Tag: Coachella

Mourn, survive, then rebuild, one CEO says

LnkBox Group provides last-mile transportation at events like Coachella, shown in 2019. (Getty Images) Joseph Bradley of LnkBox Group on the road ahead, life after COVID-19 Joseph Bradley, founder and CEO of LnkBox Group, which provides last-mile transportation solutions and secures and activates sponsorships in and around live events like the Coachella and Okeechobee music festivals (AEG and Live Nation are its two largest clients), told VenuesNow that the company saw about 80% of its business “vaporized in about 96 hours” in early March. “I don’t think that anybody really had any idea as to just what kind of black swan we were dealing with here,” he said in describing the COVID-19 outbreak. From what he’s heard, it’s a similar story across the live event production world. “That kind of four- (to) five-day period was where everybody just kind of took it on the chin,” he said. “I think the […]

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Square Gets Around, Into Sports Venues

A customer pays a beer vendor using Square at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. (Courtesy Square) Payment tech company is POS vendor for food, retail at Chase Center Square, the technology firm many consumers are familiar with from paying cabbies and food trucks with credit cards, is expanding its mobile payment system into sports venues. Chase Center, the Golden State Warriors’ new $1.6 billion arena, has Square as its point-of-sale vendor for all food and retail outlets, including outdoor bars and food stands next to the facility. For Square, whose headquarters are two miles northwest of Chase Center, it’s the first full-scale activation at an arena, confirmed Jonathan Ghio, Square’s enterprise account executive.  In addition to the arena, Square’s point-of-sale equipment has been in place for Coachella, Goldenvoice’s annual music festival in the California desert, for the past five years, and the Washington Nationals and Tampa Bay Rays used Square for beer […]

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