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Sysco Syracuse's Latest Expansion Updates Food-Service Giant

VAN BUREN, NY (December 12, 2011 - The Post-Standard Syracuse)—When Mike Scanlon joined Sysco Syracuse in 1990 as a buyer, the food-distribution company...

The Week in Franchising, May 18, 2012

A new look for a coffee brand, a new growth specialist for two Latino concepts, and deals, deals, deals for several new and established franchisors.

In April, T.G.I. Friday's released its own mobile payment app. While many foodservice operations have embraced mobile apps for location services, coupon offers or linking into reward programs, proprietary mobile payment apps are still somewhat unchartered territory. In the quick serve arena, Dunkin Donuts just released its own mobile payment system, and Starbucks partnered with Square for its system.

At high-volume restaurants, a holding cabinet can be a real time- and money-saver for keeping dishes warm without drying out. For smaller operations, there are countertop models, usually holding two or three pans.

The restaurant industry of your future may look and feel much like the restaurant industry of your past, according to new research from the National Restaurant Association, but familiarity isn’t likely to make the business any easier.

Laura Jakobsen, senior vice president, marketing and design at Pinkberry, gives advice to women striving to become innovative leaders.

The self-professed lifestyle brand is about to add another tech-based service that may ultimately become a common restaurant amenity. But that’s the point of what’s been an effective strategy in the view of one investor-observer.

Digital advances are coming with some lingual ones as well. Here’s how the restaurant industry glossary is being rewritten to reflect advances on the tech front.

Eater.com tries and critiques the new crop of mobile-payment systems.

P.F. Chang’s will have the ability to message members of its guest loyalty program in real time through a new software package that ties together the casual chain’s backend web capabilities.

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