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20 Innovative IT Ideas To Steal

InformationWeek 500 innovators have creative solutions to not-so-unusual business problems. How can these help your company?
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Dunkin' Brands' Dunkin' Donuts chain has put the kibosh on employee theft by combining point-of-sale transactional data with its surveillance security system. Every time an employee touches the POS system, dynamic keystroke transactions are saved and transferred to the surveillance system. When certain transactions are performed, a video clip is generated on the right side of the surveillance system's screen, while the actual employee keystroke transaction is shown on the left side. This lets managers see what's happening at the counter or drivethru, and how the employee is operating the POS system. The system also lets managers review specific types of transactions, including voids, deletes, under-$1 total sales, and discounts, to see if product was given away for free or if money wasn't properly accounted for during the transaction. Dunkin' Donuts makes the technology available to franchisees, and restaurants that utilize the integrated technology have significantly reduced theft, recouping 2% to 6% of sales on average.

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