Domino’s maps ‘hot spots’
Domino’s, which has been bringing pizzas to doorsteps for more than half a century, will now deliver to the great outdoors.
The pizza chain said Monday that its drivers can meet customers at U.S. beaches, parks and landmarks to hand over pizza, cheesy bread and other food on its menu.
In all, Domino’s said it will deliver to 150,000 outdoor locations. Downtown Akron’s Lock 3 Park, the Cuyahoga Falls Natatorium and four different spots at Barberton’s Lake Anna are among dozens of area locations that show up in the company’s app or website as “Domino’s Hotspots.”
Delivery is a key part of the company’s business, and it has been aggressive in making it easy to order through tweets, text messages and Amazon’s voice-activated Echo.
Franchisees chose the hotspots. Drivers will pull up to the curb to meet customers, Domino’s said, and people can tell the app what they’re wearing so they’re easier to spot.
Trump names two nominees
President Donald Trump has selected Columbia University professor Richard Clarida to be vice chairman of the Federal Reserve and Kansas bank commissioner Michelle Bowman to fill another vacancy on the Fed’s seven-member board.
The two nominations are the latest steps in Trump’s efforts to remake the seven-member Fed board, which currently has four vacancies. Both nominations need Senate approval.
Clarida would become the Fed’s No. 2 official, filling a spot left vacant when Stanley Fischer stepped down last October.
Bowman would fill a spot on the Fed board that is reserved for a community banker or a regulator of community banks.
Trump last year tapped Fed board member Jerome Powell to succeed Janet Yellen as Fed chairman. He also selected Randal Quarles to be vice chairman for bank supervision.
Toyota readies car-to-car tech
Toyota says it will start equipping models with technology to talk to other vehicles starting in 2021, as it tries to push safety communications forward. The company says most of its U.S. models should have the feature by the mid-2020s.
Vehicle-to-vehicle signals can warn others of heavy braking ahead or that another vehicle is headed into their path.
Vice President of Product Planning Andrew Coetzee says the cars would use dedicated airwaves to send signals up to 984 feet.
Coetzee hopes other automakers will join. Others are testing it and standards have been developed so they can communicate.
Toyota is leading on automatic emergency braking, making it standard on all but four models. The industry has agreed to make it standard on all models in 2022.
Pipeline resumes operation
Oil is flowing again through side-by-side pipelines beneath the waterway that connects Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.
Enbridge Inc. announced Monday afternoon it has restarted its Line 5, which was shut down over the weekend. The company blamed a power outage. Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan had pushed for a temporary shutdown because of high winds and heavy currents in the Straits of Mackinac.
Line 5 carries 23 million gallons of oil daily between Superior, Wis., and Sarnia, Ontario.
Loyalty programs to combine
Marriott is combining its Marriott, Starwood and Ritz-Carlton loyalty programs into a single program this August.
The move comes more than a year after Marriott purchased Starwood Hotels, the parent of the Westin, W and Sheraton brands.
Under the new program, members can earn points for hotel stays and redeem them at any of the company’s 6,500 hotels. Marriott won’t have blackout dates for rooms, but will introduce peak and off-peak pricing.
The combined program will have more than 110 million members.
Compiled from staff and wire reports.
Business news briefs, April 17: Domino’s delivers to hot spots’