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New Restaurant Industry Survey Highlights Staffing Challenges Plaguing Many Foodservice and Hospitality Operations



RICHMOND, Texas, Sept. 28, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Restaurant Owner (, an industry leading resource for budding and seasoned independent restaurateurs, recently published an industry survey on the hiring and staffing issues plaguing the foodservice industry today. More than 650 independent restaurant owners responded with the unique situations they are facing in hiring and retaining their staff.

Over 63 percent of the operators surveyed note that their staffing challenges have increased in the past two years. While most would rank their restaurant as a good place to work, you may be surprised by the creative means some restaurateurs are using to find and retain their staff.

The most difficult category to hire: back of the house staff, with 56 percent of respondents stating that they are often short staffed and always hiring in their kitchens. Many operators call into question the quality of the labor pool, noting that it is increasingly difficult to hire conscientious, dependable employees.

Many independent operators are realizing that they must be proactive and take steps to make their restaurants a better place for their employees to work. 70 percent of the respondents noted that if their labor problems continue or get worse they will need to change the way they operate by taking actions such as increasing automation, reducing hours of operation or even changing their concept.

Only 1 percent of all restaurants surveyed said that they have plenty of candidates and are fully staffed in all areas of their restaurants. These operators note their success is primarily due to teamwork, building a good team spirit and sticking to their stated principles and core values.

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Telcos and CableCo Small Business Units Poised to Take a Revenue Hit, Predicts Insight Research Corp.


MOUNTAIN LAKES, N.J., March 30, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Over the next five years, all of the major U.S. telcos and cable TV MSOs are expected to lose small business customers to a new crop of hosted service providers that will offer PBX-like voice services at lower reoccurring costs and with minimal site equipment expense, according to a new market research study from The Insight Research Corporation.

Insight Research’s market analysis study, “VoIP and the SME: CableCos, Telcos, and the Rise of Hosted Service Models, 2011-2016″ points out that the advent of VoIP PBX business telephone technology and the nearly universal availability of broadband services has enabled a variety of upstart hosted service providers such as 8×8, Aptela, Fonality, and Nextiva to target the small business market.

These emerging companies are providing virtual PBX/VoIP services with enhanced features into the hotly contested lower end of the business segment-and they are doing it in ways that more competitive in terms of functionality, productivity, and pricing than the service bundles being provided by either the telcos or the MSOs.

“There are more than forty million lines in the small business segment of the market now up for grabs, so we are not talking about chump change,” says Robert Rosenberg, Insight Research president. “Our study suggests that thus far, small businesses haven’t quite latched on to this new technology so the revenue today is only in the range of one-half billion dollars, but by 2015 hosted services will be nearly a $1.2 billion market and the adoption rate of the hosted services by small businesses will continue increasing at a faster rate,” Rosenberg concluded.

“VoIP and the SME: CableCos, Telcos, and the Rise of Hosted Service Models, 2011-2016″ segments adoption by 20 vertical industries and provides revenue estimates for each. Potential small business line losses are estimated for telcos AT&T, CenturyLink, Cincinnati Bell, Fairpoint, Frontier, TDS, Verizon, and Windstream as well as for MSOs Bright House, CableOne, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Mediacom, SuddenLink, Time Warner, and WOW Telecom.

An excerpt of this enterprise telecommunications services market research report, table of contents, and ordering information are online .

This 123-page report is available immediately in Electronic (PDF) format and can be ordered online for $4,695 – or call 973-541-9600 for details. More information: .

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Platinum Group Metals Heading Toward Tight Supplies, Soaring Prices and Competition from Cheaper Alternatives


NEW YORK, N.Y., March 19, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Platinum group metals (PGMs), namely, platinum, palladium, rhodium, iridium, ruthenium and osmium, are heading toward a period of exceptional volatility with supply constraints and dramatic fluctuations in price, according to a new report published by Thintri, Inc. ( The same materials are threatened in the longer term by competing materials in some of their largest markets.

PGMs are universally present in the catalytic converters in motor vehicles, in disc drives, oil refineries, glass manufacturing, medical devices and implants such as pacemakers and dental crowns, and a host of other applications. Some are also highly valued in jewelry and investment. PGMs are also rare, and quite costly.

Like most natural resources, PGM supplies are inherently limited, but to a greater degree than other important minerals. PGMs are produced in just a few countries; the U.S. imports 95 percent of the PGMs it consumes.

The limits of those supplies are now becoming clear. Already, Russia, the largest palladium producer, has announced that its palladium supplies are dwindling.

Industry analyses indicate that known PGM reserves are sufficient for another 360 years at present rates of production and consumption. However, that figure drops to 15 years if rising demand, particularly from growing industrialization and automobile sales in emerging economies, is taken into account.

Growing demand is fueled by a range of factors including accelerating motor vehicle sales around the world, a rising industrial sector in many regions and a growing consumer preference for white metals in jewelry. As demand exceeds available supplies, prices will rise significantly.

In the recent past, limited supply in the face of changing demand has produced extreme volatility. Rhodium, for example, went from over $6,000 per ounce in mid-2007 to $10,000 per ounce in mid-2008 and dropped to a little above $1,000 before the end of that year.

On the other hand there are technologies already on the market, and some near commercialization, that will alter the picture just as dramatically in the other direction, by replacing PGMs at much lower cost, and by relieving supply and price pressure through improved recovery.

While some PGM applications, such as jewelry, investment and electronics, are relatively immune from substitution at this time, most PGM applications are vulnerable to replacement by nanotechnology-based solutions available at a fraction of the cost. Such alternatives can partly or completely replace the PGM content in critical applications like catalysts in the automotive, energy and industrial markets.

Other new methods will eventually, in effect, bring new supplies to market through improved recovery. New techniques for recycling catalytic converters and similar products are able to recover far more PGM content than was possible earlier. In addition, once-inaccessible PGM content in copper and nickel mine waste and slag can now be exploited. The availability of literally mountains of mine waste and slag throughout western North America and other parts of the world, will soon set off a “gold rush” to exploit those resources.

Today, platinum group metals are at an extraordinary intersection of market forces. The confluence of growing demand, limited and/or dwindling supplies, and growing availability of alternatives and new supplies, will likely create a period of extraordinary volatility before things stabilize.

Much of this decade will witness a transition of PGM markets to adjust to a new reality of price volatility and tightened supplies, while others move to take advantage of the new opportunities presented in PGM recovery and replacement.

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Founded in 1996, Thintri, Inc. (, is a full-service consulting firm, based in New York and directed by J. Scott Moore, Ph.D.

Thintri’s services include business intelligence, market research, technology transfer and technology assessment, and in-depth, off-the-shelf market studies on promising emerging technologies. Topics of focus have included medical and industrial imaging, optical networks, materials and coatings, semiconductor devices, manufacturing, industrial logistics, security, thermal management, energy, and a host of others.

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Telecom OSS Spending to Reach $67 Billion in 2016, says Insight Research Corp.


Insight Research CorporationMOUNTAIN LAKES, N.J., March 12, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The global market for operations support systems (OSS) – the computing and software IT infrastructure that performs engineering, provisioning, and management functions in telecommunications networks – will exceed $67 billion in 2016, according to a new report by Insight Research.

Telecommunications industry spending for OSS is expected to mirror the forecasted growth in service revenue over the next five years, indicating that the industry is expecting sustainable growth in the years ahead.

According to “Operations Support Systems, 2011-2016,” telecommunications network operators worldwide are forecasted to increase their investment in OSS at a compounded rate of 5.9 over the next five years.

North American investment in the computing and software systems used to acquire, serve, and bill customers will lag worldwide investment, growing at a compounded rate of 4.6 percent over the same period, while OSS expenditures made by carriers in the Asia, Europe, and Latin America regions will grow at 6.3 percent.

The report found that telecommunications service providers are investing most heavily in those OSS needed to support wireless 3G and 4G services. Over the forecast period, annual OSS spending to support broadband wireless will increase from $3 billion today to $22 billion in 2016.

“Telecommunications providers will continue to invest in systems that streamline their operations – particularly in growth areas such as customer care and network engineering for wireless services,” says Insight director Fran Caulfield. “Our research confirms continued strong growth for both wireless services and the operations systems that support the proliferation of smartphones, tablets, and mobility applications,” concluded Caulfield.

“Operations Support Systems, 2011-2016″ forecasts global IT infrastructure spending for billing, customer care, planning/engineering, provisioning/inventory, trouble repair, network management, business management, and workforce management systems. It also projects the professional services expenditures required to implement those systems by type of carrier in four regions: North America; Europe, the Middle East, and Africa; Asia/Pacific; and Latin America/Caribbean.

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This report is available immediately for $4,695 (hard copy). Electronic (PDF) reports can also be ordered online. Visit our Website, or call 973-541-9600 for details.

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