OPERATIONS

Checkers and Rally’s team with JobApp to drive operational efficiencies

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Bloomfield Hills, Mich. — Talent management technology-provider JobApp Network said that Checkers Drive-In Restaurants is utilizing its services to up its talent quotient and reduce turnover.

According to JobApp, after less than nine months of utilizing its core talent acquisition solution, Checkers’ own internal analysis showed a 40.9% reduction in restaurant team member turnover. And, said JobApp, turnover results from the team members at JobApp restaurants were significantly better compared to Checkers’ control group restaurants.

Eliminating paper through JobApp allowed Checkers to process 14,000 applications across its 298 corporate locations in November 2011 and entirely eliminate paper from the hiring and onboarding processes.

“Over the past four years, Checkers and Rally’s has been investing heavily in systems, including Guest Satisfaction, Speed of Service and other operational tools along with Back Office solutions that are delivering record-level results in Guest Satisfaction and other operating metrics,” said Adam Noyes, chief restaurant operations and supply chain officer.

According to Noyes, the JobApp tool has helped drive awareness to an available employment pool, and has systematized the manual system, providing Checkers managers with tools to select the very best employees. “We also partnered with JobApp on full integration with our other operating systems, so it is a win-win for our team and for our guests,” he said.

Restaurant manager surveys conducted by Checkers across more than 50 restaurants indicated that restaurant managers also clearly perceived that JobApp brought a better quality of applicant and reduced time-to-hire. In fact, the vast majority of its restaurant managers indicated an average time savings of approximately two hours per week and 92% of restaurant managers strongly recommended rolling JobApp out across the entire system.

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REAL ESTATE

Trinity Building + Construction forms Canadian entity

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Wilmington, Mass. — Trinity Building + Construction Management Corp. announced Tuesday that it has formed a new Canadian entity called Trinity Builders + General Contractors, ULC. The new company’s first project is a retail build-out for J. Crew, in Vancouver, British Columbia.

“Canada’s economy is largely driven by energy and natural resources and therefore has not had the tremendous downturn that we have recently experienced in the U.S,” said Paul Mancini, one of Trinity’s founders and VP business development.

“We see Canada as a country with a lot of opportunity and we have invested the resources and time necessary to understand the business landscape, as well as the regulatory and legal system,” added Mancini.

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OPERATIONS

Boingo Wireless secures Wi-Fi rights to Westfield, Cafaro shopping centers

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Los Angeles — Boingo Wireless has announced agreements with mall owners Westfield and Cafaro to manage and operate retail Wi-Fi networks in several of each developer’s shopping centers.

With this agreement, Boingo now manages Wi-Fi networks in 33 malls across the country.

For Cafaro, at three of its busiest malls, guests will be able to access Boingo Wi-Fi on any Wi-Fi-enabled device – including their smartphones, tablets and laptops – from anywhere in the mall. Boingo’s roaming partners, such as Skype and Verizon, will also be able to access the networks easily.

“Everyone in the mall today seems to have a device in-hand, whether they’re actively shopping, doing business with tenants or just watching the world walk by,” said Anthony Cafaro, Jr., co-president of the Cafaro Co., based in Youngstown, Ohio. “Boingo’s valuable experience in managing Wi-Fi in large venues will help us deliver more value to the shopping experience at our properties.”

For Cafaro, Boingo will install Wi-Fi networks in the Spotsylvania Towne Centre (Fredericksburg, Va.), the Eastwood Mall (Niles, Ohio) and the South Hill Mall (Puyallup, Wash.).

For Westfield LLC, the U.S. unit of the Westfield Group, Boingo will manage and sponsor Wi-Fi services at up to 17 Westfield shopping centers. Westfield guests will be able to access Boingo Wi-Fi on their smartphones, tablets and laptops as a complimentary service while shopping, dining or being entertained. The networks will also be easily accessible to customers of more than a dozen of Boingo’s roaming partners, including Skype and Verizon.

“The ability to leverage Boingo’s location-based platform in the future to deliver targeted consumer offers and messaging provides us with a growth strategy for the Wi-Fi amenity,” said Alan Cohen, Westfield’s U.S. executive VP marketing.

The first phase of implementation where Boingo will manage Wi-Fi services includes seven premium Westfield shopping centers: Westfield Garden State Plaza (Paramus, N.J.), Westfield San Francisco Centre (San Francisco), Westfield Old Orchard (Skokie, Ill.), Westfield Valley Fair (Santa Clara, Calif.), Westfield Montgomery (Bethesda, Md.), Westfield Southcenter (Seattle), and Westfield Galleria at Roseville (Roseville, Calif.). Following deployment of the first phase, Westfield and Boingo have agreed to the potential addition of up to 10 shopping centers for the second phase.

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