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Employee problems are your problems, too

SmartBrief - Wed, 2016-02-03 15:03
Leaders should view employee problems as opportunities to hold themselves accountable and take difficult actions, not simply  -More
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How to become a more confident boss

SmartBrief - Wed, 2016-02-03 15:03
Leaders need to trust their abilities and then display enthusiasm and sociability with those around them to project that conf -More

Evaluating Agencies? Ask for their Marketing Disclosure Document!
Prospective franchisees take a deep dive into your brand through the FDD before buying in. Franchisors should expect the same when exploring new (or reviewing current) agency relationships with the newly created Marketing Disclosure Document (MDD). E-mail 919 Marketing CEO David Chapman and/or visit us at booth #632 during the IFA show to review/use the MDD!

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Hotels respond to guest demand for fitness options

SmartBrief - Wed, 2016-02-03 15:03
Leading brands such as Wyndham, along with smaller boutique properties, are expanding fitness offerings amid rising guest dem -More

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Pre-registration for #IFA2016 closes Friday!

SmartBrief - Wed, 2016-02-03 15:03
Save now by registering for franchising’s biggest event of the year: IFA's Annual Convention, Feb.  -More
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Join IFA's Franchise Action Network today!

SmartBrief - Wed, 2016-02-03 15:03
Join IFA's Franchise Action Network today and sign up to receive FAN Mail!  -More

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Opinion: Labor Department proposal is a gift for unions

SmartBrief - Wed, 2016-02-03 15:03
A new proposal from the Labor Department would require companies to disclose the names of consultants and lawyers who provide -More
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Analysts: Chipotle faces long road to recovery

Nation's Restaurant News - Wed, 2016-02-03 14:35
Company plans marketing blitz next week to welcome customers back

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Get Ready for the Big Game with Recipes Inspired by TABASCO® brand

Nation's Restaurant News - Wed, 2016-02-03 14:15

Football fans around the country are gearing up for Sunday’s big game and deciding on where they will spend the day. While Thanksgiving might be the biggest food holiday in the U.S., Super Bowl Sunday is close behind as the 2nd biggest day of the year for food consumption. Of the 75% of Americans who plan to watch the game, almost 80% will be spending their hard-earned money on copious amounts of food and drinks. So how are you planning to set yourself apart and encourage hungry football fans to head your way?


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Home Depot adding 80,000 jobs

Store Front Talk Back - Wed, 2016-02-03 14:06

The Home Depot is getting ready for a busy spring with plans to hire up to 80,000 seasonal workers. For home improvement retailers, Christmas comes at a different time of year.

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47% of shoppers want more mobile services

Store Front Talk Back - Wed, 2016-02-03 14:01

There's little doubt that mobile commerce is on the rise, but there's a gap between the interests and demands of shoppers and what retailers are providing. The number of shoppers using mobile devices increased 10 percent last year, from 36 percent of consumers in 2014 to 40 percent in 2015.

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Investors pounce on Buffalo Wild Wings outbreak news

Nation's Restaurant News - Wed, 2016-02-03 13:57
Blog: Stock fell 6 percent after chain connected to small outbreak in Kansas

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Lowe's accelerates Canadian growth with $3.2 billion acquisition

Store Front Talk Back - Wed, 2016-02-03 13:35

Lowe's is accelerating its expansion into Canada and announced plans to acquire Canadian retailer Rona in a deal valued at CA$3.2 billion (US$2.3 billion).

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Cicis Sets Sales Record with 11th Quarter of Growth

QSR Magazine - Wed, 2016-02-03 13:11
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Fresh on the heels of a major rebranding launch, Cicis announced its 11th consecutive quarter of system-wide same-store sales (SSS) growth and its highest annual average unit volume (AUV) in at least two decades—breaking the $1 million threshold and the highest weekly AUVs in the chain’s history.

Cicis CEO Darin Harris pointed to a stronger relationship with franchisees, a focus on product quality improvement, a more thorough understanding of the brand’s core customers, and an enhanced marketing strategy as key contributors to the positive momentum the brand has achieved.

Chains: Cicis

Amazon could open up to 400 stores

Store Front Talk Back - Wed, 2016-02-03 13:10

Amazon is diving into brick and mortar in a big way, with plans to open up to 400 physical store fronts, according to reports.

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Tin Drum Celebrates Year of the Monkey with Specials

QSR Magazine - Wed, 2016-02-03 13:04
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Tin Drum Asian Kitchen, a fast-casual concept focused on fresh, bold, Asian-inspired flavors, is catching fire this Chinese New Year. To rock out the Year of the Monkey, Tin Drum invites guests to experience their new Peking Short Rib line-up, lively décor, and a week of red-hot special offers. New menu items are available starting today through April 3 with a week of exciting offers and giveaways beginning the following week, February 8, just in time for Chinese New Year.

Chains: Tin Drum

McDonald's Happy Meal Books to Reach 50 Million

QSR Magazine - Wed, 2016-02-03 12:56
Image Caption: Image Credit: By end of year, McDonald's Happy Meal Books will hit 50 million.Exclusive Brief: 0

Ensuring children have access to books has proven instrumental in combating illiteracy in children in the U.S. Studies prove the simple act of reading a book to a child at bedtime has a direct impact on his or her educational growth and potential. To help fill this critical need, McDonald’s began distributing Happy Meal Books in 2013 and, by the end of this year, will have distributed more than 50 million books to children—enough to provide a book to every child in America under the age of 12.

Chains: McDonald's

NRA: Restaurant industry contracts in December

Nation's Restaurant News - Wed, 2016-02-03 12:53
Due to weak sales, Restaurant Performance Index falls below 100 for first time in three years Due to weak sales, Restaurant Performance Index falls below 100 for first time in three years

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Scion is not Japan's only failed U.S. brand

AutoNews - Wed, 2016-02-03 12:31
Japanese failures in the United States are rare, but there have been a few. And with the death of Scion, announced today, Toyopet no longer stands alone as Toyota's only failed brand.
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