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NPD: U.S. restaurant count up by 4,442 units over last year

BY Staff Writer

Chicago — There were 4,442 more restaurants in the U.S. in fall 2012 than there were in fall 2011, according to a recent U.S. restaurant census conducted by The NPD Group.

The total number of U.S. restaurants is now 616,008, a .7% increase over last year, based on NPD’s Fall 2012 ReCount, which is a count of commercial restaurant locations in the United States compiled in the spring and fall each year.

According to The NPD Group’s CREST, which tracks consumer use of commercial and non-commercial foodservice outlets daily, total restaurant traffic was up 1% for the year ending November 2012, compared with the same period last year. U.S. consumers made 60 billion restaurant visits during the period.

“The changes in spending, consumer visits and unit growth while slight are, at least, on the positive side,” said Greg Starzynski, director – product management, NPD Foodservice. “I expected a cautious approach to unit expansion as consumer visits improved, and I have no reason to suspect that will change in the foreseeable future.”

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Price Chopper names VP technical services

BY Staff Writer

Schenectady, N.Y. — Price Chopper Supermarkets/Golub Corp. announced that Sam Wagar has been promoted to the position of VP technical services, reporting directly to R. Gregory Zeh, Jr., VP Information Systems, CIO.

In his new position, Sam will be responsible for assessing, maintaining and recommending technology products and services to support the delivery of enterprise-wide technical services. He will oversee the corporate help desk, technical maintenance, technical operations, technical services and information integration.

In addition Sam will lead the development and implementation of technology architecture standards and roadmaps for the 130-store chain.

Sam joined Price Chopper in 2008 most recently holding the position of Director of Enterprise Architecture.

The Golub Corp. owns and operates 130 Price Chopper grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

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PwC: Pervasive computing tops list of top 10 technology trends

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Pervasive computing, the ability to digitally engage and interact (via your mobile devices) with enabled objects around you, ranks among the top technology trend that will impact businesses this year, according to PwC’s just released “2013 Top 10 Technology Trends for Business” report.

"Our top trends report shows that a diverse and complex set of technologies are emerging, which CIOs and the C-suite need to embrace and incorporate into their business from strategy through execution," said Chris Curran, a PwC principal and chief technologist for the U.S. firm’s Advisory practice. "Collaboration within organizations will be crucial to business success as each of the technologies has the potential to be a key driver in an organization’s business agenda."

According to PwC, 10 significant trends will impact businesses this year:

1. Pervasive computing: The ability to digitally engage and interact (via your mobile devices) with enabled objects around you.

2. Cyber security: Continues to be a pressing issue, as technology enabled processes increasingly underpin and fuel the global economy.

3. Big data mining & analysis: More than managing dizzying amounts of data faster and cheaper; it is about making better business decisions.

4. Private cloud: Due to security and regulatory concerns, larger enterprises have been primarily operating in a trial mode of private/hybrid clouds and this will change in 2013. Consumers of IT are demanding greater value from IT services.

5. Enterprise social networking: Becoming a core tool for the new social workforce; the key insight for organizations succeeding in building value from this technology is social business processes redesign.

6. Digital delivery of products & services: Customers are driving companies of all shapes and sizes to develop new, technology-based ways of delivering value. Digital delivery of products and services can open tremendous new pathways for growth, but companies must shift their underlying business operations to support this new business model.

7. Public cloud infrastructure: Cloud adoption will continue to mature with hybrid cloud architecture becoming the mainstay as companies of all sizes leverage public cloud services.

8. Data visualization: Leading edge companies will explore dynamic virtualization techniques and advanced display devices to navigate through multiple dimensions of data.

9. Simulation & scenario modeling: Organizations are increasingly focusing on simulation models that enable executives to envision the potential impact of their choices before making investments.

10. Gamification: With its combination of game mechanics, social networking, interactive media and behavioral analytics, gamification can transform a business.

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