REAL ESTATE

Domino’s set to open 11,000th location

BY Marianne Wilson

Ann Arbor, Mich. — On Wednesday, nearly 54 years after its founding in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Domino’s Pizza will open the doors to its 11,000th store, in Brantford, Ontario.

"Domino’s international growth continues to expand, and I think it is special that we reached this milestone in Canada, the country where the international growth started,” said Mike Schlater, Domino’s Pizza of Canada master franchisee. “I am proud to continue serving this community by bringing the 11,000th store to Brantford."

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Publix taps Apex to boost retail audit recoveries

BY Marianne Wilson

Greensboro, N.C. — Apex Analytix, a provider of services and software to safeguard disbursements, identify fraud and improve performance across the procure-to-pay cycle, announced it has been chosen to provide retail audit software to Publix Super Markets.

Publix will use Apex Analytix FirstStrike Retail, an application used to audit large volumes of data in high-transaction retail environments. Experience shows that internal recovery audit teams armed with FirstStrike are able to achieve far more recoveries in much less time, according to Apex.

Publix plans to use FirstStrike to audit hundreds of millions of warehouse and direct-to-store invoice records for pricing errors, store receiving errors and improper unfulfilled orders. Internal auditors will use the software to identify, write and administer claims and to generate detailed reports on transactions, claims and recovery status – all within the same application interface.

The application works by consolidating transaction data from a retailer’s internal systems and analyzing it using powerful algorithms. With automated tools at their fingertips, internal audit teams can find more recovery opportunities and reduce audit cycle time.

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Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar selects Buzztime for tabletop tablets

BY Staff Writer

Harrisburg, Pa. — Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar announced it is making tabletop tablets from Buzztime the brand standard for all current and future corporate & franchise locations.

Arooga’s provides the Buzztime Beond tablet-based entertainment system, featuring seven-inch touch-screens, at all nine of its Pennsylvania locations and will feature the system at all future Arooga’s. The tablets are connected to a network that delivers single or multiple player games like Trivia and Texas Hold ‘Em and are also pre-loaded with more than 25 arcade games for guests of all ages to enjoy.

Additional features such as requesting songs and television programming, as well as ordering food and drink, and being able to pay your bill, is expected to be added in the near future.

“Everything we do at Arooga’s is designed to turn new customers into regulars by providing an exceptional experience,” said Gary Huether, Jr., president and co-founder of Arooga’s. “With Buzztime’s cutting-edge tablets, we are "with the times" in terms of customers’ expected technology and we exceed their expectations for their overall entertainment experience. Buzztime is a great solution for Arooga’s because we know it keeps people entertained and it also keeps our guests coming back.”

Arooga’s was selected as America’s Next Top Restaurant Franchise, beating more than 250 entrants from 36 states in a program co-sponsored by Sysco Foods and The Franchise Edge in a nationwide search to find an independent restaurant to become the next great franchise.

Buzztime Beond tablets are now part of the Arooga’s footprint as it pursues a strategic growth plan that includes franchise development in its home state of Pennsylvania as well as New England, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Florida, Texas, and Arizona.

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