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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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Markets Give Buy Signals

Mar 27 2009

Markets Give Buy Signals

The big news this week is the major indexes all giving buy signals with break outs to the upside on the S&P 500, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the Nasdaq and the Russell 2000. I also like the number of stocks breaking to the upside with their 13 day moving averages moving above their 50 day moving averages. For the complete market according to 185 stocks broke out on Friday with only 21 stocks breaking to the downside.

Individual Stocks

I searched the break outs for individual companies with good earnings growth but that is a little premature at this time as I could not find any compelling equities. I purchased the Ultra S&P 500 (SSO) twice this week, once on Wednesday and then again Friday when the double index ETF was down 2%.

Economic Recovery

The VIX is also encouraging as it has remained low providing stability to the markets. The markets move before the economy and then jobs improve. I think the first stage of a US rebound has begun and it’s a good time to start building a position. If there’s a break down in the markets, I will get rid of the SH shares within a couple of days of a hold signal.

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