Dunkin’s Brew-haha

Senior executives at Dunkin’ Brands have, for the past several years, successfully brought new products to the market, with the hope of developing brand loyalty among younger consumers. The Dunkin’ mobile app has made the process of ordering a beverage and snack with a smartphone simple and reliable. Dunkin’s cold brew exposed customers to a…

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Don’t tread on us: Franchisees sue their brand for encroachment and win

El Pollo Loco – their slogan is “Crazy you can taste” – is popular for Mexican-style food such as tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and quesadillas and, in particular, citrus-marinated, fire-grilled chicken. The Costa Mesa, California chain operates over 460 company-owned and franchised restaurants in the southwest, and is a favorite with many locals. In Lancaster, Calif.,…

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Community Corner: A Family Affair

For Mitzi Lawlor, community involvement is more than a commitment: it’s a family tradition. Her parents, Helen and Ralph D’Alelio, bought their first Dunkin’ Donuts store in Massachusetts in 1977. For the next 30 years they used their business to improve the lives of those living in the area, particularly children. “My mother always gave…

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Independent Joe #48 February/ March 2018

I have always been a big sports fan, pretty much any sport too, where the game is challenging and the skills of the players something to behold. So, it should come as no surprise that I am a fan of the Olympic Games, and while watching the dazzling opening ceremony, I had a bit of…

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Minimum Wage Volatility

At the state level, states have been actively considering changes in state-mandated minimum wages over the past several weeks with mixed results. Over the course of the past two weeks or so, an Arizona state senate committee advanced legislation amending a voter-approved initiative ($12 minimum wage) by reducing that minimum to $10 if the amendment…

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Deep Pocketed Special Interests

Think this is who they mean? When we hear feel good politicians talk about the evils of money in politics and special interests buying favorable legislation, my guess is they don’t mean unions! Notwithstanding, it’s been reported that one of New York City’s powerful unions made regular edits and arguably had a veto on final…

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Sick Leave -No Delay in MD, No Changes in DC

It turns out that the Maryland House of Delegates would not follow the state senate and delay the implementation of the paid sick leave law in Maryland, letting it take effect as scheduled last Sunday. After serious lobbying by the business community, the senate had agreed to postpone the mandate until July in order to…

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Maryland Senate Votes Sick Leave Delay

In response to a concerted lobbying effort by the broader business community in Maryland, yesterday the state senate voted to delay implementation of the new Maryland paid sick leave law until July. The Healthy Working Families Act, vetoed by Governor Larry Hogan but which was overridden in both branches over the past few weeks, is…

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