What’s Brewing: Paid Time Off, Mandates, Protection for Franchisees

Last August, Independent Joe interviewed Yuwen Chen, owner of three Dunkin’ Donuts shops in New York’s Hudson Valley, about paid sick leave legislation that was being considered in New York City and how its passage could affect his businesses 80 miles away. “The costs can really hurt the business owner,” he said, “because not only…

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National DCP Unveils New Initiatives

The United States Postal Service has always been known for making deliveries no matter the weather. In recent years, Fed-Ex and UPS made seven-day-a-week deliveries commonplace. Now, the National DCP wants to transform the delivery system that serves Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners into a 24/7 operation. The program, called route optimization, is one of two…

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Federal Mandates Worth Watching: Depreciation, Full-time Overtime

While Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners keep a close eye on the status of various pieces of state legislation, including the minimum wage increase and the paid sick leave act, there are new important items on the docket at the federal level that deserve some close attention too. “One of those items is permanent 15-year depreciation,”…

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Dunkin’s Brand Evolution: Reflecting the Customer’s Changing Needs

Oh, how times have changed. If Dunkin’ Donuts founder William Rosenberg walked into one of the world’s many stores today, he might wonder where he was. Instead of just fresh donuts and coffee, he could order a mocha Irish crème swirl iced latte with wake up wrap ¬– egg whites and turkey sausage only, please.…

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BUNN-O-Matic Corporation

BUNN-O-Matic Corporation has been a preferred supplier to the Dunkin’ system for more than 55 years, supporting the efforts of both the brand and franchisee community since its inception. “Based on measurable standards and mutually beneficial agreements, BUNN-O-Matic Corporation works closely with Dunkin’ Brands and the DCP to ensure high quality equipment and value-added services…

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3Wire Group

3Wire Group has been providing parts and supply chain solutions to Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners nationwide since January 2012 and became a DDIFO sponsor that same year. 3Wire helps franchisees save time and money procuring genuine OEM food and beverage equipment replacement parts. 3Wire provides Dunkin’-specific ordering, inventory and pricing which can be accessed automatically…

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Pacific Premier Franchise Capital

Pacific Premier Franchise Capital (formerly Infinity Franchise Capital) has been a national lender to Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners for nearly 20 years. A conventional lender for franchisees with three or more locations, Pacific Premier provides capital to build new stores, remodel or relocate, restructure partnerships, acquire stores and refinance debt. It can lend up to…

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PlotWatt

Serving Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners nationwide since 2011, PlotWatt is an energy analytics company with programs designed for Quick Service Restaurants. PlotWatt helps franchisees reduce electricity bills, detect malfunctioning appliances, and enforce operating procedures through real-time tracking and monitoring. For multi-unit franchisees, PlotWatt’s Web-based dashboard allows owners and managers to keep an eye on equipment…

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Independent Joe: February 2014

While the Boston Crème, jelly-filled and glazed ring donuts fly out the door at the Dunkin’ Donuts in St. Joseph, Missouri, cups of fresh brewed coffee are still a slow seller. It’s the ongoing challenge for franchisee Dave Riggs, who opened the restaurant in 2012.

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