Innovating the QSR Experience

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There is no denying that technology is taking over just about every aspect of our lives. Most welcome it with open arms since it is usually easing small frustrations in our day-to-day agendas. The food and beverage industry has been one in particular that appreciated this technology and its advancements. Quick service restaurants (QSR) such as Hardee’s and McDonald’s have found different ways to better their service and enhance customer experience by installing kiosks in their chains. Taking it to the next level, Chili’s installed interactive digital signage in the tables for a range of purposes from satisfaction improvement to an increase of sales. These three restaurants, and many others, are finding success in digital signage and kiosk applications and it’s becoming apparent that QSR’s and fast-casual restaurants should incorporate this technology within their own organization.

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I should say at the outset that there is a wide range of pop-up options and objectives. As such, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. The suggestions I offer below will help you think about ways to efficiently create a more technologically advanced site—one that gets you ready for peak season by enabling your pop-up location to do it all: meet PCI DSS 3.0 standards, conduct mobile POS and inventory management, perform surveillance and loss protection, provide phone service, mobile receipt printing, and ensure a high level of network uptime with immediate failover.

Raising Cane's Restaurants Have an Intelligent Network

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The combined solution of Cradlepoint AER 2100 devices and Cradlepoint Enterprise Cloud Manager (ECM) enables Raising Cane’s to intelligently manage their converged wired and wireless connectivity, utilize advanced security applications like IPS/IDS - all while enabling PCI compliance. This allows Severns and his team to centrally configure, monitor, and manage the Raising Cane’s network with ease.

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Pop-up retail store in city center

In this fourth part of the blog series, "How to Maximize Your Peak Selling Season," we will take a closer look at pop-up stores. Specifically, we’ll examine: why so many retail enterprises have made pop-up/mobile stores central to their corporate strategies and where consumers are likely to find them, the unique problems pop-up stores pose to corporate IT departments and how wireless network solutions solve those problems, and considerations to take before launching a pop-up retail location.

Virtual Reality Technologies: Bringing Ecommerce Back In Store

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Conquering the bittersweet threat of online shopping has been a challenge for some brick and mortar retail enterprises. In an article written by Sarah Halzack of the Washington Post in early May called, “Ever wanted to base jump? North Face wants you to try it – in its stores,” Halzack discusses how the growing technology industry has produced multiple virtual reality solutions that are innovating the in-store experience. Virtual technologies have been around for a while, but have never quite hit the consumer market in an astounding way as they are now. As these innovations slowly creep into our every day world, our brains are being tricked into thinking what we’re seeing is real.

We are at Interop London!

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Interop London is happening 16-18 of June part of the London Tech Week Events.

Stop by Cradlepoint's stand #IOP200 to see our introduction of the AER 2100. Our newest router is designed for the distributed enterprise to intelligently manage converged wired and wireless connectivity for a highly available "connected experience" at the Edge. Swing by our booth to check out the solution that combines routing, WAN Diversity™, advanced security, private network support, and high-performance WiFi in a platform that can be deployed, managed, and optimized via Cradlepoint Enterprise Cloud Manager™.

Mannington Mills

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Mannington Mills Inc., has been conquering the world as one of the largest flooring companies. Managing such a successful business requires strong, reliable IT support. Cradlepoint enables Mannington Mills to efficiently support changing business needs with a scalable, easy-to-use solution that provides reliable backup connectivity for business locations across the U.S.

Post-Disaster Cellular Provider Recovery: Part 2

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A Barnyard for Business Continuity Strategies

As we mentioned in Part 1 of this two-part series, a May 8th article in the Los Angeles Times (L.A. becomes first U.S. city to enact quake safety standards for new cellphone towers) reported that LA had just approved new seismic standards for newly built cellphone towers.

Post-Disaster Cellular Provider Recovery: Part 1

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Los Angeles Takes a Stand

A story in the Friday, May 8th, 2015 issue of the Los Angeles Times (L.A. Becomes First U.S. City to Enact Quake Safety Standards for New Cellphone Towers) discusses how on the 8th, “Los Angeles became the first city in the nation to approve seismic standards for new cellphone towers, part of an effort to strengthen communications infrastructure in preparation for the next big quake.”

Series: How to Maximize Your Peak Selling Season Blog 3

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In Part 2 of this series (Retail Connectivity: Asking the Right Questions), I offered a number of questions for retail enterprise IT managers to consider when looking for retail connectivity solutions. In this post, I’ll focus on one of those solutions: Wireless Wide Area Networks (WWAN). Historically, retailers have struggled with justifying the cost of their store network—even for their own use. Just a few years ago it was a struggle for retailers to spend the money to provide free Internet to their customers.