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For interview requests, contact our President & Publisher, Kathy Doyle, at 502.241.7545 ext. 117.

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The word “chaotic” may sum up the past year for the restaurant industry, but the most successful leaders have leaned into the chaos, creating a path forward. And four of them will share those experiences during the closing keynote at the annual Restaurant Franchising and Innovation Summit, March 30-April 1 in Nashville. The session, moderated by […]

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The Interactive Customer Experience (ICX) Association is now accepting nominations for its annual Elevate ICX Awards. Nominations are now being accepted. The Interactive Customer Experience (ICX) Association is now accepting nominations for its annual Elevate ICX Awards. The awards honor consumer-facing brands that are embracing new customer- and employee-facing experience technologies. Morgan Petty, ICXA executive director, described the […]

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Indianapolis is “America’s drive-thru capital,” according to Chrysler Capital, which analyzed data to reveal which U.S. cities were the best for drive-thrus based on the number of drive-thru restaurants, drive-in cinemas, gas stations and overall traffic congestion levels, The city is also home to this year’s Fast Casual Executive Summit, Oct. 9-11 at the JW Marriott, […]

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As part of the 2022 FastCasual Top 100 Movers & Shakers list, FastCasual and Steritech, a provider of food safety assessments, will honor two runners up and one ultimate winner with their fourth annual Excellence in Food Safety Award. Panda Express took home last year’s top award, which recognizes fast casual brands that demonstrate a strong […]

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Attendees at the Self-Service Innovation Summit found a wealth of innovation in the exhibit area, with many exhibits demonstrating customer experience advances discussed during the education sessions. There was never a dull moment at the Self-Service Innovation Summit at The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida. In between education sessions, attendees found a wealth of self-service innovations […]

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Networld Media Group honors the 2021 Innovation of the Year (B2B), Innovation of the Year (B2C), Reader’s Choice Innovator of the Year (Company), Reader’s Choice Innovator of the Year (Person) and Best COVID-19 Solution. The 2021 Self-Service Innovation Awards honored the products and individuals for the important roles they play in improving the self-service experience […]

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Ruth Crowley pulled no punches in describing the complex and oftentimes challenging processes her organization takes to leverage solutions such as cashierless checkout. The Self-Service Innovation Summit began with a bang Tuesday as Ruth Crowley, a seasoned retail technology veteran, offered an inside view of how a global retail organization revamps its footprint to meet rapidly changing […]

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The Self-Service Innovation Awards, in its second year, will honor products, organizations and individuals that play important roles in improving the self-service experience worldwide during the Self-Service Innovation Summit being held this week in Hollywood, Florida. The awards will be presented at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Grand Ballroom West at The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, […]

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Fazoli’s and FAT Brands made headlines last month when their CEOs Carl Howard and Andy Widerhorn, respectively, announced that FAT Brands was acquiring the 220-unit fast casualItalian brand for $130 million. The men will reveal the strategy behind that deal during the keynote address at the Restaurant Franchising and Innovation Summit, March 30-April 1, in Nashville. They’ll also discuss […]

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While COVID unleashed a new wave of interest in self-service technology, many companies deployed additional customer touchpoints, a movement that continues post pandemic. As a result, many companies have experienced increased demand, and thus encountered insufficient supply chains for equipment, components, packaging and even software, issues that can impact pricing and ROI. Can a company […]

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Raghu Sagi, chief information officer at Inspire Brands, will offer an overview of the technology platforms that drive the guest experience across more than 32,000 restaurants during a keynote at the Self-Service Innovation Summit. Following are some excerpts from a recent interview. It’s no secret: Brands and retailers on the leading edge with technology weathered […]

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Self-service equipment operators typically target two sets of customers — the end-user and the retailers or real estate owners that host the machines. But with digital screen advertising now available, operators also need to consider the brands they can promote. A panel during the Self-Service Innovation Summit, Dec. 14-16 in Hollywood, Florida, will discuss how digital […]

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Ruth Crowley, vice president of merchandise and brand strategy at the Hudson Group, will give the opening keynote at the Self-Service Innovation Summit Dec. 14-16 in Hollywood, Florida, offering her insights on the future. She offers an overview on those insights in this Q&A interview. Consumers nowadays are spoiled. The ease of communicating in real […]

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The advancements in computer vision and IoT sensor technology coupled with Lidar is changing the way hotels, resorts and amusement centers are providing best-in-class customer delight. Businesses looking to profit from this frictionless commerce approach will have a chance to learn from a panel of experts how to drive footfall, reduce operating costs and improve […]

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McDonald’s has played a pioneering role popularizing self-service kiosks and this past year the fast food giant is upping its game by introducing technology to help the blind or those with low vision to use its self-serve kiosks. All venues providing self-serve kiosks will hopefully follow McDonald’s lead in addressing customers with vision capabilities. For […]

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The Self-Service Innovation Awards will be presented during a presentation on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. at the Self-Service Innovation Summit. In its second year, the Self-Service Innovation Summit recognizes the products, organizations and individuals that play important roles in improving the self service experience worldwide. This year, the Summit will present five Self-Service Innovation Awards […]

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The explosion of e-commerce since the start of the pandemic has sent retailers scrambling to expand points of sale, including self-order kiosks, mobile order-and-pay, curbside pickup, pickup lockers and home delivery. Integrating new and existing POS assets can be challenging, but regardless of a company’s existing POS infrastructure, management needs a road map to identify […]

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Jason Carrigan, vice president of marketing and digital technology at Focus Brands and Minh Le, chief Information officer at Checkers & Rally’s, will discuss “Is Tech Weighing You Down?” as part of #QSRNext, a Nov. 9 virtual summit hosted by QSRWeb.com and Leasecake. Online ordering is more important than ever, as off-premise operations continue to […]

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Consumers no longer shun the thought of going to a vending machine for a meal, thanks to improved food vending technology. In addition, The COVID-19 pandemic pushed a number of foodservice brands to develop vending concepts that have proven successful. Looking to benefit from this new opportunity? Hear from a panel of experts who have […]

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Ariane Panter, senior director of global diversity, equity and inclusion strategy and corporate function support at McDonald’s, will discuss diversity, inclusion and equity at the virtual #QSRNext event, sponsored by Leasecake, on Nov. 9. Recruitment and retention are hot-button topics in the restaurant industry, so, too, are diversity, inclusion and equity. Diversity should be an […]

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Since August of 2021, the Interactive Customer Experience Association has officially added 139 executives from consumer-facing brands to its membership. These new members represent a wide range of industries including restaurant chains, retail brands, financial service providers, hospitality, travel and entertainment. Recent additions to the association’s extensive member list include: Director of Digital Technology with United Airlines, […]

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The Self-Service Innovation Summit will be accessible virtually for industry members who are not able to physically attend the Summit Dec. 14-16 in Hollywood, Florida. This year’s Summit, at The Diplomat Beach Resort, will be the first “hybrid” Summit following last year’s inaugural SSIS, which was virtual. Networld Media Group, the event organizer, is offering the virtual […]

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Bitcoin and cryptocurrency continue to expand, with more consumers adopting it and more retailers accepting it. Does cryptocurrency offer opportunities for your business? Is it time to add crypto acceptance to vending machines, kiosks and ATMs? A panel of experts will share their insights on this important issue during the Self-Service Innovation Summit, Dec. 14-16 in […]

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FAT Brands CEO Andy Wiederhorn and CMO Thayer Wiederhorn, who have acquired several brands over the past few years, will discuss the strategies behind the rapid growth as well as what’s next. Growth is the goal of many brands, but expanding strategically takes planning, patience and proper integration. And sometimes, it takes a little negotiating. […]

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The Self-Service Innovation Summit has extended the deadline for the Self-Service Innovation Awards to Friday, Oct. 8. The awards honor the most innovative use of kiosks, vending machines and facilities for adapting to the new normalcy of COVID-19 and its aftermath. Nominations will be accepted in the following categories: Innovation of the Year (B2B). Innovation of […]

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Susan Carroll-Boser, vice president of technology at White Castle, and Stratis Morfogen, co-founder of Brooklyn Dumpling Shop, will discuss contactless service options at the #QSRNext virtual event Nov. 9. More consumers than ever are looking for ways to buy and pay for their items with little to no contact thanks in part to the COVID-19 […]

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Amy Alarcon, vice president of culinary innovation at Popeyes Louisiana Chicken, and John Li, vice president of culinary innovation of Wendy’s, will discuss how to keep menus modern at the #QSRNext virtual event on Nov. 9. Keeping up with customers’ changing desires for innovative menu options is a challenge for most restaurants, including large QSRs […]

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Under Armour’s John Ludlow brings his omni-channel retail experience and insights to the Interactive Customer Experience Association’s advisory board. Alongside other advisory board members, Mr. Ludlow will highlight CX trends and help define the future of customer experience and the ICX Association. Under Armour, a leading retailer and consumer goods brand, has been represented within […]

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Self-service technologies continue to advance at a fast pace, creating more ways for brands, retailers and service providers to better engage with customers. The Self-Service Innovation Summit, being held Dec. 14-16 in Hollywood, Florida, is addressing the expanding self-service opportunities in a panel session, “New Self-Service Technologies for a Changing World,” at 10 a.m. on Dec. […]

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Two industry executives will discuss the rise of ghost kitchens at the #QSRNext event Nov. 9. The one-day workshop is free for attendees. Recognizing that QSR leaders needed a convenient way to exchange ideas, tips and advice with one another, Networld Media group — the publishers of QSRWeb.com and the producers of the Fast Casual Executive Summit — have […]

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The winners of the Bank Customer Experience Awards were officially announced at the awards show during the Bank Customer Experience Summit, held in Chicago from Sept. 13 to 15. These awards honor innovators in the financial industry that deliver innovative customer experiences. The winners of the Bank Customer Experience Awards were officially announced at the awards show […]

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Very few fast casual brands have been as successful as Panera Bread over the years, and that success is directly linked to its willingness to take risks when it comes to changing its operations model based on customer demand. Known as one of the first major brands to embrace mobile ordering with the launch of […]

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ICX Association member and research partner for the organization, ath Power Consulting, is arming member brands with a complimentary one-on-one Talent Assessment. Leveraging the proven power of The Predictive Index, this session will help to align your digital transformation initiatives with overall talent strategy. ICX Association member and research partner for the organization, ath Power […]

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The closing keynote at the Bank Customer Experience Summit, held in Chicago from Sept. 13 to 15, will address how banks can take on digital challengers in the space of digital banking. Alex Sion, head of D10X, global consumer banking at Citi Ventures, will deliver the keynote, entitled “Challenging the challengers: How incumbents can succeed […]

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The Self-Service Innovation Summit, being held Dec. 14-16 in Hollywood, Florida, will explore ‘Phygital: Where Physical and Digital Intersect,’ in a panel talk on Dec. 15. In a retail marketplace where consumers want to shop wherever and whenever they please, brands need to offer a variety of purchasing touchpoints, including self-order kiosks, in addition to […]

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Networld Media Group has appointed Morgan Petty as the Executive Director of the company’s Interactive Customer Experience Association. Morgan brings to the ICXA association, more than 12 years of community-building experience and over 10 years of experience in digital marketing, centering around the customer experience and technology. Morgan will connect executives from consumer-facing brands with […]

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We came, we gathered, we partied, we learned. And we’ll be back for Restaurant Franchising Innovation Summit 2022 in Nashville. We came, we gathered, we learned, we struck deals, we partied. And we’ll be back for RFIS 2022 in Nashville. Registration is open. If you can’t wait that long, we’ll see you in Charlotte at the […]

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It’s almost time for the fast casual industry’s family reunion. The Fast Casual Executive Summit kicks off on Oct. 3 in Charlotte. In a sea of boring restaurant conferences, there is a life raft in the form of the Fast Casual Executive Summit. Instead of hundreds of booths lined with products you won’t use and booth […]

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Fintech companies are continually developing innovative strategies to reach out to a changing customer base during uncertain times. The Bank Customer Experience, being held in Chicago from Sept. 13 to 15, will deliver multiple sessions on fintech strategies and how to use them. Fintech companies are continually developing innovative strategies to reach out to a […]

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The founders of five brands under five years old with fewer than five locations will try to convince execs and advisers attending the Perfect Pitch during the Fast Casual Executive Summit that their concept is ready for expansion. The Perfect Pitch has become a staple of our annual Fast Casual Executive Summit, and the competition gets […]

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Focus Brands International President Beto Guajardo shared his insight, as well as personal and professional lessons in business growth, during his keynote address which kicked off this week’s Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit taking place in Atlanta. When Beto Guajardo reflects on his first job, at the age of 17, in the fast food industry […]

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While it’s been a tough past year for the banking world, many banks and financial institutions have also learned critical lessons. Several big banks will share what they learned to stay afloat and thrive during the Bank Customer Experience Summit being held Sept. 13 to 15 in Chicago. Although it’s been a tough past year […]

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The finalists have officially been announced for the Bank Customer Experience Summit Awards, which will be held in Chicago during the summit, which will run from Sept. 13 to 15. The finalists have officially been announced for the Bank Customer Experience Summit Awards, which will be held in Chicago during the summit, which will run […]

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The Self-Service Innovation Awards will honor the most innovative kiosk and vending solutions. Winners will be revealed at the Self-Service Innovation Summit in December. Innovations are the life blood of technology, and no one wants to miss out on honoring the most innovative kiosks and vending solutions designed for adapting to the new normalcy of […]

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There are many sessions at the Bank Customer Experience Summit that will provide excellent information. Here are three in particular that you should check out. The Bank Customer Experience Summit is right around the corner. Held from Sept. 13 to 15 in Chicago, the event is an excellent opportunity for anyone in the financial industry […]

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