Shake Shack's US digital sales surged after the pandemic hit last March and online and in-app sales more than tripled in the fourth quarter compared to the same period in 2019. Early investments in digital paid off for the chain and it's continuing innovative efforts, with plans to roll out revamped versions of its website and mobile app later this year.
The pandemic has fueled a rise in ghost kitchens and digital ordering as consumers have demanded more convenient delivery options. About 20% of restaurant orders are placed digitally now, compared to 5% before the pandemic, according to Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of the National Restaurant Association's Research and Knowledge Group.
A Pret A Manger restaurant in New York City is doing double duty as a ghost kitchen for five virtual brands created by one of the chain's suppliers, sous vide ingredients company Cuisine Solutions. Cuisine Solutions is working with Pret employees who will ultimately take over preparing the made-to-order meals, which are available for takeout and delivery only.
Yelp has updated its site and app to include feedback from users on how specific restaurants are complying with COVID-19 safety requirements, the company said in a blog post. The information will be in a new section dubbed "Health & Safety Measures," and restaurants will be graded with a green check mark if most users report that mask and distancing rules are being enforced or an orange question mark if there are too many reports of rules being broken.
A growing number of restaurants are partnering with Dispatch Goods to offer customers the option of having their takeout food served in containers that can be returned to the restaurant, sanitized and reused. San Francisco's Zuni Cafe uses the reusable dishes for all of its takeout and delivery orders, while others offer them as an option.
Microsoft is working on a patch for a Windows 10 vulnerability that can corrupt a hard drive if the user opens a folder with a shortcut that contains a hidden threat; the hard drive is also at risk if the user extracts the ZIP file. The fix may require the corrupted data to be repaired manually.
Affordable, future-ready PowerLite models enhance student engagement and optimize existing spaces with eye-catching effects and displays. The six new PowerLite laser displays for education and signage are the PowerLite L250F, L255F, L200W, and L200X long-throw, and PowerLite L200SW and L200SX short-throw projectors.
AVIXA has announced the 2021 leadership of the association's councils and committees, which guide the planning and development of membership policies and education training programs. New chairs for 2021 include Justin Frick of AV Chicago, Vince Shuster of MediaStar Systems, Kevin McLoughlin, and Gregory Rushton of Mulvey & Banani AV.
Lowell's space-saving solution for tower computers keeps work areas clear by moving the personal computer off the desktop and into its own space without relegating it to the floor. The WMS-CPU-4 shelf mounts to a wall or desk, placing the CPU out of the way, while allowing computer drives and ports to remain readily accessible.
CES 2021 might well be the year of the rollable phone. Not only has the LG Rollable been teased, which will be available later this year, but TCL has also given us an update on its rollable concept we first saw last March. TCL says that the phone can extend from a 6.7-inch phone into a 7.8-inch tablet at the tap of a finger, though the video seems to show off a chunkier square-shaped device that expands into the more traditional rectangular phone shape.
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