Philly Bans Cashless Stores, Should Amazon Be Worried?

The city of brotherly love has passed legislation that prohibits businesses from going cashless. After July 1, businesses could be fined up to $2,000 if they don't accept cash payments.

Philly lawmakers in support of the bill argue that cashless establishments exclude a segment of the population without bank accounts or debit or credit cards.

26 percent of the city's residents are living below the poverty line, according to a spokesperson for Philly's Mayor Jim Kenney, who signed the bill into law.

"It just seemed to me unfair that I could walk into a coffee shop right across from City Hall, and I had a credit card and could get a cup of coffee. And the person behind me, who had United States currency, could not," said Bill Greenlee, Councilman and bill co-sponsor, to the "New York Times."

Signage at an Amazon Go Store in Seattle |   Shutterstock

Signage at an Amazon Go Store in Seattle | Shutterstock

However, there are some exemptions to the law, including parking garages, hotels, and rental car businesses.

Philly isn't the only city considering this type of legislation either. Some cities, like Boston, already have this in place.

"Similar legislation is under consideration in cities including New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, DC. In New Jersey, the legislature has approved a bill which now just needs Governor Phil Murphy's signature to become law. Massachusetts, meanwhile, has long required businesses to accept cash," writes "engadget."

So how will this impact cashless, tech-focused stores like Amazon Go locations?

The law allows retailers with membership models (like Costco, BJ's) to be cashless, specifically cashless transactions are allow "at retail stores selling consumer goods exclusively through a membership model that requires payment by means of an affiliated mobile device application." But not everyone who uses Amazon.com is an Amazon prime member. This is also the case when it comes to the Amazon Go stores. So legislation like this could detour Amazon from setting up Amazon Go stores in certain cities.

Read more about Philly’s new bill at “engadget.”

Watch the episode of The Barron Report above to learn more about this new legislation and why Philly lawmakers felt it was needed.

How Philly Became the Dynamic Culinary Destination it is Today

How Philly Became the Dynamic Culinary Destination it is Today

The City of Brotherly Love is no longer just a food stop-over town sandwiched between DC and New York. Beard Foundation award winners, trendsetters, and serious cooks are making Philly more than just a town known for its cheesesteaks.

“The Philly restaurant scene has vastly improved since I started cooking back in 2001. It has quickly become one of the most dynamic food cities in the country,” said Ben Puchowitz, co-owner, and chef of Cheu Noodle Bar, Cheu Fishtown, Bing Bing Dim Sum, and Nunu. Cheu lands at the top of the list for ‘Must Eats’ in Philly. With a unique approach to menu and interior design, Cheu’s lessons in delivering memorable food experiences make him one of the operators driving the restaurant scene in Philly out of larger cities’ shadows.

Rebellious, Ironic, Different

Crab fries that don’t have crab (just ask Chicky and Pete’s, a Brotherly Loved icon) are only the start. Food anomalies are as easy to find in Philadelphia as rabid sports fans.

What is happening in this old city that is full of new thinking?

Less Fish, More Hip

Philly’s Fishtown neighborhood has morphed into a hipster haven, and proudly so. Suraya, Kensington Quarters, Cheu, Wm. Mulherin’s Sons, and Stock all call the renaissance neighborhood of Fishtown home. You know the type; old warehouses, formerly run-down storefronts, a narrow maze of streets with nearly impossible parking opportunities. Inject cash, reclaimed wood, Edison lights, and a keen sense for what Millennials, Gen X, and Boomers want for dinner, and there is little guesswork.

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These Top 50 Sandwich Innovators are Filling a Void in the Sandwich Segment

The time has come to reveal the ranking for the Top 50 Sandwich Innovators.

You read that right.

Foodable’s free Top 50 Sandwich Innovator report, brought to you by Miss Vickie’s, is out now!

In the free report, you will learn why high-quality ingredients are driving frequency in restaurant visits. The Restaurant Coach™ and Foodable’s industry expert contributor, Donald Burns, also breaks down who the Top 5 Sandwich Innovators are.

As a bonus, our team dives into what some of these top-performing brands are doing right, in terms of social media marketing. How are these brands engaging their audience? What is the style of their Instagram social feed? Why does it work for them? How can restaurants increase their restaurant visits by stepping up their visual marketing game? These are some of the questions this guide and report will answer.

Along with the informative pieces within the free guide and report, is the chance to learn more in-depth about three sandwich innovator concepts, through video and podcast interviews. For example, Foodable had the chance to chat with Hunter Pond, CEO and Founder of East Hampton Sandwich Co. (the highest-ranking sandwich innovator concept) in our upcoming episode of The Barron Report. 

Our host, Paul Barron, sets out to decipher whether or not this sandwich innovator brand has what it takes to become the next big player in the sandwich category. Listen in to learn how Pond, a law-school dropout, ended up developing one of the most talked about sandwich innovator concepts in Texas. His ability to identify a void in the sandwich market and come up with a winning formula to address the issue became the foundation for his successful regional brand. This podcast episode will leave you wondering: What’s next for East Hampton?

To get you started, watch the video above to learn about Matt and Marie’s, a sandwich innovator and a Philadelphia-based, Italian sandwich shop. This piece will touch on what sets it apart from the rest. It’s not the first time we chat with Nicole Marie Capp about her restaurant concept, which she co-founded with Justin Matt Sapolsky. In fact, Paul Barron interviewed her in one of the network’s Fast Casual Nation episodes. This time around we hear from her what it means to be a sandwich innovator.

To learn the ranking score of this innovative sandwich restaurant and others, be sure to check out our free Top 50 Sandwich Innovator report!

Nicole Marquis, Founder and CEO of HipCityVeg is an Entrepreneur on a Mission

Nicole Marquis, Founder and CEO of HipCityVeg is an Entrepreneur on a Mission
  • Philadelphia’s HipCityVeg is on a Mission to Show that Plant-Based Food can be Delicious!

On this episode, Nicole Marquis, Founder and CEO of HipCityVeg, tells us how she developed her restaurant to show people that plant-based cuisine can be delicious. Her mission started when her desire to help her father fix his high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes became a debate about genetics versus diet.  Nicole knew that she needed to show, not tell, her father that he could eat well and not give anything up that he loves about food, to instill a lifestyle change.

Listen to the podcast above to hear how Marquis is using the restaurant industry to facilitate lifestyle changes for her customers. 

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Marlin Network launches Foodservice Professional Panel

Marlin Network launches Foodservice Professional Panel

This foodservice marketing agency is putting together a restaurant operator panel and is looking for professionals just like you to become influencers in the industry!

Marlin Network is an agency that has been in business for over 30 years and is on a mission to engage consumers in better experiences away from home.

Currently, the agency is looking for input from operators, owners, chefs, and managers across all segments of commercial restaurants. Marlin Network wants the opinion of those people in the industry who are considered key decision makers, or the people purchasing product for their place of business.

This is an interesting opportunity for industry professionals who qualify, where they will be rewarded for voicing their thoughts on products anonymously. The company will never sell the participant’s information or market to them. Marlin Network’s goal is to better the foodservice industry and incorporate the opinions of real food industry professionals into their projects.

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