Restaurants
 
Bojangles’ Legendary Iced Tea for America’s Legendary Heroes
 
Bojangles’ has announced it is giving its Legendary Iced Tea to healthcare workers, first responders and law enforcement, and no other purchase is necessary. This is to show support for those in the community for working on the front line during the pandemic. This promotion began Monday, April 13, and go until National Iced Tea Day on June 10. To take advantage of this, workers must show their credentials at the restaurant. “This is just one sweet way we can thank those on the frontlines of the current crisis,” said Ken Reynolds, Director of Corporate and Community Affairs for Bojangles’, in a press release. “We hope our signature legendary iced tea will bring a little joy to their days and provide a well-deserved, refreshing break from their tireless commitment to the health of our communities.”
 
Reduced Tables, Temperature Checks, Disposable Menus - California Officials Outline “New Normal” For Restaurants
 
California Governor Gavin Newson set into place new policies Tuesday, April 14, after restaurants’ stay-at-home orders are lifted. Some of these policies include taking temperatures at the door, servers needing to wear masks and gloves, reducing the number of available tables by 50 percent, and disposable menus. Newsom also did not provide a date that the state would reopen. “There’s no light switch here. I would argue it’s more like a dimmer,” Newsom said during the afternoon news conference, adding that the state would likely alternate between less restrictive and more restrictive measures over time.
 
 
Payments
 
Domino's Looks to Contactless Payments for Employees
 
Branch, the only challenger bank that partners with employers to help working Americans grow financially, announced an integration agreement with Servant Systems, the software developer for the Domino’s PULSE Franchise Office System. The Domino’s PULSE Franchise Office System aggregates franchisees’ financial, payroll, and other store information with Domino’s system-wide PULSE in-store order entry system (PULSE).
 
Current store payment systems demand large quantities of cash on-site, which can lead to higher levels of theft, loss, and administrative time.  With Branch, Domino’s franchise owners can instantly pay employees wages, tips, and mileage onto the Branch digital wallet and debit card, without requiring pre-funding, cash reserves, or changes to payroll.
Grocery
 
Publix Rolls Out Special Shopping Hours for First Responders, Hospital Staff
 
Publix has announced it is setting aside specific shopping hours for first responders and hospital staff. This time period will be Thursday evenings from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday mornings from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. just for these frontline workers. These hours begin Thursday, April 16, and continue for the foreseeable future. Publix has made a number of recent changes by installing plexiglass around cash registers and one-way aisles, as well as setting aside other hours, 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. for every Tuesday and Wednesday, for elderly customers.
 
 
Corporate Social Responsibility
 
Pizza Hut to Donate Thousands of Pizzas and Books to Students
 
Pizza Hut has announced the Read and Feed Program, which is where the company will donate 250,000 of its personal pan pizzas as well as make $500,000 in grants to educators through the nonprofit First Book. Also, Pizza Hut has said that starting near April 22, each order from First Book (up to 10,000) will arrive to educators with 25 personal pan pizza certificates. “For millions of students, school is one of the only places to receive reliable meals and access to books. By equipping the amazing educators serving these students with grants and food to distribute, we’re doubling down on our 35-year commitment to supporting childhood literacy and helping children receive meals they need during this crisis,” says George Felix, Chief Marketing Officer, Pizza Hut, in a news release. “Help us spread the word by letting educators in your own circles know of these available grants at FirstBook.org, so we can continue to help as many students as possible.”
 
 

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