REAL ESTATE

Dunkin’ Donuts to develop 20 new California stores

BY Dan Berthiaume

Canton, Mass. – Dunkin’ Donuts has signed multi-unit store development agreements with two new franchise groups to develop 20 new restaurants in South Orange County and the San Fernando Valley area of California during the next several years. The two franchise groups and their development plans include:

  • New franchise group Precision Hospitality & Development, which plans to develop 10 restaurants in South Orange County and the surrounding cities. Led by real estate developer, Joe Haupt, the group’s first restaurant is planned to open in 2015.
  • New franchisee Aharon Aminpour, who plans to develop 10 restaurants throughout the San Fernando Valley. Aminpour’s first restaurant is planned to open in 2015.
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FedEx to expand Canadian retail presence

BY Dan Berthiaume

Mississauga, Canada – Federal Express Canada Ltd. has reached an agreement with Home Hardware Stores Ltd. that allows individual dealer-owners the ability to house full-service FedEx Authorized ShipCenters within their stores. The FedEx Authorized ShipCenters will be rolled out across Canada in a series of implementation waves throughout the year.

"The rise in e-commerce has presented both Home Hardware and FedEx Express Canada an opportunity to enhance our respective business models," said Lisa Lisson, president of FedEx Express Canada. "Our alliance with Home Hardware expands our retail footprint across Canada, giving online shoppers more points-of-access options to meet their shipping needs."

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Timesly releases iPad time clock app

BY Dan Berthiaume

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – Timesly, a facial detection time clock app for iPad, has launched, allowing employees to clock in or out of work by snapping their photo using Timesly’s FaceCheck technology. Now available for download via the App Store, FaceCheck uses the iPad’s camera to detect and hone in on the user, adding their picture to a log of every photo ever captured of that person.

FaceCheck will soon include true facial recognition technology, at no additional cost.

“The time clock is an antiquated piece of equipment, and we knew we could do better,” said Timesly president and founder Marc Aptakin. “We wanted something that looked sleek, with updated technology to make employee time management more efficient. Timesly has transformed the traditional time clock into something remarkable. Facial detection personally connect with employees. We’re proud to provide a solution that’s much more than a time clock and acts as a valued member of your human resources staff.”

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