1. New Year Brings Continued Restaurant Sales Growth Building on modest year-end growth, restaurant sales should continue to rise through February, according to Kurt Salmon’s proprietary analysis. While overall confidence is flat to down...
  2. Consumers: Dining Out (Just a Bit) More During Holidays Based on consumer intent to spend data, Kurt Salmon expects modest growth in restaurant sales through January 2011, continuing the growth trend that started in early summer....
  3. Discretionary Spending Pickup Drives Modest Holiday Growth While consumer confidence remains shaky, retail sales should see a modest increase through the holiday season, prodded by broadening growth in personal consumption, according to recent analysis by...
  4. Optimize the Customer Experience When Upgrading Your POS Today’s retail customers are more empowered than ever before. Their choices have proliferated and the notion of “if we build it, they will come” is no longer compelling. New...
  5. Consumers Not Settled into New Spending Norms Although consumers said they intended to spend less on dining out during September, actual restaurant spending increased for the month. While highly correlated over the past few years, the recent...
  6. Distinctive Chains See Impressive Growth Despite Downturn The fastest growing quick-service restaurants—measured as a combination of absolute dollar and percentage growth—provide diners with distinctive offerings. All have a clear...
  7. Navigating the Care Continuum: The Next Frontier for Providers The health care industry in the United States is among the most fragmented, heavily regulated and inordinately complicated industries in the country. Despite the best efforts of many individuals,...
  8. Remain Independent or Join a System? Over the past two years, the number of independent hospitals joining systems through full asset mergers has rapidly increased. According to Irving Levin Associates, the number of transactions is...
  9. Building the Continuum: A Systematic Approach to Ambulatory Care In response to an increased emphasis on quality and effectiveness of care, hospitals and health systems must refocus their efforts on the broader care continuum, defined as health care outside the...
  10. Bringing Certainty to Uncertain TimesSix Imperatives for Future Success Current health care dynamics in America present critical challenges for providers. The cost of health care per person is increasing over five times faster than...