, desserts are 50% off in the late afternoon.

On Thursdays from 3-8 p.m., Cafe Adelaide & the Swizzle Stick Bar in New Orleans welcomes dogs with a full menu of their own, while their owners can opt for a $5 cocktail called Dog Day Afternoon....

Many options on the events menu at The Gray, one of Kimpton Hotel’s Chicago properties, are inspired by the in-hotel restaurant, Boleo. That includes empanadas. To make it easier and more frictionless...

When new steakhouse Boston Chops designed its layout, it included an Instagrammers table. The table, which cost $10,000 to build and outfit, includes customizable features that are controlled by the g...

Denver-based Mad Greens has a weather prediction service programmed into its ordering system to help forecast sales. The chain has found that when it’s too warm or rainy, sales go down. It’s helped th...

Chefs are repurposing compost into menu items and playing off the word in the item’s name. Compesto—a pesto made from vegetable trimmings that would end up in a compost bucket, such as carrot tops and...

As an alternative to food trucks, Dunkin’ Donuts is rolling out motorized food carts—putting coffee in the hands of mobile customers. 

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