Competitor News

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals officially revived a case regarding a Starbucks corporate policy that requires an employee to clock out before uploading data about employees’ hours, sales, and other information. The federal case follows a separate state Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that determined that Starbucks must pay workers for the off-the-clock…

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Not Quite Lovin’ It

That slogan may now apply to McDonald’s and Jack In The Box franchisees in equal measure. McDonald’s franchise owners, who do not yet enjoy the strength, solidarity and representation of an independent franchisee association, are now taking a much closer look at the wisdom of joining together as one! Franchisees in the system of the…

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McDonald’s VS. SEIU

Speaking of the joint employer rule and NLRB, the heavyweight battle between the Golden Arches and Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the money and force behind the Fight for $15 and other worker advocacy initiatives, is just getting bigger and broader. McDonalds Corporation last week retained management-side law firm giants Littler Mendelson and Morgan Lewis…

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Miscellaneous

Starbucks has finalized its deal with Nestlé where the latter wins the perpetual rights to market Starbucks packaged coffee and tea brands including Starbucks, Seattle’s Best, TeavanaTM/MC, Starbucks VIA Instant, Torrefazione Italia coffee and Starbucks-branded K-cups. Last week, McDonalds announced a new global job training initiative to prepare youth for entering the job market and…

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Competitor News

The rough run that Tim Horton franchisees have been experiencing (with lawsuits against the brand and such) didn’t abate at all this week as Hortons announced it had reached agreement with a franchisee to close 4 stores in Cincinnati. The Canadian coffee & donut chain also closed a store in Indianapolis recently and dropped plans…

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Competitor News

We know that Starbucks closed all their US stores this past Tuesday in order to host a 4 hour racial sensibility training program in the wake of the two men being arrested in Philadelphia for not making a purchase. As a result of that incident, Starbucks will now allow anyone to use their restrooms, whether…

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Competitor News

McDonalds CFO presented at the Bank of America Consumer Conference this week and gave much interesting information. Breakfast is their weaker daypart in terms of sales growth currently, down slightly, while lunch and dinner were up. Delivery is proving to be incremental sales and profit dollars thus far, despite commissions paid. Profitable delivery was associated…

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Competitor News

Earlier this week, it was announced that Starbucks had opened its first of what they project will be 1,000 global Reserve stores, dedicated to its premium Reserve brand. This first is located at the company headquarters in Seattle. Also, it was reported that they are reducing the number of products in their stores by as…

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Miscellaneous

McDonalds reported healthy same store sales for its 4th quarter with US store SSS coming in at +4.5%, yielding a total increase in US SSS of 5.3% for all of calendar 2017. The Golden Arches credited their less expensive value menu (in particular, the McPick 2 platform) for much of the improvement. The irony, of…

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Newsworthy NLRB

We realize we have been reporting quite regularly on the National Labor Relations Board lately, but the agency continues to generate news of import to small businesses – and this week is no exception. The agency is pursuing settlement of the high profile lawsuit it initiated against McDonalds back in 2015 over the joint-employer allegation.…

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