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August 2013

Harvard Business Review: Take a Chance on Technology Innovation! It’s Worth the Risk.

Yesterday I shared a post about using technology “hacks” to improve your company’s efficiency. I want to build a little credibility for that line of thinking by taking a look at one heck of a quality resource, the Harvard Business Review. Side Note: Signing up for updates from the Harvard Business Review is FREE and most definitely worth the time…

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Use Technology “Hacks” to Improve Your Company’s Efficiency

Have you heard the term “Life Hack”? Here’s how the all-knowing Wikipedia defines it: Life hacking refers to any productivity trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method to increase productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life; in other words, anything that solves an everyday problem in a clever or non-obvious way Building on the popularity of “hacking” computer software, the…

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Operational Efficiency: New Battle Cry for QSRs – Tim Horton’s, McDonald’s & Now Arby’s

Battle Cry: A yell or chant taken up in battle. Major “armies” on the QSR battlefield seem to be rallying around a similar battle cry in the current war on slow growth and high competition: Operational Efficiency Tim Horton’s new CEO recently talked about the “new reality” for QSRs – low growth & a highly competitive environment. As a result,…

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7 Hours Per Month With NO WiFi. Not Bad? Unless Your Business Depends on the Connection.

WiFi is pretty awesome, right? I concur. 100%. The continuity of my life, my job – dare I say my existence? – seems to depend on a strong WiFi signal these days. But here’s an interesting thought I came across today (my emphasis added): Contracts for business internet services typically promise uptime approaching 99 percent, which implies that outages are…

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A Sweet Spot for Vacation Rental Smart Home Control & Keyless Access

I’ve squawked about the brilliance of smart home control for vacation rental management quite a bit… Top 10 Reasons Property Automation is Perfect for Vacation Rental Managers PointCentral is Uniquely Positioned to Provide Commercial Property Automation Smart Home Control; Not Just for VRMs. Your Guests & Homeowners Want it Too! Superior Technology Through Alarm.com Partnership But here’s a thought that occurred…

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McDonald’s Stresses Operational Efficiency to Drive QSR Growth

I’ve chirped about the importance of operational efficiency and technology adoption in the QSR industry quite a bit: Is Property Automation the Low Hanging Fruit of QSR Innovation? Robert Irvine: How Restaurants Can Use Technology to Improve Efficiency Do QSR Customers Benefit from Improved Restaurant Operations? Home Automation Can Save Your BUSINESS Time & Money A “New Reality” for QSRs? Innovate & Differentiate to…

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The Property Management Puzzle: Technology Advances Offer Great Opportunities for Vacation Rental Managers

The world around us is changing at a rapid pace. One of largest driving forces behind this rapid change is technology advancement. Think about that tiny computer you keep in your front pocket…all day, every day. Smart phones are pretty awesome right? Technology is changing the way we live. Significantly. And these technology advances offer HUGE opportunities for our businesses…

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The Property Management Puzzle: Technology Advances Offer Great Opportunities for Vacation Rental Managers

The world around us is changing at a rapid pace. One of largest driving forces behind this rapid change is technology advancement. Think about that tiny computer you keep in your front pocket…all day, every day. Smart phones are pretty awesome right? Technology is changing the way we live. Significantly. And these technology advances offer HUGE opportunities for our businesses…

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Refrigeration Temp Monitoring & Notifications are Key Components to QSR Control

Refrigeration has come a looooooong way over the years. Remember the “ice boxes” you needed to defrost?! Crazy. Now we have this beast that I just came across on HospitalityTech.com: The Traulsen Blast Chiller with Epicon Visual Interface Two user-friendly modes: Auto or Manual Menu mode not only improves food safety over regular refrigeration, but it also ensures high-volume production…

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