Independent Joe #53 December 2018/January 2019

Espresso is a term derived from the Latin “to press” and the Italian word for “to press out.” It refers to strong black coffee made by forcing steam through finely-ground coffee beans. In Italy, people stand and socialize at their local espresso bar while they wait for their hot shot to be concocted. Mary Beth…

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Hey, Want a Job?

We don’t need to tell you about the labor shortage in QSR restaurants. It’s probably one of the things that keeps you up at night. It’s definitely an issue for Alex Fernandez, who owns one Dunkin’ shop in St. John’s County, Florida, and five other locations in neighboring counties. With an unemployment rate of 2.8…

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Getting Worse Before It Gets Better

There can be little doubt that the labor market is tighter than it has been in many years, but if recent reports are accurate, it is still getting tighter! ADP released a national employment report this week showing that job creation has slowed somewhat despite 178,000 private sector (non-farm) jobs having been created in May.…

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Miscellaneous

In the face of serious labor shortages affecting many industries, but especially fast food establishments, the economy added 261,000 jobs in October, a good number, but still less than the 310,000 projected for the month. There was much chatter last week about JAB Holdings again looking at buying Dunkin Brands, but that chatter died down…

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Good News, Bad News on Labor Front

With the tight employment market, many franchisees have advised of the difficulties they’re encountering with getting sufficient help to keep their stores fully staffed and running smoothly. Well, there appears to be some relief on the way as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sent a new H-2B Rule to the Office of Management and…

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