Go West, Dunkin’, Go West

A noted California-based brand expert has come out with a very favorable outlook on Dunkin’ Donuts’ ongoing westward expansion, identifying a number of factors which she believes all point to strong growth potential for Dunkin’ in the Golden State.  Denise Lee Yohn, brand expert and author of “What Great Brands Do: The Seven Brand-Building Principles…

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Minimum Wage is Alive and Well In States & Cities

Notwithstanding the swift death the proposed minimum wage increase suffered at the federal level, it is a completely different animal when proposed in state legislatures and city halls across the country. We reported to you last week that a bill would be filed in Albany proposing to increase the Empire State minimum wage to $15/hour…

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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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Upcoming DDIFO Meeting in Illinois

Illinois franchisees will want to mark their calendars for the May 14 DDIFO meeting, to be held at the Westin OHare Hotel in Rosemont.  Employment law experts from the noted Chicago firm of Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson will be presenting on Illinois’ concealed carry laws, medical marijuana, wage and hour and a host…

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McDonalds Sued On Overtime and Other Employee Allegations

Any members who aren’t too worried about whether or how the President’s overtime order should pay special attention to the fact that McDonalds was sued this week by a number of employees in California, Michigan and New York.  The class action lawsuits filed in both federal and state courts claimed that the “Golden Arches” were…

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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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A Franchisee’s Challenge: Selling more coffee in an emerging market

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. “Making Midwest customers more aware of the high quality of…

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Tax Policies and Economic Outlook: How does your state rate?

Why does Utah rank on top in U.S. economic outlook, while Vermont is on the bottom? When you examine the tax policies of the United States, you can draw certain conclusions about how taxes and regulations impact small business owners. According to a recent study from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a pro-business partnership…

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New Proposed Government Rule

Just to keep those of you who may own CMLs or otherwise transport food products alert, the Food and Drug Administration has issued a proposed new rule for the sanitary transportation of food, that will require certain shippers of food to take steps to prevent contamination during transport.  The proposal would create a host of…

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