For the past 3 years, American restaurant chains have invested in a series of technologies designed to boost revenues and improve customer loyalty. Atop every front counter is a loyalty program tablet-based payment system. Signage encourages you to download the company’s new delivery app and every other television ad drives you to engage with the company’s digital presence. The most recent technology cycle has focused on revenue growth through digital innovation. As that cycle matures, operators need new sources of economic opportunity and the next wave -- the Internet of Things -- is surging towards the kitchen.
Most people don’t know what Google’s PageRank really means. It’s not a ranking of website pages, it’s named for Google co-founder Larry Page because he devised the initial algorithm to rank a website’s importance. While the formula is a closely guarded secret, it’s commonly understood that the genius of PageRank is how it uses the “wisdom of crowds” to distinguish the value of two search results. Simply put, the more sites that link to you, the more likely you are to improve your PageRank. The quantity and quality of links improves PageRank. Better that The New York Times link to your most recent post than your mother’s chocolate chip cookie blog.
I’m excited to announce that, beginning today, we are renaming our company CoInspect.
Many of you already know and use our CoInspect application regularly. We’re excited to build on that experience and embrace the spirit of cooperation and collaboration that lies at our roots.
In 1998, the American Government reached a Master Settlement with the tobacco industry which provided $500 million to The Truth to prevent young people from becoming cigarette smokers.
A decade earlier, I was the beneficiary of youth anti-smoking marketing. In my high school staircases, the health department placed posters with the following prose:
The 5 trillion dollar food industry takes safety exceptionally seriously. Customer health and safety depend on rigorous, continuous protocols. Mistakes have devastating financial and cultural consequences for these companies.
We’re excited to announce that MeWe was recently featured in TechCrunch to highlight our work in the public and private sectors! A snippet of the piece is below along with a link to the full article on TechCrunch:
Manik Suri, a former D.E. Shaw hedge fund wunderkind, for years has been wrestling with how best to help government put compliance policy into practice.
The final rules on prevention controls in human and animal food were announced on August 31, 2016. While the dialog about the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) has been primarily focused on “What is going to be required by a company?”, it is quickly shifting to “How am I going to make sure we are compliant?” If you look at what being FSMA compliant means, it really comes down to defining gaps in your current food safety systems, updating your programs to fill those gaps, and implementing an ongoing program backed up by comprehensive program documentation and record keeping. This is where mobile checklists can help your organization tackle these compliance challenges effectively and efficiently.
Guest Post by: Rosalinda Cerna, MPH, CP-FS, EHS
Environmental Health and Safety Manager, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services
It is estimated each year that one in six Americans (about 48 million people) gets sick of foodborne illnesses. Each year, 128,000 people end up hospitalized and the annual cost of foodborne illness is around $152 million. With recent events at Chipotle, Blue Bell, and Dole Foods amongst others, food safety has become a very high profile issue. The growing cost and risks around foodborne illness-related incidents has led the food industry to seek out more effective ways of approaching food safety.
Guest Post by: Rosalinda Cerna, MPH, CP-FS, EHSFormer Environmental Health and Safety Manager, Whole Foods Market
In this era of “Farm to Table” retailers are asking themselves an important question: is it possible to efficiently scale a brand built around fresh, locally sourced food? Chipotle--a retailer that has been widely credited as one of the most influential trailblazers of the fast casual dining segment--has been struggling with this question in the midst of numerous foodborne illness outbreaks linked to their restaurants. Its “Food With Integrity” slogan has been under public scrutiny over the past year. This has placed a huge spotlight on all food retailers and their ability to meet consumer demand for fresh and local product with the safest possible product.
MeWe is delighted to announce that our CEO, Manik Suri, will be presenting at the 2nd Annual Civic & Gov Tech Showcase in Sacramento, CA on September 22, 2016, hosted by Innovate Your State. The Civic & Gov Tech Showcase is an opportunity to connect civic minded entrepreneurs, government leaders and potential investors to showcase innovation and encourage collaboration and support of new technologies to improve government.