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Ms. Fruend

Melissa Fruend

Partner, Global Solutions, LoyaltyOne

Melissa Fruend has over 20 years of expertise in leading the development of consumer loyalty and CRM strategy solutions with specific emphasis on the research and strategies for Millennials. As a Partner at Global Solutions, she is responsible for the Loyalty and CRM Strategic Consulting focus in our practice. She manages a team of consultants and business analysts who offer innovative loyalty strategies to improve customer engagement through increased customer identification that impacts revenues for brands. Industry expertise includes High Frequency Retail, Specialty Retail, Quick Service Restaurant, Grocery, Travel and Hospitality, Entertainment and Financial Services. Recent client relationships include Domino's Pizza, Abercrombie & Fitch, Caribou Coffee, Darden Giant Eagle, E-Bay, PetSmart, Alaska Airlines, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Tim Horton's, and Darden Restaurants. Ms. Fruend has held leadership positions with other marketing leaders such as Maritz Loyalty Marketing, DDB and CrowdTwist, in addition to her five + years at LoyaltyOne. Her extensive loyalty background coupled with comprehensive client relationship skills insures brands are delivered quality loyalty expertise based in analytics. In addition to her LoyaltyOne clientele, Ms. Fruend has had the pleasure of working on both consumer and business to business projects with many Fortune 500 companies including Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, Kimberly Clark, Village Roadshow and Walgreens. A frequent contributor on the topics of loyalty and CRM, Ms. Fruend can be found most recently in publications such as The Chicago Tribune, London Times via Raconteur, Direct Marketing News, and Colloquy. Her next speaking engagement will be at the CRMC 2017 conference in Chicago this June.

Please visit http://www.loyalty.com for more information.

Ms. Fruend can be contacted at 416-552-4513 or mfruend@loyalty.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.