Competitor News

Starbucks presented some new and interesting data this week at the Morgan Stanley Conference:  their average ticket is $5, while the food only portion of total sales is 20% and growing 1 percentage point per year.  They recently expanded the employee meal authorization to include food, which helped associates talk more easily about the food.…

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When All Is Not Enough

In another NLRB ruling, also dealing with a hospital union issue, the Board ruled that a Connecticut Hospital did not comply with the new “ambush election” regulations that require the employer to provide the union with all employee contact information – even though Danbury Hospital did give all the info it had in its database! …

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Seattle Minimum Wage Costs 700 Restaurant Jobs

A report by the American Enterprise Institute gives us a look at the impact these egregious increases in minimum wages can have on the local economy.  The study shows that during the first 9 months of 2015, the restaurant industry in the state of Washington added some 5,800 jobs outside the city of Seattle.  Within…

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New York Says Wage Hike Has No Impact

Good news for franchise owners: in its infinite wisdom, the New York State Department of Labor declared that the 67% increase in the minimum wage mandated for fast food workers by Governor Cuomo’s Fast Food Wage Commission will not impact profits or the number of employees in a covered restaurant.  Effective December 31, the minimum…

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Dunkin’ Investor Day Notes

Dunkin’ had a difficult 2015 Investor day yesterday. Despite generally upbeat DDIFO operator panels last month, Dunkin’ disappointed Wall Street greatly, with the stock down 11% or $6 dollars per share on Thursday. This is another reminder that franchisees live and work on Main Street but Dunkin’ lives on Wall Street, and is a different…

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Congress Files to Overturn Joint Employer

Although it is likely an exercise in futility, Republican leaders in both the US Senate and the House have filed legislation seeking to overturn the National Labor Relations Board recent ruling validating the new definition of joint-employer.  Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions, along with Congressman…

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Obama Mandates Paid Sick Leave

It may be just the first federal volley on the subject, but it follows the same pattern as the minimum wage push did a few years ago.  President Obama, in a Labor Day speech to Boston unions, announced an executive order that will require paid sick leave for employees of any private contractors seeking to…

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Restaurants Eliminating Tipping as Wages Rise

Although in the wake of all the minimum wage increases we’ve seen of late, it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, many restauranteurs are now looking at eliminating tipping in their establishments and setting “all-inclusive” pricing in the future.  The New York Times published a lengthy article last week explaining the issue and the correlation…

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Minimum Wages Cutting Both Ways

In Kansas City, the city council approved a city minimum wage, notwithstanding the general assembly passing a ban on local minimum wages.  The statewide bill is still in limbo however, as it was vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon earlier this month.  The General Assembly is expected to take a vote on overriding his veto in…

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Great Line-up Grows for 2015 National Conference

With the 2015 DDIFO National Conference just a bit over one month away, we’re excited about the amazing line-up of informative presentations in store for attendees.  A quick look at some of the presentations scheduled: “Conversation with Dunkin’ Franchisees” Rob Branca, Alex Smigelski, Parag Patel, Nicole Hansen and Mike Cavallo “Winning Habits That Make You…

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