Eden Prairie, Minnesota – August 12, 2011. After an extensive six month competitive testing process, Cosi, Inc. has selected WAND Corporation to be the exclusive vendor for all digital menu board technology. Cosi® plans to install the WAND digital menu board system in all new and remodeled corporate restaurants and will encourage its franchisees to follow suit.
“We see digital menu boards as a natural progression in the development of the Cosi® brand,” said James Hyatt, Chief Executive Officer of Cosi®. “The flexibility and efficiency of digital menu board technology will allow us to further enhance the guest experience.”
In regards to the recent decision, Hyatt stated that “Because of WAND’s impressive creative content solutions, prompt turnaround times, many years of industry experience, and the caliber of their clients, I feel we’ve forged a true partnership with WAND.” WAND has been developing innovative restaurant technology solutions for multiple nationally recognized brands for 25 years. WAND’s Digital Restaurant® solution includes indoor/outdoor digital menu boards (DMB), point of purchase (POP) boards, and order confirmation displays (OCDs). In addition, WAND offers a state of the art content management system, digital analytics, and POS/DMB integrations for most major brands of POS systems.
Cosi® is a national premium convenience restaurant chain that has 81 corporate sites and 59 franchise sites across 18 states, the District of Columbia and the United Arab Emirates. It’s upscale menu prominently features made to order sandwiches with Cosi’s delicious artisan flatbread, freshly-tossed salads, flatbread pizzas and more. Cosi® continually upgrades its menu to meet changing customer expectations and has engaged WAND Corporation to help meet those quickly changing demands. The WAND digital menu board solution provides flexibility, efficiency, and quick and easy to use content management. WAND’s exclusive digital analytics stimulates strategic business growth, and enhances sophisticated menu board advertising development for the Cosi® brand. WAND digital menu boards also offer easy customization to each individual Cosi® restaurant.
“Cosi® is a growing brand who’s innovative nature meshes well with our own determination to push the limits of digital menu board technology, “said Greg Perrill, COO for WAND Corporation. “We see strength in this partnership along with evolution and awareness for the Cosi brand.”
About COSI, Inc.
Così, Inc. (NASDAQ: COSI) (http://www.getcosi.com) is a national premium convenience restaurant chain that has developed featured foods built around a secret, generations-old recipe for crackly crust flatbread. This artisan bread is freshly baked in front of customers throughout the day in open-flame stone-hearth ovens prominently located in each of the restaurants. Così’s warm and urbane atmosphere is geared towards its sophisticated, upscale, urban and suburban guests. The Così® vision is to become America’s favorite premium convenience restaurant by providing customers authentic, innovative, savory food while remaining an affordable luxury.
The Così® menu features Così® sandwiches, freshly-tossed salads, melts, soups, Così® Squagels®, flatbread pizzas, S’mores, snacks and other desserts, and a wide range of coffee and coffee-based drinks and other specialty beverages. Così® restaurants are designed to be welcoming and comfortable with an eclectic environment. Così’s sights, sounds, and spaces create a tasteful, relaxed ambience that provides a fresh and new dining experience. “Così,” “(Sun & Moon Design)” and related marks are registered trademarks of Così, Inc. in the U.S.A. and certain international countries. © 2011 Così, Inc. All rights reserved.
About WAND Corporation
WAND Corporation is the future of QSR technology, spearheading a convergence between digital engagement, point of sale, and analytics. WAND’s Digital Restaurant® solution includes POS & back office systems, award-winning digital menu boards, analytics, enterprise management and support. WAND is 100 percent QSR/Fast Casual focused and has 25 years of industry experience developing innovative solutions for franchisees and corporate brands. To further its growth and its restaurant partners’ success, WAND’s vision is to revolutionize worldwide restaurant operations through technology, services, and data. For more information, please visitwww.wandcorp.com.
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