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"If You Don"t Know What"s On The Thanksgiving Menu, It"s You"

"If You Don't Know What's On The Thanksgiving Menu, It's You" By Michael Every of Rabobank If you wanted to embody how the turkeys running things react when confronted with the fact that they voted for Thanksgiving and Christmas, it would be Bankman-Fraud being invited to speak at a New York Times event next week alongside Yellen, President Zelenskiy, and Ben Affleck/Batman. Alleged harems, billions of dollars in client money missing, and public accusations it was used as a personal and political piggy bank? Hey – have a seat alongside the global elite (and Batman) to say sorry and tell us about all the good things you did! Madoff obviously wasn’t available. If only this nonsense were a one-off, but the market heads into the US Thanksgiving holiday in fine mood because ‘the Fed minutes were dovish’, confirming their wrong-all-year view. Yet the compromise between Fed doves, who are there, and Fed hawks, who are running things, is that while the pace of hikes will slow, the ultimate level of rates will be higher. If I carve you with a smaller knife, but more times, is that ‘dovish’? Try ‘turkey-ish’! Philip Marey, well ahead of the Street in calling a 5% peak, has his view here: he thinks 50bp is coming in December, but rates aren’t going down at all until 2024. That’s a sour cranberry, or real stuffing for some turkeys given Treasury yields fell after the minutes, and the dollar sold off. Note the RBNZ flirted with 100bp yesterday before going a record 75, and are saying their overnight cash rate needs to hit 5.5%, even at the cost of 3-quarter recession. Yes, rates are contractionary there – and they want them to be: “Spend wisely this Christmas,” said Governor Orr as he signed off, literally encouraging Kiwis to not be turkeys, and to save, not spend. Likewise, the BOC governor just told parliament that Canadian rates need to rise even higher because inflation is not under control. Again, note the absence of turkeys. In China, there is buzz about another cut in banks’ reserve requirement ratios (RRR). There are still turkeys who think this matters despite umpteen RRR cuts already to no effect. As Covid cases soar, lockdowns intensify, and footage of unrest emerges at the world’s largest iPhone factory, Bloomberg asks, ‘Is a Wealth Tax How Xi Fills China's Empty Coffers?’ Months ago Western investment banks were piling into ‘wealth management opportunities’; now, some are slashing jobs after seeing only ‘poultry’ returns. Relatedly, Bloomberg flagged ‘High-Yield Party Returns to Emerging Markets Too Cheap to Ignore’ earlier this week; how long until the ‘Oops, They Got a Lot Cheaper’ headline emerges? In Europe, ECB speakers were generally hawkish. However, European politicians said ‘yelp’ – which is what a turkey says, as well as having the more regular meaning of surprise/panic. From January, Germany will start a “double-kaboom” policy. Not losing to two late goals in football, which the rest of Europe would love, but a EUR200bn gas and electricity subsidy, which Europe won’t. Households and SMEs will see gas prices capped at 12 EUR cents gross/KwH for 80% of their previous consumption until April 2024, and electricity at 40 EUR cents/KwH. For industry, the gas cap is 7 EUR cents net for 70% of consumption, and electricity is 13 EUR cents plus taxes, levies, and surcharges. Notably, Germany has already faced EU anger over the fact that it can afford to save itself while others can’t: with Germans looking after Germans in this crisis, which Germans looking after Germans got the EU into, expect EU knives to be sharpened. Moreover, Politico says ‘EU plans subsidy war chest as industry faces ‘existential’ threat from US’, noting: “If it weren't enough that energy prices look set to remain permanently far higher than those in the US thanks to Russia's war in Ukraine, US President Joe Biden is also currently rolling out a $369 billion industrial subsidy scheme to support green industries under the Inflation Reduction Act. EU officials fear that businesses will now face almost irresistible pressure to shift new investments to the US rather than Europe. EU industry chief Thierry Breton is warning that Biden's new subsidy package poses an "existential challenge" to Europe's economy. The European Commission and countries including France and Germany have realized they need to act quickly if they want to prevent the Continent from turning into an industrial wasteland… the EU is now working on an emergency scheme to funnel money into key high-tech industries.” In short, the EU will resist US mercantilism; which is resisting Chinese mercantilism; which Europe has had no issue with for decades. Yet Europe overlooks that they are the least prepared bloc for such a realpolitik backdrop: talk about turkeys voting for Christmas! Indeed, they are saying they will push back against pro-EU President Biden while: Running large twin deficits, as the German fiscal deficit is about to get much larger due to the “double-kaboom”, which smells like a potential market Cluster-Truss; The EU energy crisis is only being tempered by imports of LNG from the US; The EU are reliant on US weapons to fight the must-win war in Ukraine; The EU are reliant on exports to the US; and The EU are reliant on Eurodollar swaplines from the US to maintain financial stability at a time when the Fed is raising rates, which it still is. More realistically, the EU also announced a gas price cap that does not actually cap gas prices; and the G7 announced a Russian oil price cap that does not actually cap the price of Russian oil. On energy, gas prices are low now, but will only rise over 2023. Oil prices are sending a clearer signal, but wait and see what happens if the Fed does what the market wants for Christmas. I have kept saying that when we see long US yields go down and commodities tumble it will mean something: we are seeing that now. Yet yelp all you want, but that is not compatible with a weaker dollar. If the US is in trouble, try being everyone else with a lag. Mercantilism is a force very much on the US side, and is as much a story for 2023 as any ‘pivots’. As they say, if you don’t know what’s on the Thanksgiving menu – it’s you. Tyler Durden Thu, 11/24/2022 - 20:15.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytNov 24th, 2022

Alfred Sanzari Enterprises Helps Growing Tech Company Establish Headquarters at Glenpointe

Alfred Sanzari Enterprises, a preeminent family-owned and operated commercial and residential real estate firm, announces that UVeye has signed a lease at Glenpointe Centre West, part of the company’s iconic northern New Jersey Glenpointe corporate campus located in Teaneck, N.J. Alfred Sanzari Enterprises was represented by Newmark’s Jeff Schotz, Peter Rossi, Dan Reider, Peter Kasparian and David... The post Alfred Sanzari Enterprises Helps Growing Tech Company Establish Headquarters at Glenpointe appeared first on Real Estate Weekly. Alfred Sanzari Enterprises, a preeminent family-owned and operated commercial and residential real estate firm, announces that UVeye has signed a lease at Glenpointe Centre West, part of the company’s iconic northern New Jersey Glenpointe corporate campus located in Teaneck, N.J. Alfred Sanzari Enterprises was represented by Newmark’s Jeff Schotz, Peter Rossi, Dan Reider, Peter Kasparian and David Simson. Founded in 2016, UVeye is a computer vision technology company powered by artificial intelligence and proprietary hardware that develops automated inspection systems for vehicles. With offices in Israel and Ohio, UVeye has installed systems at over 100 sites across the globe including vehicle manufacturing facilities, dealerships, fleet company lots and logistics centers as well as energy, financial and diplomatic security facilities. Prior to signing its lease for its new headquarters at Glenpointe, UVeye was the first tenant at FLEX Powered by Glenpointe, the campus’ 5,300-square-foot coworking concept built to meet the space needs of individuals and growing companies. The FLEX Powered by Glenpointe space provided the company with the adaptability it needed to continue to grow its footprint and establish a long-term presence in the market. The lease with UVeye builds upon Alfred Sanzari Enterprises’ strong leasing activity at the 670,000-square-foot Glenpointe corporate campus in 2022. Since the start of the year, the firm has negotiated nearly 100,000 square feet of leases with a wide range of companies including Leica Camera, Axia Women’s Health, and HK Kolmar. “We have chosen New Jersey and Glenpointe as our USA headquarters both because of its great facilities and convenient location,” said Yaron Saghiv, Chief Marketing Officer of UVeye. “Our global expansion providing inspection devices for vehicles has been accelerated recently and we plan to scale throughout North America with local teams reporting to our New Jersey office. Thank you to the wider Glenpointe team for their great collaboration and support!” Carolina Gutierrez, Leasing and Marketing Manager for Alfred Sanzari Enterprises added, “UVeye is a shining example of how Glenpointe and specifically FLEX Powered by Glenpointe space can provide the facilities needed for growing companies to continue their upward trajectory. It’s extremely gratifying for our team to play a role in their success, and we are thrilled to have the company plant its roots at Glenpointe.” Focused on providing a unique work-play-stay experience for employees at the dozens of companies that call the campus home, Glenpointe combines adaptable class-A office space with a slate of diverse amenity offerings that are unmatched in the market. The campus boasts the 26,000-square-foot Glenpointe Fitness Center, The Green, a 22,000-square-foot multi-purpose outdoor amenity space, The Pointe, an on-site community lounge, 700 hotel rooms across three on-site hotels, several casual and fine dining options including an on-site full-service Starbucks, abundant covered parking and 24/7 security. Aiming to further enhance the tenant experience, the firm also recently celebrated the grand opening of Marketplace, An Urban Eatery at Glenpointe, a modern dining hall serving seasonal menu offerings and featuring a fully automated system that includes kiosks for in-store ordering and a website for pickup and catering orders. Offering delicious, scratch-made, chef-prepared grab n’ go meals and made-to-order options such as locally roasted coffee from Cofeecol and small-batch chocolates and pastries from Balthazar Bakery, Marketplace, An Urban Eatery has options for any palate.  Glenpointe currently has a range of spaces available from 976 square feet up to full-floor spaces of 52,000 square feet and a contiguous block in excess of 95,000 square feet. Experience firsthand why Glenpointe is considered the tri-state area’s preeminent corporate campus by booking a tour with Jeff Schotz of Newmark at 201-460-5152 or jeff.schotz@nmrk.com. To stay connected with Alfred Sanzari Enterprises and for updates on the latest transactions and news follow Alfred Sanzari Enterprises on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. The post Alfred Sanzari Enterprises Helps Growing Tech Company Establish Headquarters at Glenpointe appeared first on Real Estate Weekly......»»

Category: realestateSource: realestateweeklyDec 3rd, 2022

Saturday links: expiration dates

On Saturdays we catch up with the non-finance related items that we didn’t get to earlier in the week. You can check... EVsThe Chevy Bolt EUV is a bargain electric vehicle. (arstechnica.com)Toyota's Prius used to be synonymous with hybrids. (ritholtz.com)Nissan once lead EV sales with the Leaf. Now it it is looking for a path forward. (axios.com)The U.S. charging network is a mess. (wsj.com)AutosRoundabouts are taking over America. (washingtonpost.com)American exceptionalism when it comes to road deaths is notable. (nytimes.com)What it's like to get hit by an SUV. (theguardian.com)EnvironmentHigh air pollution is bad for human health. Period. (sciencedaily.com)Hospitals are uniquely at-risk to hurricanes. (politico.com)Tips on how to save energy on clothes washing. (washingtonpost.com)AnimalsHow birds and small mammals affect how forests grow. (newatlas.com)Lobster and snow crab fisheries are looking for bait alternatives. (hakaimagazine.com)Beluga whales are disappearing off the coast of Alaska. (undark.org)Why the Galapagos Islands retain their unique character. (hakaimagazine.com)How shrews shrink (and regrow) their brains. (washingtonpost.com)TravelSmall, regional airports continue to lose scheduled commercial flights. (nytimes.com)Can cruise ships ever really be green? (nytimes.com)TechnologyAmazon's ($AMZN) Alexa is having a 'midlife crisis.' (jacobsmedia.com)The Apple TV is not built for live sports. (macworld.com)PhysiciansAmerica's doctors are getting older. (nytimes.com)Why you can't trust online physician (and hospital) ratings. (marginalrevolution.com)Respiratory virusesThere's no such thing as a good respiratory virus. (vox.com)There's no such thing as 'immunity debt' at the individual level. (newscientist.com)How a new mRNA vaccine could be effective against various influenza strains. (newatlas.com)OzempicAdd Ozempic to the list of drugs Hollywood types are abusing. (vanityfair.com)Ozempic is in short supply, so how are people still getting it? (wsj.com)HealthThe FDA approved the first therapy using bacteria from stool samples to treat a bowel disorder. (statnews.com)Post-Dobbs, vasectomies are on the rise in the U.S. (politico.com)We still don't know what causes canker sores. (msn.com)There are now no effective monoclonal antibody Covid treatments. (statnews.com)Mpox is no longer in the headlines but hasn't gone away. (msn.com)FitnessAll movement is good movement. (wsj.com)How path dependence works when it comes to exercise. (outsideonline.com)What we can learn about exercise from astronauts. (washingtonpost.com)Caffeine is a performance enhancer, at least for sprinters. (newatlas.com)DogsWhat researchers can learn about cancer from trials in dogs. (cbsnews.com)Five insights from Alexandra Horowitz's new book, "The Year of the Puppy: How Dogs Become Themselves." (nextbigideaclub.com)A shortage of veterinarians and vet techs is still pretty bad. (wsj.com)How dogs evolved to live with humans. (cbsnews.com)FoodThe fertilizer shortage will persist into 2023. (modernfarmer.com)Why Whole Foods, and others, are taking Maine lobster off the menu. (fortune.com)Nestle is going to market with a plant-based chocolate chip. (axios.com)The pretzel category is hot. (fooddive.com)Olive oil brands are getting hip. (eater.com)Caffeine-Free Diet CokeThe case against Caffeine-Free Diet Coke. (gawker.com)Caffeine-Free Diet Coke is not 'hardcore.' (slate.com)DrinkHow people talk about beer these days. (punchdrink.com)Online wine club Winc Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. (news.crunchbase.com)SportsFootball analytics is going through its own growing pains. (oversharing.substack.com)A look at the revolving door between TV and coaching. (frontofficesports.com)How sports betting companies defend their marketing deals with universities. (wsj.com)Can fly fishing be a competitive sport? (hatchmag.com)VideoThe 25 best movies of 2022 including 'Tár.' (vox.com)The best TV shows of 2022 including 'The Good Fight.' (newyorker.com)CollegeIs the college ranking reckoning finally here? (slate.com)Even college presidents lose their minds when their kids apply to college. (wsj.com)The GRE has rapidly fallen out of favor. (science.org)Earlier on Abnormal ReturnsPodcast links: telling stories with data. (abnormalreturns.com)What you missed in our Thursday linkfest. (abnormalreturns.com)Are you a financial adviser looking for some out-of-the-box thinking? Then check out our weekly e-mail newsletter. (newsletter.abnormalreturns.com)Mixed mediaHow in-person conferences are adapting to the work-from-home era. (vox.com)Unexpected phone calls are now a source of fear, for many. (washingtonpost.com)Instagram is losing its relevance to Gen Z. (msn.com).....»»

Category: blogSource: abnormalreturnsDec 3rd, 2022

Why Is Red Robin (RRGB) Up 22.8% Since Last Earnings Report?

Red Robin (RRGB) reported earnings 30 days ago. What's next for the stock? We take a look at earnings estimates for some clues. It has been about a month since the last earnings report for Red Robin (RRGB). Shares have added about 22.8% in that time frame, outperforming the S&P 500.Will the recent positive trend continue leading up to its next earnings release, or is Red Robin due for a pullback? Before we dive into how investors and analysts have reacted as of late, let's take a quick look at its most recent earnings report in order to get a better handle on the important catalysts. Red Robin Q3 Earnings & Revenues Beat EstimatesRed Robin reported its third-quarter fiscal 2022 results, with both earnings and revenues beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The top-line increased year over year, while the bottom line declined on a year over year basis.Earnings & Revenue DiscussionIn the fiscal third quarter, Red Robin reported an adjusted loss per share of $1.03, narrower than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of $1.30. In the year-ago quarter, the company reported an adjusted loss of 88 cents.Quarterly revenues of $286.9 million surpassed the consensus mark of $282 million. The top line increased 4.2% year over year. The upside was primarily driven by favorable guest check and increased menu mix and pricing.During the quarter under review, comparable restaurant revenues rose 5.3% year over year. The upside was primarily driven by a 9% rise in guest check and a 3.7% decrease in average guest count. The rise in average guest check can be attributed to a 7.7% increase in pricing, a 2.5% improvement in menu mix and a 1.2% decline in discounts.Operating ResultsThe restaurant-level operating profit margin was 12.6% in the fiscal third quarter compared with the 12.5% reported in the prior-year quarter.During the fiscal third quarter, restaurant labor costs (as a percentage of restaurant revenues) decreased 130 basis points (bps) year over year to 35.6%. The upside was primarily due to labor inflation.Meanwhile, other operating costs declined 30 bps year over year to 18.7%. During the quarter under review, cost of sales increased 180 bps year over year to 25%. Occupancy costs fell 20 bps year over year to 8.1%.Adjusted earnings before interest expenses, income taxes, depreciation and amortization during the fiscal third quarter amounted to $4 million compared with $8.2 million in the year-ago quarter.Other Financial InformationAs of Oct 2, 2022, Red Robin had cash and cash equivalents of $50 million compared with $22.8 million as of Dec 26, 2021. Long-term debt as of Oct 2, 2022, stood at $189.3 million compared with $167.3 million as of Dec 26, 2021. Inventories during the quarter were $25.2 million, flat year over year.GuidanceRed Robin updated 2022 guidance. For fiscal 2022, the company now expects capital expenditures in the range of $43-$48 million. This includes investments in restaurants, infrastructure and systems capital maintenance, digital guest, operational technology solutions and off-premises execution enhancements.For fiscal 2022, the company continues to expect selling, general and administrative costs in the range of $138-$142 million compared with the prior estimate of $145-$155 million. Adjusted EBITDA is anticipated between $53 million and $58 million, down from the earlier estimate of $80 million and $90 million. In 2022, the company anticipates pricing in the mid-single digit, cost inflation in the mid-double digits and restaurant labor cost inflation in the mid-to-high single digit.How Have Estimates Been Moving Since Then?In the past month, investors have witnessed a downward trend in estimates review.The consensus estimate has shifted -64.1% due to these changes.VGM ScoresCurrently, Red Robin has a nice Growth Score of B, a grade with the same score on the momentum front. Charting a somewhat similar path, the stock was allocated a grade of A on the value side, putting it in the top quintile for this investment strategy.Overall, the stock has an aggregate VGM Score of A. If you aren't focused on one strategy, this score is the one you should be interested in.OutlookEstimates have been broadly trending downward for the stock, and the magnitude of this revision indicates a downward shift. Notably, Red Robin has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). We expect an in-line return from the stock in the next few months.Performance of an Industry PlayerRed Robin is part of the Zacks Retail - Restaurants industry. Over the past month, Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), a stock from the same industry, has gained 16.8%. The company reported its results for the quarter ended September 2022 more than a month ago.Chipotle reported revenues of $2.22 billion in the last reported quarter, representing a year-over-year change of +13.7%. EPS of $9.51 for the same period compares with $7.02 a year ago.Chipotle is expected to post earnings of $8.80 per share for the current quarter, representing a year-over-year change of +57.7%. Over the last 30 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate has changed +0%.The overall direction and magnitude of estimate revisions translate into a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) for Chipotle. Also, the stock has a VGM Score of C. Zacks Names "Single Best Pick to Double" From thousands of stocks, 5 Zacks experts each have chosen their favorite to skyrocket +100% or more in months to come. From those 5, Director of Research Sheraz Mian hand-picks one to have the most explosive upside of all. It’s a little-known chemical company that’s up 65% over last year, yet still dirt cheap. With unrelenting demand, soaring 2022 earnings estimates, and $1.5 billion for repurchasing shares, retail investors could jump in at any time. This company could rival or surpass other recent Zacks’ Stocks Set to Double like Boston Beer Company which shot up +143.0% in little more than 9 months and NVIDIA which boomed +175.9% in one year.Free: See Our Top Stock and 4 Runners Up >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (RRGB): Free Stock Analysis Report Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (CMG): Free Stock Analysis ReportTo read this article on Zacks.com click here.Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksDec 3rd, 2022

How to use split screen mode on your Android phone or tablet

You can use two apps at once on your Android device by opening them in split screen view with a few simple steps. It's easy to turn on split screen mode on your Android phone or tablet.Sarah Jacobs/Business Insider You can use split screen mode on Android devices to view and use two apps simultaneously. To enter split screen view, open "Recent Apps," long-press an app, and then tap "Split Screen." On Galaxy devices, tap an app's icon in "Recent Apps" and select "Open in split screen view." Have you ever wanted to use two apps on your Android mobile device at the same time? If so, you're in luck.Most new Android phones from over a dozen different manufacturers now allow you to run apps in split screen mode, which lets you use and view them both at once. Keep in mind that running apps in split screen mode can deplete your battery faster. Furthermore, not all apps support split screen mode — some apps, like games, require full-screen functionality.Additionally, not all Android devices support split screen view.But, if you have a compatible Android device and two apps that you'd like to run in split screen mode, here's how to do it.How to use split screen mode on an Android deviceSince Android devices have different interfaces, depending on the manufacturer, you might notice that the steps for using split screen view are slightly different on your device. However, the instructions below should work for most Androids. 1. On your Home screen, tap on the Recent Apps button. On some phones, it's represented by three vertical lines, while on others, it's a rounded square, and can be located in the bottom left or right corner of the screen.Open up your "Recent Apps" menu.Chrissy Montelli/Insider2. In Recent Apps, find the app you want to use in split screen, and then tap and hold it until a menu appears. 3. In the menu, tap Split screen.4. The app you have selected will temporarily appear at the top of the screen, and it will be separated from the bottom part by a black bar. Then, tap the other app you want to use in split screen view.5. Your apps will now appear in split screen mode, and you should be able to switch between the two seamlessly. 6. To end split screen view, drag the black bar that separates the apps in the direction of the app you want to close.Quick tip: You can drag the black bar up or down to give either the top or bottom app more room on the screen – just don't drag it all the way to the top or bottom, as that will exit split screen view.If you view apps in split screen a lot, you'll notice that some apps are better equipped to split screen than others.For instance, apps like YouTube and Netflix are well-suited for split screen, since their video capabilities require little interactivity. Mobile games, on the other hand, might not be able to utilize split screen if their gameplay needs a lot of attention from the player.How to split screens on a Samsung GalaxyFor Samsung Galaxy devices, there's a slight difference in the way that you open split screen mode that it's worth mentioning.1. From the Samsung Galaxy's Home screen, tap the Recent Apps button – the three vertical lines – in the bottom left corner.2. In the Recent Apps screen, find the app you want to use in split screen view, and then tap that app's icon at the top.While in the "Recent Apps" screen, tap the icon of the app you want to use in split screen view.Stefan Ionescu/Insider3. In the menu that appears, tap Open in split screen view.Tap "Open in split screen view."Stefan Ionescu/Insider4. The app will appear in the top half of the screen separated by a blue bar at the center. Below the blue bar, you'll see a list of other apps; all you have to do is tap on the one you want to take up the bottom half of the screen.5. Both apps will now occupy their respective half of the screen, and you can use them without having to close the other.6. To end split screen view, drag the blue bar that separates the apps in the direction of the app you want to close.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: personnelSource: nytDec 2nd, 2022

Cracker Barrel stock tumbles more than 11% after big profit miss, trimmed revenue outlook

Shares of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. tumbled 11.5% in premarket trading Friday, after the home-style restaurant chain with retail stores inside missed fiscal first-quarter profit expectations, as cost inflation surpassed menu price increases, and trimmed its full-year revenue outlook. Net income dropped to $17.1 million, or 77 cents a share, from $33.4 million, or $1.41 a share, in the year-ago period. Excluding nonrecurring items, adjusted earnings per share of 99 cents was well below the FactSet consensus of $1.22. Revenue rose 7.0% to $839.5 million, above the FactSet consensus of $836.9 million. Same-restaurant sales grew 7.1%, including total menu pricing of 7.8%, and same-retail store sale increased 4.3%. For fiscal 2023, the company trimmed its revenue growth outlook to 6% to 8% from 7% to 8%. Separately, the company declared a regular quarterly dividend of $1.30 a share, payable Jan. 31 to shareholders of record on Jan. 13. Based on Thursday's stock closing price of $113.56, the annual dividend rate implies a dividend yield of 4.58%, compared with the implied yield for the S&P 500 of 1.64%. The stock has gained 5.6% over the past three months through Thursday while the S&P 500 has tacked on 3.9%.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news......»»

Category: topSource: marketwatchDec 2nd, 2022

CRACKER BARREL REPORTS FIRST QUARTER FISCAL 2023 RESULTS

Board declares $1.30 quarterly dividend per share; appoints William Moreton to Board of Directors LEBANON, Tenn., Dec. 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. ("Cracker Barrel" or the "Company") (Nasdaq: CBRL) today reported its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2023 ended October 28, 2022. First Quarter Fiscal 2023 Highlights The Company reported first quarter total revenue of $839.5 million. Compared to the prior year first quarter, total revenue increased 7.0%. Comparable store restaurant sales increased 7.1%, while comparable store retail sales increased 4.3%. GAAP operating income for the first quarter was $23.6 million, or 2.8% of total revenue, and adjusted1 operating income was $30.0 million, or 3.6% of total revenue. GAAP net income was $17.1 million, or 2.0% of total revenue. Adjusted EBITDA1 was $54.8 million, or 6.5% of total revenue. GAAP earnings per diluted share were $0.77, and adjusted1 earnings per diluted share were $0.99. The Company announced that its Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly dividend of $1.30 per share. The Company has appointed veteran restaurant leader, William Moreton, to its Board of Directors. Commenting on the first quarter results, Cracker Barrel President and Chief Executive Officer, Sandra B. Cochran said, "We delivered topline performance and operating income results in line with our expectations. I was pleased with our teams' ability to successfully operate in a challenging environment and with our progress on key initiatives including cost savings, digital experience, store technology, and hospitality. I remain confident in our strategy, and we continue to expect improved performance in the second half of the fiscal year. While the increased macroeconomic uncertainty and persistent inflationary pressures merit caution, we believe our value proposition and strong guest experience position us well to navigate the environment." Announcing the appointment of William Moreton to the Company's Board of Directors, Ms. Cochran commented, "We are happy to announce that Bill Moreton has agreed to join our Board of Directors.  Bill has over thirty-five years of leadership and financial experience in the restaurant space, including as the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice Chairman of Panera Bread Company, President and Chief Financial Officer of Potbelly Sandwich Works, Chief Executive Officer of Baja Fresh, and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Houlihan's Restaurant Group, as well as experience in banking and public accounting.  With this background, Bill brings even more industry expertise and valuable perspective to our Board and adds to our Board's already impressive level of strategic capabilities as we navigate industry challenges. Our other directors and our management team are looking forward to his contributions." First Quarter Fiscal 2023 Results Revenue The Company reported total revenue of $839.5 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2023, representing an increase of 7.0% compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2022. Cracker Barrel comparable store restaurant sales increased 7.1%, including total menu pricing of 7.8%. Comparable store retail sales increased 4.3% from the prior year quarter.   Operating IncomeGAAP operating income for the first quarter was $23.6 million, or 2.8% of total revenue. Excluding the approximately $3.2 million in non-cash amortization related to the gains on the previously disclosed sale and leaseback transactions and approximately $3.2 million in proxy contest and settlement expenses incurred in the first quarter, adjusted1 operating income for the first quarter was $30.0 million, or 3.6% of total revenue, compared to $46.1 million, or 5.9%, of total revenue in the prior year quarter. The decline in the Company's adjusted operating income as a percent of total revenue versus the prior year is primarily the result of commodity, wage and other expense inflation in excess of pricing, higher retail cost of goods sold, and elevated maintenance expense.   Net Income, EBITDA, and Earnings per Diluted Share GAAP net income for the first quarter was $17.1 million, or 2.0% of total revenue. This represented a 48.7% decrease compared to prior year quarter GAAP net income of $33.4 million, or 4.3% of total revenue. Adjusted EBITDA1 was $54.8 million, or 6.5% of total revenue, a 23.8% decrease compared to the prior year quarter EBITDA1 of $71.9 million, or 9.2% of total revenue. GAAP earnings per diluted share for the first quarter were $0.77, a 45.4% decrease compared to the prior year quarter GAAP earnings per diluted share of $1.41. Adjusted1 earnings per diluted share were $0.99, a 34.9% decrease compared to the prior year quarter adjusted1 earnings per diluted share of $1.52. Quarterly Dividend Declaration The Company announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $1.30 per share on the Company's common stock. The quarterly dividend is payable on January 31, 2023 to shareholders of record as of January 13, 2023. Fiscal 2023 Outlook The Company anticipates the near-term consumer environment will remain challenged due to continued inflation, low consumer confidence, and macroeconomic uncertainty. The Company expects the environment and results to improve, although later in the year than the Company forecasted last quarter. The Company has thus adjusted its outlook for the fiscal year as follows: Total revenue growth of 6% to 8% compared to the prior fiscal year; Commodity inflation of 8% to 9%, with sequential moderation each quarter; Wage inflation of 5% to 6%; GAAP operating income margin rate in the low 4% range and adjusted operating income margin rate in the high 4% range. The Company reiterated the following components of its outlook: Three to four new Cracker Barrel units and 15 to 20 new Maple Street Biscuit Company units Cost savings and business model improvements that are expected to contribute between $20 million to $25 million to fiscal 2023 profitability; Capital expenditures of approximately $125 million; and An effective tax rate in the range of 10% to 15%. The Company reminds readers that the uncertainties created by current macroeconomic conditions may cause actual results to differ materially from those expected and that its outlook for fiscal 2023 reflects a number of assumptions, many of which are outside the Company's control. 1 For Non-GAAP reconciliations, please refer to the Reconciliation of GAAP-basis operating results to non-GAAP operating results section of this release. Fiscal 2023 First Quarter Conference CallAs previously announced, the live broadcast of Cracker Barrel's quarterly conference call will be available to the public online at investor.crackerbarrel.com today beginning at 11:00 a.m. (ET). The online replay will be available at 2:00 p.m. (ET) and continue through December 16, 2022. About Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBRL) provides a caring and friendly home-away-from-home experience while offering guests high-quality homestyle food to enjoy in-store or to-go and unique shopping — all at a fair price. Established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn., Cracker Barrel and its affiliates operate more than 660 company-owned Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations in 45 states and own the fast-casual Maple Street Biscuit Company. For more information about the Company, visit crackerbarrel.com. CBRL-F Except for specific historical information, certain of the matters discussed in this press release may express or imply projections of revenues or expenditures, statements of plans and objectives or future operations or statements of future economic performance. These, and similar statements are forward-looking statements concerning matters that involve risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual performance of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. and its subsidiaries to differ materially from those expressed or implied by this discussion. All forward-looking information is subject to completion of our financial procedures for Q1 FY 2023 and is provided pursuant to the safe harbor established under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and should be evaluated in the context of these factors. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "trends," "assumptions," "target," "guidance," "outlook," "opportunity," "future," "plans," "goals," "objectives," "expectations," "near-term," "long-term," "projection," "may," "will," "would," "could," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "believe," "potential," "regular," "should," "projects," "forecasts," or "continue" (or the negative or other derivatives of each of these terms) or similar terminology and include the expected effects of COVID-19 on our business, financial condition and results of operations and of operational improvement initiatives, such as new menu items and retail offerings. Factors which could materially affect actual results include, but are not limited to: risks and uncertainties associated with inflationary conditions with respect to the cost for food, ingredients, retail merchandise, transportation, distribution, labor and utilities and their effects on the availability of key inputs to our business as well as consumer spending, travel and demand generally; the COVID-19 pandemic, including the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and its ultimate impact on our business, levels of consumer confidence in the safety of dine-in restaurants, restrictions (including occupancy restrictions) imposed by governmental authorities, the effectiveness of cost saving measures undertaken throughout our operations, disruptions to our operations as a result of the spread of COVID-19 in our workforce, and our level of indebtedness, or constraints on our expenditures, ability to service our debt obligations or make cash distributions to our shareholders or cash management generally; general or regional economic weakness, business and societal conditions, and weather on sales and customer travel; discretionary income or personal expenditure activity of our customers; information technology-related incidents, including data privacy and information security breaches, whether as a result of infrastructure failures, employee or vendor errors, or actions of third parties; our ability to identify, acquire and sell successful new lines of retail merchandise and new menu items at our restaurants; our ability to sustain or the effects of plans intended to improve operational or marketing execution and performance; uncertain performance of acquired businesses, strategic investments and other initiatives that we may pursue now or in the future; changes in or implementation of additional governmental or regulatory rules, regulations and interpretations affecting tax, wage and hour matters, health and safety, pensions, insurance or other undeterminable areas; the effects of plans intended to promote or protect our brands and products; commodity price increases; the ability of and cost to us to recruit, train, and retain qualified hourly and management employees; the effects of increased competition at our locations on sales and on labor recruiting, cost, and retention; workers' compensation, group health and utility price changes; consumer behavior based on negative publicity or changes in consumer health or dietary trends or safety aspects of our food or products or those of the restaurant industry in general, including concerns about outbreaks of infectious disease, as well as the possible effects of such events on the price or availability of ingredients used in our restaurants; the effects of our indebtedness, including under our credit facility and our convertible senior notes, and associated restrictions on our financial and operating flexibility and ability to execute or pursue our operating plans and objectives; changes in interest rates, increases in borrowed capital or capital market conditions affecting our financing costs and ability to refinance all or portions of our indebtedness; the effects of dilution of our existing stockholders' ownership interest that may ensue from any conversions of our convertible senior notes or the related warrants issued in connection with our convertible note hedging transactions; the effects of business trends on the outlook for individual restaurant locations and the effect on the carrying value of those locations; our ability to retain key personnel; the availability and cost of suitable sites for restaurant development and our ability to identify those sites; our ability to enter successfully into new geographic markets that may be less familiar to us; changes in land, building materials and construction costs; the actual results of pending, future or threatened litigation or governmental investigations and the costs and effects of negative publicity or our ability to manage the impact of social media associated with these activities; economic or psychological effects of natural disasters or unforeseen events such as terrorist acts, social unrest or war and the military or government responses to such events; disruptions to our restaurant or retail supply chain, including as a result of COVID-19; changes in foreign exchange rates affecting our future retail inventory purchases; the impact of activist shareholders; our reliance on limited distribution facilities and certain significant vendors; implementation of new or changes in interpretation of existing accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"); and other factors described from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, press releases, and other communications. Any forward-looking statement made by us herein, or elsewhere, speaks only as of the date on which made. We expressly disclaim any intent, obligation or undertaking to update or revise any forward-looking statements made herein to reflect any change in our expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements are based.    CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE, INC.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT(Unaudited)(In thousands, except share and per share amounts, percentages and ratios)  First Quarter Ended 10/28/22 10/29/21 Percentage Change Total revenue $839,519 $784,930 7 % Cost of goods sold, (exclusive of depreciation & rent) 281,540 242,771 16 Labor and other related expenses 291,708 274,657 6 Other store operating expenses 196,704 183,679 7 General and administrative expenses 45,948 40,910 12 Operating income 23,619 42,913 (45) Interest expense 3,532 2,629 34 Income before income taxes 20,087 40,284 (50) Provision for income taxes 2,958 6,908 (57) Net income $17,129 $33,376 (49) Earnings per share – Basic: $0.77 $1.42 (46) Earnings per share – Diluted: $0.77 $1.41 (45) Weighted average shares:     Basic 22,193,774 23,507,361 (6)     Diluted.....»»

Category: earningsSource: benzingaDec 2nd, 2022

I tried Taco Bell"s polarizing enchirito during its temporary return and it felt like a step backwards after a year of successful launches

Taco Bell's enchirito was mediocre and overpriced compared to premium items like the Mexican Pizza. Mary Meisenzahl/Insider Taco Bell temporarily brought back the enchirito after a customer vote. I thought the enchirito was mediocre and overpriced compared to some other recent menu items. Taco Bell let fans vote to bring back a vintage menu item this fall, giving customers the option of the enchirito or the Double Decker Taco.Taco Bell.ShutterstockThe enchirito, which was on menus from 1970 to 2013, won the vote.Taco BellI've never tried the enchirito, so I made sure to go before it left menus again on November 30.Kate TaylorIt comes in a little plastic container, fogged up from the heat of the enchirito.Mary Meisenzahl/InsiderThis packaging is somewhat unusual for Taco Bell, where most items come wrapped in paper or in a cardboard box, like the Mexican pizza.Mary Meisenzahl/InsiderAt first glance it looked very cheesy, which I liked, even though the cheese looked kind of congealed and unappealing.Mary Meisenzahl/InsiderIt comes topped with diced onions, though they seem to be there more as a garnish than for adding to the flavor of the dish.Mary Meisenzahl/InsiderThe cheese was an almost rubbery texture that was difficult to get through with my fork.Mary Meisenzahl/InsiderMy first bite was mostly tortilla, cheese, and enchilada sauce, with the meat hidden further inside the middle.Mary Meisenzahl/InsiderThe filling didn't taste like much of anything.Mary Meisenzahl/InsiderIt was kind of unpleasantly mushy, and the combination of textures was strange to me.Mary Meisenzahl/InsiderI paid $4.99 for the beef enchirito, making it one of the pricier menu items at Taco Bell.Mary Meisenzahl/InsiderFor comparison, that's the same price as a Mexican pizza, more expensive than a cheesy gordita crunch and chalupa supreme, and 30 cents less expensive than a crunchwrap supreme.Taco Bell's Mexican Pizza.Taco BellI'm generally a big Taco Bell fan, and I found the enchirito to be one of my least favorite items on the menu, especially given the price.Mary Meisenzahl/InsiderI think it's one of the worst deals on the menu, and I'd much rather get my money's worth with a crunchwrap supreme or similar, which feels much more substantial.Mary Meisenzahl/InsiderSome customers on social media complained that the returning enchirito was disappointingly small, and not worth the money.Courtesy of Taco BellSource: Twitter, Twitter, Twitter, RedditBased on nutrition information from 2022 and 2013, the enchirito contains the same number of calories today as it previously did, so it doesn't seem to actually be smaller.Taco BellTaco Bell had major success this year with higher priced "premium" items like Mexican pizza and grilled cheese burritos, YUM Brands CEO David Gibbs said in a November earnings call.Anneta Konstantinides/InsiderSource: InsiderBoth of those items are worth their higher prices to me compared to basic tacos and burritos, but I can't justify the price of the enchirito, and I wouldn't order it again.Mary Meisenzahl/InsiderDo you have a story to share about a retail or restaurant chain? Email this reporter at mmeisenzahl@businessinsider.com.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderDec 2nd, 2022

5 things Starbucks baristas want you to stop doing right now

If you want to get on your Starbucks barista's good side this holiday season, avoid doing these five things when ordering or visiting the store. It's red-cup season. While many customers are cheerful and respectful this time of year, some are guilty of these pet peeves.Starbucks Insider asked current and former Starbucks baristas what annoys them the most on the job. They shared five customer pet peeves, including not cleaning up your cups or utensils. Another pet peeve is blaming product shortages on the barista when they can't control it. Red-cup season at Starbucks is well underway, and holiday cheer has begun to fire on all cylinders. The signature reusable cup started out as a marketing tool, and now nearly everyone on the planet looks forward to its release as the mark of the start of the holiday season — even baristas. "Love red-cup season," Tayla, a former Starbucks barista who's based in the UK, told Insider. "Festive drinks are all super simple to make and spirits are lifted."  While many memories from seasons past are holly and jolly for baristas, some are a bit grinchy — and they don't have to be. Insider spoke with three current and former Starbucks baristas about their biggest customer pet peeves, and what customers can do to make the holiday season more cheerful. (The baristas asked to omit their last names for privacy and professional reasons, but Insider has verified their identities and employment with documentation.)1. Blaming your barista for shortagesIt's super frustrating when your favorite item is amiss as a result of supply-chain issues. But some customers direct those strong feelings toward their baristas.Tayla said that product shortages tend to bring out the sensitive and aggressive side of customers. "We'd once ran out of a particular bagel," she said. "One woman was very unhappy about the situation. She tried to get her order for free as a result, but fortunately I was able to hand her over to my manager."  When customer frustrations reach a boiling point, baristas said they're trained to roll with the situation and offer alternative beverage suggestions or explain to the customer how supply-chain problems continue to be an issue. Rather than having a pout or tossing around complaints about missing menu items, baristas ask that customers navigate the scenario with a bit of grace.2. Ignoring the tip jarIf a server or barista goes the extra mile, it seems like a common courtesy to offer something on top of that $5 cup of coffee. Unfortunately, some baristas have found that tipping at Starbucks is a courtesy that's not so common."Sometimes a customer buys $15 worth of drinks, pays with a $20, and tells us to keep the change," Jack, an Indiana-based barista, told Insider. "The customer calls it doing his part." Baristas also have the ability to try and sway some extra tips their way by placing clever voting-themed tip jars out on the coffee counter. Some folks who stumble upon these tip jars laugh and throw a bit of extra change their way, but for the most part, Jack said, these jars go unnoticed.    3. Ordering something complicated, then not picking it up right awayTwo baristas said that customers ordering complicated drinks is a big pet peeve. "People that order all kinds of amendments to their drinks, where the beverage doesn't even resemble the starting drink, are not ideal," Meg, a former barista from downtown Indianapolis, said.  "Any hot day sun's out, Frappuccino's out," Tayla added. "Frappuccinos take so long to make, and you usually get soaked in the process." If you're ordering something complicated, they said, be ready to hear your name called and pick it up — no one likes to see a hot drink go lukewarm at the end of the coffee bar, especially a barista.  4. Correcting the spelling of your nameSpeaking of your name, Tayla said, don't correct the spelling if a barista gets it wrong on your cup. "It's all part of the fun."  5. Not cleaning up your messTayla said messy customers are a pain — for example, if they stick a muffin in their coffee cup and leave it out for a store worker to pick up. "They are horrific to clean," she said."Just be nice. Clean up your trash," Meg added. "Don't leave your cups for others to discard and don't leave your wrappers, napkins, and stir sticks to be your barista's problem. If you have difficulty locating the trash, feel free to ask your barista."All of the baristas that spoke with Insider agreed that mean customers were few and far between when compared to the kind ones. They also said that, at the end of the day, they enjoyed their jobs."I did love working at Starbucks," Tayla said. "The community behind the bar was always lovely and, in my experience, so were most of the customers."Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderDec 2nd, 2022

Stephen Colbert and Julia Louis-Dreyfus among distinguished guests gathered for Biden"s first state dinner for French President Emmanuel Macron

The black-tie affair featured plenty of pomp as scores of high-profile guests arrived at the White House Thursday evening. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden greet French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron as they arrive for a State Dinner on the North Portico of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022.AP Photo/Patrick Semansky President Biden hosted French President Emmanuel Macron for his first state dinner since being elected. Scores of celebrities, politicians, and other guests arrived at the White House ahead of the affair. Everyone from Anna Wintour to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was in attendance.  The world leaders started the evening by posing for official photos on the North Portico of the White House.President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden pose for photos with French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron as they arrive for a State Dinner on the North Portico of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022.AP Photo/Patrick SemanskyPresident Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron to the White House on Thursday evening for the administration's first state dinner since his election.The occasion marks a post-COVID return to Washington's political pomp and circumstance as the allied nations aim to present a united front following rocky relations between the two during the previous presidency.The first lady took the lead in planning the black-tie affair, saying the dinner (including a menu with lobster) would reflect the US and France's shared values, as well as shared colors: red, white, and blue.Several high-profile guests began to arrive ahead of the dinner's 8:50 p.m. ET start time, offering a glimpse into the A-list guest list and extravagant affair.Several members of Biden's administration were in attendance, including White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre arrives for the State Dinner with President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022.AP Photo/Susan WalshHomeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and his wife had their photo taken as they arrived.Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas arrives for the State Dinner with President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022.AP Photo/Susan WalshDefense Secretary Lloyd Austin took note of the holiday decor on his way into the event.Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and his wife Charlene Austin arrive for the State Dinner with President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022.AP Photo/Susan WalshTransportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and husband Chasten Buttigieg strolled in together.Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and his husband Chasten Buttigieg arrive for the State Dinner with President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022.AP Photo/Susan WalshSeveral high-ranking Democratic leaders were there, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who brought his daughter Jessica as a guest.Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., speaks to members of the media as he arrives with his daughter Jessica Schumer for the State Dinner with President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022.AP Photo/Susan WalshHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi also brought her daughter.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., arrives for the State Dinner with President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022.AP Photo/Susan WalshSome key Republicans attended the affair, including Sen. Susan Collins.Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Elizabeth McCandless arrive for the State Dinner with President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022.AP Photo/Susan WalshHouse Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy brought his mother Roberta as a guest.House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., and his mother Roberta McCarthy arrive for the State Dinner with President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022.AP Photo/Susan WalshRepublican House Minority Whip Steve Scalise greeted reporters as he made his entrance.House Minority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., speaks to members of the media as he arrives for the State Dinner with President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022.AP Photo/Susan WalshRetired Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer was all smiles as he arrived.Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer arrives for the State Dinner with President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022.AP Photo/Susan WalshBut it wasn't just politicians in attendance: Apple CEO Tim Cook made the trip.Apple CEO Tim Cook arrives for the State Dinner with President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022.AP Photo/Susan WalshVogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour was accompanied by Australian film director Baz Luhrmann.Baz Luhrmann and Anna Wintour arrive for the State Dinner with President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022.AP Photo/Susan WalshMSNBC television hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski smiled at their fellow media folk as they arrived.MSNBC television hosts Joe Scarborough and his wife Mika Brzezinski arrive for the State Dinner with President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022.AP Photo/Susan WalshA pregnant Chrissy Teigen and John Legend were among the celebrity guests in attendance.Chrissy Teigen, left, and John Legend arrive for the State Dinner with President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022.AP Photo/Susan WalshActress Jennifer Garner brought her 17-year-old daughter Violet as her guest.Actress Jennifer Garner arrives with her daughter for the State Dinner with President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022.AP Photo/Susan WalshMusician Jon Batiste, who is set to perform, had several members of his family in tow as he arrived.Musician Jon Batiste arrives with his wife Suleika Jaouad and family members for the State Dinner with President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022.AP Photo/Susan WalshLate-night talk show host Stephen Colbert and his wife were among the distinguished guests.Late night talk show host Stephen Colbert and his wife Evelyn McGee-Colbert arrive for the State Dinner with President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022.AP Photo/Susan WalshAnd actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who played a fictional US president on the television show "Veep," brought her son Charlie to the real thing.Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus and her son actor Charlie Hall arrive for the State Dinner with President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022.AP Photo/Susan WalshRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderDec 1st, 2022

10 ways to see your Spotify stats and view your most-played songs and artists

You can get your Spotify stats from straightforward websites like "Stats for Spotify" or humorous ones like "How Bad is Your Spotify." Apart from Spotify Wrapped, you can track your Spotify stats through numerous third-party sites.Mr.Whiskey/Shutterstock There are a variety of websites and apps that give you stats about your Spotify account. "Instafest" is a popular app that links to Spotify to reveal your most-listened-to artists. Sites like "How Bad is Your Spotify" take a more comedic approach to analyzing your stats. Spotify has over 400 million users, according to the company's website. And together, those users listen to countless artists, songs, genres, and playlists each year.If you've ever wanted to dive deeper into your listening habits — maybe to see which songs you listen to the most, or compare your tastes with others — there are dozens of websites you can use to check your Spotify stats. These sites range from serious to goofy, but they'll all help you see your music fandom in a new light.Here are a few of our favorites from across the spectrum.How to check your Spotify statsThere are many Spotify tools and third-party websites to give you insight into your most-played songs, artists, or genres.Stats for SpotifyChoose between tracks, artists, and genres to see your relevant Spotify stats.Abigail Abesamis Demarest/InsiderStats for Spotify is probably the most basic "stats" site you're going to find. Log into your Spotify account and you can see your favorite artists, songs, and genres from the last month, six months, or all time.Scroll to the bottom of your Top Tracks page, and you'll even find a Create playlist button you can use to instantly make a playlist with all the songs on that list.Quick tip: To use Stats for Spotify and similar third-party websites, you'll have to grant each site permission to view your account data and activity. You can revoke access from any third-party app or site you've approved by going to the Apps page of your Account settings in a browser and selecting Remove Access.Spotify WrappedYou can now see your Spotify Wrapped for 2022SpotifyYou probably know about this one.Every year, Spotify releases Spotify Wrapped, a slideshow that shows you who your favorite artists, songs, and genres were over the past year. You also get a count of how much time you spent listening to Spotify, and a playlist with your top 100 songs (plus one extra for just this year).You don't need to connect anything to your Spotify account to find this. It'll pop up in your Spotify app automatically when it gets released, so you can watch the slideshow and share it with all of your friends.Once some time passes, you won't be able to find the Wrapped slideshows anymore. But you can find your Wrapped playlists from years past by logging into the Spotify website and checking these links:Wrapped 2021Wrapped 2020Wrapped 2019Wrapped 2018Wrapped 2017ObscurifyCheck to see how obscure your music taste is with this Spotify-powered tool.Abigail Abesamis Demarest/InsiderObscurify, like other sites, shows you your top tracks, artists, and genres. But it also gives you a rating of how "obscure" your tastes are compared to other users, along with a list of the artists and songs you listen to that no one else does.Scroll down and you'll also find a "Moods" section that measures how happy, danceable, energetic, and acoustic your tastes are — along with how that compares to other users.Note: Check out the very bottom of the page for some song recommendations that the algorithm thinks you'll enjoy.ReceiptifyA receipt you'll actually want to keep (and share!)Abigail Abesamis Demarest/InsiderReceiptify is an app that checks what songs, artists, and genres you listen to the most and prints out a "receipt" with them listed in order. You can have it list your favorite songs from the past month, six months, or from all time.It's a simple gimmick, but great for sharing quickly on social media.Zodiac AffinityAstrology fans will love the curated recommendations by Zodiac Affinity.Abigail Abesamis Demarest/InsiderAstrology isn't for everyone. But if you've got your sun, moon, and rising signs memorized, check out Zodiac Affinity.Connect to Spotify and pick your zodiac sign (your sun sign) from the drop-down menu. The site will give you five recent songs you love that match well with your sign.How Bad is Your SpotifyHave your music tastes judged by a faux pretentious music-loving AI with "How Bad is Your Spotify."Abigail Abesamis Demarest/InsiderThe "How Bad is Your Spotify" test went viral in 2020 for its AI's snarky attitude and scorching hot takes. The site reads your favorite artists and songs, asks you a few questions, and then mercilessly taunts you. Be warned, it can get vulgar.No matter how obscure your tastes are, How Bad is Your Spotify will find a stereotype you fit into. Just don't take it too personally — it is a robot, after all. The site notes that it is a satirical project that doesn't actually use real artificial intelligence —just a faux pretentious music-loving AI.  "The code creates a custom blend of jokes from our database paired with the insights found in the artist, album, genre, and track data from your Spotify," the site reads.IcebergifyThe concept of Icebergify is simple: your music tastes in iceberg form.Abigail Abesamis Demarest/InsiderLike the name suggests, Icebergify creates an iceberg inspired chart highlighting your most listened to artists on Spotify. The tool uses popularity rankings from Spotify data (from streams, shares, saves, likes, followers, and other data) to create a full picture of your listening habits. Artists are organized by popularity, with the most mainstream at the top and more obscure artists at the bottom.Spotify PieIf you like pie charts, Spotify Pie is for you.Abigail Abesamis Demarest/InsiderDeveloped by UCLA student Darren Huang, Spotify Pie invites users to "Bake your monthly genre pie." It creates a shareable pie chart based on the genres you listen to, plus a list of your top artists of the month.Discover QuicklyWith this tool, you can listen to snippets of songs to discover new tracks and artists to add to your playlists.Abigail Abesamis Demarest/InsiderDescribed as an "interface for music discovery," Discover Quickly is designed to help you discover your next favorite artist or song.You can hover over songs to get a preview of what they sound like, click a song to get more information, receive recommendations for related artists and songs, and save songs to build a collection of songs you like.InstafestPeople are sharing their dream festival lineups on social media using Instafest.Instafest; Elena Matarazzo/InsiderMost recently, people have been using Instafest to share their ultimate festival lineups featuring their most-listened to artists. It was created by college student Anshay Saboo who said it had over 6.5 million users in five days.Users of the app have the option to create posters that include their top artists from three different periods, ranging from the last four weeks of listening, to the last six months, or all-time.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderDec 1st, 2022

How to clear cache on your iPhone to free up space and improve speed

To clear the cache on an iPhone, you can wipe history and website data from Safari or offload apps that you aren't using. You can clear the cache, history, and cookies on your iPhone to improve its speed and performance.  Clearing your iPhone's app cache can also free up extra storage space. When you clear your iPhone's cache, you might get logged out of some websites and apps. Your iPhone holds two major data caches: One for browsers like Safari and Chrome, and another for your apps. Clearing these caches can free up space on your iPhone, improving speed and performance by removing unnecessary app data.Here's how to clear both caches on your iPhone.Quick tip: Before you clear the cache on an iPhone for Safari or any app, make sure you know your passwords, as deleting your cache will log you out of websites you frequent.What is a cache?A cache is hardware or software that collects temporary data in order to help websites, browsers, and apps load faster on your devices that access the internet. In many cases caches help devices run faster, using saved data to access websites you frequent rather than having to redownload everything every time you visit a website or open an app.After visiting a lot of websites or using various apps, your cache can get cluttered and take up a lot of storage space. To help your device run smoothly, it's a good idea to clear your cache every so often.Quick tip: To learn more about caches, check out our complete guide.How to clear the cache, history, and cookies in SafariWhen you clear your iPhone's Safari cache, all of the files, images, passwords, and scripts from websites you've visited recently will be wiped.To clear Safari's cache:  1. Open the Settings app and tap Safari.2. Scroll down and tap Clear History and Website Data.This action removes history, cookies, and other browsing data from your iPhone.Abigail Abesamis Demarest/Insider3. Your device will ask if you really want to clear Safari's data. Confirm your choice.Quick tip: Alternatively, you can clear just your cache but keep your history and cookies by opening the advanced menu. Tap Advanced at the bottom, then Website Data, and Remove All Website Data.This action clears data that could be used for tracking.Abigail Abesamis Demarest/InsiderHow to clear your iPhone's app cacheTo clear the cache for your iPhone apps, you'll need to offload them. Offloading an app will free upstorage space the app uses while still keeping its documents and data. When you reinstall the app, your data will be recovered.Quick tip: Read our guide to deleting, hiding, or offloading iPhone apps. 1. Open the Settings app and tap General, then select iPhone Storage.Find out what apps are taking up the most space in iPhone storage.Abigail Abesamis Demarest/Insider2. Wait for the list of all your apps to load. Once it's generated the list, select the app you want to clear and tap Offload App. You'll also be able to delete the app here.When you offload an app, you can start right where you left off once the app is reinstalled.Abigail Abesamis Demarest/InsiderWhen you open the list of all your apps, you might see a menu called Offload Unused Apps. Tapping Enable here will let your iPhone automatically offload apps that you haven't used in a while.What is the difference between clearing cache and offloading?Clearing your cache removes stored data that helps websites and apps open faster, while offloading temporarily uninstalls an app without deleting any of the documents and data associated with that app. Both methods can help speed up iPhones that are slowed down by low storage.How can I clear my cache from another browser on my iPhone?If Google Chrome is your go-to browser, clear the cache by following these steps:1. Open the Google Chrome app. Tap the More icon.The More icon looks like three dots.Abigail Abesamis Demarest/Insider2. Tap Clear Browsing Data.Unlike Safari, clearing the Chrome cache is done within the app.Abigail Abesamis Demarest/Insider3. Select a time range. Options range from the last hour to all time.4. Ensure Cookies, Site Data and Cached Images and Files are checked, then tap Clear Browsing Data.When you’re ready, tap Clear Browsing Data.Abigail Abesamis Demarest/InsiderAre cookies and cache the same?They are not. Cookies are small files that store information about your online activity. While most cookies are functional and used to track what sites you're logged in to and your website preferences for a particular site, there are also third-party cookies that track your activity across different websites. This includes search history and things you've clicked on.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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How to connect your Apple AirPods to a Windows PC using Bluetooth

To connect AirPods to a PC, you'll have to pair them using the Bluetooth settings in Windows and on your AirPods case. Here's how to do it. To connect AirPods to a PC, put your AirPods in the case, open it, and press the button on the back. When the status light inside the front of your AirPods case blinks white, you can let go of the button. You can then pair the AirPods to a PC by opening Bluetooth settings in the Windows menu. Apple's AirPods are completely wireless Bluetooth earbuds, designed primarily for iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad. But AirPods work with all sorts of other devices as well, including a Windows PC. If you want to use your AirPods with your PC, here's how to pair and connect them.Note: If you use AirPods with a PC, you won't get their connectivity to Siri — that only works when the buds are connected to an iPhone or iPad.How to connect AirPods to a PCTo connect AirPods to a PC, put your AirPods in the case and press and hold the small button on the back until the status light starts blinking white. Your AirPods should then show up in the Add a device window in your PC's Bluetooth settings, where you can click to pair and connect.  1. Put your AirPods in their case and make sure they are charged.2. Open Settings on your PC from the Start menu. It's the gear-shaped icon above the power button. You can also type Settings in the Start menu search box.Open Settings from the Start menu.Dave Johnson/Business Insider3. Click Devices.4. At the top of the Bluetooth & other devices section, make sure Bluetooth is turned on. The switch should be toggled on to the right and colored blue.5. Click Add Bluetooth or other device.Make sure Bluetooth is turned on in Settings, then click the Add Bluetooth button.Dave Johnson/Business Insider6. In the Add a device window, click Bluetooth.7. Open the lid of your AirPods case. (Skip this step if you own AirPod Max's.)8. Press and hold the small button on the back of the case for several seconds, until the status light on the front of the case starts blinking white. The button on the back of the case puts the AirPods in pairing mode.Dave Johnson/Business Insider9. The AirPods should appear in the list of devices available for pairing on your PC. They might first appear as Headphones, and then change to AirPods after a few moments. 10. Click AirPods.After the AirPods are in pairing mode, you should see them appear in the list of available devices.Dave Johnson/Business Insider11. Windows will connect to the AirPods and display a success message. Click Done. You can now listen to your PC audio through the AirPods. After the Bluetooth setup is complete, you can click "Done" and close Settings.Dave Johnson/Business InsiderQuick tip: Have a Mac instead of a PC? Here's how to connect your Airpods to your Mac computer.Troubleshooting when your AirPods won't connect to your PCThere are many ways to fix AirPods that won't connect, including making sure that they're charged. But if you're having further trouble, you may want to reset your AirPods. That way, you'll be able to charge them and get them to sync properly.It's also possible that the issue is coming from your PC, rather than your AirPods. If that's the case, try running the WIndows troubleshooter. That's accessed via the Start menu's Settings. From there, choose Updates & Security (for Windows 10) or System (for Windows 11) followed by Troubleshoot. Finally, click Other troubleshooters and then Bluetooth. After that runs, you may receive recommendations to fix the issue.Quick tip: You can disconnect your AirPods by turning off Bluetooth on Windows.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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At the Bidens" first state dinner, they"ll serve French President Emmanuel Macron lobster and US-made cheese as they rebuild relations

The first state dinner of the Biden administration has finally arrived. President Joe Biden will host French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron to the White House during an official state visit on December 01, 2022 in Washington, DC.Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images The Bidens are hosting French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife for their first state dinner. The Macrons arrived at the White House on Thursday and will be treated to an extravagant dinner. The red, white, and blue-themed dinner features a menu of butter-poached lobster and American cheese. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron to the White House Thursday for the Biden administration's first state dinner.Biden's choice of guests for the much anticipated event is seen as highly strategic being that French relations were on the rocks during the preceding presidency. The dinner will serve as a way to "revitalize" the French-American diplomatic relationship, advisors to the president told CNN. "If you look at what's going on in Ukraine, look at what's going on in the Indo-Pacific and the tensions with China, France is really at the center of all those things," John Kirby, the National Security Council's coordinator for strategic communications told CNN. Macron was also the featured guest at the Trump administration's first state dinner. The Obama administration honored former French president François Hollande with a state dinner, as well. Macron and his wife will be treated to an extravagant dinner, which will be held under a tent on the South Lawn of the White House, where they will feast on butter-poached lobster, beef with shallot marmalade, caviar, and American-made wine and artisanal cheeses.The first lady, who took the lead in planning the event, said in remarks on Wednesday that the dinner would relect the US and France's shared values of "liberty and democracy, equality and fellowship" and the nation's shared colors of red, white, and blue. The dinner's theme features colors from both the American and French flags: red, white, and blue.The Biden administration's first official state visit is with the President of France, Emmanuel Macron and his wife Bridgette Macron.AP Photo/Andrew HarnikFirst Lady Jill Biden met with press on Wednesday, November 30 in the White House State Dining Room for remarks ahead of the black-tie state dinner revealing various details about the administration's plans to host the French leader and his wife, including it's red, white, and blue-theme."The design of this dinner was inspired by the shared colors of our flags—red, white, and blue—and our common values: liberty and democracy, equality and fellowship," Jill Biden said. "These form the bedrock upon which our enduring friendship was built.Flowers adorning the tables are red roses, blue delphines, and white irises, the official flower of France, to represent the capitals of both nation's, according to the first lady.White House china is not permitted to leave the building, so dinner guests will dine on rented dinnerware.The White House previewed what table settings for the state dinner with Emmanuel Macron, the president of France, will look like.AP Photo/Andrew HarnikDuring her remarks, the first lady reminisced on how her mother used to prepare for family dinners."I learned that setting a table can be an act of love," Biden said. The dinner menu features award-winning American cheeses.White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford (R) and White House executive pastry chef Susie Morrison (L) present dishes during a media preview for the State Dinner with President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron.AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Jill Biden told reporters she is especially excited that the 2019 World Cheese Awards champion cheese, Rogue River Blue is on the plate.One of the dinner's main courses is a butter-poached Maine lobster.The dinner menu for the Biden administration's first state dinner was previewed to reporters the day before the Macrons arrived.AP Photo/Andrew HarnikWhite House executive chef Cris Comerford and White House executive pastry chef Susie Morrison previewed the state dinner dishes at a press event Wednesday. In her remarks, Jill Biden said their chefs prepared a very "thoughtful" menu for the event.There were 200 live lobsters shipped to the White House in preparation for the event, according to the Associated Press.For a heartier option, White House chefs will also prepare a beef shallot with marmalade for the president's French guests.White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford presents the dishes that will be served during the state dinner to reporters.AP Photo/Andrew HarnikFor dessert, White House pastry chef Susie Morrison presented an orange chiffon cake decorated with the theme colors.For dessert, the White House state dinner will feature an orange chiffon cake decorated with the American and French flags..AP Photo/Andrew HarnikThe orange chiffon cake, which is decorated with both the American and French flags, is paired with roasted pears and a creme fraîche ice cream.Grammy Award-winning singer Jon Batiste will provide the evening's entertainment.Jon Batiste performs onstage during the 2022 Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival on September 24, 2022 in Franklin, Tennessee.Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Pilgrimage Music & Cultural FestivalAccompanying Batiste will be his father, Michael Batiste, the U.S. Marine Band and the Army and Air Force Strolling Strings."We chose Jon Batiste as our entertainer for the evening—a performer who grew up in New Orleans, which has been shaped by both French and American culture," Jill Biden said.The White House is expecting around 400 attendees for the state dinner.The White House will host the state dinner on the South Lawn under a tent, which the administration is calling a "pavilion" due to its side paneling.Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post via Getty Images)The dinner's extra-large guest list was made to accommodate guests who have missed out on White House social activities due to COVID-19 restrictions. Attendees include, diplomats, members of Congress, donors, friends, and other White House officials."We've always expected a larger guest list as it's the first state dinner of the Biden Administration," Vanessa Valdivia, Jill Biden's press secretary, told CNN.During the toasts from each president, a backdrop of the Statue of Liberty will be featured.Many decorations at the state dinner will feature the Statue of Liberty, which was gifted to the United States by France in the 1800s.Kevin Dietsch/Getty ImagesAlong with pictures of the Statue of Liberty on dinner menus, a backdrop of the famous monument will be featured as the backdrop during the presidents' toasts.White House Social Secretary Carlos Elizondo worked in tandem with the first lady to plan the long-awaited event.White House social secretary Carlos Elizondo, accompanied by first lady Jill Biden, during a media preview for the State Dinner with President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron in the State Dining Room of the White House.AP Photo/Andrew HarnikElizondo was also supported by the New York City-based event planning company, Fete."The journey of planning this event has been an unforgettable experience. I've had the chance to collaborate with truly brilliant individuals—especially Carlos Elizondo, our White House Social Secretary," Jill Biden said during her Wednesday remarks. "So many people have worked for months to make this visit magical and meaningful—and I'm grateful for all of them."Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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Menu items can cost customers 40% more at peak hours as Uber-like surge pricing hits food delivery

The inventor of Uber's dynamic pricing is investing in startup Sauce that raises prices on online orders during peak hours. Kevin Novak, an early Uber data scientist, is an investor in the dynamic-pricing startup Sauce.Kevin Novak The food-tech startup Sauce allows restaurants to use dynamic pricing to raise delivery prices.  Sauce is backed by the venture capitalist Kevin Novak, who created surge pricing for Uber.  A fast-casual chain said it was able to double its delivery profit margins using Sauce at 49 stores. The venture capitalist Kevin Novak, an early data scientist at Uber, invented surge pricing for the ride-hailing giant. Novak, the founder and managing partner of Rackhouse Venture Capital, is once again touting the benefits of supply-and-demand pricing. Only this time, he's not coding. He is a seed investor in Sauce, a dynamic-pricing startup that uses machine learning to adjust menu prices on delivery orders.The timing is right for the industry. Raising menu prices to offset delivery fees and rising labor and supply-chain costs is becoming standard practice at chains like Chipotle and McDonald's. In October, money spent on food away from home, which includes restaurants, rose 8.6% over last year, according to the Consumer Price Index. Chipotle said pricing on delivery orders was up 13% in the third quarter, year over year. But "blanket price increases are no longer the best strategy" to combat rising costs, Colin Webb, the cofounder and CEO of Sauce, told Insider.Founded in 2020, Sauce's AI-powered software can suggest different online menu prices for different times of the day based on a restaurant's historical and real-time delivery-ordering patterns.  "We actually will recommend strategies that both increase and decrease prices, and restaurants are able to choose their preference or build their own strategies from scratch," Webb told Insider.In some cases, "we've seen restaurants during a peak time raise their price 40%," he said.Colin Webb is an MIT grad and the cofounder of Sauce, a dynamic-pricing startup.Sauce'We are trying to make sure that we are not getting our margin heavily eroded'Webb said restaurants are taking a closer look at dynamic pricing as they face inflationary pressures and a possible recession in 2023. Sauce works with "hundreds" of restaurants and has "grown over 700% this year," the MIT graduate said, declining to give a specific number of clients. The fast-casual chain Piada Italian Street Food has been using Sauce since June. A case study released by Sauce this month found that the 49-unit chain has doubled profit margins and improved its takeout operations using the dynamic-pricing model."From our end, we are trying to make sure that we are not getting our margin heavily eroded by the third-party fees," Jason Profitt, the director of technology at Piada, said in the case study. In a follow-up interview with Insider, Profitt said Piada gave Sauce access to its order history. That allowed Sauce's machine-learning tech to "effectively train their AI" to know when to raise prices and by how much.Piada gave Sauce a 10% cap on markups. "Supply-and-demand pricing allows us to keep that markup lower during periods of slow volume, and it will increase it during the higher volume," Profitt said.Piada, a fast-casual restaurant chain, is testing dynamic pricing using the tech startup Sauce. Price increases are capped at 10%.PiadaPiada said it also took advantage of Sauce's ability to adjust pricing differently on the same menu items on a store-by-store basis, where supply and demand vary in each market. Piada couldn't do that when it made "static" markups using its online-ordering platform Olo, Profitt told Insider.When Piada marked up delivery prices through Olo, Profitt said there was the potential to "drive away our DoorDash guests" at lower-volume stores. Webb said Sauce's tech has evolved this year to be more flexible based on restaurant feedback. The startup's technology is automated, but operators can also manually control the pricing recommended by Sauce. "We have restaurants who change prices and have different pricing on the weekends versus the weekdays," Webb told Insider.'It's kind of like paying to skip the line'Andrew Charles, an analyst at Cowen, said in a November 21 note that the restaurant industry has experienced record increases in menu pricing this year, but "there has been limited instances of consumer pushback to elevated industry pricing."Webb said diners, so far, haven't complained about paying higher prices for the convenience of on-demand delivery during peak hours.  "It's kind of like paying to skip the line," he said. On customer-feedback surveys, Piada's Profitt said diners aren't balking, either. In fact, they have "talked about the price being reasonable" for third-party deliveries, he said. Novak, whose VC firm Rackhouse invested in Sauce last year, said price-lowering features are often overlooked when discussing dynamic pricing."I think dynamic pricing being contemplated with prices going up, it's sort of a false correlation. Many times, you know, I think there's an opportunity for consumers to save," Novak said.Sherri Kimes, a professor emeritus at Cornell's Hotel School, echoed Novak, saying dynamic pricing can give consumers "some control" over how they spend their money. For example, demand pricing in the airline industry allows consumers to buy tickets on cheaper travel days of the week.Still, she said most consumers don't like surge pricing. "Research has shown that customers view changing prices based solely on demand is unfair," Kimes wrote in a recent editorial column for QSR Magazine. For restaurants, dynamic pricing is still worth a shot."Don't be afraid to experiment," she wrote. "With digital menus, it's simple enough to just try it and see what happens."Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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I shopped in-person and online at Fabletics to see if the brand"s brick-and-mortar expansion makes sense. I loved the fitting rooms and modern aesthetic of the store.

Ananya Vahal compared the Fabletics online and physical store. She said the fitting room had great lighting and technology she's never seen before. Shopping at the Fabletics store in Perimeter Mall.Ananya Vahal Fabletics started as an online retailer in 2013 and currently has more than 90 physical locations. Ananya Vahal shopped at both the online and physical store to see the difference. Each approach had pros and cons, but she says the ultimate shopping experience is to combine both. Fabletics was founded in 2013 as an online retailer for affordable athletic fashion. It has celebrity endorsements from cofounder Kate Hudson, men's ambassador Kevin Hart, and brand partner Lizzo.Kate Hudson in Fabletics wear.Screenshot from Fabletics.comIn 2015, the company opened its first brick-and-mortar location to expand on the success of its online store.Kate Hudson opens a new Fabletics Boutique at Bridgewater Commons Mall on October 16, 2015 in Bridgewater, New Jersey.Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesSource: Business WireToday, Fabletics has 90 stores across North America and plans to open more than 100 by the end of 2022.Map of store locations across the US.Screenshot from Fabletics.comSource: FableticsSince the 2020 pandemic ended, other online brands are following Fabletics' digital to physical expansion into malls.People shop at a shopping mall during Black Friday in Arlington, VirginiaTing Shen/Xinhua via Getty ImagesSources: Insider and Retail BrewI wanted to see which experience would be better — in person or online — so I decided to shop at both.Ananya VahalSince Fabletics was first known as an online retailer, I started my shopping online. I was immediately shown the VIP-member offers on its homepage and asked to pick a gender.Screenshot of Fabletics website asking to shop men or women.Screenshot from Fabletics.comFabletics' VIP membership automatically charges $54.95 per month unless you decide to skip the month. The membership comes with perks such as discounts, free shipping and returns, reward points, and free access to the Fabletics FIT workout app.Screenshot from Fabletics.comI selected "Shop Women" and was taken through a survey. First, it asked, "What are you shopping for?" and gave me the option to choose bottoms, sports bras, swim, or anything athleisure. I chose sports bras.Screenshot of Fabletics survey.Screenshot from Fabletics.comThen it asked, "What best matches your style?" The options shown were "Colors and patterns," "Neutrals," and "I mix it up." I chose "I mix it up."Screenshot of Fabletics survey.Screenshot from Fabletics.comNext, it asked several questions about my size for bottoms, bras, and tops.Screenshot of Fabletics size survey.Screenshot from Fabletics.comFinally, it asked for my ZIP code and where I'd heard about Fabletics. This question had a drop-down menu with several celebrity names and other options. I chose "other."Screenshot of Fabletics survey.Screenshot from Fabletics.comI created an account with my name, email address, and a password. I didn't mind the questions about my style and size, but felt like early questions about my ZIP code were a bit too much.Fabletics website asking to create an account.Screenshot from Fabletics.comNext, a counter gave me 60 minutes to choose between two VIP-membership offers: two bottoms for $24 or 70% off everything. I picked 70% off everything, since I didn't need bottoms.Website gives two VIP Membership sign up offers to pick from.Screenshot from Fabletics.comThere were many different options for sports bras, and the website was well organized with large photos and a simple black-and-white layout.A variety of Fabletics sports bras.Screenshot from Fabletics.comIt had leggings, swimwear, onesies, tops, and jackets as well. Most of the items ranged between $65 and $95 without the VIP-membership discount.Fabletics items.Screenshot from Fabletics.comThe variety didn't stop with the clothing. Their models also had many body types and represented diverse races.The website shows diverse models.Screenshot from Fabletics.comI found it especially helpful to be able to see a model wearing an item in my size. I haven't seen this feature in many online stores.Once you pick an item, you can see a different model wearing each sizing option.Screenshot from Fabletics.comI'd never tried on a Fabletics sports bra before, so I was concerned about finding the right fit. I took a look at their size chart.Size chart on Fabletics website.Screenshot from Fabletics.comFabletics has a size conversion chart, but it didn't convince me I would find the right fit.Size conversion chart on Fabletics website.Screenshot from Fabletics.comI made it to the checkout screen, but all the discounts and VIP-membership perks couldn't convince me that the size was right. I didn't want to take a chance, even if the returns are free with membership.Checkout screen on Fabletics website shows item details, payment options, and the pricing with and without VIP membership.Screenshot from Fabletics.comI decided to drive to the nearest Fabletics store at the mall and try it on in person.Escalators in Perimeter Mall that lead up to the Fabletics store.Ananya VahalThis was no easy decision because the nearest store was about a 40-minute drive in Atlanta traffic. Most Fabletics stores are located in cities. Luckily, I live just outside a big city.Google Maps screenshot of my drive to the Fabletics store.Screenshot of Google MapsAfter fighting through traffic for about an hour, I made it to the Fabletics store at the Perimeter Mall in Atlanta, Georgia.Shopping at the Fabletics store in Perimeter Mall.Ananya VahalThe store had a clean, simplistic, and modern look with its all white exterior and gray letters.Entrance of the Fabletics store in Perimeter mall.Ananya VahalIts in-store mannequins had the same variety of body types as the models from its website.Window display mannequins at the Fabletics store.Ananya VahalIt also had a 50% off sale going on for its birthday. I didn't see anything about this on the website.Fabletics 50% off birthday sale sign.Ananya VahalI walked into a well-organized and clean store that showed almost all the different items it sold online.Store-front display in Fabletics store.Ananya VahalThe store's interior had the same white and light-gray color scheme as the outside. This created a light and peaceful atmosphere. The only bright colors in the store were the clothing.Merchandise displayed in Fabletics store.Ananya VahalI walked into an empty store with no customers or employees in sight. It was a Thursday afternoon, so I didn't expect too much of a crowd, but I didn't expect the store to be this dead, either.Checkout register at Fabletics store.Ananya VahalI found the bras I'd looked at on the website. They looked really nice in person as well.Sports bras displayed at Fabletics store.Ananya VahalWhile looking at the bras, two employees asked if I needed help. The employee who helped me was very excited when I told her I'd been shopping online. She said people often did that at this store.Sports bras displayed at Fabletics store.Ananya VahalBoth employees were very helpful and recommended some styles and sizes for me to try on. Off to the fitting room I went.Fitting room area in Fabletics store.Ananya VahalAn employee asked for my name and put it on a screen outside my fitting room. I'd never seen a fitting room with this type of technology before.The digital fitting room display screen incorporates Fabletics' custom Omnishop retail technology.Ananya VahalApparently in 2017, Fabletics launched a proprietary electronic system called OmniShop that combines digital technology with the physical shopping experience.Digital screen outside of Fabletics fitting room.Ananya VahalSource: Digital Commerce 360Inside the fitting room stall had another screen to call for help when I needed a different size or style. It also showed how much each item cost. The employee had put this information into the system.Digital touchscreen inside Fabletics fitting room.Ananya VahalThe OmniShop technology places any item that a VIP member tries on, but doesn't purchase, into their online shopping cart.Checkout screen on Fabletics website shows item details, payment options, and the pricing with and without VIP membership.Screenshot from Fabletics.comSource: Digital Commerce 360Other than the technologically advanced features, the fitting room had amazing lighting and full-length mirrors in every room.Fitting room mirror and lighting in Fabletics store.Ananya VahalThey also had a trifold-mirror in the common fitting-room area with great lighting.Trifold mirror with lighting in Fabletics fitting room.Ananya Vahal"Sticky" by Drake played on the speakers while I tried on my items. I had to take some selfies in this great lighting.Good lighting and upbeat music in the Fabletics fitting room.Ananya VahalI tried on about five sports bras of different sizes and styles recommended by the employees. I felt like I was in the fitting room for an hour trying everything on.Fabletics sports bras in the fitting room.Ananya VahalI took one last look in the trifold mirror then walked out to the register to talk to the employees about my experience.Register at Fabletics store is decorated with a lighting fixture and plants.Ananya VahalAll of the sports bras fit differently, so I needed to try different sizes in all of them. The employees informed me that I could sign up for the VIP membership in the store and get all the same benefits from shopping online.The register at Fabletics store where employees helped me make decisions.Ananya VahalI loved the different styles of sports bras, most of them fit comfortably, and they were priced reasonably (especially after my 70% VIP-membership discount). Unfortunately, none of them provided me with the support I was looking for, so I left the store empty-handed.Mannequin with a matching set of sports bra and leggings in Fabletics store.Ananya VahalThe quality of the clothes is very good and the price is affordable, so I might return for a pair of leggings or a cute puffy jacket.Fabletics store has a variety of items like jackets, sweat pants, bags, and shirts.Ananya VahalPlus, there's a whole other Fabletics line that I still need to look into: Yitty by Lizzo. But for now, it's only available online.Website screenshot from Yitty, Lizzo’s Fabletics line.Screenshot from Fabletics.comIn the end, shopping online was quick, easy, and convenient, but the size chart is intimidating.Fabletics website.Screenshot from Fabletics.comOn the other hand, the mall location has impressive dressing rooms and shopping was easy, even though the Atlanta traffic was aggravating and the store didn't carry everything that was online.Fabletics fitting room entrance.Ananya VahalEach had its pros and cons, but the best Fabletics shopping experience is to shop both online and in-store if you have a Fabletics store near you.Fabletics store sign outside Fabletics store in Perimeter Mall.Ananya VahalRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

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Here"s Why You Should Retain Jack in the Box (JACK) Stock

Jack in the Box's (JACK) emphasis on digital-focused business bodes well. However, commodity and labor inflation is a concern. Jack in the Box Inc. JACK is likely to benefit from its unit expansion efforts, reimaging program and Del Taco Restaurants’ business. Also, the emphasis on digital initiatives bodes well. However, commodity and labor inflation pose concerns.Let us discuss the factors that highlight why investors should retain the stock for the time being.Growth CatalystsJack in the Box focuses on repairing its franchisee relationship, mapping markets and rebuilding its store pipeline to drive growth. During fourth-quarter fiscal 2021, the company mentioned expansion plans with the involvement of veteran multi-unit franchisees like David Beshay (one of the brand’s largest operators). The franchisee expects to open at least 30 additional locations within the next five to eight years. In fiscal 2022, the company awarded 68 development agreements to open 267 new restaurants, of which 22 have already opened and 245 are in the pipeline for future development. The company also announced the addition of the Salt Lake City and Louisville markets. Given the substantial progress in terms of the franchise development program, the company anticipates achieving a long-term net unit growth goal of 4% by 2025.Emphasis on the reimaging program bodes well. During the fiscal fourth quarter, the company stated that franchise owners submitted 366 reimaged forms and that 13 have been approved to begin construction. During the quarter, the company reported traffic-led sales gains at reimage locations. With solid participation from its franchisees, the company anticipates the program to be a driving factor of sales in the upcoming periods.The company emphasizes on the Del Taco Restaurants acquisition to drive growth. During the fiscal fourth quarter, the company stated to have benefitted from the execution of the barbell menu strategy, highlighted by the 20 Under $2 value platform, focus on signature Del Taco and the launch of Epic Tortas. Also, the company reported strength in beverage sales backed by the increased level of combo meal offerings. During fourth-quarter fiscal 2022, same-store sales rose 5.2%, comprising franchise same-store sales growth of 6.4% and company-operated same-store sales growth of 4.1%. Going forward, the company anticipates the momentum to continue in the upcoming periods. For fiscal 2023, the company anticipates Del Taco Restaurant Level Margin to be in the range of 14-16%.Jack in the Box is focused on its digital platforms for enhancing overall guest experiences and customer satisfaction. During the fiscal fourth quarter, the company stated benefits from the digital-focused business, courtesy of its growing loyalty platform, newly updated e-commerce app and new mobile website. In fiscal 2022, the company’s digital sales increased 32% year over year, with contributions of more than $500 million from Jack and Del Taco digital. Going forward, the company continues to integrate its POS systems with third-party vendors to enhance restaurant operations. Also, it emphasized on technological investments covering applications, software and tools (like digital menu boards), AI and personalized in-store ordering. The company anticipates the enhanced operational capabilities to drive guest experience and higher store level margins in the upcoming periods.ConcernsImage Source: Zacks Investment ResearchShares of Jack in the Box have declined 12.1% in the past year compared with the industry’s 2% fall. The downside was mainly driven by double-digit commodity and labor inflation, aggressive competition around promotions and value and a challenging staffing environment. Although the company reopened most of its restaurants, traffic is still low compared with pre-pandemic levels. The company intends to monitor the situation regularly to gauge the impacts of COVID-19.The company is persistently shouldering higher expenses, which have been detrimental to margins. During the fiscal fourth quarter, restaurant-level adjusted margin came in at 16.2% compared with 20.1% reported in the prior-year quarter. The downside was driven by higher food and packaging costs, wage inflation of 11.3% and higher utilities and maintenance and repair costs. However, this was partially offset by menu price increases. Food and packaging costs (as a percentage of company restaurant sales) fell 10 bps year over year to 30.9%. Commodity costs during the quarter increased 14.9% year over year. The upside can be attributed to a rise in the price of proteins, sauces and oil. The company stated concerns of a challenging inflationary environment in 2023.Zacks Rank & Key PicksJack in the Box currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.Some better-ranked stocks in the Zacks Retail – Restaurants industry are Wingstop Inc. WING, Chuy's Holdings, Inc. CHUY and Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. CMG.Wingstop sports a Zacks Rank #1. WING has a long-term earnings growth rate of 11%. Shares of WING have declined 3.5% in the past year.The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Wingstop’s 2023 sales and EPS suggests growth of 18.1% and 16.4%, respectively, from the comparable year-ago period’s levels.Chuy’s Holdings currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). CHUY has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 18.6%, on average. Shares of CHUY have increased 6.7% in the past year.The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Chuy’s Holdings 2023 sales and EPS suggests growth of 8.6% and 11.7%, respectively, from the corresponding year-ago period’s levels.Chipotle currently carries a Zacks Rank #2. CMG has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 4.1%, on average. The stock has declined 5.5% in the past year.The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Chipotle’s 2022 sales and EPS suggests growth of 15.1% and 31%, respectively, from the corresponding year-ago period’s levels. Zacks Names "Single Best Pick to Double" From thousands of stocks, 5 Zacks experts each have chosen their favorite to skyrocket +100% or more in months to come. From those 5, Director of Research Sheraz Mian hand-picks one to have the most explosive upside of all. It’s a little-known chemical company that’s up 65% over last year, yet still dirt cheap. With unrelenting demand, soaring 2022 earnings estimates, and $1.5 billion for repurchasing shares, retail investors could jump in at any time. This company could rival or surpass other recent Zacks’ Stocks Set to Double like Boston Beer Company which shot up +143.0% in little more than 9 months and NVIDIA which boomed +175.9% in one year.Free: See Our Top Stock and 4 Runners Up >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Janus Henderson Sustainable & Impact Core Bond ETF (JACK): Free Stock Analysis Report Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (CMG): Free Stock Analysis Report Chuy's Holdings, Inc. (CHUY): Free Stock Analysis Report Wingstop Inc. (WING): Free Stock Analysis ReportTo read this article on Zacks.com click here.Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksNov 30th, 2022

Alphabet (GOOGL) Boosts YouTube Music With 2022 Recap Features

Alphabet's (GOOGL) subsidiary Google is rolling out 2022 Recap features on YouTube Music to let users view personalized music stats of the entire year. Alphabet’s GOOGL division Google has started rolling out 2022 Recap features on its music-streaming service, YouTube Music.YouTube Music’s 2022 Recap features personalized stats showing top songs of each season and other details including top artists, tracks, music videos, and playlists.The 2022 Recap includes Top Trends showing artists discovered by a user, and Identity creating a music personality showing user’s music taste. Moreover, it shows the remixes, live performances, and other unique-to-YouTube content that the user has listened this year.Android and iOS users can view the Recap stats by tapping their profile avatar in the top-right corner on YouTube Music.Apart from these, Google lets users combine music and memories to view the moments of the entire year with Google Photos integration.Further, Google is gearing up to bring the Recap feature to the YouTube app to let users view their personalized playlists, stats as well as share stories.With the abovementioned features, Google is providing an enhanced experience to Android and iOS users. This is likely to boost the adoption rate of YouTube Music.Thus, the increasing uptake of the music-streaming platform is expected to benefit GOOGL’s top line in the days ahead.Alphabet Inc. Price and Consensus Alphabet Inc. price-consensus-chart | Alphabet Inc. QuoteGrowing YouTube Music EffortsApart from the latest move, Alphabet recently rolled out the redesigned album UI on  Android tablet. The redesign version shows the artiste’s name, type of media and the release year on top. Options like download, add to library, play, share and an overflow menu are also included.In addition, GOOGL introduced shortcut features and an album carousel to the YouTube Music’s Explore tab.GOOGL added a capability whereby users can save queues as playlists. Alphabetalso rolled out its Recent Played and Turntable widgets to Android users.We believe the growing efforts will continue to contribute well to Alphabet’s Google services’ revenues in the upcoming period.Revenues from the Google services business increased 2.5% year over year to $61.4 billion, accounting for 88.8% of the total third-quarter revenues.Competitive Music Streaming MarketThe growing music-streaming initiatives are positioning Alphabet well to rapidly penetrate the booming global music-streaming market.Per a Grand View Research report, the global music streaming market is expected to see a CAGR of 14.7% from 2022 to 2030.This, in turn, is likely to help GOOGL to win the confidence of the investors in the days ahead.Shares of Alphabet have been down 34.3% in the year-to-date period compared with the Computer and Technology sector’s decline of 36.3%.However, Alphabet faces intense competitive pressure from other companies like Amazon AMZN, Apple AAPL and Spotify SPOT, which are making consistent efforts to capitalize on the above-mentioned prospects.Amazon is gaining strong momentum in the music streaming market on the back of its expanding global footprint. AMZN offers its premium music subscription service Amazon Music Unlimited to customers. With Amazon Music Unlimited, music lovers can listen to any song anytime and anywhere on all types of devices, including smartphone, tablet, PC/Mac, Fire TV and Alexa-enabled devices like Amazon Echo. AMZN has lost 44.5% in the year-to-date period.Shares of Apple have been down 20.5% in the same time frame. Apple’s music-streaming service Apple Music offers a subscription tier powered by Siri named Apple Music Voice Plan. Using Apple Music Voice Plan, subscribers can access millions of songs, playlists, personalized mixes, genre stations and Apple Music Radio. Music listeners can also download the Apple Music app on their Android tablet or Chromebook supporting Android apps.Spotify provides commercial free music and ad-supported services to customers. Music lovers can enjoy ad-free music and offline playbacks with Spotify Premium service. SPOT users can enjoy the tablet version of Spotify on their iPad or Android tablets. Spotify has lost 67.9% in the year-to-date period.Amazon, Apple and Spotify’s growing efforts are expected to remain a threat to Alphabet’s position in the music streaming market.Currently, Alphabet carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here. Zacks Names "Single Best Pick to Double" From thousands of stocks, 5 Zacks experts each have chosen their favorite to skyrocket +100% or more in months to come. From those 5, Director of Research Sheraz Mian hand-picks one to have the most explosive upside of all. It’s a little-known chemical company that’s up 65% over last year, yet still dirt cheap. With unrelenting demand, soaring 2022 earnings estimates, and $1.5 billion for repurchasing shares, retail investors could jump in at any time. This company could rival or surpass other recent Zacks’ Stocks Set to Double like Boston Beer Company which shot up +143.0% in little more than 9 months and NVIDIA which boomed +175.9% in one year.Free: See Our Top Stock and 4 Runners Up >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN): Free Stock Analysis Report Apple Inc. (AAPL): Free Stock Analysis Report Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL): Free Stock Analysis Report Spotify Technology (SPOT): Free Stock Analysis ReportTo read this article on Zacks.com click here.Zacks Investment Research.....»»

Category: topSource: zacksNov 30th, 2022

How to delete or deactivate your Apple ID account

You can delete or deactivate your Apple ID from Apple's Data and Privacy website, but you will lose access to many Apple services. Apple's website allows you to delete or deactivate your Apple ID.Westend61/Getty Images You can delete your Apple ID from Apple's Data and Privacy website. Once an Apple ID account is deleted, you'll lose access to a number of services and saved content.  Deactivating your account is a temporary alternative to permanently deleting your Apple ID. While an Apple ID is essential for using an iOS device, if you are leaving the Apple device ecosystem, you might want to delete your account to clean up your digital footprint. Apple makes it easy to deactivate your account on their Data and Privacy website. Here's how to do it. How to delete an Apple ID account1. Go to Apple's Data and Privacy website. Sign in using your Apple ID.You may need to verify your sign-in using one of your Apple devices.Abigail Abesamis Demarest/Insider2. In the Delete your account section, click Request to delete your account.On this page, you can also opt to deactivate your account.Abigail Abesamis Demarest/Insider3. Select a reason to delete your account from the drop-down menu, then click Continue.Reasons include having concerns about the privacy of your data and wanting to stop using your account.Abigail Abesamis Demarest/Insider4. Follow the on-screen prompts to continue with account deletion.Quick tip: Apple verifies all deletion requests, and can take up to seven days for an Apple ID account to be deleted.What happens when you delete Apple ID?Once an Apple ID account is deleted, you'll lose access to a number of services and saved content. Below is a list of a few things that happen:You lose access to Apple services and App Store media purchases.Photos, videos, and documents stored in iCloud are permanently deleted.You'll no longer receive iMessages, FaceTime calls, or iCloud Mail.You lose access to iCloud, the App Store, Apple Pay, Find My, and any apps or services associated with your Apple ID.The email address associated with your Apple ID account will be unavailable for use with a new or existing Apple ID.What to do before deleting Apple IDSince you'll lose access to a number of services and data, there are a few things you should do before permanently deleting your Apple ID. Back up your data, or download a copy of your data from Apple.Sign out of all of your devices and web browsers associated with your Apple ID. If you don't do this, you may not be able to use your devices.Review your active subscriptions, as they will be canceled once your Apple ID is deleted.Quick tip: Active subscriptions will be canceled at the end of their billing cycle.How to deactivate Apple IDDeleting your Apple ID account is a permanent action, so if there's any chance that you'll use it in the future you should temporarily deactivate your account instead. Here's how it's done: 1. Go to Apple's Data and Privacy website. Sign in using your Apple ID.2. In the Temporarily deactivate your account section, click Request to deactivate your account.Deactivating your account is a temporary action, while deletion is permanent.Abigail Abesamis Demarest/Insider3. Select a reason to deactivate your account from the drop-down menu, then click Continue.4. Follow the on-screen prompts to continue with temporary account deactivation.Quick tip: Backing up your data is also recommended for account deactivation.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 30th, 2022

How to contact Instagram support for help with your account

You can contact Instagram support online via Instagram's online Help Center, or by reporting a post directly. You can contact Instagram support via their online Help Center, or by reporting a post directly. If you shake your phone while using Instagram, a pop-up will appear that lets you report bugs. Instagram has a phone number, but you won't be able to talk to anyone there. With more than one billion active users every month, it's easy to see how Instagram's customer service team might get overwhelmed. Unfortunately for users, this makes it so there's no way to speak with a live customer service representative from Instagram –– even if the issue is urgent, like your account getting hacked. Instead, you'll have to use one of the automated methods.You can open Instagram's Help Center to read troubleshooting guides that might help with your issue. And if you're trying to report a problem, you can shake your phone or open a post's options.Quick tip: Check out our guide on how to report posts, profiles, and comments on Instagram.How to get Instagram support through the Help CenterInstagram's Help Center is a robust support tool that offers step-by-step guides and troubleshooting tips for most common Instagram problems. There's nobody to talk to there, but the guides are written by real people.Access help on desktopYou can find the Help Center on your computer by heading directly to their website. Here, you can click on one of the suggested topics or use the search bar to locate articles relating to your issue. Alternatively, you can follow the steps below.1. Go to Instagram's website. Click the Help button underneath account recommendations on the right side.This is a simple way to access the Help page when you don't have the exact URL handy.Abigail Abesamis Demarest/InsiderQuick tip: If you want to report an issue on Instagram, go to your profile page, then click Settings > Report a problem.Access help on mobile1. Open the Instagram app on your iPhone or Android device and tap your profile picture in the bottom-right corner.2. Tap the three stacked lines in the top-right corner, then select Settings.You can also access the Help Center via the Instagram app.Abigail Abesamis Demarest/Insider3. Tap Help near the bottom of the page, then tap Help Center.Clicking Help Center will take you to Instagram's Help Center page.Abigail Abesamis Demarest/InsiderYou'll be brought to Instagram's Help Center page, which is filled with hundreds of different support topics. Pick one of the suggested articles, or use the search bar to find what you're looking for.How to report hate speech, violence, and more to InstagramInstagram lets you report individual posts, specific users, and comments. Just go to any post, account, or comment, tap the three horizontal dots on it, and select Report from the drop-down menu.You can report any post, account, or comment that you feel violates Instagram's community guidelines.Abigail Abesamis Demarest/InsiderIf you're not sure whether your issue can be reported or if someone has committed a reportable offense, review Instagram's community guidelines. Here's some of what Instagram sees as legitimate issues:Intellectual property: Issues that follow under this grievance include users infringing on copyright — which generally protects original expression like images and words but not facts and ideas — and trademarks, defined as a word, slogan, symbol, or design made to distinguish products or services from an individual, group or company. Nudity: Broadly defined as "appropriate" imagery, this more controversial guideline prevents nudity of any kind on the site, with a handful of exceptions — including post-mastectomy scarring photos, individuals breastfeeding, and nudity in paintings and sculptures.Hate speech: The platform will remove any content from its site that encourages violence or includes hate speech — based on race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or disease — as well as bullying and harassment that target private individuals.Illegal activities: Instagram will remove posts that offer specific services around sex, firearms, and drugs, in addition to removing posts or comments that "support or praise of terrorism, organized crime, or hate groups." Self-injury: Any content posted to the platform that appears to glorify or encourage any type of physical self-injury, including eating disorders, will be taken down — with the exception of posts that reference these issues in the name of increasing awareness or signposting support.Graphic violence: Any videos or images featuring intense, graphic violence that isn't shared in relation to newsworthy events or to condemn or educate on a larger issue, will be removed for inappropriateness. After you report a post, you might get an email or Instagram notification telling you what decision Instagram's moderators made about it.How to report bugs and glitches to InstagramInstagram also accepts reports about issues with the app itself, like if a graphic isn't displaying correctly, or a menu won't open.To quickly report a bug, shake your phone while Instagram is open. A pop-up should appear asking you to report the problem. You'll also be able to submit screenshots and other files.You can also turn off this feature from this menu.Abigail Abesamis Demarest/InsiderRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 30th, 2022

10 ways to fix Instagram if it"s not working properly

If Instagram is not working properly, there are many potential causes, each with its own troubleshooting method. You can try several troubleshooting methods on Instagram when the app is malfunctioning.Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images Instagram may not be working properly for a variety of reasons.  Most likely, restarting the app or your device and checking if Instagram is down will fix it.  Reaching Instagram's follow limit — 7,500 users — also slows down your experience. Instagram is among the top five social media platforms with more than a billion users. Odds are, if you are sharing photos online, you're logging in and sharing via Instagram. Which is what makes it so frustrating if Instagram is not working for you. Here's how to get Instagram up and running again for you.Quick tip: Check out our guide on how to use Instagram.What to do if Instagram is not workingThe best way to solve an issue with Instagram is usually the same as fixing any other kind of tech problem. You troubleshoot it one step at a time. Usually by trying the easiest or most likely potential fix first, and then moving on to more cumbersome solutions. Here are eight ways to troubleshoot your problem, from easiest to hardest. Check if you are following too many people Right off the bat, let's make sure your problem isn't related to your number of followers. If you see an error that says you can't follow additional people, that's not an issue with the app, your phone or the data cache. That means you have reached the maximum number of accounts that you can follow: 7,500 users. If you encounter this problem, you need to unfollow some accounts before you can follow new ones. 1. In the Instagram app, tap your account avatar in the lower-right corner. 2. At the top right of the screen, tap Following.Tap Following.Devon Delfino/Insider3. Scroll through the list and unfollow a few accounts you no longer need by tapping Following. You should see the button turn blue and change to Follow. Note: This process is the same whether you're using an iPhone or an Android device.Try to restart the app (or your phone)If an app appears to be misbehaving on your phone, your first step should always be to restart the system to flush out any corrupted memory or cache files. First try to completely close Instagram. If you need a refresher, here's how to close an app on Android or close an app on iOS. After that try running Instagram again. If the problem persists, shut down your Android or iPhone and restart it. Then try Instagram again. Check to see if Instagram is downInstagram has a reliable network, rarely experiencing the kind of network errors that you might notice when using the app. If restarting your app does not solve the problem, check to see if Instagram is down. You can check Instagram's network status at DownDetector, or search "Is Instagram down" on Google. Try logging in on another deviceAnother method to see if you're facing an issue on your end or on Instagram's is to try logging into your account using another device. If it still doesn't work, then it's likely an issue on Instagram's end. But if you can log in on that device, you can be confident that it's an issue with your device.Ensure Instagram is up to dateIf you haven't updated your apps in a while, Instagram might be misbehaving simply because the app is out of date. It's a good idea to leave automatic updates turned on — you can turn on automatic updates on your iPhone or update apps on your Android. Tap Software Updates to turn them on or off.Devon Delfino/InsiderTry using Instagram in a browserAfter trying the first few troubleshooting steps, it might be a good idea to see if Instagram works in your desktop browser. If you already are using Instagram in a browser and don't have a different device available, you should try a different browser, like Firefox or Chrome. Quick tip: It may also be an issue caused by using a VPN on your device. In that case, try turning off your iPhone's VPN.Clear your cacheIf Instagram works for other people or you were able to access Instagram in a browser but not on your phone, that sounds like you might have a problem with your cache — it might have some corrupted data. Quick tip: Check out our guide on how to clear your Instagram cache and free up space on your phone.If you are using an Android device, you can simply clear the cache. The steps might very slightly depending upon which phone and version of Android you are running, but here's the general procedure:1. Start the Settings app.2. Tap Apps & Notifications.3. Go to your list of apps (you might need to tap See all apps) and tap Instagram.4. Tap Storage & cache.5. Tap Clear cache. Note: If you're using an iPhone, there's no way to clear the cache without uninstalling the app, so do that — delete Instagram from your iPhone, and then reinstall it from the App Store. You won't lose any data, because Instagram stores all your photos and account settings online. Ensure you have enabled permissionsLike many apps, Instagram requests permission to use various services and resources on your phone. If you don't grant those permissions, Instagram might not work properly. Check your permissions and enable them to see if that solves your problem. If you have an Android phone, follow these steps:1. Start the Settings app.2. Tap Apps & notifications.3. Go to the list of apps (you might need to tap See all apps) and tap Instagram.4. Tap Permissions. 5. One at a time, tap each permission and choose Allow only while using the app, then use the Back arrow at the top to return to the previous screen and move on to the next permission.If you have an iPhone, do this:1. Start the Settings app.2. Scroll down to the list of apps and tap Instagram.Tap Instagram.Devon Delfino/Insider3. Turn on each permission, such as Microphone, Camera, Contacts and Photos.  Tap or toggle on permissions, as desired.Devon Delfino/InsiderSee if you have enough storageIf you run out of storage on your phone, it may be difficult for you to access Instagram. In that case, the app may be crashing frequently, or simply stop working. Deleting unwanted photos, videos, or apps can free up space on your iPhone. Android users can check out our guide on 5 easy ways to free up storage space on an Android phone or tablet.Report the problem If none of these troubleshooting tips solved your problem, you can check Instagram's help center or report the problem you are having. The process is the same regardless of the device you're using:1. In the Instagram app, tap your account avatar in the lower-right corner. 2. Tap the three-line menu at the top right and then tap Settings.Tap Settings.Devon Delfino/Insider3. Tap Help.Tap Help.Devon Delfino/Insider4. In the Help center, you can file a report about the problem you're having or read Instagram's help and support articles.Quick tip: You may want to supply screenshots, if that would help them locate the issue. If so, take those before going in to Instagram's Help area.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderNov 30th, 2022