Greggs is to install wireless broadband access across its 1,571 stores across the UK.The roll-out will start this month with 100 shops per week and will be completed by the end of summer, following a deal with provider The Cloud. Graeme Nash, head of customer and marketing at Greggs, the BB75 retailer, said: “We are constantly looking at ways of giving our customers a fantastic experience when shopping at Greggs. We have a number of outlets now with seating and our cafés and new coffee shops, Greggs Moment, are all ideal locations where our customers can benefit from free WiFi.”Vince Russell, managing director at The Cloud, said: “Greggs might not be the kind of brand you immediately associate with WiFi, but this deal shows how mainstream this technology has become.“It’s no longer the preserve of hotels or train stations, where businessmen log on to check their emails, it’s used by all sorts of people for everyday reasons, such as updating their Facebook, Twitter or Foursquare accounts when they’re on the go. It’s undeniable that the smartphone has changed consumer behaviour and now it’s changing the high street too.”It is believed that Greggs hopes customers will use it on their smartphones to pass the time when sitting in the café areas in larger Greggs outlets.
In response to market conditions and in line with the airline’s ongoing development, Garuda Indonesia has announced the introduction of a new “Quick Wins program”.Following the weakening Indonesian Rupiah as well as other factors which have affected the performance of international airlines around the world, Garuda Indonesia will implement several crucial measures as part of a short term strategy to increase its overall performance.The airline will focus on increasing its “Revenue Generator” in order to optimise revenue potential, restructure and mange costs to increase efficiency, and refinancing by implementing measures to secure its financial condition.Under the new structure, Garuda Indonesia will also discontinue its service between Brisbane-Denpasar, effective from 1 February 2015, as well as reduce flight routes between Jakarta-Haneda, Denpasar-Haneda, postpone the opening of new routes, including Jakarta-Nagoya and adjust flight schedules to various destination cities in Australia and Europe.Moreover, Garuda Indonesia will adopt a fleet management program that will see the early termination of several aircraft, subleasing of aircraft, and reduction of business class seats from 12 to eight on its Boeing 737-800NG, in order to increase seat capacity in economy class of up to 15-20 percent and reducing costs.Overhead costs will also be reduced by up to ten percent by adjusting costs that do not yield any additional value and by increasing employee productivity.Source = ETB Travel News: Lana Bogunovich