Paid Leave Fights in Court

Liberal local communities continue their push to win and enforce their own paid leave mandates and the fights continue in courts in blue and red states. In Texas, state Attorney General Ken Paxton, who last year convinced the 3rd District Court of Appeals to strike down an Austin paid sick leave ordinance, prevailed again –…

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Register Now for DDIFO National Conference

Early bird pricing is still available for Dunkin’ franchise owners to attend the 2019 DDIFO National Conference at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Connecticut on October 28 & 29, 2019. One of the exceptional panels we will present this year is Dunkin’, Its Competitors and Wall Street – A Look at Today and Tomorrow. The…

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Salary History and Plastic Bag Bans

State legislatures continue their parade to ban this or that from the business toolbox and this week we have 2 more with Delaware and New Jersey. Delaware Governor John Carney signed a new plastic bag ban on Monday of this week, making Delaware the 4th state in the nation to ban single-use plastic bags. The…

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Beating the Union at Its Own Game

The Portland Oregon-based burger chain, Little Big Burger deserves much credit for getting ahead of and defeating a unionizing effort by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) in 12 of the company’s 20 stores. The company first drew the union wrath a number of weeks ago after it terminated (for valid cause) an employee…

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Dunkin’ Earnings

Reporting yesterday, Dunkin’ earnings for Q2 were $.86/share, 4 cents better than Wall Street consensus, while revenues were slightly below the street’s expectations. However, Dunkin’ Same Store Sales on a two year basis (often, a better viewpoint) were its best since 2016. It was also noted that the average ticket for Dunkin’ US was up…

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Competitor News

After opening new corporate offices and a test kitchen, Krispy Kreme opened a newly designed store in Charlotte a few weeks ago. Their first comprehensive redesign in over 10 years, the new store boasts digital and interactive features along with an expanded menu. Likewise, Tim Hortons unveiled their first new “Innovation Café” on the first…

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Elections Have Consequences

In response to republican efforts to reach a compromise on his Obamacare proposal, President Barack Obama famously declared that “Elections have consequences, I won!”  Well, against that backdrop we would hasten to publicize a promise we heard from one of the democratic presidential candidates at the debate earlier this week. In his opening statement, New…

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