Networld Media Group, the parent company of FastCasual, has postponed the Restaurant Franchising and Innovation Summit to Aug. 10-12, according to Cherryh Cansler, the company’s vice president of editorial and FastCasual editor. The original plan was to host the event May 4-6 in Atlanta, but a slower-than-expected vaccination distribution rate has delayed the event for safety […]

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The winners of the first Self-Service Virtual Innovation Awards were announced yesterday during the Self-Service Innovation Virtual Summit. While COVID-19 has placed a tremendous strain across many industries, those in the self-service kiosk and vending industries have accelerated innovation as a result. This was reflected in the announcement of winners in five categories during the […]

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Consumers want self-service, but they also want to speak to an employee when necessary, according to the keynote presentation during the Self-Service Innovation Summit. The degree to which a customer wants an employee involved varies significantly among industries. Consumers are more comfortable with self-service than ever, but when they’re making a transaction, they need to […]

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Louisville, Kentucky-based Biscuit Belly took the top honor during the Fast Casual Executive Summit ‘Perfect Pitch’ competition, beating out three other finalists. The contest is all about helping innovative brands and concepts get off the ground. For the second consecutive year, the winner of the Fast Casual Perfect Pitch competition, a concept contest held during the annual […]

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In the opening keynote at this week’s Fast Casual Executive Summit, Scott Boatwright, Chipotle Mexican Grill’s chief restaurant officer, shared insight on the fast casual brand’s strategy relating to customer experience, team member experience and why being relevant is critical to success. In Richmond, Virginia there is a Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. employee who exemplifies […]

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The Interactive Customer Experience (ICX) Association presented its annual Elevate Awards during a livestream earlier today. The winners are: Best Digital Signage ICX: Reebok ZIG Kinetica Experience, submitted by iGotcha Media. Best Kiosk ICX: Boot Barn RangeFinder, submitted by Elo. Best Mobile ICX: Salesfloor, submitted by Salesfloor. Best Entertainment ICX: The Loop Media Consumer App, submitted by […]

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Meet the five up-and-coming fast casual brands vying to win the 2020 Perfect Pitch during the virtual Fast Casual Executive Summit Oct. 20-21. After sifting through nearly 50 nominations from fast casual brands around the world, FastCasual has selected entrepreneurs of five brands to pitch their brands to not only the attendees of this year’s […]

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Networld Media Group announces a new virtual summit focused on innovation and the customer experience in self-service, kiosk and vending solutions. Networld Media Group, publishers of VendingTimes.com and KioskMarketplace.com, announce a new virtual summit called the Self-Service Innovation Virtual Summit. The event will take place December 8-9, 2020. “The Self-Service Innovation Virtual Summit is designed […]

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Networld Media Group, a leading business-to-business (B2B) media communications company, has announced the acquisition of Vending Times, a leading publisher in the self-service vending space. Networld Media Group announced the acquisition of Vending Times, a leading media publisher in the self-service vending space. The Vending Times website boasts more than 15,000 qualified, opt-in subscribers and provides original […]

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