DDIFO Names Seth Vice-Chairman of the Board

Asheesh Seth, the newest addition to the DDIFO’s Board of Directors, has been named vice-chairman of the board. The vote was counted at the most recent board meeting on June 22, 2010 and marks the first time DDIFO leadership has included a vice-chairman.

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HME Drives Accuracy & Speed of Service

With state-of-the-art drive-thru communications systems and timers alongside premium service and support, HME is a one-stop shop for improving drive-thru management and efficiency. HME has worked with Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners and Dunkin’ Brands for many years, and now, the company is a DDIFO Sponsor.

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Innovation Helps Commissaries Achieve Efficiency and Consistency

Long before the first Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner opened a central kitchen (CML), Belshaw was already established as a leader in the manufacture of donut machines. By the time Bill Rosenberg opened the first Dunkin’ store, Belshaw was already selling its machines internationally. By the mid 1960’s, Belshaw machines were helping franchise owners make donuts in the backs of their stores and when the first CMLs went on line in the late 1990’s, Belshaw was the brand standard. DDIFO members read more….

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Cost Segregation Makes Sense for Remodels

Due to the state of the economy in 2009, Dunkin’ Brands gave franchise owners a pass on their 10-year remodel obligations, but now franchise owners who were due to remodel last year or are due this year, by and large, will have to bite the bullet. So, in a still struggling economy, where can you turn for help with remodeling expenses? Cost Segregation is one answer. DDIFO members read more…..

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DDIFO Road Show Stops in Newark

Coming off the announcement that 400 Dunkin’ shops in the Chicago region have joined the DD Independent Franchise Owners (DDIFO), the organization will host a meeting for franchise owners in the New York Metro area and Mid-Atlantic region on Thursday June 3, 2010, at the Sheraton Hotel in Newark, NJ.

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TD Bank buys S.C.-based South Financial

The Boston Business Journal reports that TD Bank Financial Group, the parent of TD Bank, said Monday it has struck a deal to acquire a money-losing South Carolina-based bank with an elevated amount of problem loans on its balance sheet. Editor’s note: TD Bank is a DDIFO Sponsor.

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Access to Money, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2010 Financial Results

“Our agreement with Dunkin’ Donuts is also proceeding well and according to plan, having placed approximately 90 new ATMs with franchisees. Including the Dunkin’ Donuts program, the total amount of ATM equipment sales this quarter increased to $1.3 million from $363,000 in the first quarter of 2009.”

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Access Offers Pay per Performance Marketing Options for Franchise Owners

If Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners are not familiar with how Access Rewards works, they may want to ask their customers. According to Doug Jentzsch, Director of Partnership Marketing for Access, customers who belong to various groups or associations that offer member discount programs are printing coupons for Dunkin’ stores more than any other restaurant or service provider in their database

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Jera Concepts Helps Franchise Owners Forecast

Wynne Barrett of Jera Concepts explains forecasting in one simple sentence. “Good data in means good forecasting out.” As a former Dunkin’ franchise owner and now the VP of Business Development for Jera, Barrett understands the inventory and supply chain challenges franchisees and central kitchen (CML) operators face. When he joined Jera in 2004 he helped develop the food service component of Jera’s network solutions business.

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