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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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Ultra Shorts Pop Higher (SKF, SRS)

Nov 19 2008

Both the UltraShort Financials ProShares (SKF) and the UltraShort Real Estate ProShares (SRS) skyrocketed today as volitility moved higher and investors look for additional weakness in the Real Estate markets and the Financials.

Home Construction Exceptionally Low

US Home Construction sunk to a fresh monthly low going back to when the index began being recorded over 50 years ago. A lack of new construction could lead to demand for existing housing if buyers are still available in the market. Analysts believe that construction will continue to decline through the winter and thus the strong demand for UltaShort Real Estate ProShares today.

Financials Fall

The Federal Reserve did its part in causing the upswing in UltraShort Financials by forecasting continued weakness in economic activity going forward. Even more nerve racking is the belief by the Fed that past rate cuts and actions to improve the financial markets have not had the effect desired and that future rate cuts may not improve the situation either.

The Trade

I would avoid the UltraShorts on an up 16% day like today. But if they make a correction of 10% over the next week, that would be a good opportunity to take a small position. These ETFs are volatile as one can see from their charts around the middle of July of this year. The SKF plummeted from $203 to $116 over the course of a week beginning on July 16th.

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