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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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Is It Wise To Invest In Redbox?

Dec 10 2013


redbox (Photo credit: kalebdf)

Is It Wise To Invest In Redbox?

Outerwall, the company behind Redbox, has recently announced that Anne Saunders (President of the Redbox unit) has left the company and that her place is temporarily being filled by Redbox's existing executive team. In addition, the company has announced that it will be reducing its workforce by about eight and a half percent. The ailing company is responding to calls for restructuring, but the question must be asked - is it wise to invest in Redbox?

One good rule of stock investing is that one should always seek out stability. While a leadership change-up can be a good thing, the fact that the company has not filled Saunders' spot with a permanent choice should worry investors. Likewise, the rather large reduction in staff does point towards more monetary troubles in the company. Coupled with the fact that the parent company is closing several other less-successful ventures, one receives a clear picture of a business that is still in trouble. Despite the restructuring efforts, the company is still not a prime target for stock investing.

The only reason to invest in Outerwall is a belief that the company's future plans will come to fruition quickly. As the business features increased competition from on-demand and streaming services, it seems unlikely that even Redbox's streamlined business model can remain standing for long. Outerwall might represent a good short-term investment for those hoping for a quick rebound upon the announcement of a new Redbox unit president, but it is likely unsuitable for any type of long-term investment.

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