Independent Joe #45 August/ September

 To paraphrase Paul Revere’s famous warning: “Change is coming! Change is coming!” You know all about it: Dunkin’s menu simplification, aimed at improving the brand’s competitiveness by reducing the number of sandwiches and keeping the focus on beverages. In the Tampa area, franchisee Alex Fernandez gladly rolled out a menu reduction in early August,…

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Independent Joe #45 August/ September 2017

 To paraphrase Paul Revere’s famous warning: “Change is coming! Change is coming!” You know all about it: Dunkin’s menu simplification, aimed at improving the brand’s competitiveness by reducing the number of sandwiches and keeping the focus on beverages. In the Tampa area, franchisee Alex Fernandez gladly rolled out a menu reduction in early August,…

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Endangered Species?: How Dunkin’s kitchen deal may spell the end of CPLs

On National Donut Day, the first Friday in June, customers streamed into Dunkin’ Donuts locations across the country for a free and tasty treat. Dunkin’, which says it sells 2.7 billion donuts and Munchkins each year, is the number one retailer of donuts in America. And, long before people were lining up for their favorite…

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Independent Joe #44 June/July 2017

For those of you not old enough to remember the old Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts, they enjoyed unparalleled television popularity back in the 1970s and 80s. The show would “roast” a different celebrity each week, featuring a roster of well-known comedians. One of the staples of those shows was the former vaudevillian star Red Buttons,…

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Secure Energy Solutions Offers Stability in Energy Pricing

Any budget item that can be stabilized in these volatile economic times is one less worry for business owners like Mark Dubinsky, CEO of a Central Production Location (CPL) in Methuen, Mass. When that line item is your energy cost, all the more important, Dubinsky said.

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