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Non-Traditional Drive-Thrus Popping Up Everywhere

November 3, 2021 / by Jean Jones posted in Drive-Thru, Convenience Stores, Restaurants, Expert Insights, Jean Jones

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Imagine the typical drive-thru restaurant layout - a box on a busy street, perhaps on a corner, an entry and exit driveway, a marked out drive-thru lane wrapping around the building, with the menu board towards the back and the payment and pick-up windows on the side. Next, imagine the typical drive-thru restaurant type - a QSR or a coffee shop. Now imagine that these descriptions do not fit your business. Drive-thrus are popping up in more and more places, in what a few years ago would have been considered very unconventional. Here are some examples:

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Grant Gustke: Static to Digital on the Drive-Thru Flex Menu Board

April 29, 2021 / by Grant Gustke posted in Digital, Drive-Thru, Menu Boards, Hybrid, Static, Grant Gustke, Installation, Jean Jones

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The Howard Company has many innovative solutions and a customer favorite is our outdoor digital menu board. It is named the ‘Flex,’ as it allows businesses to be flexible with their content in the drive-thru. While onsite, printed graphics and digital menu boards can easily be switched out in a short amount of time. The best part is that the drive-thru can remain open during installation!

In January of 2021, a few team members from The Howard Company (Grant Gustke: Regional Vice President, Jean Jones: Marketing Director, and Rob Vaccarella: Installation and Product Support Specialist) visited The Human Bean in Woodland Park, Colorado, to make this change on one of our three-door Drive-Thru Flex Digital Menu Boards. Watch the time-lapse of the transition below:

 

Time Lapse (The Human Bean)

 

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Jean Jones: Omnichannel Strategy

February 25, 2021 / by Jean Jones posted in Digital, Restaurants, Expert Insights, Jean Jones

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Imagine businesses combining their kiosk content, mobile content, and website content all into one software. Interacting with guests would seem much more simple.

Well, it is possible and it is a reality!

The Howard Company is now offering branded omnichannel ecosystems. Jean Jones, Marketing Director at The Howard Company, lists out some of the top benefits of omnichannel solutions. 

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Integrated Restaurant Ecosystems as an Engine to Accelerate Sales Growth Webinar

February 19, 2021 / by Jean Jones posted in Digital, Restaurants, Rod Clouser, Laura Paff, Expert Insights, Jean Jones, Webinar

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The term 'omnichannel' is becoming widely used across many markets, including the restaurant industry. For restaurants, an omnichannel solution involves combining mobile apps, kiosk apps, and website apps into one software. It is organized and it allows for more efficient communication with guests.

Whether you operate a business that is fully utilizing omnichannel capabilities or hearing about it for the first time, it is important to understand how a branded omnichannel ecosystem can enhance customer experience and take a brand to the next level. In the 'Integrated Restaurant Ecosystems as an Engine to Accelerate Sales Growth' webinar below, The Howard Company and MENU Technologies AG talk about some of these advantages.

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35 Things You Can Do Now

January 19, 2021 / by Jean Jones posted in Jean Jones

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Adapting to customer behaviors and changes in the industry can be tough, and can leave business owners wondering what to do next. Jean Jones, Marketing Director at The Howard Company, is here to introduce The Howard Company's '35 Things You Can Do Now' guide! Check it out!

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