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Mr. Laxton

Justin Laxton

Chief Operating Officer, Weiner's Ltd.

Justin Laxton is the Chief Operating Officer of Weiner's Ltd. and AllTravelSizes.com. Since 1991, Weiner's has been working to become a trusted supplier of brand name travel size products to businesses ranging from intimate B&B's to large five star hotels, gift shops in hospitals and airports, as well as airlines and charter services, college bookstores, e-commerce, pharmacies, vending, government institutions, charities and event planners. 

The company was founded by Alan Weiner, who after traveling around the world, built Weiner's based on his vision to service the needs of fellow travelers. For over 25 years, Weiner's has worked with numerous non-profits to help maximize their budgets for various events and projects. Weiner's strives to offer a one-stop shopping experience for brand-name and specialty travel related products with quick turnarounds and competitive wholesale prices.

Mr. Laxton plays a large role in the ongoing success of Weiner's. His professional background includes a previous position at Weiner's as the Sales and Marketing Manager, where he oversaw website migrations, as well as integration of AllTravelSizes.com to the company.

In Mr. Laxton's current position at Weiner's as the Chief Operating Officer, he oversees operations including sales, customer service, and shipping, as well as manages all aspects of the e-commerce website and 3rd party marketplace store.

Mr. Laxton received a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Government from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. He continues to reside in the Madison area.

Please visit https://weinersltd.com for more information.

Mr. Laxton can be contacted at 608-906-3554 or justin@weinersltd.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.