2 Simple Reasons why NOT to upgrade to Windows 10 Now

Almost everyone using Windows at this point has seen the little upgrade button for Windows 10. It’s offered for free, it’s new, it’s exciting. Why not agree and download? Will it not be free and you miss out if you don’t accept now? Well there are somethings to consider before you jump ship on your tried and true installation of Windows. Here are the two simple unmistakable reasons not to switch:

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1. Wait for everyone else. Why put yourself through an update for a brand new system when other people can find out the problems first.

2. Your upgrade may be a downgrade. The upgrade to Windows 10 may not be the same level of Windows you have. If you have Professional, or Ultimate versions of Windows, basically anything above the Home Version, you will be downgraded. This may have important consequences you won’t realize until after the change.
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Frozen Yogurt vs Ice Cream – Who Wins

If you’re reading this post, you’re already either in the frozen yogurt business or want to get into it. Or perhaps you’re just a huge fan of froyo and want to catch up on the latest buzz. If froyo is your thing and you’d like to sell it, you first need to get a frozen dessert machine. But can you justify the cost, especially if you already have a frozen dessert on the menu?

Quite easily! Frozen Yogurt is one of the top selling desserts in America today. It is also simple to produce, quick to serve, and quite cheap. But doesn’t ice cream, a much more well-known treat, sell just as well? Here are the facts:

Serving times:

Ice cream has to be scooped and topped by someone, whether it is a customer or an employee. It can take quite a bit of time to get a few scoops out of a hard-frozen ice cream tub and add toppings. As much as five minutes for complex desserts!

For frozen yogurt, all the user has to do is pull a handle down and aim their serving container under the nozzle. Gravity does the rest.

Serving time: under a minute. Winner: frozen yogurt.

Sanitation:

As long as the container is positioned correctly under the nozzle, frozen yogurt dispenses very cleanly. With ice cream there is always a scoop to clean afterward. Some restaurants, buffets mostly, keep the scoop in a small container with water flowing over it to clean it up. This water gets very nasty very quickly.

Winner: frozen yogurt.

Flavors:

Both ice cream and frozen yogurt have a lot of flavors. It is also possible for shops to blend their own flavors. However, it’s much easier to make new flavor mixes with frozen yogurt than with ice cream. Different flavors are created by combining liquid flavoring agents in the base mix. If you want chunkiness and texture, you just add toppings to your frozen yogurt.  With standard ice cream, you can mix those right in without having to make a topping.  So, the winner of this one depends on your tastes.

We’ll call this a tie.

Speed of production:

Even a small frozen yogurt machine can produce 14 quarts of product an hour. A five-gallon tub of ice cream is 20 quarts. Unless you’re a dedicated ice cream shop with tons of tubs, you’ll be able to sell a lot more product with frozen yogurt. The amount of mix and flavoring is small compared to the volume due to the air that is whipped into the product inside the machine. You do have to wait for mixes to get cold enough to dispense, but this doesn’t take long.

Winner: frozen yogurt.


Curious about what else frozen yogurt can do for your business? We have an infographic from Spaceman USA for that. Check it out, especially this profit calculator along with the graphic. Compare the numbers to your ice cream business and see if an investment in a frozen yogurt machine might be cost effective for your business. We’re pretty sure it will be.

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For more info check out spacemanusa.com

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T Penguin Frozen Yogurt: A Prime Example of CCS’ Multi-Language Support

Thanks in large part to today’s global economy many businesses need multi-language support from their point of sale system whether it’s due to location, clientele, or just stems from the want to grow internationally, multi-language support from a point of sale system is no longer an option, it’s a necessity for businesses worldwide. With many international clients Cafe Cartel Systems is perfectly positioned to help you with multi-language support for your point of sale system.

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And as an international client TPENGUIN Frozen Yogurt based in Saudi Arabia is ideally positioned to take advantage of this feature. Located in the Al Wahah District of Saudi Arabia TPENGUIN that strives to provide it’s customers with the funnest frozen yogurt possible. Much of the fun is focused around the three smile maker penguins who are there for guests and their families to meet, take pictures with, and just show all customers a genuine hospitality to make your frozen yogurt experience a fun and happy one. In addition to creating a fun family atmosphere with mascots TPENGUIN 10 delicious flavors of frozen yogurt that are changed on a regular basis and a buffet of over 40 toppings to choose from including fresh fruit, chocolate, sweets, and sauces. With TPENGUIN you’ll definitely be getting a mix of taste and fun with every visit. You can follow TPENGUIN on Twitter and Instagram here.

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CCS makes it simple to toggle between languages on your menu with an easily accessible alt language button built right in to the POS software and supports languages such as: Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, and Russian, among others. Ordered items will be displayed with both the English name and the name of the alternate language you select, all while supporting up to three languages at the same time. CCS really does make setting up multiple languages in your POS software a breeze.

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See this handy instructional video on how to set up multiple languages in your system today and check out TPENGUIN for the funnest frozen yogurt around in you ever find yourself in Saudi Arabia.

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Tutti Frutti: Abuja Nigeria

Frozen yogurt and Africa is not a combination that would jump to the forefront of anyone’s mind when either of the two are brought up in conversation. Tutti Frutti, the world’s largest and most well known frozen yogurt brand with chains in over 30 countries on 6 continents, is working to change that however.

On August 17th, 2013 Tutti Frutti opened the first frozen yogurt store in all of Africa in Abuja Nigeria. Fast forward two years to January 17th. 2015 and Tutti Frutti had so much success with the first franchise that they opened a second store in Abuja and a third franchise is coming to Ibadan soon.

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These two locations succeeded in bringing Tutti Frutti’s signature flavors, toppings, colors, variety, and atmosphere to a brand new demographic in startling fashion. So much so even Miss Nigeria 2013 is fan of the healthy dessert option.

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In fact other people have national prominence such as the High Commissioner of Pakistan to Nigeria Muhammad Ashraf Saleem, have stopped by to sample some of Tutti Frutti’s flavorful creations.

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After all Tutti Frutti’s yogurt is Live Culture Certified and by allowing their customers the option to mix yogurt flavors in addition to the wide array of toppings it’s no wonder the people in Nigeria have fallen in love with Tutti Frutti as much as the rest of the world.

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Tutti Frutti has done everything right when it comes to expanding into unfamiliar territory and any restaurant looking to expand should be sure to follow their lead.

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Have you tried Tutti Frutti? Have you been to a Tutti Frutti in Nigeria? Leave a comment below!

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Why Frozen Yogurt Shops Make Great Fundraising Destinations

With Girl Scout cookies going on sale this week the public consciousness is focused on fundraising more so than usual and that makes it a great time to decide on a venue for the next time you need a fundraiser.

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In fact in many cases your local frozen yogurt shop makes for an ideal location to host a fundraiser and more often than not the owners are ready and willing to help make a difference in the community. Like owner of the Washington based frozen yogurt shop Twisties, Chad Thomas for example.

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With framed pictures of smiling youngsters and thank you notes adorning the walls Twisties has become the ideal example of a business willing to lend a helping hand in the Thurston community. Thomas, a former Navy man, has a very simple philosophy when it comes to hosting fundraisers in his store, he let’s the group use the store for the entire day instead of just a few hours.

“The reason I do all day is so people are not forced to come in at a specific time frame that might interfere with their day hopefully allowing people to come in on their time to support the fundraiser,” he says.

Back in mid August that very philosophy contributed to the success of a fundraiser for the Lacey-Minsk Mazowiecki Sister City Association that allowed three students to take an exchange trip to Poland for two weeks this fall semester. The group decorated the store with Polish flags and took to social media with requests and invitations to help reach their goals and is extremely grateful to Thomas for his generosity. “Chad is extremely supportive of our group and Lacey as a whole. He allows non-profit groups to raise funds in a delicious way…” Kim Ellsworth-Glasman of the organization said.

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In addition to helping local students afford exchange trips overseas Thomas also helps keep local community programs going. For example Thomas recently helped the Raiders and Warriors cheer squads for the Black Hills Junior Football League raise almost $400 to go towards uniforms, competition fees, and trophies. Leilani Batacan, coach of the Raiders and Warriors, says, “I will continue to do fundraisers through them because they are so fun and the staff is so great to the kids and helpful to the community.”

Thomas estimates that he’s helped raise over $40,000 for charitable causes over the last two and a half years alone and while he’s proud of that number he’s always looking for other ways to give back to the community, such as offering a military discount of 15% for his fellow servicemen.

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Like most other Frozen Yogurt shops hosting a fundraiser at Twisties is a fairly simple process. Thomas recommends calling him at the store or sending Twisties a message on Facebook.

Plenty of other Frozen yogurt shops such as Orange Leaf, Myo, Menchies, Yogurtland, and Tutti Frutti even have their own fundraising pages online to help community organizations set up fundraisers at their local shops.


Have you ever been part of a fundraiser at a Frozen Yogurt Shop? Leave a comment below!

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5 Frozen Yogurt Flavors to Serve this Holiday Season

The Holidays are without a doubt filled with food, friends, family, and fun and therefore they’re also one of the most wonderfully delicious times of the year. This makes the Holiday season the ideal time to enjoy some of your favorite festive treats on at least a semi-regular basis.

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Those festive treats we enjoy so much aren’t always the healthiest options available to us however. For this reason seasonal frozen yogurt alternatives are becoming a go to option for many families when it comes to enjoying their favorite festive desserts during the holiday season.

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That makes this year the perfect year for frozen yogurt store owners to take advantage of this burgeoning family tradition for many families by offering some special seasonal concoctions this Holiday season.

 

Here are 5 festive frozen yogurt flavors for you to serve this Holiday season:

 

1) Chocolate Mint

Holiday mints have been a staple of the season for generations and combining with a yearlong favorite like chocolate is a great way to create a surefire hit. The refreshing mint flavors will be sure to entice shoppers to take a relaxing break from all the holiday hustle and bustle December has to offer.

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2) Pumpkin Pie

This traditional Thanksgiving favorite is also seen in different variations throughout the rest of the Holiday season. The smooth taste of real pumpkin and nutmeg goes great with graham crackers and serves as an ideal treat to enjoy throughout the Holiday season.

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3) Candy Cane/Peppermint

You can’t walk into a store during the Holiday season without seeing a candy cane mixed in with the other festive treats. Peppermint has become a go to addition for coffees and hot chocolate’s during the Holiday season in recent years so why not add frozen yogurt to that list. This frozen concoction will melt in your mouth just like the candy canes your customers enjoyed as a child.

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4) Egg Nog

Egg nog is a festive classic and one that most people seem to either love or hate. The creamy flavor makes it perfect for frozen yogurt however. This concoction will be sure to please both kids and kids at heart all December long. After all it never does quite feel like the Holidays until you’ve had that first glass.

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5) Gingerbread

No smell or cookie is more synonymous with the Holiday season than gingerbread. This is another yogurt that would pair well with graham crackers or cookie crumbles and it’s a surefire way to remind your customers of the way mom used to make them every time they stop in the store.

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Do you have any other suggestions for festive frozen yogurt flavors to serve this Holiday season? Leave a comment below!

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Frozen Yogurt On-the-Go Expansion

As the popularity of frozen yogurt increases, suppliers are trying to meet customer’s demand at new locations with new strategies.

 

*trucks

Who doesn’t love food trucks? Well now frozen yogurt has moved to delivering frozen yogurt around town through trucks.  These special trucks allow customers to continue to provide self service with frozen yogurt flavors and toppings. Some companies also allow these trucks to be rented for events such as baseball games, charity fundraising or birthday parties. Say goodbye to the old icecream song and embrace this booming business with frozen yogurt.

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*kiosks

Similar to trucks, setting up kiosks is a great business opportunity for frozen yogurt companies. Places like malls, festivals, concerts or community events are great locations to create and satisfy a frozen yogurt craving to customers. Not only will customers be happy to have access to frozen yogurt but this is a smart strategy to build brand awareness. Customers will know where you stand at malls, expect to see your company at huge events and will appreciate the access.

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*catering

Here is a win win situation for the owner and the clients: catering to parties, businesses or special events with frozen yogurt. There are many options that can be offered to adjust to the size and quantity of the orders. The catering option eliminates flexibility with mixing flavors because it is easier to make pre-made cups of a single or double flavor and bring packaged toppings to offer to the customers. Parents love this idea for their kids’ birthday parties to serve all of the guests. Businesses can use this service as a fun team bonding event or just to thank employees every once in awhile. You want to advertise these options to customers so that they are aware of this opportunity and can help spread the word.

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*outside locations

Other temporary locations are great for frozen yogurt and brand loyalty. Setting up locations to go to consistently will get customers to look forward that day to purchase yogurt. This is ideal for warm areas and larger populated areas. A great example that some places have used are schools and parks. Creating some tables with the frozen yogurt offerings for a few hours can boost business and also build brand loyalty.

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*ATM’s

We’ve heard about the success and excitement with cupcake atms.. well now its frozen yogurt’s time to shine! DC opened the first frozen yogurt vending machine called the “Frobot” where yogurt is dispensed from a machine to a cup after a credit card transaction has been made. The ATM like machine first offered only flavor in order to test the market, but they plan to expand to multiple flavors and hopefully add toppings as well. This is another interactive and fun way to buy frozen yogurt for customers.

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*merging stores

Frozen yogurt is now setting up smaller offerings and services to other stores. For example, convenience stores are adopting frozen yogurt sections by the cash registers. Also, some frozen yogurt shops are offering other food items and some are just joining to add their services to dessert places. For example, crepe stores or boba places are starting to add frozen yogurt to their stores to make it a one stop place for customers wanting dessert.

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*delivery option

Some stores have already added an option of delivering frozen yogurt to homes. Request can be made online or by phone and then there is a minimum delivery cost. Companies can get away with $10 purchases that can be delivered within a certain area code. This is another great differentiation option that might score you new and loyal customers that appreciate the extra effort. Try testing the market in your frozen yogurt shops region to see if there is a strong enough demand for this service before implementing it fully.

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Expand Your Frozen Yogurt Business to a New Location

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Do you currently own a successful frozen yogurt shop? Are you looking at opening another location? If you are deciding on expanding to more locations, take a look at these considerations to make sure you are ready for it!

Before you look into another store, look into your current store and its business cycle.  Take a look at financials to see how your progress has been.  Measure all of the pros and cons of the location. Take everything into consideration. Figure out what makes the business successful and see if it can be duplicated. Your current business should have been consistently improving and operating efficiently with income.

Next, lets think numbers!  In order to open up a new location, you need to have sufficient capital so that you do not have to borrow from anyone. Check your cash flow from your first shop and see if it is enough to start another location.  Try to avoid loans, investors or any other source of capital from others so that you are not under any return rate obligation.  Paying off investors or giving up part of the company is not the best way to go about opening up a new location.

To consider a new store, do your research on potential locations.  Find an area that matches your first store’s demographic. You want to be in a place where you can drive high traffic, which will turn into sales. Focus on places that will provide financially healthy business.

If you have found an opportunity, financially and location wise, and have reviewed all of these steps then you are ready to commit.  Now you have to write a new business plan for your new location. Just because you are replicating an existing one, you will have new staff and some changes that you want written out so that you can stay on track.  Assign responsibilities that you need to accomplish and most importantly, do not rely on the success of your first shop to succeed in the second one. You must continue to work hard!

Here is a simple test to determine if you should expand:

start here—->Is your current business successful and running smoothly?

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if you answered “YES”————-> Do you have enough funds to support a new store without borrowing money? 

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if you answered “YES”———————————->  Is there an available location that would bring you the same or better business opportunity? 

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If you were able to get to the end with all of your “YES” responses then you are aware of the responsibilities and risk you are taking to opening a second location. If you feel confident and want to seize an opportunity then go for it, Good Luck!

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Is Frozen Yogurt the Answer to Convenience Store’s Lack of Healthy Food?

The frozen yogurt lifestyle is becoming so pervasive that you may come across some when picking up some gum and gas at your local convenience store. That’s right, frozen yogurt kiosks can now be found in convenience stores! Take a look at Donper America’s and Yumz express frozen yogurt kiosk concepts:

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Diversifying product has worked well for convenience stores in the past. Wawa, the Pennsylvania-based gas retailer is locally renowned for their smoothies and sandwiches. 7-11, now an international corporation, was put on the map when they adopted their infamous Slurpee back in 1967. Now with the staying power that frozen yogurt has shown, these convenience store concepts have gotten some traction with convenience stores across the country big and small.

If you’re in the Atlanta area you’ll notice that RaceTrac stations, a local convenience store chain, have adopted some new hardware including a couple self-serve frozen yogurt stations and a toppings bar

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You’ll see some frozen yogurt stations in small convenience stores such as this one in Lower Paxton Township Pennsylvania.

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And I have to say it doesn’t sound like a bad idea. Frozen yogurt for convenience stores makes sense with the self-serve model already built into the c-store concept. Frozen yogurt to grab and go sounds like a pretty great solution for c-stores that are looking to expand and grow their business with healthier choices. What do you think?

 

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Grow Your Frozen Yogurt Business with Social Media

There is simply no denying the prevalence of social media. Did you watch the Oscars this past Sunday? Ellen and her famous gang literally broke twitter with their star-studded selfie. (Thanks to some strategic product placement courtesy of Samsung.) So what does this have to do with frozen yogurt? Everything! Social media is a free, engaging, and informal way to advertise and connect to your customer base.

Let’s Yo! Promotes Customer Engagement Through Social Media

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Let’s Yo! a frozen yogurt franchise out of New Jersey has taken their social media strategy and has made it the cornerstone of their business. Alongside a healthy menu, customers get to interact with apple ipads that have been embedded into the tables. Not only that, once you begin taking your Let’s Yo! frozen yogurt selfies you can watch the store’s live feed from their various social media accounts on their flat-screen televisions. This means that your perfect selfie or froyo-gram will show up within seconds of posting.

Not only is this fun socially-minded atmosphere a unique experience for customers but it’s also a strong branding strategy. It encourages social media engagement therefore leaving the heavy advertising lifting to customers, and social media accounts. It’s a very cultivated way to achieve organic marketing for a frozen yogurt franchise. They achieve more social media engagement (i.e more organic advertising) by creating and promoting their social media games and contests.

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Now, I’m not saying in order to be a successful business in this day and age you need to go and buy ipads for every table.

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But, in case you want to…Cafe Cartel can help you with an affordableipad solution #hint #hint #wink

But, I am saying that social media is a great tool to take advantage of. And for frozen yogurt shops, images and shared pics are a great way to drive customer engagement for your shop. This means Instagram.

Why Instagram For Your Frozen Yogurt Shop?

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Instagram is a great free tool that has 18 times the engagement rate of Facebook. This means that theres a bigger percentage of people who have Instagram that actually use it, as opposed to Facebook. Instagram is a picture sharing website so users can take pictures, tag their locations, and post them on their friends instagram feeds. This gives you the opportunity to post pictures of your customers, or even employees having fun in your shop. But most likely, you’ll be enticing your potential customers with new flavors or a particularly luscious looking froyo masterpiece.

Once you have your frozen yogurt shop’s Instagram set up, you can follow our tips on taking the best froyo pics: How to take the Best Instagram Photos of Frozen Yogurt. A stunning Instagram picture will be that much more enticing to click and share.