Independent Joe #52 October/November 2018

The flourishing realm of voice activation isn’t quite up to these last tasks – yet. But for Dunkin’ Brands, voice-activated ordering is a clarion call towards sales growth and forward-thinking. Nearly one in four 16 to 24 year-olds use voice search on their mobile devices, according to the Global Web Index. And by 2020, half…

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Alexa, Tell Me About Dunkin’ and Data

“Alexa, open Dunkin.” “Alexa, order me a pumpkin spiced iced coffee.” “Alexa, drink my coffee for me and bring me my slippers and newspaper.” The flourishing realm of voice activation isn’t quite up to these last tasks – yet. But for Dunkin’ Brands, voice-activated ordering is a clarion call towards sales growth and forward-thinking. Nearly…

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Seattle Repeals “Head Tax”

The city of Seattle responded to the stoppage of business expansion by corporate giant Amazon.com by voting to repeal the $275 per employee “head tax” the municipality had just adopted only a few weeks ago (on May 14). Amazon had stopped construction of a new building just 2 weeks before the council voted the tax…

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New Joint-Employer Suit Filed

As courts strike down more of the Obama administration’s revised regulations, one of them that may most directly impact franchising served as the basis for another class action suit this week as more employees with a grievance try to get the “deep pockets” into court for liability.  This case was brought in Cook County, Illinois…

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Competitor News

Starbucks will be hiking their beverage prices by as much as $ .30 beginning next week, almost exactly one year since the company last raised its prices in July, 2015. This time around, the increase actually came to light because of a computer glitch in that the new prices were added to the POS system…

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