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Pizza Hut plans interactive tables

BY Dan Berthiaume

Plano, Texas – Pizza Hut is planning to pilot interactive tables that allow customers to design their pizzas using a touch-screen table surface that graphically displays different menu options like a tablet. In a short online video, Pizza Hut shows a couple interacting with a tabletop to pick their pizza’s size and ingredients.

The video, which has no dialogue and minimal descriptive text, also shows the couple placing their smartphones on the tabletop, presumably for automatic payment as well as other personalization features. The text accompanying the video says the tabletop “could be the future of the dine-in ordering experience.” The video was made by Chaotic Moon Studios, but no IT vendor is mentioned.

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REAL ESTATE

Tile Shop opens Albuquerque store

BY Dan Berthiaume

Minneapolis – The Tile Shop has expanded its presence into New Mexico with the opening of its Albuquerque store. The Tile Shop’s new 22,000-sq.-ft. Albuquerque location features fully decorated, room-size displays — kitchens, baths, and other spaces within a home, as well as premium lighting and plumbing fixtures that allow homeowners to see what their Tile Shop tile and stone will look like installed in their home.

“There continues to be a strong desire to have hard surface flooring, particularly given the arid and temperate climate in this region,” said Carl Randazzo, senior VP of retail for The Tile Shop. “We’re excited to join the Albuquerque community, introduce them to our incredible selection of high quality, affordable tile and a ‘Beautiful Made Easy’ customer experience, while helping them achieve their tile project vision for their homes.”

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FINANCE

Big Lots promotes CFO

BY Dan Berthiaume

Columbus, Ohio – Big Lots Inc. has promoted Timothy A. Johnson to executive VP, CFO. Johnson has served as CFO since 2012 with primary responsibility for all financial disciplines within the company including financial reporting and controls, treasury, risk management, tax, internal audit, financial planning and analysis, and investor relations.

During the last several months, his role has expanded significantly to include responsibility for the company’s real estate strategy and administration along with the asset protection of its stores, distribution centers, and offices. Johnson is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and assists in charting the company’s strategic direction.

"Throughout my career, I have always found the key to success comes down to people, and TJ is a great example,” said David Campisi, CEO of Big Lots. “He has been a trusted business partner to me over the last ten months as we reposition our business, and he has been an invaluable contributor to Big Lots for well over a decade. TJ’s knowledge of retail operations and general business acumen have been crucial as we develop our strategic plan for the next three years. I am thrilled, and extremely proud, to announce a much deserved promotion."

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