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The COMUNICANO for Thursday March 16 2017

Companies that grow have to change and mobile apps are one way to do that. Already in the "fast food"
March 16 · Issue #44 · View online
Andy Abramson

Companies that grow have to change and mobile apps are one way to do that. Already in the “fast food” arena we have seen Starbucks and Domino’s both begin to go through digital transformation. Now McDonalds, which already is using kiosks in some locations to reduce their staff having to take orders, is now about to move into mobile ordering.

This also means mobile payments, and likely more mobile lanes at the drive through. It also means that what I call TIS (time in store) will be reduced in some markets, like the USA, but in other markets, like France and Portugal, the TIS will increase as McDonalds is like Starbucks for the younger teenage crowd.

They hang out there, so mobile ordering plays into that cultural shift as the sub 16 generation is already app ready. This likely means more geo-location advertising, something SNAP has already mastered….So, with that, on to the news in today’s COMUNICANO.

McDonald's, late to mobile ordering, seeks to avoid pitfalls
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Money Watch
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