Ohio companies team toward new restaurant concept
Youngstown, Ohio — AVI Foodsystems and Cafaro Co. have teamed to bring Bob Evans Farms into the mall food court environment.
Warren, Ohio-based AVI collaborated with Bob Evans Farms to introduce Bob Evans Express, which scales down the traditional Bob Evans restaurant into a concept that works in venues such as workplace cafes, airports, travel plazas and universities.
The first food court version will open at Cafaro’s Millcreek Mall in Erie, Pennsylvania. Construction of the new Bob Evans Express restaurant will begin within the next 30 days and it will open by October of this year.
BEX offers a menu of Bob Evans’ favorites in a compact format. At 800-1,000 sq. ft., the new BEX locations are designed to feel like freestanding Bob Evans restaurants with traditional touches including a bakery area, while an optimized floor plan will provide quick and efficient service.
NCR taps new head of retail solutions division
NCR Corporation, a leading global consumer transaction technologies developer, has appointed Michael Bayer as SVP and president of the company’s retail solutions division. Bayer will report to NCR chairman and CEO Bill Nuti.
“As we continue our reinvention, I am confident that Michael’s leadership will enhance customer engagement and innovation, drive software-related revenue growth, and capture the significant opportunities across our Retail Solutions Division,” said Nuti. “Our retail business is very different today than it was just a few years ago. We are well positioned with high-value, omnichannel solutions and services that retailers need now and in the future.”
Bayer comes to NCR with vast experience in communications technology, most recently serving as president of global growth markets for Avaya. Prior to this, he was Avaya’s EMEA president, where he led the region’s sales and operations. Bayer has also held leadership positions at companies such as Motorola, Symbol Technologies and Cisco.
“NCR’s commitment to innovation and its world-class portfolio of solutions for retailers of all types, sizes and geographies is unique in today’s marketplace,” said Bayer. “I look forward to leading the talented NCR Retail team, and helping our retail clients increase loyalty with their customers and earn a greater share of wallet by providing highly personalized, omnichannel shopping experiences.”
NCR has developed a powerful ecosystem of digital services, innovative apps and cloud-based solutions that take shopper engagement to the next level, empowering retailers to personalize customer interactions in real-time. NCR’s retail solutions division emphasizes three segments: food, drug and mass merchant; petroleum and convenience retail; and department and specialty retail. This is complemented by a complete line of warehouse and back office optimization software. NCR touts itself as “the leader in self-checkout shipments with a total of 71% share according to strategic research and consulting firm RBR, and the second largest provider of point-of-sale solutions in the world.”
Eddie Bauer launches app for outdoor enthusiasts
Eddie Bauer has unveiled a free iPhone app, called Eddie Bauer Adventure Guide, which lets outdoor enthusiasts look up more than 10,000 unique U.S. locations across nine different activities.
"Inspiring and enabling people to get outside and live their adventure is what we do as a brand," Mike Egeck, CEO of Eddie Bauer, said. "Our new iPhone app makes it easy to do just that."
The app was designed to serve as the ultimate resource for planning outdoor adventures. By utilizing the intuitive Guide Me interface, users will instantly receive tailored results after selecting specific criteria including the outdoor activity, location, personal skill, child and pet friendliness, and ADA accessibility.
Each result features a star rating provided by outdoor experts, and contains a detailed description of the location and relevant information, including the following:
- Current temperature and weather (powered by Wunderground)
- Distance to the adventure, easily accessible driving directions, and a step-by-step path to the activity starting point
- Duration of the trip and hours of daylight available to plan accordingly
- Trail type (loop, out-and-back, etc.), seasonality and total elevation of the activity, when applicable
- Recommended Eddie Bauer outerwear, apparel and gear for any adventure
At launch, the app features destinations to enjoy hiking, backpacking, trail running, mountain biking, stand-up paddling, kayaking/canoeing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and alpine skiing. New locations, activities and functionality will be added in future releases.