Report Reveals Areas Where Retailers Can Reduce Theft and Improve Store Efficiencies

A new study, sponsored in part by ADT and its Sensormatic Retail Solutions group, reveals the need for retailers to focus on technology solutions that enhance their current operational goals and combat theft without adding labor costs. “Loss Prevention 2010: Retailers Battling Shrink in Tough Times,” found that during these challenging economic times, retailers face increased pressure to identify better business intelligence, improve inventory accuracy, and embrace more innovative uses of existing investments as a means to improve profitability and conserve working capital. Download Free Report!

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What’s on the menu in Pennsylvania? Food facts

Don Sapatkin of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes at Philly.com that Swati Kapoor, 25, was about to order a double chocolate cake doughnut when she noticed something new on the rack at Dunkin’ Donuts. A tag said 290 calories. In an instant, she switched to a chocolate frosted doughnut (230 calories).

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The Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation Donates $175,000 to Support the Feeding America BackPack Program

The Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation today announced a $175,000 grant to Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. The funds will be used to support the BackPack Program, which provides food to hungry children at times when other resources are not available, such as weekends and school vacations. The backpacks filled with nutritious, child-friendly food will be distributed in 14 markets throughout the country, including Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Hartford, Long Island, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Providence, San Diego and Tampa.

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McDonald’s, Franchisees In Germany Wage Dispute

David Crawford and Julie Jargon at the Wall Street Journal write that McDonald’s Corp.’s German unit is engaged in a dispute with several franchise holders who accuse the world’s largest hamburger chain of using aggressive tactics to try to force them out of their contracts. Court records show McDonald’s hired a team of private detectives to dig up evidence of conflicts of interest against one of the franchisees.

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DDIFO Fights to Change Massachusetts Tip Pooling Law

Boston — Massachusetts Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners went to bat for their employees this week, asking the state legislature to modify a state law that has limited or stopped many shops from accepting tips from their customers. DDIFO Member Restricted

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What Business Success Ultimately Boils Down to is Leadership

Edward Marshall at the Triangle Business Journal writes that over the past 50 years, almost every time a business has a burning platform, the weapon of choice has been a structural solution. Top leaders get terminated. The company is reorganized. There is either centralization or decentralization; re-engineering or de-construction. More recently, the ultimate hammer has been the “Matrix” form of management, ostensibly installed to cope with complexity in our businesses.

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