Community Corner: A Family Affair

For Mitzi Lawlor, community involvement is more than a commitment: it’s a family tradition. Her parents, Helen and Ralph D’Alelio, bought their first Dunkin’ Donuts store in Massachusetts in 1977. For the next 30 years they used their business to improve the lives of those living in the area, particularly children. “My mother always gave…

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Independent Joe #48 February/ March 2018

I have always been a big sports fan, pretty much any sport too, where the game is challenging and the skills of the players something to behold. So, it should come as no surprise that I am a fan of the Olympic Games, and while watching the dazzling opening ceremony, I had a bit of…

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Accepting change

There is always a certain amount of fear and trepidation about the unknown. Think back to 1999 as we approached the turn of the millennium and the catastrophes that were forecast to accompany Y2K, as it was then known. To hear some tell it back then, computers were going to think the year was 1900,…

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What’s Brewing: NLRB, H-2B summer visas, Soda tax, Wages headed up, Sick leave

Good old 2017 ended with a bang, with the Trump Administration making good on its promises to axe a controversial ruling that Dunkin’ and other franchise owners have argued undermines the very foundations of franchising. The National Labor Relations Board has dumped the Obama-era joint-employer rule, which had sowed confusion and stirred fears of unionization…

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Your Membership Guaranteed

As a membership-driven organization, DDIFO works diligently on behalf of its members—providing information, advocacy and an independent voice. In 2018, as questions swirl over the future of health insurance, taxes, regulatory policies and the future of Dunkin’ Brands, DDIFO is well-positioned to continue its nearly 30-year mission. Again this year, National DCP (NDCP) is helping…

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2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act a Mixed Bag for Franchisees

With all that has been written about the long-awaited $1.5 trillion Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, of the most particular interest to Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees may be the comments of Robert Cresanti, the CEO of the International Franchise Association. In a statement issued prior to the signing, Cresanti thanked the Senate for “listening…

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Strength in the Middle

Vying to stand out among the competition is nothing new to a quick service restaurant. But recently, some have cast a questioning eyebrow at Dunkin’s middle-price point position in the increasingly crowded coffee marketplace. After last fall’s re-launch of McDonald’s McCafe coffee, analyst Jeremy Scott of Mizuho wrote: “We view Dunkin’s straddle between value-orientation and…

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Why Big Investors are Bullish on Dunkin’ Stock

On October 31, 2017, as Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners were gathered at Foxwoods for the DDIFO National Conference, rumors of a marriage between Dunkin’ and Krispy Kreme spread across the business press and social media. Experts offered their opinions on CNBC, Bloomberg and Nation’s Restaurant News. Among those discussing a possible purchase by the private…

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Ed Wolak’s Successful 5-Decade Journey

Ed Wolak was a teen when his mom applied for a job at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Manchester, New Hampshire. “It was a new business to us. No one knew it was a chain,” says Wolak. His mom worked part-time at the location for a few years, and encouraged her daughter to apply. “My sister…

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