Starbucks began testing a cash-free format at a single downtown Seattle store this week, with an eye on speeding service and learning more about how cashless payment formats affect the customer experience, a spokeswoman said. Fast-casual chain Sweetgreen has adopted a cashless format at its 75 restaurants, making it the largest chain to do so.
Students at 53 schools in a Nevada district have access to free after-school meals this year following a successful pilot program. The additional meal is funded by the USDA's Child and Adult Care Food Program, school officials say.
The NRA and nine other business trade groups have created a new group called Visit US Coalition that aims to grow the United States' reputation as a vacation destination and increase the number of visits by international tourists. Traveler spending in the US dipped 3.3% last year, according to the Commerce Department.
Naf Naf Grill has changed its name to Naf Naf Middle Eastern Grill as part of a larger rebranding effort that better reflects the 38-unit fast-casual chain's mission. The changes, which also include a new logo and color palette, come as the company prepares to launch a franchising program in the second quarter, Chief Executive Paul Damico said.
Leaders at a South Carolina elementary school have transformed the school store into a food pantry. The pantry so far supports about six people, and the leaders say they are working to identify other students who could benefit.
Students in Maine who are unable to pay for school meals would receive the meals without question under a proposal from state lawmakers. The bill also would ensure that meal-debt discussions involve only the school and parent, not students.
McDonald's has begun putting properties on its Oak Brook, Ill., campus up for sale as it prepares to move to its new location in downtown Chicago this spring, said spokeswoman Terri Hickey. The company sold one office property last fall and there are three remaining parcels that total about 100 acres.
Amazon joined Trader Joe's and Costco atop a survey of consumer grocery preferences released this week by Dunnhumby, with H.E. Butt Grocery, Walmart, Wegmans, Aldi, Sam's Club, Sprouts Farmers Market and Whole Foods Market rounding out the top 10. The Dunnhumby list combined financial performance with data from consumers' shopping habits.
Publix pharmacies are now offering some generic prescriptions at a price of $7.50 for a 90-day supply, covering 29 different medications. "We believe this low price will help encourage customers to follow their doctor's orders, so they can experience better health outcomes," said Maria Brous, director of media and community relations at Publix.
Dr Pepper's 26-year association with college football has been strengthened by the fact that sports are still viewed live, which boosts viewership, said Chief Commercial Officer Jim Trebilcock. The company aims to take its sponsorship beyond the field as it brings "football tailgating experiences to life at retail," Trebilcock said.
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