Latitude Connection Blog


Giordano's hands-on training approach
Saline, Mich., November 25, 2015 -  Giordano's has the best pizza in Chicago. No really, they do. Giordano's was named "Best Pizza in Chicago" by Chicago Magazine and have been serving up great pizza since 1974. Efren and Joseph Boglio, the founders and immigrant brothers, are famously known as one of the originators of the Chicago-style stuffed deep-dish pizza. Since then, Giordano's has been internationally recognized for their fresh ingredients and very friendly staff. Franchising since 2012, Giordano's currently houses 31 franchise locations and operates 25 corporate units.

How does Giordano's train its franchisees?
Giordano's franchise training is centered around hands-on teaching, learning and experience. Eric Brown, Vice President of Franchise Development commented, "Our business, the pizza business, is so detailed. We've found that hands on training is our best avenue for training." [Read More...]

Talented Learning awards Latitude Learning as Top Customer LMS

In the recently-released 2015 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Awards, Latitude Learning, an industry leader in partner performance and the home of the only cloud-based franchisor LMS, ranks as #2 in Top Customer LMS.

Talented Learning determines this ranking by the LMS’s ability to integrate with CRM software and its ability to allow any customer activity such as purchase, renewal, attending a webinar, downloading of learning events. Trained customers buy more over time and are more satisfied LMS users.

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Happy Thanksgiving!...Latitude Holiday Support Coverage Information
In observance of the upcoming holiday, Latitude Corporate offices will be closed this Thursday and Friday (November 26 - 27) for the extended Thanksgiving weekend. Latitude Support Desk will be available normal hours of operation Monday thru Wednesday of this week. Non-critical services will close down at 7 PM Eastern Time on November 25, then open back up Monday morning, November 30, for normal business hours.  [Read More...]

Design Custom Brands for Individual Organization Units
Once you have built out custom HTML content, CSS files and images for your LMS, you can choose which content should display for users at each organization within your Business Structure. This flexibility empowers one company to serve multiple franchise brands, or tailor content to the differing needs of training partners, all within the same portal.   [Read More...]

Latitude Learning LMS Release Notes (
The Latitude Learning Team announces the latest release of the Latitude Learning LMS. This release Version ( was promoted to production on Sunday, November 8, 2015. [Read More...]

Latitude attends Collegiate Job Fair

Visit booth #57

SALINE, Mich., November 10, 2015 – Latitude Learning, an industry leading in associate performance and the home of the LatitudeCONNECT Suite will attend the Michigan Collegiate Job Fair this Friday, November 13, 2015 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Michigan Collegiate Job Fair  is a state-wide job fair held at Burton Manor, 27777 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia MI 48150, for college seniors and recent college graduates looking to obtain employment.

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Adobe Connect is now a virtual classroom add-on option

Latitude is pleased to announce Adobe Connect as a virtual classroom add-on option. Virtual Classrooms replicate the discourse and discussion of a typical classroom with a complete set of features for highly interactive and effective group learning. It brings together voice, video, data and graphics in a structured online learning that is completely integrated into the learning management system. 

Adobe Connect is a web conferencing solution that enables a variety of uses, ranging from web meetings to eLearning to webinars.

With Adobe Connect, you can captivate your audience with rich, engaging and interactive experiences and make them available to virtually anyone, anywhere. Adobe Connect is based on Adobe Flash® technology and Adobe Flash Player software is already installed on virtually all Internet-connected computers allowing invitees to easily attend your meetings without the need for additional downloads.

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Administrative Use of Interest Lists
This document explores the authoritative rights of LMS Instructors, Administrators and Portal Administrators to use the "Interest List" feature as a managerial and data analysis tool. All pages listed under Interests in the Left Navigation Menu help them to either create interests as a technique for mass enrollment, or review students’ expressed interests to produce useful training insights.  [Read More...]

Employee Training vs. Extended Enterprise Training
The following is a reprint of an article written by Latitude Learning's CEO, Jeff Walter and published in Training Magazine's Blog. The article focuses on the differences between employee training and extended enterprise training and how to understand which best fits your organization. 

Click here to read Employee Training vs. Extended Enterprise Training on the Training Magazine blog or read a reprint of the article below. [Read More...]

Send Announcements to Communicate with LMS Users
The LMS includes more than 30 customizable messages that will automatically notify students, managers, and administrators when certain system events are scheduled, and when specific user or training activities take place. 

This document focuses on the tools that allow administrators to communicate directly with LMS users, en masse or individually. The “Classroom Offering Messages” and “Announcement” features function separately as on-demand messaging systems, using content settings in the Site Management => Edit Messages tool and adding custom notes submitted by the administrator upon message creation. [Read More...]

Introduction to Certification and Curriculum Management
The Latitude LMS Certification and Curriculum features provide flexible, performance-driven competency management tools to portal administrators, enabling them to define and manage their Training Programs. These tools provide the ability to mix prerequisites, equivalencies, electives, and mandatory courses with performance data to create certifications and curriculums that drive employee performance. From the simplest requirements to complex setups with certifications and curriculums nested in hierarchies, the LMS has the ability to turn training plans into reality. [Read More...]

Latitude attends Detroit's 2015 Franchise Expo
SALINE, MICH., November 2, 2015 - Latitude, and industry leader in partner performance and home of the LearningCenter LMS, visited Detroit's Franchise Expo on October 30, 2015 in Novi, Michigan. The expo provided a platform for one-on-one exchanges with representatives from very successful franchises nationwide.

Regina Beckham and Janay Burch, both Latitude employees, had the opportunity to interview dozens of franchises on training practices offered to their franchisees. As the Franchise Industry continues to grow, training practices are becoming more of a conversation topic for potential franchise buyers. Beckham and Burch found this to be true as most interviewees were willing to speak about their training practices, with great knowledge. [Read More...]

Barkefellers' training practices
Barkefellers offers family-like environment to build trust with Franchisees 

Saline, Mich., October 19, 2015 -  
Barkerfellers is an award-winning upscale pet hotel that recently opened its third corporate owned Indianapolis store location. Barkefellers is a family owned and operated business and has been franchising since 2014. This pet hotel offers four complementary businesses, and four streams of revenue, under one roof: dog and cat lodging, dog daycare, pet grooming and obedience training services. Their superior customer service, luxury amenities, clean facilities and well-trained staff makes visiting Barkefellers more of a treat, rather than a chore, for both the pet owners and the guest of honor.

How does Barkefellers train its franchisees? 
Potential franchisees start of their journey at Barkefellers' Discovery Day, where all three corporate locations are visited. Here, franchisees get the opportunity to view the three different store levels offered: 18,000, 28,000 and 38,000 square feet locations. [Read More...]

Latitude mentioned as "prominent player"
Latitude Learning, the only cloud-based LMS provider built for franchisors, was mentioned as a prominent player in the learning space

SALINE, Mich., October 21, 2015 –
This week Latitude Learning was mentioned in an article by WhaTech Channel as a prominent player in the learning space. 

Following is an excerpt from the online article:

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Latitude announces new client, The Global FoodBanking Network
Latitude, an industry leading in associate performance and the home of the LatitudeCONNECT Suite, announces another new client, The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN), an international non-profit organization that fights world hunger by creating, supporting and strengthening food banks around the world, in countries outside the US. Currently GFN works in more than 30 countries.

Annually, The Global FoodBanking Network hosts a week-long training event in Texas in which food bankers from all over the world attend to share ideas and learn new skills to help them advance food banking in their home country. GFN was looking for a way to deliver training beyond of the annual training event that would be available year round and reach a wider audience. [Read More...]

National Coffee Day Survey Results
Thank you to all that participated in Latitude's coffee survey on National Coffee Day (September 29, 2015). We received a vast amount of responses, and really enjoyed reading about your personal history with coffee.

Latitude is happy to announce Tara Ivory of Polaris Industries, Inc. as the National Coffee Day survey winner. Tara placed first which wins her some cool LatiBrewed branded items and a supply package filled with coffee goodness. Polaris is an American manufacturer of snowmobiles, ATV, and neighborhood electric vehicles. Polaris is based in Medina, Minnesota and also manufacturers motorcycles through its Victory Motorcycles and Indian Motorcycle subsidiaries.  [Read More...]

Extended Enterprise Training: Perfect for Every Industry
The following is a reprint of an article written by Latitude Learning's Janay Burch and published in Capterra Training Technology Blog.  The article focuses on how extended enterprise has taken on more importance as firms have become increasingly specialized and inter-connected; creating a demand for Extended Enterprise Training (EET) LMSs.

Click here to read Extended Enterprise Training: Perfect for Every Industry on the Capterra Training Technology blog or read a reprint of the the article below.

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Franchisor's Training Challenges
Franchise training is a whole lot different than your traditional workplace training, and therefore your LMS provider should be able to accommodate for those differences. Check out the the major difference in franchise training vs traditional training. Latitude Learning can help franchisors overcoming these training challenges.

Franchisor’s have the dilemma of overcoming a variety of training challenges. Franchisee employees are NOT franchisor employees and cannot be treated as such. This makes it difficult to implement new products and practices. [Read More...]

Offer Discount Coupons for LMS Course Tuition
Portal Administrators who have monetized their LMS with tuition-based courses and enabled the eCommerce feature now have the option of running sales campaigns for training content. With just a campaign name, discount amount, and term of offer, and you can generate a list of unique coupon codes for distribution and further market your courses!  

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Training Block: Muscle Maker Grill's training practices
Muscle Maker Grill leverages new technology to help administer training

Saline, Mich., October 6, 2015 - Muscle Maker Grill is a fast-causal restaurant franchise that serves freshly prepared meals with its guests' health in mind. Since 1995 Muscle Maker Grill has been fulfilling its founder's, Rod Silva, goal of offering people a nutritious alternative to fast food restaurants. Muscle Maker Grill prides themselves on creating healthier versions of mainstream favorite dishes that taste great, as well as providing a friendly environment that allows guests to learn about healthy eating. Muscle Maker Grill, headquartered in Colonia, New Jersey, continues to grow with over 200 units sold and over 70 units open nationwide.

How does Muscle Maker Grill train its franchisees?
Muscle Maker Grill does not require previous restaurant experience as they will provide its franchisee with comprehensive support and training. Rod Silva explains "We spend two weeks in our corporate restaurant with the new franchisees doing online and classroom training. Then we spend two weeks in their new restaurant."  [Read More...]

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