Interesting Industry News Around The Web ~ Week 6

The amount of information available online causes over-load for many people. So whether you are looking for management tips, industry news or other important information, we’ll round-up some of the best articles we’ve come across each week to give you a hand. Happy Reading!

Buoyed by improving same-store sales and customer traffic, foodservice operators expressed optimism about sales growth over the next several months, fueling an increase in the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index for March.

Read more at Nation’s Restaurant News.

Thanks to the rising influence of the Internet, quick-service operators have another avenue to explore when it comes to financing their concepts. Crowdfunding is an emerging financing option driven by several Web-based platforms including Kiva, Kickstarter, and ProFounder, that collects small investments online from several different investors.

Find out why QSR thinks Crowdfunding May Be the Future.

The proliferation of iPad-based menus and wine lists is generating buzz, but far more interesting is the quiet adoption of hand-held ordering devices by several quick-service giants. McDonald’s revealed to investors last week that one advantage of its new POS system is adaptability to handhelds, “which we’re beginning to implement more and more [in] the restaurants,” commented president Don Thompson. He also noted that the new POS system is compatible with dual drive-thrus.

Restaurant Reality Check has the full story.

Mother’s Day remains the most popular holiday on which to dine out, as the National Restaurant Association projects that 75 million American adults will do so this May 8. According to new research by the Association, nearly half of moms would pick their favorite restaurant if she were to choose where to go for a special Mother’s Day meal. And, more than half of mothers say they enjoy celebrating Mother’s Day with a restaurant meal because it gives them a break from cooking at home.

Head over to the National Restaurant Association for the rest of the story.

Tens of thousands of restaurants participate in these festivals across the country.  Participation often means closing down their establishment and spending a significant amount of money setting up and serving food at the festival.  But the general attitude is that the cost and loss of revenue is definitely worth it.

Back Burner has all the tips you’ll need to make the most of participating in a food festival.

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