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Category: COVID-19

Taco Bell wants to reinvent the drive-thru

The drive-thru is getting a makeover. Last week, Taco Bell announced it is launching a new drive-thru restaurant in Brooklyn, Minnesota called “Taco Bell Defy.” A 3,000 square-foot, two-story model, it aims to reimagine the drive-thru for the mobile era as the restaurant industry adapts to the demands of on-demand

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Hyatt CEO says demand for travel is ‘alive and well’

After closing 35% of its global properties in April 2020, Hyatt Hotels CEO and President Mark Hoplamazian said he is happy to see operations at the hotel giant returning to normal.  As of March 31, 96% of the Chicago-based hospitality company’s more than 1,000 properties were back up and running, and occupancy rates –

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Pandemic helps make Crocs cool again

There’s no more denying it: Emily Kelley loves Crocs. After years of dismissing them as hideous and pointless, the 27-year-old now wears her white foam clogs everywhere — to breweries, the grocery store and on long walks through her Chicago neighborhood. Click here to read the story at Discussion

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The Fortune 500: 2021

The name is synonymous with business success. This is the 67th edition of our ranking of America’s largest companies. Together, the 500 corporations on this year’s list generated $13.8 trillion in revenue, or some two-thirds of the U.S. economy. Explore the list to see who prospered, who stumbled, and why.

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Starbucks Sets Sights on 40 Million Rewards Members

Quarantine life, unemployment surges, and remote work stripped mobility out of the restaurant equation for many customers. Arguably, this COVID-19 reality flashed sharpest at brands that court habitual business—namely early dayparts, like breakfast and solo coffee trips. Click here to read the story at Discussion Questions: What is brand

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KFC resurrects ‘finger lickin’ good’ tagline

KFC is bringing back its popular ‘It’s finger lickin’ good’ tagline for the first time since dropping it last year. The line was temporarily withdrawn as the brand decided it was “inappropriate” to encourage finger licking in the middle of a pandemic asit breached hygiene advice. Click here to read the

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NYC to Launch $30 Million Tourism Marketing Campaign in June

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $30 million tourism marketing blitz to start in June, the city’s largest-ever campaign to recharge a moribund industry that at one time employed 400,000 workers and injected $70 billion into the local economy. Click here to read the story at

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Visit Myrtle Beach Launches New Brand and Marketing Campaign

After more than a decade, Visit Myrtle Beach is rebranding the popular East Coast destination as “The Beach” and launching a corresponding marketing campaign, “You Belong At The Beach,” just in time for summer and as COVID-19 restrictions begin to loosen. Click here to read the story at Discussion Questions: What

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