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Checkers and Rally’s Restaurants

When the pandemic began in 2020, restaurants were in the industry most hardest hit from beginning to end.  Some of them shuttered immediately, others tried to weather the storm but then there was a third category that managed to make lemonade out of lemons.  They were the ones who were able to turn their entire business into take out and digital orders.  And one of those was Checkers and Rally’s.

First of all, the chain revamped its menu in order to attract more attention and sales.  That led to an increase in demand which resulted in Checkers and Rally’s next step of moving its sales toward digital and delivery orders.  In fact, one of its drive-thru lanes became dedicated to solely those orders.

And this made sense for the restaurant business.  A CNBC report found that throughout the restaurant industry, sales from drive-thru lanes had increased to 44% of all off-premises orders by December of 2020. While vaccines are hopefully making socializing easier again, the industry believes drive-thru popularity will remain.

Getting back to Checkers & Rally, in other good news for the firm, its parent company Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc., just had its fries ranked #1 Most Craveable Fries in America* . In celebration of this win, on July 13, it offered fries for $1 (any size) throughout the nation on National French Fry Day.

President & CEO of Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc., and Member of the No Kid Hungry Advisory Board Frances Allen said:

“We were thrilled to be named the #1 Most Craveable Fries in America by consumers, and we wanted to celebrate by giving back to the communities we serve. No Kid Hungry is providing grants to help schools and community organizations across the country provide meals to kids. We are proud to partner with them as our national charity for a second year in a row.”

Wheat Flour Markets

North America’s Wheat Flour Market: C.H. Guenther & Son C.H. Guenther & Son – a company that was established in 1851 in Texas, today has over 3,500 staff spanning 24 locations throughout America, Canada and Western Europe.  It was originally started with Carl Hilmar Guenther building a flour mill near Fredericksburg, TX but eight years… Continue Reading

Rosalind Brewer Becomes 20th Black CEO in America

Rosalind Brewer has been named incoming CEO of Walgreens, effective March 15, 2021. This role makes Brewer, who is leaving her position as COO at Starbucks, the only Black woman to lead a Fortune 500 company. Brewer joins the other 19 Black CEOs — 17 men and two women — who have ever been listed as… Continue Reading

Broadway Ticketing Reworked by NY-based Company

Broadway Ticketing Reworked by NY-based Company

Jujamcyn, the company responsible for the operations of five Broadway theaters, has signed a deal with New York-based SeatGeek. Many theater and performance spots are planning ahead for post-COVID reopenings. For Jujamycn, part of its new strategy included a major rework of its ticketing system. SeatGeek, a well-known sports industry player, is using its contract… Continue Reading

Funding Boost for NY Security Company

The New York City-based, BigID, a privacy and protection technology company, has raised $70 million in Series D funding. Salesforce Ventures and Tiger Global lead the investing this cycle. Longstanding supporters of BigID, Bessemer Venture Partners, Scale Venture Partners, and Boldstart Ventures put forth additional funding. Series A funding in January 2018 yielded $14 million… Continue Reading

Plexi-Craft: A New York Business in Demand

Plexi-Craft used to be a simple, swanky, high-end, Bronx-based furniture factory. Now it is one of the country’s most sought after businesses. The 60-year-old company has a long history of acrylic resin skills, designing trendy, clear plastic chairs, tables, cabinets, and more. And as the world scrambles to resume some sense of normalcy alongside the… Continue Reading

Supporting Local Businesses This Holiday Season

There is nothing typical about the 2020 holiday season. Celebrations have been curtailed, guest lists have been tightened, and shopping options have been limited. New Yorkers, however, ever resilient and resourceful, are finding ways to keep the holiday spirit alive and support local entrepreneurs and businesses in the process. Primarily organized on social media, these… Continue Reading