Archive for National News

Dunkin’ Donuts: The Lewis And Clark Franchise

Mar 27, 2012 Comments Off by

Dunkin’ Donuts is the newest Lewis & Clark of franchises. Poised for manifest destiny, the coffee and doughnut company keeps on with its westward expansion. With their IPO back in July of 2011, and their recent release of 4th quarter numbers, it’s a great time to look at how they are doing. In the fourth [...]

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Dunkin’ Donuts To Daringly Double Locations

Jan 30, 2012 Comments Off by

When your company is Dunkin’ Donuts, you have a few built-in advantages. The first is that you have a power base. In the same way that Starbucks will never lack for latte-sipping friends in the Pacific Northwest, Dunkin’ Donuts is the coffee shop in New England. It’s one of the few places in the world [...]

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The Legend Of The McRib And More November 3 Franchise News

Nov 03, 2011 Comments Off

Our weekly franchise news roundup follows. The Success Story Of The McRib There’s an old saw about absence making the heart grow fonder. McDonald’s may have come up with it. The McRib may be a frightening mix of chemicals and the unknowable innards of nature’s noble pig, but it’s also a delicious one. Its hold [...]

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Debit Card Swipe Fee Increases Die On The Vine

Nov 01, 2011 Comments Off

After Congress dealt a blow to the hated debit card swipe fees that banks made so much money off of, banks immediately sought to work around it. This is no surprise, of course. Banks long made a lot of money off of every swipe of a debit card at retailers, and they’re loath to give [...]

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The Best Defense Is Sometimes A Marketing Offensive

Oct 27, 2011 Comments Off

It’s one thing to use your public relations and marketing efforts to craft a shield against criticism. It’s another things to use that shield to beat your critics into submission, as Taco Bell has recently done with the lawsuits against its claims that it uses real beef in its tacos. Before I get into the [...]

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Sandwiches On The Go And More In A October 12 Franchise Roundup

Oct 12, 2011 Comments Off

Here’s our weekly look at what’s going on in the world of franchise! Consumer Spending Steady And Ready The surest sign yet that the U.S. is actually out of its recession? Consumer spending is holding steady, and a majority of Americans say they’re planning to buy throughout the rest of 2011. What does that mean [...]

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Healthy Boomers And More In A October 5 Franchise News Roundup

Oct 05, 2011 Comments Off

Health Care Franchises Booming Baby boomers, you’re getting old(er). Sorry, but it’s true. There is an upside to those newly creaky joints and prescription eyeglasses, at least for franchisors. That’s because as boomers are dragged kicking and screaming into their senior years, the demand for health care is going to go up exponentially. Many franchises are [...]

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Starbucks Percolates A Job Growth Fund

Oct 03, 2011 Comments Off

Starbucks has long been about helping people start their days off, thanks to that magical elixir we like to call coffee. Now they’re aiming to give a similar jolt to start-up businesses and the job market. According to Yahoo! Finance, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has announced plans to create a start-up fund called “Create Jobs [...]

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