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49. WowBao My Takeout! | Geoff Alexander

Takeout, Delivery, and Catering Show

On this episode of the Takeout, Delivery, and Catering podcast series, hosts TJ Schier and Sam Stanovich sit down with Geoff Alexander, the president and chief executive officer of Wow Bao, to explore the ins and outs of the dark kitchen space.

44mins

2 Feb 2021

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Episode 14: Celebrity Virtual Restaurants + Geoff Alexander of Wow Bao

Food on Demand

In the 14th episode of the Food On Demand Podcast, hosts Tom and Nick talk with Geoff Alexander, president and CEO of Wow Bao and a managing partner at Lettuce Entertain You. They also cover the National Restaurant Association's new guidelines for delivery providers, an Ohio city hiring its own delivery drivers, and the rise of celebrity-backed virtual restaurants.

46mins

21 Jan 2021

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Wow Bao CEO Geoff Alexander explains benefits of dark-kitchen initiative

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Fast-casual Asian brand’s delivery-only program passes 100 units in 6 months.

26mins

6 Nov 2020

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27 - Wow Bao's Geoff Alexander

Fast Forward: A Quick Service Restaurant Podcast from QSR Magazine

The Chicago-based fast casual Wow Bao isn't just an exciting Asian fast casual with a lot of opportunity for growth at a time when Americans are more interested in global flavors than ever. It's also a tech-forward concept that has leaned into platforms like kiosks and digital ordering way before other foodservice brands. Spearheading that innovation is president Geoff Alexander. In this two-part conversation with QSR editor Sam Oches, Alexander first shares the story of how Wow Bao came to be and why it strives to stay so far ahead of technology trends, and then discusses how Wow Bao has responded to the coronavirus crisis—including a new off-premises strategy that, true to form, is way ahead of the curve.QSR Magazine informationFacebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedInQSRmagazine.com Have feedback or interview suggestions? Email us at sam@qsrmagazine.com.

1hr 19mins

23 Apr 2020

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How To Build A Powerful Social Network and Master Google Ads with Geoff Alexander

The Young Entrepreneur's Journey

In this episode, I sit down with my buddy Geoff Alexander, who is one of the UK’s best-kept secrets. He used to be a personal trainer and a rising star in the corporate world but is now an award-winning Google Ads specialist (first Google-certified in the UK), speaker and digital marketing consultant and mentor. A very fun guy, who is way too humble and has a ridiculously large network.   In this episode you will learn about: The leap from the corporate world into entrepreneurship How to adapt your business to evolving markets How to create consistency in your business (income/leads) How to build and manage your network — Geoff has built an incredibly powerful network over the years and is a very smooth networker (I’ve seen it in action) How to add value to others How to succeed with Google Ads How to make the most out of social media and your online presence Things mentioned in this episode: Charlie Munger on the 25 most common cognitive biases, “The Psychology of Human Misjudgement”: https://bit.ly/1oKnWmM LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com Connect with Geoff! LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/geoffalexander1/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/geoffalexander1 Twitter: https://twitter.com/GeoffAlexander1 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/geoffalexander1/   Connect with me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yasminarte/   My Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/yasminaellins/    Share your key takeaway on instagram and I will repost you!

32mins

8 Nov 2019

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The Future of Delivery and the Restaurant Experience with Geoff Alexander and Paul Damico

Fast Casual Insider

On this special edition of Fast Casual Insider, Jerry heads to the floor of the 100th annual National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago to talk with Geoff Alexander and Paul Damico. Geoff is the president of Wow Bao, a Chicago chain specializing in steamed bao. Paul is the CEO of Naf Naf Grill, another Chicago-based chain specializing in Middle Eastern food.Geoff, Paul and Jerry discuss the rise of third-party delivery and how this has affected their restaurants. They further discuss how delivery is changing their growth strategy and leading them to try innovative new restaurant concepts as their concepts expand.[02:14] - Geoff Alexander, president of Wow Bao[02:24]  - Paul Damico, CEO of Naf Naf Grill[02:45] - Incorporating third-party delivery in the fast casual marketplace[05:11] - Planning the footprint of future locations[06:50] - Maintaining a relationship with digital guests[10:28] - Delivery survival of the fittest?[13:02] - Overestimating generational interests[15:26] - Is third-party delivery a different daypart for marketing?[16:30] - Is Gen Z driving the growth in delivery?[17:57] - Why Paul was attracted to Naf Naf Grill[19:16] - Introducing centuries-old cuisine to broad new audiences[20:49] - Has in-store marketing remained unchanged?[21:26] - What's next for Wow Bao?[23:35] - Opportunities at on-site locations[23:02] - Changes on the horizonGeoff Alexander is the president of Wow Bao and has been a partner at Lettuce Entertain You for more than 26 years. Geoff is the chairman of the National Restaurant Association’s Fast Casual Industry Council, an executive board member for Chicago’s Magnificent Mile Association, and an advisory board member for Social Media Week Chicago.Paul Damico is the CEO of Naf Naf Grill and has helped the chain grow to 38 locations in seven states. Paul has also helmed several other brands under the Focus Brands umbrella, including Cinnabon, McAlister’s Deli, and Moe’s.Our host, Jerry White, has worked in operations, in foodservice distribution, and then in media sales, holding top sales and management positions with several leading food media companies during the past 35+ years. Jerry joined the team at Plate magazine in early 2010 as associate publisher, and continues in that role providing solutions and opportunities for manufacturers and organizations as they anticipate tomorrow’s industry challenges. This episode was sponsored by Sage Intacct, a leading provider of restaurant accounting and financial solutions. Sage Intacct helps their restaurant customers reduce time, cost and resources on tedious financial processes so they can focus on servicing customers and growing their businesses. Learn more about how Sage Intacct restaurant customers make smarter decisions with critical visibility into business performance by visiting www.sageintacct.com/hospitality.If you'd like to receive new episodes as they're published, please subscribe to Fast Casual Insider in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. If you enjoyed this episode, please consider leaving a review in Apple Podcasts. It really helps others find the show. This podcast episode was produced by Dante32.

25mins

27 Sep 2019

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Technology's impact on Fast Casual Dining with Geoff Alexander

Fast Casual Insider

In the first episode of the Fast Casual Insider podcast, host Jerry White sits down with Wow Bao President and Managing Partner of Lettuce Entertain You Geoff Alexander. Geoff shares his insights into how he thinks about technology and innovation for Wow Bao, the role 3rd party delivery services are playing and how he’s managed to stay at Lettuce Entertain You for over 26 years.[01:35] - Geoff's journey to Lettuce Entertain You[05:30] - Incorporating Technology & Innovation into Wow Baos culture[08:30] - The role Social Media has played at Wow Bao[09:42] - How to harness technology and still maintain a personal touch[13:07] - Improving everyone’s life with technology, not just the customer[17:32] - Disruption vs. Innovation and why you need both[20:05] - The role of 3rd party delivery services[21:58] - Technology, Social Media and Marketing[25:08] - The role data can play in running your restaurant[26:25] - The Fast Casual Industry CouncilSince 2009, Alexander has served as President of Wow Bao; Lettuce Entertain You’s quick-serve concept featuring Steamed Bao (meat and vegetable filled “hot Asian buns”) a popular portable snack throughout Asia. Under Alexander’s leadership, Wow Bao has revolutionized the way diners interact with restaurants by being a leader in technology and social media. With Alexander’s guidance, Wow Bao has implemented mobile & desktop on-line ordering, added bicycle delivery, and domestic shipping, installed self-ordering kiosks, pioneered a mobile gift card & loyalty platform, and has turned Wow Bao into a well -respected Chicago Social Media influencer.Our host, Jerry White, has worked in operations, in foodservice distribution, and then in media sales, holding top sales and management positions with several leading food media companies during the past 35+ years. Jerry joined the team at Plate magazine in early 2010 as associate publisher and continues in that role providing solutions and opportunities for manufacturers and organizations as they anticipate tomorrow’s industry challenges.This episode was sponsored by Sage Intacct, a leading provider of restaurant accounting and financial solutions. Sage Intacct helps their restaurant customers reduce time, cost and resources on tedious financial processes so they can focus on servicing customers and growing their businesses. Learn more about how Sage Intacct restaurant customers make smarter decisions with critical visibility into business performance by visiting www.sageintacct.com/hospitality.If you'd like to receive new episodes as they're published, please subscribe to Fast Casual Insider in Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. If you enjoyed this episode, please consider leaving a review in Apple Podcasts. It really helps others find the show.Episode produced by Dante32.

30mins

18 May 2019