Smart Kitchen at MacDonald’s using Zwave Technology, Echelon is old technology

(San Jose, CA – July 10, 2007) – Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ: ELON), a leading provider of networking technology that is used to manage and reduce energy consumption, today announced that McDonald’s Corporation has chosen its LonWorks® technology to network its restaurant kitchen equipment in order to create the “kitchen of the future,” which aims to lower energy consumption and increase operational efficiency. McDonald’s is encouraging its kitchen equipment manufacturers to include Echelon’s power line technology in new equipment for its restaurants.
“We are committed to being a market leader in environmental responsibility and energy management, so it’s great to have a proven platform that we can use to address such an important issue,” said Bob Langert, McDonald’s vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility. “Echelon’s technology will also enable our franchisees to create restaurants that are easier to operate, facilitate preventive maintenance and provide new services while saving energy.”
McDonald’s is using Echelon’s power line networking technology to provide communication and data exchange between various pieces of kitchen equipment in its restaurants to allow the development of business process improvement applications, manage energy use, and reduce maintenance costs. This communication occurs over existing power lines, making for easy installation and retrofitting of equipment while enabling McDonald’s to install the equipment without tearing out walls. McDonald’s tested various alternative technologies, including radio frequency (RF), but found Echelon’s power line technology to be the most reliable and cost-effective solution.
Echelon’s i.LON® Internet Server will be used to collect data from McDonald’s kitchen equipment, reducing labor costs spent on gathering data and creating reports while reducing potential data compilation errors.
Food safety issues are a concern in the industry and smart equipment can provide the data needed to support Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) requirements of health departments. This will save labor costs now spent on reading thermometers and creating reports.
“Open, standards-based technologies are very important for McDonald’s because we believe the food service industry will follow suit and realize the benefits of networked equipment, including streamlined operations and energy reduction,” said Bernard Morauw, senior director, Worldwide Equipment Systems for McDonald’s Corp. “The LonWorks platform allows multiple manufacturers around the world to have clear open standards to provide integrated solutions to McDonald’s restaurants.”
The LonWorks enabled “smart kitchen” equipment could easily integrate with other existing or planned building sub-systems, such as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and lighting systems that are also based on the LonWorks protocol, in order to extend energy management capabilities throughout the entire restaurant. Such measures are an element that can facilitate LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for the restaurants, and further reduce energy use.
“McDonald’s has always been a market leader at the forefront of innovation and we are pleased that Echelon’s technology is part of McDonald’s commitment to environmental leadership. By choosing a LonWorks solution, they are laying the foundation for ongoing energy savings for years to come,” said Ken Oshman, Echelon’s chairman and CEO. “LonWorks technology is a robust, future proof solution that will allow McDonald’s to continue to find new applications for improving business. The use of LonWorks technology by McDonald’s is a testament to its flexibility and reliability.”
About McDonald’s Corporation
McDonald’s is the world’s leading local restaurant with more than 30,000 locations serving 52 million customers in more than 100 countries each day. More than 70% of McDonald’s restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local men and women. For the second year in a row, McDonald’s has been selected for inclusion in the Dow Jones World and Dow Jones North America Sustainability Indexes. These indexes recognize companies that are industry leaders on a broad range of economic, environmental, and social issues. McDonald’s is one of the very few food service retailers to be honored. More information regarding McDonald’s can be found at http://www.mcdonalds.com.
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We now have the technology to automate every single processes, from McDelivery to customised ipads that replace the POS system, one click payment via NFC within 10 seconds and the completion of order within 1 minute, by linking every single processes and routing the information to every station, via Zwave technology, every single equipment can be monitored for temperature and control, even lighting, aircon, staff management with automated accounting, stock taking and order and supply, creating enormous economies of scale and productivity, jobs for the biggest number of branches all over the world. I can triple MacDonald’s income by diversifying into the manufacture and maintainence of smart kitchenware. I can even spin off McCafe to the equivalent of StarBucks. My objectives is creating jobs for everyone, I have no interest in taking over MacDonalds.
– Contributed by Oogle.

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Automatic processes to link everything in a typical MacDonald’s branch

Automatic processes to link everything in a typical MacDonald’s branch

1) POS System
It is possible to create applications to report sales and accounting automatically where there is an option to do time reporting 3 times a day  to the management or to login via Internet to do any tasks. Accounting processes can also be automated to create views so that if the management so wishes, a report can easily be generated within minutes, creating business intelligence to give insight to any branch.
2) Linking To McDelivery 
Whatever can be done on a POS system can easily be extended to McDelivery.
3) Using RF technology for automated order and stocktaking
Stocks can be updated in real time with a simple terminal like an iPad, where it is even possible to know everything in a cold store, a substation like a frying station or just plain packaging for all McDonald’s products. Once stocks run low, an application can easily be customised to make a new order from suppliers, it is possible then to use GPS location to find anything in a store in the main warehouse, so that supplies can easily be controlled, manufactured and delivered.
4) Temperature monitoring and control of kitchen appliances via Zwave Technology
Zwave technology uses a network mesh where it is possible to link every kitchen appliances to monitor temperature, conditions or completion of any processes. Once maintenance is required it could easily sent a message to the head office to dispatch the maintenance crew. As I mentioned earlier, diversification in this area of business could easily generate new revenues where it is possible to get up to 3X more revenue than the present business model where you can maximise labour productivity with less unskilled crew, creating mass value for franchise owners. Therefore with control over every reporting tools, management could easily give directions to franchise owners to get the maximum ROI for every branch in MacDonald’s network, where it is possible to increase the new number of franchisees by another 50% worldwide. Even the spinoff of McCafe could be easily generated by creating interest from investors by studying the appropriate products that is required for each local branch, the markets is big enough if you do not have destructive competition directly with StarBucks, Coffee Beans and other competition.

My main objective is to create jobs for everyone and I do not expect anything in return.
– Contributed by Oogle.

To add value to McCafe, takeover Dunking Donuts to compete with Starbucks

Dunkin’ Donuts is an international doughnut and coffee retailer founded in 1950 by William Rosenberg in Quincy, Massachusetts;[1] it is now headquartered in Canton. While the company originally focused on doughnuts and other baked goods, over half of its business today is in coffee sales, making it more of a competitor to Starbucks than to more traditional competitors such as Krispy Kreme.[3]
The company has opened more than 10,000 locations in 32 countries worldwide [3], which include more than 6,700 Dunkin’ Donuts locations throughout the United States and more than 3000 international locations.[4] This figure compares with the 17,009 stores of coffee chain Starbucks, whose baked goods are usually prepared out of shop. Nearly all of Dunkin’ Donuts locations are franchisee owned and operated.[5] Only 75 franchisees exist west of the Mississippi River, mostly in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas.[6] Within their Northeast home base, however, Dunkin’ Donuts is particularly dominant and can be found in many gas stations, supermarkets, mall and airport food courts, and Walmart stores across the region.
Dunkin’ Donuts, along with Baskin-Robbins, is co-owned by Dunkin’ Brands Inc. (previously known as Allied Domecq Quick Service Restaurants, when it was a part of Allied Domecq). Dunkin’ Brands used to own the Togo’s chain, but sold this in late 2007 to a private equity firm. Dunkin’ Brands was owned by French beverage company Pernod Ricard S.A. after it purchased Allied Domecq. They reached an agreement in December 2005 to sell the brand to a consortium of three private-equity firms, Bain Capital Partners, the Carlyle Group and Thomas H. Lee Partners.

In the United States, Dunkin’ Donuts is sometimes paired with Baskin-Robbins ice cream shops. While such locations usually have two counters set up for each chain (much like the Wendy’s/Tim Hortons co-branded locations), depending on business that day, both products can be bought at the same counter (usually the Dunkin’ counter), much like the Yum! Brands stores.
The company’s largest competitors include Krispy Kreme donuts and Starbucks, as well as small locally owned donut shops. In Canada and parts of the northern United States, Tim Hortons is a major competitor. In Colombia Donut Factory had been its local rival, although Dunkin’ still is preferred and has encouraged this desire by adapting their donut selection to local tastes.[7] Mister Donut had been its largest competitor in the United States before the company was bought by Dunkin’ Donuts’ parent company. The Mister Donut stores were rebranded as Dunkin’ Donuts. Dunkin still controls the trademark rights to the Mister Donut trademark through various new and amended older trademark registrations with the USPTO.
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First advantage, ready market worldwide, second, branding where McCafe can be side by side Dunking Donut, extended markets for both products where automatically I can list McCafe with as big a capitalisation as Starbucks after that. Whatever ROI you invest will be doubled. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity where the returns are guaranteed, you will not lose money.
You make money then you want you can reward me, I actually do not need anything in return. Once I complete my own projects I will worth more than Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook combined.
– Contributed by Oogle.

How to transform McDonald’s Share price to Google’s Share price?

MacDonald’s Share Price
https://www.google.com/finance?client=ob&q=NYSE:MCD
Google’s Share Price
http://www.google.com/finance?client=ob&q=NASDAQ:GOOG

Does anybody knows the trick?
Acqusition Target Most Lucrative Brands Global Domination
The most lucrative CASH business income

McDonald’s Brand
Dunking Donut’s Buyout
McCafe Project Spinoff

1)Reverse takeover of F & N’s beverage brands without Tiger Beer
F & N Diaries
Heaven & Earth
Season’s
100 Plus
Ice Mountain
Fruit Tree

2)Coke
http://quote.morningstar.com/Stock/s.aspx?t=KO
http://news.morningstar.com/all/ViewNews.aspx?article=/DJ/201210161312DOWJONESDJONLINE000386_univ.xml
Price is too expensive now, but there exist a potential, if there is new markets or new products to conquest.

Diversification
3)7-11
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7-Eleven
http://www.advfn.com/nyse/StockChart.asp?stockchart=SE

4)Hotel 81/Fragrance Hotel for overseas expansion in Asia
No point buying an expensive Hotel brand where the upside has almost been breeched.

Strategy
Moving in on the right opportunity
How to create the right opportunity?
Merger and Takeover by merger of brands and products and nibbling %
Move into North Korea markets when the time is ready


World Domination of the most lucrative brands
When I completed all my goals MacDonald’s share=Google’s share price

Since my family is so capable to spy on everything I do, ask them to produce results.
I am going to run circles round everybody who tries to be funny.
– Contributed by Oogle.

MacDonald’s US sales falter but Asia increases rapidly, a change of President

McDonald’s Corp. (MCD), the world’s largest restaurant company by sales, replaced the president of its U.S. division amid falling same-store sales.

Jan Fields, once considered a potential chief executive, is leaving after spending 35 of her 57 years at McDonald’s. Jeff Stratton, 57, now global chief restaurant officer, takes responsibility for the division’s 14,000 locations from Fields on Dec. 1, the Oak Brook, Illinois-based company said today in a statement.

Jeff Stratton, global chief restaurant Officer of McDonald’s Corp. will succeed Jan Fields as president of McDonald’s USA, effective Dec. 1. Source: McDonald’s Corp. via BloombergFields’s abrupt departure comes as McDonald’s struggles in its home market, which generates almost a third of global revenue. Last month sales at U.S. restaurants sank 2.2 percent, driving the first monthly worldwide sales drop in nine years. Fields has tried to attract more diners as rivals step up promotions and introduce new menu items. McDonald’s hasn’t had a big hit since McCafe smoothies and frappes debuted in 2010.

Fields’s departure may be linked to Don Thompson’s ascension as CEO in July, said John Gordon, the principal at restaurant adviser Pacific Management Consulting Group inSan Diego. “For a company as inbred as McDonald’s, the changeover of CEOs is a big deal.”

Given Thompson’s engineering background, he may be more involved in the details, he said. Jim Skinner, the previous McDonald’s CEO, “may have been a little more hands off.”

Burger King

As McDonald’s faltered, Burger King Worldwide Inc. (BKW)stepped up its game by selling its own versions of McDonald’s favorites — smoothies, salads, snack wraps and soft-serve ice cream. The Miami-based chain has even introduced gingerbread flavored shakes and sundaes for the holidays.Yum! Brands Inc. (YUM)’s Taco Bell restaurant has recently started selling Doritos Locos tacos and more expensive items under its Cantina Bell line, which are expected to help 2013 same-stores sales, Chief Financial Officer Pat Grismer said in October.

“McDonald’s is in a little bit of a new product lull,” Gordon said. “Everybody is kind of nipping at their heels.”

Fields was promoted to president of the U.S. division from operations chief in January 2010. During her tenure she called for improved food and product safety, posted calorie counts on menu boards, revamped Happy Meals for kids and tested healthier items, such as egg-white breakfast sandwiches. McDonald’s also began running ads touting the provenance of its beef and potatoes.

Fundamental Shift

“Our ultimate success will require a fundamental shift in how we approach brand trust and how we incorporate these efforts in to everything we do,” Fields wrote in an e-mail to store owners last year.

Fields earned $2.15 million last year at McDonald’s, which included a base salary of about $593,000. In 2010, she also made about $2.15 million.

Stratton’s career at McDonald’s spans more than 40 years. He started as a restaurant crew member in Detroit and became president of the company’s west division in 2001. As president of McDonald’s USA, he will report to Chief Operating Officer Tim Fenton.

U.S. revenue growth has for the past two years lagged that of its international segments. In 2011, domestic revenue increased 5.1 percent, compared with 14 percent in Europe and 19 percent in Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

“The obvious difference between now and 12 or 15 months ago is the U.S. business is a lot less dominant,” Sara Senatore, an analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. in New York, said today in a telephone interview. “The U.S. has to work in order for McDonald’s to work because it is still the single biggest contributor to the profit pool.”

McDonald’s fell 0.7 percent to $84.05 at the close in New York. The shares have slid 16 percent this year.

To contact the reporters on this story: Leslie Patton in Chicago at lpatton5@bloomberg.net; Duane D. Stanford in Atlanta at dstanford2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Robin Ajello at rajello@bloomberg.net

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“U.S. revenue growth has for the past two years lagged that of its international segments. In 2011, domestic revenue increased 5.1 percent, compared with 14 percent in Europe and 19 percent in Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.”

Double digit growth projections for Asia from 19 percent to 38 percent within a span of two years, who is afraid of competition? I will find the niche and will stay away from destructive competition, increasing QC and control over supply chains with innovations, technology with the best service. A non-disclosure agreement is all I ask as no-one has access to my trade secrets. I can easily transfer knowledge how to run a Macdonald’s restuarant perfectly for the highest ROI, marketing skills are only reserved for top management, please do not ask me about my inventions, everybody knows my ultimate goals. I control all information and will only train everyone and release everything when I get where I need to go. Can you read between the lines? Profits is eroded from writeoff from property development charges…..

AsiaOne 
Friday, Nov 16, 2012

SINGAPORE – Fraser and Neave (F&N) has posted a 12 per cent decline in revenue to $5.57 billion for the year ending September 30.

Net profit fell 6.9 per cent to $835.6 million year-on-year.

When fair value adjustment and exceptionals are excluded, net profit saw a drop of 26.5 per cent to $472.3 million.

Lower profit was attributed to lower recognition of development property earnings as a result of a change in accounting standards and one-off gains in the financial year of 2011 not repeated this year.

Boosted by higher fair value gains from year-end revaluation of investment properties, profit after tax for the full year stood at $1.01 billion, surpassing the billion-dollar mark for the second year in a row.

Directors have recommended a final dividend of 12 cents per share. Together with the interim dividend of six cents, this brings the total dividend for the year to 18 cents, which is the same as last year.

Following the divestment of APB/APIPL interests, the Board is exploring all options available to it to distribute a portion of the sale proceeds to Shareholders, after F&N is no longer the subject of a takeover offer.

This final dividend, if approved by shareholders, will be paid on 21 February next year.

ljessica@sph.com.sg

– Contributed by Oogle.

How my model of Franchise Hotel will work

How my model of Franchise Hotel will work
(I will control everything, from top to bottom)

Reservation/Booking System
Service Standards
Operations
Links to other businesses
Work and Invest with Franchise owners
Profit Sharing with Franchise owners
Problem solving for everything

Everything I do is linked to a 24 hour reporting system (8hrx3 shift)where I can identify every single process and control everything, problem solving and planning at headquarters, even investments for future business, every single one of my business will be linked together in a global network and I can enjoy economies of scale.

Same for MacDonald’s, McCafe and all my franchise restuarants.
I can go into very great details but it is my trade secrets, but do not mind sharing my models. My skills is maximising ROI with industries that has the greatest potential of growth, and I am not interested in anything else, to create jobs for everyone to run profitable and sustainable businesses.
I do not need to own anything, but I will setup everything, to earn my keep and concentrate on non profit.

If I can achieve everything, I will attract everyone in the entire world like honey to bees since I can create great wealth out of nothing, will I have a problem with resources?

– Contributed by Oogle