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2/22/2017 3:16:31 PM
  Ordering Your Burger At A Kiosk
By srpatterson


Dublin based burger chain Wendy's has discovered that customers like to use kiosks to order their food. After experimenting with kiosks last year, the company plans to have them in place in up to 1,000 restaurants later this year, about ten percent at company owned restaurants.

The average store will be given three kiosks, which save on staffing costs and provide younger customers with a more interactive dining experience. Customers who prefer to order at the counter can still do so, pointed out Wendy's chief information officer David Trimm.

Wendy's, along with the rest of the fast food industry, have realized that automated ordering of food is the way of the future, partly to offset 5 percent wage inflation from last year. Ordering food from kiosks also guarantees that orders are always accurate; the use of kiosks also means that lines at Wendy's restaurants move more quickly, especially during the busy lunch time and dinner periods.

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2/13/2017 2:16:32 PM
  Results Of 2017 Most Hated Companies Lists
By srpatterson


The 2017 List of Most Hated Companies in the U.S.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of hate out there, and the top 11 of the most hated companies in America this year are the recipients of a whopping 23 percent of global hatred felt toward corporations. It isn't possible to post something about one of these companies on an online forum without a barrage of hate-filled replies calling you evil and saying you are part of their over-priced, lousy service, kitten-hating corporations.

Customer service is probably one of the biggest players in a customer's perception of a company and whether they grow to hate that company. Nothing can make a customer more hateful than being put on hold for twenty minutes listening to music they also hate. This leads to why cable companies are so well represented in the top most hated companies in America in 2017. These are the companies almost everyone has to call up sometime.

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Dow Jones Industrial Finally Signals a Hold

May 23 2009

Dow Jones Industrial Finally Signals a Hold

The Dow Jones Industrial Average finally signaled a hold at the end of this week with all four major indexes now in limbo waiting for a move higher or lower. The charts look like tops with the Dow and the S&P 500 index already completing their top formations. The Nasdaq needs to fall below $1664 while the Russell 2000 can form a top formation with a break below $471.82.

The Week That Was

What looked like a turnaround in housing one day was shattered by a poor housing starts number the next. Some banks got a boost also early in the week with analysts increasing Bank of America's target price and Lowe's beating estimates to give further aid to a Monday rally. But reports on unemployment and housing later in the week sent the indexes lower and changed the bias of some to a more negative view.

The Coming Week

A lot of retailers give earnings this coming week which shouldn't provide much support to a rally that has stalled out. Autozone (AZO) is expected to do well, Big Lots (BIG) could beat expectations with consumers trading down to discount retailers, but that could be all.

There is brighter news on the economic front with Consumer Confidence expected to improve, Existing Home Sales, and New Homes Sales also both expected to be better than the prior reading. Durable Goods Ordered comes out on Friday and could lead some to feel better about the economy. And the Preliminary GDP reading comes out on Friday for the first quarter. GDP is expected to decline by 5.5%. This is better than the previous decline of 6.1%.

This week should provide a signal both technically and fundamentally on the direction the markets with head for the coming month of June.

(C) 2009

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