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Sensing a longer-term labor problem, Checkers turns to technology

The company is adding voice-activated ordering this year, among other steps it hopes will improve the job of running its restaurants.

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How independent operators can keep pace with rapidly changing technology

The Bottom Line: The National Restaurant Association Show displayed some of the latest gadgets to improve efficiency and reach more customers. But can those that need it most afford it?

Financing

Howard Schultz puts some money into Starbucks

The Bottom Line: The interim CEO, who did away with company buybacks, has been buying up shares of the company’s stock and now owns 21.8 million shares directly or indirectly.

Financing

Restaurants’ finances turned south in a hurry

The Bottom Line: Margins were fine last fall as sales recovered. But high food costs on top of high labor costs have done them in. And some concepts are already feeling the pain.