As a company, Spoon Me bucks all sorts of conventions. Its unique name reflects the youthful and vibrant atmosphere its founders, one of which is CEO Ryan Combe, have created in its frozen yogurt restaurants. Combe and his team are not just aiming for a healthy bottom line but a healthy planet and healthy communities. The company’s ultimate goal is to create a more personal way of doing business that the fast food industry as a whole has rejected.
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Mars Retail Group (MRG) recently underwent a significant transformation. Three years ago, the Nevada-based organization became responsible for managing the licensing division of Mars, Inc., a privately held company that generates more than $30 billion in annual revenue and employs roughly 70,000 individuals.
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Highmark prides itself on being an insurer of last resort. As Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, serving the 29 counties of Western Pennsylvania, and Highmark Blue Shield, serving the 21 counties of Central Pennsylvania and Lehigh Valley, this provider also prides itself on getting health insurance products into the hands of individuals.
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Of all the groundbreaking technology in the last 20 years, none has been so largely ignored as the printer. Unlike MP3 players, flat screens, touch screens, and cell phones, the latest printer models are not greeted with national headlines. But at DataBazaar.com, printers and printing equipment are in the spotlight.
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The baby business is not what one would call a sexy enterprise. It’s by no means macho to sell a stroller, and advertising the best price on a changing table isn’t an action one equates to glamour. But that hasn’t stopped Jack Kiefer from growing BabyAge.com into a successful e-commerce site that satisfies parents, grandparents, and babies alike.
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Trends change at the drop of a hat, and a retailer’s job is to keep pace. But with many layers between the creative process and production, it’s often difficult to stay on top. This is where Zazzle.com can help. Launched in 2005, Zazzle.com’s business model comprises two components. The first is a manufacturing and technology platform that enables products to be made on-demand, one at a time. From posters and printed items to shoes and T-shirts, the company now has more than 27 product lines for retailers, designers, and consumers to choose from.
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After noticing a void in the Asian food market in the area in which he lived, Roger Chen founded Tawa Supermarket in 1984. The business began as a single-location operation in Westminster, Calif., but throughout the last two and a half decades, it has grown significantly.
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Making a brand better isn’t just about advertising realignment, especially for a company with 96% brand recognition. So when Nelson Marchioli became president and CEO of Denny’s in 2001, he knew it would take more than a new scrambled egg dish to turn the tide of consumer opinion.
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