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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Independent Joe #31 April/May 2015

As the clock ticks down, when the last points have been scored and the cheers have gone silent, many professional athletes are left wondering what comes next. For more and more athletes, the somewhat surprising answer is franchising. In increasing numbers, athletes are hanging up their uniforms in exchange for a partnership with leading chains,…

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Independent Joe #30 February/ March

The days of Dunkin’ Donuts existing solely in a strip mall or as a standalone store are gone. In 2014, franchisees developed 70 new restaurants in non-traditional locations like airports, military bases and supermarkets, bringing to more than 600 the number of non-traditional locations across the U.S.

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The Millennials: Brewing tomorrow’s profits!

Independent Joe #29: December/ January

In the push to grow same-store sales, franchisees across the Dunkin’ Donuts footprint are focusing on Generation Y—the generation known as millennials. There are more than 80 million of these 18-33 year olds with over a trillion dollars in buying power and a huge influence on older generations like the Baby Boomers. According to the…

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Independent Joe #28: October/ November

The 2014 DD Independent Franchise Owners National Conference and Hall of Fame Gala was a huge success. The winners were the franchise owners, the sponsors and the organization. The house made out pretty well, too as DDIFO contributed its part to the Rio Hotel’s bottom line for 2014. The conference provided useful industry content for…

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Independent Joe: August/ September 2014

Those attending the Conference – where we’ll celebrate our 25th Anniversary as an independent organization representing Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners – will also experience some cutting edge information with an outstanding program of presentations, the DDIFO Hall of Fame Induction, and an exceptional Exposition Hall with our sponsor/exhibitors providing the goods, services and products that…

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Independent Joe: June 2014

Dunkin’ Donuts locations have been popping up on college campuses at a steady rate over the past five years as part of the brand’s strategy of opening alternative points of distribution—college campuses, train stations, supermarkets and military bases. In the past year, more than seven college campus locations flipped on their coffee-makers, including Wayne State…

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