NYC restaurant solves major mystery by reviewing old surveillance

August 18th, 2014 by A.J. Mesalic 1 comment »

An analysis of wait times by a New York restaurant went viral.  It showed the effect that smartphones are having on the duration of guest stays.  As we read this we wondered what restaurants are doing to cope with the challenge of having kids sitting in a seat longer.  Sitting just 45 minutes in one place is already difficult for many kids, especially under the age of seven.

Longer waits due to smartphone use

Longer stays due to smartphone use

Day-to-day view of digital entertainment use

December 27th, 2012 by A.J. Mesalic No comments »
Day-to-Day variation in digital entertainment use

Day-to-Day variation in digital entertainment use

 

This data shows day-to-day variation in digital entertainment usage at a subject restaurant group. The graph by day clearly shows more time spent playing on weekend days, by a factor of up to 2.3X on Saturdays.  Who can guess why that is?  Take a closer look at our digital kids edutainment options (tablets and more) for your restaurant or place of business.

 

Digital Content Partnership Announcement » Kidscreen

May 29th, 2012 by Classy Kid No comments »

Canada’s Skywriter Media and Entertainment has signed a non-exclusive deal with Las Vegas-based kids and family-focused restaurant marketing company Family Hospitality Group to provide kids content for its SPUDnik 1 tablet and kids entertainment system for restaurants.The tablet, which is available… click to read more

Digital Entertainment is a Hit!

May 10th, 2012 by A.J. Mesalic No comments »

This will probably not surprise anyone: Our new line of digital entertainment options for kids in restaurant-type settings was a absolute hit at the National Restaurant show in Chicago. Our 7th time exhibiting there, this was clearly the busiest we have been because so many people are intrigued by the new ways we’ve invented to keep kids entertained in a restaurant setting. Truth be known I think a lot of you were also having a lot of fun playing!

Our customers look to us to help boost their family business. It’s a challenge we’re up for and one that we’re meeting with more creativity than ever! Contact us today – we’re taking orders and shipping boxes/pallets/truckloads of fun out the door every day.

Thank you so much to the attendees who stopped in to see and meet us at the NRA show. We truly enjoy every opportunity to get to know you and your needs better.

The new line of products and services can be ordered now through our web store or by contacting one of us.

Family Hospitality Group Launches SPUDnik1™ Tablet & Kids’ Entertainment Systems

May 6th, 2012 by Classy Kid No comments »

  SPUDnik, child, securement cable shown

 

Chicago, IL – May 05, 2012 – Today at the National Restaurant Show, Family Hospitality Group unveiled a suite of next-generation “digital” kids entertainment systems for use anywhere in public where kids need help to pass the time while waiting. The new product line is a literal game changer from the pattern of 31 years of print & color foodservice entertainment tracing its lineage to the McDonalds Happy Meal. Members of the media and restaurateurs are invited to the Technology Pavilion display to get hands-on in the name of fun.

The new “Classy Kids Digital Entertainment” options for restaurant fun include » Read more: Family Hospitality Group Launches SPUDnik1™ Tablet & Kids’ Entertainment Systems

FTC Chairman Comes Out Against Regulation of Food Advertising to Kids – WSJ.com

May 1st, 2012 by Classy Kid No comments »

I agree with Todd Zywicki’s April 13 op-ed “SpongeBob SquarePants’ Last Stand” that the government should have a thoughtful and measured response to the childhood obesity crisis. But contrary to Mr. Zywicki’s statement, I have never called for—or even “hinted” support for—congressional action on food advertising to children, nor have my bipartisan colleagues.

 

In April 2011, pursuant to a bipartisan directive from Congress, the CDC, FDA, FTC and USDA released a draft set of principles to guide voluntary self-regulatory efforts for food marketing to children. The commission voted 5-0 to issue the draft for public comment, along with a statement supporting industry self-regulatory efforts.

 

Late last year, Congress made it clear in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 that it had changed its mind about the interagency effort, and my recent testimony before Congress acknowledged that “it’s probably time to move on” from any effort to finalize the draft principles.

 

The argument that the industry is under threat of mandatory regulations has been run into the sand, all the way to Bikini Bottom. The commission does not support legislation restricting food advertising to children.

 

Jon Leibowitz

Chairman

Federal Trade Commission

Washington

via Food Marketing to Children Policies – WSJ.com.

SanFran Judge tosses Happy Meal lawsuit against McDonald’s | Reuters

April 6th, 2012 by Classy Kid No comments »

A San Francisco judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit against McDonald’s over the restaurant chain’s marketing of its signature Happy Meals, according to court documents.

via Judge tosses Happy Meal lawsuit against McDonald’s | Reuters.

Our customers’ sales growth outpaces the industry

March 20th, 2012 by Classy Kid No comments »

Sales among the 500 largest restaurant chains in the United States rose 3.4 percent to $242 billion in 2011, compared with a 1.8-percent increase in annual sales in 2010, according to new research from Chicago-based Technomic.

via Restaurant sales rose 3.4% in 2011 | Nation’s Restaurant News.

Meanwhile, sales at the public restaurant companies that we have the privilege of calling customers increased approximately 20% last year. Correlation or causality? Even if this correlation was coincidental, isn’t it instructive to study what the highest performing companies do?

Call us today to find out what we can do for your business, and find out why our company’s growth is also outpacing the industry.

Crayangles – Moms are talking – BabyCenter Blog

March 13th, 2012 by Classy Kid No comments »

PAHSTeacher  wrote:

Have you guys seen these triangle shaped crayons? �We visited Mommy at work yesterday, and the cafeteria gives each kid a 4 pack of triangle shaped crayons. �It’s nice because they don’t roll off of the table. �I looked online to see if you can buy them, but they only sell them in bulk. �360 4 pks for $68.

via Crayangles – *Spring 2009 Babies/ No negativity group* – BabyCenter.

See the New TV Commercial: McDonald’s updates Happy Meal campaign

March 6th, 2012 by Classy Kid No comments »

“For the first time, 100 percent of our national marketing efforts to kids will include nutrition or active-lifestyle messages, a significant move in our ongoing commitment to children’s wellbeing,” Neil Golden, chief marketing officer for McDonald’s USA, said in a statement on Monday. “We are proud of this new approach and believe it will help make nutrition fun for kids while helping families feel even better about the food choices they make when visiting McDonald’s.”

via McDonald’s updates Happy Meal campaign | Nation’s Restaurant News. Click to see full story.

We believe all the kids meal changes at McDonald’s in the last two years show real leadership.  What do you think?

 

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