Consumer Reports names Eight O’Clock Coffee Tops

The best buy for penny-pinching java junkies is a bag of Eight O’Clock Coffee, which topped Starbucks, Folger’s, Maxwell House, and Dunkin’ Donuts, according to Consumer Reports. Consumer Reports named Eight O’Clock Coffee the best deal for caffeine hounds based on its aroma, flavor, floral notes, fruitiness, bitterness and body. The brand’s 100% Colombian coffee was deemed to be…

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Nespresso Opens on Newbury Street

On Newbury Street, pocked with vacancies and struggling merchants, the boutique Nespresso is seeking to capitalize on consumers looking to save money by making espresso beverages at home. The sleek shop, which opened several weeks ago and sells upscale espresso machines starting at $200, had long looked for a spot on Newbury Street and scored…

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Little Caesars Finds Eager Franchisees In-House

QSR reports that more than 50 Little Caesars Pizza corporate employees, ranging from field colleagues to executives, have transitioned to careers as Little Caesars franchise business owners after seeing first-hand the opportunities that come with owning a Little Caesars Pizza franchise. Additionally, these former employees are growing their businesses, with nearly 50 percent opening three…

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Quiznos Shocked By Wrongful Termination Verdict

Eric Karp writes at Blue MauMau that Benjamin Franklin long ago remarked that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Based upon a recent adverse ruling against Quizno’s and in favor of its former franchisee, Mr. Franklin might well agree that the going rate for a pound of cure can be quantified…

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DDIFO with CFA on Capital Hill

As a member of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA), DDIFO participated in the inaugural CFA Day Forum 2009, in Washington DC, February 10th and 11th. Franchisee associations meeting in our nations’ capital as a collective group marks a historic event for the entire franchise community. The mission of the CFA is: “to leverage the collective…

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Mandated Paid Sick Leave

 In the 110th Congress, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced the Healthy Families Act (HFA). HFA requires certain employers, who employ 15 or more employees for each working day during 20 or more workweeks a year, to provide a minimum of seven days of paid sick leave per year to employees…

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Arbitration Fairness Act

The Arbitration Fairness Act, which bans binding mandatory arbitration clauses from consumer, employment, and franchise contracts, was reintroduced in the House last week. Rep. Hank Johnson, the original sponsor of the bill, was joined by 36 other House members and will likely get more support in the coming months. Arbitration is a form of alternative…

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Credit Card Fair Fee Act

For years, retailers and merchants have been waging a quiet war with the financial industry over “interchange fees” — the hidden costs of processing credit and debit card transactions that can wipe out a store’s profits while earning banks a pretty penny. Last year Congress stepped into the fracas with legislation that would enable merchants…

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