[VIDEO] This New Social App Wants to Streamline the Way You Do Business
The foodservice industry is a massive one, sprawling across varied sectors from agriculture and manufacturing to logistics and retail. Whether a business is vertically integrated or one piece of a puzzle comprised of suppliers and transporters, retailers and restaurants, effective and efficient communication is absolutely critical to ensuring that products are fresh and high quality by the time they reach consumers.
The key to thriving in this sprawling landscape is by bridging gaps and making strong connections between teams, regional divisions, suppliers and other allies. The only problem with communication as we know it today is so much back-and-forth today is done across an array of communication platforms, getting in the way of both efficiency and traceability. With traceability becoming an increasingly important function in the food and beverage sectors, and efficiency a time-tested priority, streamlining the communication process is paramount.
Enter businessfriend: the new desktop and mobile app, launched at CES 2015 in Las Vegas this January, aims to condense communication functionalities into a single service and streamline the networking process for a broad field of businesses including those in the foodservice industry.
“On any given day, the typical young professional can have as many as five platforms open to get them through their day,” said Glen White, Founder and CEO of businessfriend. “We offer one complete forum that enables constant connectivity for optimal business communications. One mobile app, one desktop, any device—no more juggling apps.”
With video chat, VoIP calling, and text chat functions, the app promotes connectivity anywhere at any time. When paired with document sharing capabilities, 2GB of free cloud storage, and the app’s Digidex™ contact management system, the app offers vital capabilities whether your business works on a local or global scale. From executives sharing documents with team leaders across regions, to entrepreneurs and restaurant chain owners seeking out connections and opportunities to take their businesses to new markets—businessfriend aims to do it all.
“Businessfriend is a great platform to use for small restaurant owners to large chain restaurants or franchises,” says Leslie Nash, VP of Marketing Communications at businessfriend. “Any time team collaboration is necessary, such as sharing schedules and changes to recipe and list exchanging video conferencing about productivity and profitability—businessfriend is the best way to consolidate all of your communication into one place.”
“Businessfriend is an ideal tool for the restaurant and beverage industry,” adds Freddie Pierce, Co-Founder of the app. “From mom and pop shops to international franchises, business owners can correspond with their virtual teams and managers, and can handle HR documentation, protocol changes and scheduling all through the Cloud. We look forward to providing value to the industry through consolidating communications.”
Jim Donald appointed the CEO of Albertsons
Donald, who previously worked as the company...
The Idaho-based grocery chain, Albertsons, has appointed Jim Donald as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Donald, who previously worked as the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer, will keep his presidential role.
The new CEO will replace Bob Miller, who will continue in his position as Chairman of the Board.
“Jim Donald has built an exceptional career in retail,” remarked Bob Miller.
“His knowledge of our company and industry is unmatched, and I know his contributions will be invaluable as we enter the next chapter of Albertsons Companies.”
“We look forward to tapping his experience in leading large consumer brands as we work every day to meet our customers’ needs, both in-store and online.”
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In his career, Donald has held positions such as the CEO of Starbucks and the CEO of Pathmark Stores.
The newly-appoint CEO also worked for Albertsons for 15 years, starting 1976, becoming the Vice President of Operations in Arizona.
“Albertsons Companies is uniquely positioned to operate in both a 'four walls' traditional environment and the 'no walls' world of technology,” stated Jim Donald.
“We serve 34 million customers each week across our 2,300-plus stores and serve 5.5 million patients in our 1,700-plus pharmacies.”
“That's a significant food, health and wellness footprint. We're well positioned to serve the evolving needs of today's customer, wherever and whenever they choose to shop with us.”
“I am looking forward to leading this dynamic company as we focus on innovation and customer-centric retailing in all its forms.”