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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Independent Joe #40 Oct/Nov

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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Independent Joe #39 Sept/Oct

Tucked into the Connecticut woods, Foxwoods is the largest resort casino in the country. In short, there really is something for everyone. “The great thing about coming to Foxwoods is that you can bring your family and extend your stay,” says Guido Petrosinelli, a longtime franchisee from Rhode Island, and a member of the 2105…

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Independent Joe #38 June/July

Ever since it started offering deli-like sandwiches to its customers in 2012, Dunkin’ Donuts has been in a constant state of change—searching for the right meat-cheese-and-egg combos to boost breakfast sales and provide all-day companions to its growing roster of beverages. Now, with snacks representing approximately 60 percent of sales, Dunkin’ Brands is trying out…

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Independent Joe #37 April/May

No longer just a ho-hum combination of white bread and filling, today’s sandwich has evolved into a creative and versatile snack or portable meal, and a gastrointestinal necessity for Americans on the go. For Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees, this translates into big opportunity and a big challenge. How do you add new and more complicated sandwich…

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Independent Joe #36 February/ March

If there’s an extra glow to the Golden Arches of McDonald’s these days, you could say it’s because the morning sun is shining all day. Last spring, McDonald’s was reporting “negative guest traffic” as a cause of its 33 percent drop in net income. This year the world’s largest food chain is basking in the…

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Independent Joe #35 December/ January

After enduring weeks of holiday messages and late-night comedians’ jokes about New Year’s resolutions, now is the time people decide just what they will accomplish in 2016. Jokes about losing weight, getting in shape or giving up bad habits can yield some laughs, but they often don’t result in action. Still, it’s important to look…

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Independent Joe #34 October/ November

Franchise owners at DDIFO’s national convention in Las Vegas had surely heard all the talk about the end of franchising as we know it. The National Labor Relations Board’s controversial joint-employer decision has triggered a backlash in the franchising world, with the labor board ruling that a big recycling company is responsible for the employees…

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Independent Joe #33 August/ September 2015

The National Conference provides DDIFO the opportunity to bring together many franchise owners from around the country and present them with information on a host of issues that threaten to impact Dunkin’ franchisees in every geographic region. Whether it’s the product mix in the southwest, J-BOD issues in the southeast, kitchen challenges in the Midwest…

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Independent Joe #32 June/July 2015

There is that joke about cops and donut shops that every police officer and every donut shop owner has heard. But, the humorous connotation about cops stopping in for a beverage and snack never stuck with New York franchisee Roy Clark. A partner in the Wolak Group of Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in Central New York,…

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