The 40 Hour Work Week

Wouldn’t have thought the notion of a 40-hour work week would be particularly newsworthy, but this past week, the issue was front and center in the weekly Republican Radio Address as US Senator Susan Collins (R – Maine) said that because of Obamacare and the implications of the 30-hour work week threshold, many workers would…

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McTrouble Brewing

Tying to the issue of fair franchising, a story in Bloomberg reports that a minor revolt is in play within the McDonalds franchise community as the franchisor seeks to improve the company’s bottom line at the expense of the individual franchisees – increasingly charging franchisees more costs including rent, remodeling and training and software fees…

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DDIFO Hall of Fame

Only 1 week left to submit your nominees for the DDIFO Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Nominees – You only have 1 week left to submit your nominees for the DDIFO Hall of Fame.  Inductions will be made at the Hall of Fame dinner and awards presentation at the National Conference on Tuesday evening, September 17!  All nominations must be received by Friday, August 16!

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From Philadelphia style magazine

Virtually Touring Caesar’s: Qua Baths and Spa

Qua Baths and Spa is a luxurious retreat that taps into the natural, healing powers of water to bring you a one-of-a-kind experience.  Bathed in natural light, accented by smooth stone flooring and dark woods, Qua uses the natural properties of water to soothe away stress and tension.  The Roman Baths consist of three distinct…

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FDA Defines ‘Gluten-Free’

It may have muddied the waters when the phrase was first coined, but now the Food and Drug Administration hopes to clarify it all with a final definition of the term for voluntary food and beverage labeling: People with celiac disease can now have confidence in the meaning of a “gluten-free” label on foods. The…

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Competitor Tim Horton’s new CEO reaffirmed the US was a “must win”

Tim Horton’s new CEO reaffirmed the US was a “must win” market for Tim’s. Their Q2 US same store sales were +1.4%, driven mostly by traffic – a deceleration versus trend. In contrast, Dunkin’ US posted accelerating same store sale sales versus trend last month. Tim’s announced they would revert to larger, better capitalized US franchisee development partner…

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Baked Goods

Consumer Pulse reports that consumer demand for sweets and baked goods would be even higher than it is if the products could stay fresh a bit longer.  The Caravan proprietary survey provides some additional consumer behavioral information on both donuts and muffins as well as other products.

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Fair Franchising Surfaces in Pennsylvania

As the inequity of franchise agreements becomes more widely recognized, so too does the effort to introduce balance into the franchise relationship.  You will recall that the California effort is still very much alive – in fact, in less than 2 weeks, SB.610 will be heard by the California legislature’s Committee on Business, Professions and…

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Lest We Forget

For those who may be newer to the franchise industry, or others who may have forgotten how inequitable the franchise relationship can be, we noted problems with 2 Steak ‘n Shake franchises this week where the franchisee was terminated and subsequently sued by the franchisor.  Without knowledge of all the details – or passing judgment…

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Swipe Fees In The News Again

In the latest round in the Swipe Fee settlement case, a federal judge ruled this week that banks and credit card companies had charged “inappropriately” inflated fees for debit cards in retail transactions.  In his ruling, Judge Richard Leon said the Fed set swipe fees that yielded “billions of dollars” more than Congress intended when…

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