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Panera Technology Investment Paying Off

Restaurant Business recently honored Panera Bread with the Tech Accelerator of the Year award, which is the top technology award in the restaurant industry. Panera received the award for their efforts in expanding the boundaries of how technology is used in-store.


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Benefits of digital signage in c-stores

Digital signage and menu boards have become an expected feature in quick serve and fast casual restaurants, but convenience stores could benefit just as much from implementing the technology. Since c-stores are changing the way they operate and what they provide, the benefits of signage are essential, especially at the point-of-sale.

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Top 3 Reasons for Digital Signage in Schools

We came across an interesting article about digital signage in schools from Digital Signage Today. We agree that there are multiple pros to installing digital signage in the classroom environment.


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Four reasons to have a mobile POS system

IST came across an article from The Restaurant Technology Guys about mobile POS systems, which we found to be very interesting. There are a lot of benefits to transitioning to a mobile POS system. Check it out below!


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The Do’s and Don’ts of Digital Signage

If you’ve invested in digital signage, you probably know its pros can go a long way. That being said, if you’re not utilizing your displays correctly, the perks won’t be as noticeable. IST broke down the do’s and don’ts of digital signage to inform you of what you need to do or not do to make the most of your digital signage displays.

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All-tech QSR opens in San Francisco

If you think restaurants are incorporating a lot of technology into their businesses lately, we can guarantee a new San Francisco restaurant has them beat.

A start-up restaurant named Eatsa has officially opened its first location. The new restaurant is all technology, meaning customers have zero human interaction during their entire experience.

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Three areas where technology is changing retail

The retail sector is no stranger to change and transformation. In the early days, the average consumer was shopping from ‘mom and pop’ stores in communities. As retail evolved, first to arrive were the department stores in the bigger cities. Then came the mega shopping centers in suburbs, where everything can be found under one roof, causing smaller local stores to bow out to the success of giant, one-stop shops.

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Minimum Wage Offensive Could Mean More Technology In Restaurants

A ballot initiative to raise minimum wage in restaurants to $15/hour – more than double the current federal minimum wage – could mean restaurants will be turning to technology to save on labor costs.


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Macy’s Testing Digital Fitting Rooms

We’re not sure if this is the future, but check out what Macy’s is doing to add to the dressing room experience…

A former Amazon exec’s startup is running a test in a Manhattan Beach, CA Macy’s that mashes up digital screens, mobile and some old-school warehouse ideas to rethink the shopping experience.

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What EMV Credit Card Technology Could Mean for your Fraud Liability

EMV chip technology is becoming the global standard for credit card and debit card payments. In case you were unaware, a liability shift will take effect on October 1, 2015 regarding EMV card transactions:


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