Independent Joe #42 February/ March

In some of its earliest iterations, it was referred to as yellow journalism. Back in the early days of this nation’s history, it manifested itself in so-called Pamphlets, where the writer would use a pseudonym and slander his political opponents with outrageous allegations – some having just a sliver of truth, others lacking even the…

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Don’t get caught in the spin cycle

In some of its earliest iterations, it was referred to as yellow journalism. Back in the early days of this nation’s history, it manifested itself in so-called Pamphlets, where the writer would use a pseudonym and slander his political opponents with outrageous allegations – some having just a sliver of truth, others lacking even the…

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What’s Brewing: Sodium Regulation, Minimum wage

The Trump Administration sooner or later will start delivering on its promise to slash government red tape but, in the meantime, the battle over wages, sick leave and food labeling requirements continues to rage on at the city, state and county level. New York City officials are crowing over a court victory upholding their new…

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How Vicarious Liability Can Leave Franchisees Exposed

It is fairly common for franchisees and franchisors to be sued together for an injury that occurred at a franchised location. Likewise, more recent lawsuits have extended to employment-related claims alleging that the franchisor and franchisee are “joint employers” and, therefore, jointly liable for any alleged misconduct of employees at the franchised location. In the…

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Why Athletes Love Dunkin’

For former NFL placekicker Kris Brown, knowing how to kick a football hard is just as important as knowing how to “kick butt and work hard,” which is the way he describes his second career as a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner. Brown, now 40, played 12 years in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston…

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Franchisee Completes Circle by Returning to Root

Dennis Gramm knows Dunkin’. While the franchisee operates four stores in northwest suburban Chicago (with two more stores under construction), he also has a unique perspective amongst his peers, having spent 11 years on the corporate side of Dunkin’ Brands before becoming a franchise owner in 2007. “In the eyes of some of the legacy…

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Community Corner: Carl Andrade

Ask New Hampshire Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner Carl Andrade about Girls Inc., a local nonprofit that helps girls achieve their personal best, and he will have to fight off the tears. For the past decade, the organization has been close to Andrade’s heart. “Some girls are from single parents and some are from drug addicts,”…

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Aloha, Dunkin’!

Having made its mark up and down the California coast, Dunkin’ Donuts is readying its return to Hawaii. According to the Honolulu Star Advertiser newspaper, “Hawaii’s first Dunkin’ Donuts shop in more than a decade will be near the Honolulu Airport as part of a development project that includes an IHOP restaurant, a Shell gas…

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Independent Joe #41 December 2016/January 2017

If there was one theme that ran throughout the recent DDIFO National Conference held at Foxwoods Resort Casino, it was “Be vigilant.” The theme framed discussions on franchising, government relations, Dunkin’ Brands’ new franchise agreement and the competitive landscape facing QSRs like Dunkin’ Donuts. And while some speakers presented the theme in more desperate terms…

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