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March 7, 2013
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  • Build-A-Bear builds on "smart" store design
    Build-A-Bear Workshop has redesigned six locations since launching its "store of the future" design six months ago, and it plans to have 50 to 60 redesigned stores opened by the end of next year. Shoppers at the new stores assemble stuffed animals outfitted with barcodes that track the toy pet's personality traits and outfit as it is assembled. American City Business Journals/St. Louis (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chicago hotel gets high-tech makeover
    The Hyatt Regency Chicago will unveil a $168 million renovation next month that's aimed at turning the chain's largest property into the most tech-savvy hotel in the world, the company says. The hotel will boast iPad and kiosk check-in options, high-tech security tools and more than 800 wireless access points. CPA Practice Advisor online (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ohio residents want to hold onto the old hat
    Arby's iconic neon cowboy hat has fans in Finneytown, Ohio. The Arby's restaurant is undergoing renovations, but its sign is going. Whether it is going to a museum or to the dump is unclear. A group of residents wants to preserve the 24-foot hat, but restoring it and moving it to a nearby museum would cost about $10,000. Cincinnati.com (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology and Trends 
 
  • New digital menu board gets updates via Excel
    Eclipse Digital Media's new EMBED digital menu board solution allows users to update the boards using Excel spreadsheets. "We immediately started to see that by using our experience in the foodservice industry there was a great opportunity for the development of digital menu boards, not only for the obvious QSR market but also for smaller caf├ęs, school cafeterias, restaurants, pubs/bars and care homes," said director Colin Thody. PizzaMarketplace.com (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ISA Update 
  • Trouble in the Garden State
    ISA's "rapid response" team went to West New York, New Jersey, and found itself in the middle of a high-profile and contentious sign code hearing. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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