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    i.Menu Expo Launches at IHMRS 2011, Features iPad, Android Apps for Industry

    The i.Meu Expo at the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS) will feature solutions in technology to better manage restaurant operations. Through a partnership with i.Business Magazine

    Few Restaurants Using Online Ordering Despite Benefits, Says Cornell University Report

    A report from The Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) at Cornell University cited online ordering as an avenue for increased revenue, among other benefits, for restaurant operators. But, the survey of 326 restaurants chains found that while there was an increase in the availability of technology platforms to offer online ordering, few restaurants are taking advantage.

    Groupon Take Heed: SCVNGR Founder Introduces Group Buying App LevelUp

    SCVNGR's development team announced LevelUp, a deal buying application that creates fun for guests and loyalty for restaurants and other businesses at the same time.

    Deal Site LevelUp to Donate Level 1 Proceeds to Select Charities

    March saw SCVNGR launch LevelUp as a pilot in Philly and Boston. LevelUp is a brand new type of local deal that is marketed as a tool to promote patronage of businesses -- the more guests use it, the better the deal. 

    Papa John’s New iPhone App to Broaden Pizza Experience

    Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) today announced the launch of its first ever Apple iPhone application, bringing full menu access and on-the-go ordering direct to the popular platform. The free app is currently live and available for download from the iPhone App Store.

    Check-in App Makes Guest Loyalty One Big Game

    SCVNGR’s Success No Child’s Play as It Markets Efficacy Through Fun

    The retail and restaurant industries have been embracing location-based check-in apps for their power to foster consumer loyalty. But where smartphone sensations Foursquare, Gowalla, Loop't, and Facebook Places reward guests with prizes and bragging rights, Cambridge, Mass.-based newcomer SCVNGR targets a new utopian mission: to create "one big game layer on top of the world,”

    QSR Marketing Shifts Full Gear to the Mobile Space

    Most quick-service restaurant (QSR) marketers recognize that in order to gain share from competitors, ramping up entry into the mobile space is a no-brainer.

    Kane: Build QSR Geo-Location Loyalty Now [Expert Corner]

    Location-based apps are quickly gathering a large following among social media fans. How can the changing QSR social media landscape courtesy of sites like Foursquare allow you to get the leg up on your competition? In this installment of the Expert Corner, Pete Kane, marketing guru, answers some of these questions for Kandessa Media.

    Blake Huebner, BHI: Are you PCI Compliant? [Expert Corner]

    In this Expert Corner installment for Quick Serve Leader, Blake Huebner of BHI Secure Connect® discusses the importance of PCI compliance as it relates to the restaurant industry. Huebner joined BHI as the director of information security to provide information security leadership.

    In laymen terms, what is PCI compliance and why is it so important to restaurants and restaurant chains?