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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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Solid Week for the Markets

Feb 08 2009

Solid Week for the Markets

With the Obama administration sworn into office and their stimulus bill already past one house of congress and close to passing in the Senate, the US stock markets rebounded nicely off relative lows this past week. If the markets can break higher the first part of this coming week, a bottom formation will be in and the markets could rally for a longer period of time.

Administration Makes Moves

The new administration made two very good moves since coming into office, the first is the new stimulus bill which will likely pass as the Democratic Party now controls both the legislative and the executive branch of government. And the administration is developing a new way to use the $350 billion left from the original bailout bill that passed during the Bush Administration. The new Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is going to make more details known about the use of the bailout funds on the 10th after the stimulus plan is through congress. The administration appears to be more in tune with the needs of the banking system and will put out a plan that has more controls than the previous administration's plan.

Banks and Agriculture Chemicals Rally

A number of industries rallied strong this past week including Banks and Agriculture Chemicals. Regional Southwest Banks moved higher as an industry 11% on Friday alone while Money Center Banks rallied 11%. Regions Financial (RF) was a bigger winner jumping 48% from near bankrupt levels to $4.20 a share. Bank of American (+26%), Wells Fargo (+17%), Keycorp (+16%), Suntrust Banks (+16%) and JP Morgan Chase (+12.5%) all moved higher on Friday with the news of the new bailout and stimulus package on tap. Shares of Agricultural Chemical companies like Mosaic (MOS), Monsanto (MON), Potash (POT) and Agrium (AGU) all rallied in the second half of the week on earnings strength and pricing power.

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