Aaron Capital, Inc. Sells Eddies Restaurant Company
Aaron Capital, Inc. (“Aaron”), a leading global middle market investment bank, is pleased to announce the sale of Eddie’s Restaurant Company ("ERC") to FQSR, LLC, a special purpose entity formed by KBP Foods for the purpose of effectuating this transaction ("KBP").
Automation Is The Future - But It's Going to Be A While
For years automation has been the specter looming over relations between employers and employees, especially in industrial and manufacturing sectors. To be sure, robots have made impressive strides, and artificial intelligence advancements make the future seem like it is closing in, ready to sweep good jobs out from under the American labor force.
3D Printing Is Shaping The Landscape of Manufacturing
Ever since 3D printing made its debut with consumer-focused, small-scale applications, the technology has continued to develop. Rather than building portable, but very pricey, printers for recreational home use, industrial heavyweights are utilizing 3D metal printing to increase efficiency and speed in their manufacturing plants. General Electric leads the charge with large investments into acquisitions and in-house development. ...
Uncertainty Around Future of Affordable Care Act Strengthens Physician Associations
Three months into President Trump's tenure, healthcare providers have obtained no clarity on the future of the ACA from the White House. Where rapid changes were promised, none have shown up, leaving the industry with baited breath. During his campaign, Mr. Trump repeatedly emphasized his goal to implement sweeping changes to the legislation that would cut down on benefits. The execution of that goal has proven difficult. The bill to repeal many aspects of the Affordable Care Act was pulled from consideration shortly before it was to be voted on in the House.
Healthcare Industry Trends Q1 2017
Despite regulatory uncertainty leading into 2017, M&A in the healthcare sector has been strong in Q1 with over 400 transactions announced in the period. Technology continues to be a key factor driving innovation and movement in the industry. It covers two main angles: better care and better security. Numerous data leaks in 2016 have rapidly caused the latter to be a major concern for healthcare providers and patients alike.
Ambulatory Surgery Centers: Trends to Consider
Despite a heavy regulatory burden under Medicaid reimbursement rules, Ambulatory Surgery Centers have continued to compete strongly for outpatient procedures in the last three years. Regulatory costs continue to be offset by excellent efficiency metrics driven by well-scheduled OR usage, focused offerings, and effective use of technology. Recent regulation has not favored ASCs. Medicare reimbursement rates to ASCs have dropped steadily compared to Hospital Outpatient Departments. in particular with growing acceptance and coverage for preventative medicine.
Global Food and Drink Trends for 2017
Leveraging Trust in Traditions In the world today, there is a continued environment of change. The rapid pace of change and unpredictability of political and social environments has led to increased customer demand for traditional foods that would be considered recognizable and reliable – consumers trust what is familiar. This does not mean that innovation is always a negative for the nostalgia-seeking consumer.
Food and Beverage Industry 2017
Last year’s food and beverage trends are continuing into 2017. Most notably, the healthy and nutritious food boom shows no signs of abating. This has been helped by the growing awareness of health and fitness caused by the media in recent years. But to understand future customer needs, we need to consider the changing preferences of some of the most influential consumers in the industry. What should business be on the lookout for when planning for 2017? New ethnic cuisines, mobile technology, and healthy and nutritious food.
Post-Millennials’ Shopping Drawn to Convenience
According to new research by IDG, a research and training charity for the food and grocery industry, post-millennials are heavily influenced by time-saving measures and convenience while shopping. Post-millennials are defined as those born between 1992 and 1999. The research polled 500 18-25 year olds during March 2017 and found that the majority was willing to spend money for increased convenience. More than half of the respondents (54%) would sometimes shop at a closer, but more expensive store over traveling to a cheaper one.
Consumer Packaged Goods Reach $10 Billion Mark Online
While the overall retail sector has experienced a rapid shift to ecommerce over the past years, consumer packaged goods have been somewhat resistant to the change. Consumers continue to value immediacy and often could not find offerings that matched the speed, freshness, or prices of brick and mortar locations. As companies continued to implement efficient logistics, this trend has shifted. Data management and analytics platform 1010data has released the result of its 2016 Online Consumer Packaged Goods industry report, and the numbers are impressive.
Brick-and-Mortar Retail Is Leaving Malls
The retail industry and commercial real estate developers have long lamented the slow, agonizing death of mega-sized malls. As consumers increasingly research and shop online, these brick-and-mortar hubs of consumerism have had difficulty competing. Where it used to be convenient to have a plethora of different stores at your disposal in one location, the setup has turned into a time waste for many shoppers.