Independent Joe #30 February/ March

The days of Dunkin’ Donuts existing solely in a strip mall or as a standalone store are gone. In 2014, franchisees developed 70 new restaurants in non-traditional locations like airports, military bases and supermarkets, bringing to more than 600 the number of non-traditional locations across the U.S.

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Non-Traditional Locations Worth the Challenge

The days of Dunkin’ Donuts existing solely in a strip mall or as a standalone store are gone. In 2014, franchisees developed 70 new restaurants in non-traditional locations like airports, military bases and supermarkets, bringing to more than 600 the number of non-traditional locations across the U.S. There are 65 campus locations as well. Last…

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Hollywood’s Version of Reality

In this day and age, no person should be paid less on the basis of their sex. If a woman does the same job as a man – and performs it at the same level – their compensation shouldn’t be determined by their gender. With that said, the actress Patricia Arquette’s comments about equal pay…

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What’s Brewing: Fair Franchising, Obamacare, Wage Hikes, Labor Pains

Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners looking for some basic protections for their businesses may soon have legislation to rally around in a number of states across the country. Lawmakers in Pennsylvania and California, among other states, are poised to take up the fair-franchising cause as spring legislative seasons kick into gear. While the bills vary in…

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Navy Pilot Turned Franchisee Says Business Soaring in Carolina

Pete Turner has spent a good portion of his life flying high. As a Navy pilot and flight instructor who operated SH-60B Seahawk attack helicopters off naval destroyers and the twin-engine Super King Air from shore, Turner logged more than 3,400 hours in the Persian Gulf and Western Pacific. He was also stationed at Whidbey…

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Keeping Costs Under Control

When is the last time you took a long, detailed look at your monthly bills? Do you know exactly what products and services your vendors are charging you for? Are you sure these charges are accurate? The simple truth is that senior managers rarely have the time to give these expenses the attention they deserve.…

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The Business of Snacking

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language defines a snack as: 1. a hurried or light meal; 2. food eaten between meals. If there was a number three it might say, “Any of the food items at any Dunkin’ Donuts.” In a business where beverages drive business, snacks are a must, and Dunkin’ has…

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Fallout from the NLRB McDonald’s Decision

Recent rulings by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) raise important questions about labor law. In the actions involving McDonald’s, the NLRB prosecutor is contending that McDonald’s and its franchisees should be considered the “joint employers” of the employees who work at McDonald’s franchise restaurants. On the surface, franchisees might expect their interests to align…

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