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Applebee’s franchisee selects JobApp for hiring solution

BY Staff Writer

Newton, Pa. — Restaurant operator, The Rose Group, a 59-unit Applebee’s and four-unit Corner Bakery Café franchisee, said Tuesday it has selected JobApp Network as its automated hiring solution to improve restaurant hiring, manage compliance and maximize employee tax credits.

Including the Rose Group, nearly 150 Applebee’s units are currently utilizing the complete end-to-end hiring solution provided by JobApp, based in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

The Rose Group said it was looking to improve restaurant-level hiring, reduce paperwork and simplify the hiring process. "After detailed review of the major vendors in this space, we selected JobApp because of their ease-of-use, manager-centric approach and 14 years of industry expertise," said Rose Group’s VP human resources, Paul Rockelmann.

JobApp’s hiring solution is designed to reduce hiring mistakes and employee turnover, improve tax credit results, and eliminate duplicate data entry across payroll, HRIS, POS, tax credit and background check systems.

The JobApp solution automates the new hire process from beginning to end: 24×7 web and phone applications, multi-layered candidate screening, integrated background checks, up-front tax credit screening, automated I-9/E-Verify work authorization verification, onboarding/forms management and payroll data integration.

The web application process is Android, iPhone and iPad-compatible.

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Five Guys to open mall location in Queens

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Flushing, N.Y. — Five Guys Burgers and Fries said Monday is has opened a new location at Sky View Center, located in Flushing, N.Y.

The upscale fast-food chain has opened a 2,000-sq.-ft. location on level B of the 800,000-sq.-ft. regional mall, and is one of 200 new franchises opening in 2011 for the chain.

Onex Real Estate Partners is the owner/developer of Sky View Parc, which also welcomed Famous Footwear to the center in August. Other recently opened retailers include specialty Asian grocery store Sky Foods, Old Navy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Bob’s Discount Furniture, Marshalls, Payless ShoeSource and Target (including a Starbucks and Pizza Hut Express) and restaurants Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Chuck E. Cheese’s.

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Survey: Bargain hunting part of shopper experience

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Chicago — A survey released Monday by Mintel Inspire found that bargain-hunting has become a desirable pastime among shoppers.

According to the latest data, Mintel found that nearly two-thirds (64%) of U.S. moms said they’re spending more time looking for sales, discounts and coupons, compared with last year, while 28% of U.K. consumers were classified by Mintel as "bargain hunters" due to their dedication to comparing prices and reading online reviews.

"It’s no longer enough to save money, shoppers want to have fun with the savings experience as well," Mintel Inspire managing editor Alexandra Smith said. "Consumers have come to expect reduced prices since the economic downturn, but retailers need to take that discounting a step further with promotions that engage and entertain."

Smith also said that while consumers presently are more open to try new products or venues, it’s the promotions that can entice them to purchase an item or visit a certain store.

"Allowing customers to choose the number and type of deals they receive, coupled with location-based offers will help reduce the potential for savings burnout," Smith noted.

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