http://www.bluemaumau.org/reailpagenewssummary en WSJ Reports Couche-Tard Nears Deal to Acquire CST http://www.bluemaumau.org/wsj_reports_couchetard_nears_deal_acquire_cst <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><img alt="" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8556/28930565162_c8309978c0_n.jpg" style="width: 320px; height: 320px; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: right;" />Retail conglomerate Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., a Canadian holding company and franchisor of convenience store brands such as Circle K, is the likely winner of an auction deal to acquire c-store chain CST Brands Inc. CST is a spin-off of Valero Energy Corp., which goes mainly under its Corner Store brand of nearly 1,000 stores in the southwestern U.S., New York and eastern Canada.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/wsj_reports_couchetard_nears_deal_acquire_cst" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/wsj_reports_couchetard_nears_deal_acquire_cst#comments Retail Tue, 16 Aug 2016 21:55:10 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15372 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Former 7-Eleven Employee Fights for Underpaid, Exploited Workers http://www.bluemaumau.org/former_7eleven_employee_fights_underpaid_exploited_workers <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><img alt="A 7-Eleven convenience store" src="http://www.bluemaumau.org/sites/default/files/resize/022316_1657_Former7Elev1-310x303.jpg" style="width: 310px; height: 303px; margin-right: 4px; margin-left: 4px; float: right;" width="310" height="303" />A former employee of a 7-Eleven franchised store in Australia is speaking out against convenience store chain operators who continually underpay and exploit workers, allowing them to pocket the extra money they collect through an employee cash-back scheme.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/former_7eleven_employee_fights_underpaid_exploited_workers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/former_7eleven_employee_fights_underpaid_exploited_workers#comments Retail 7-Eleven Australia Bharat Khanna employee cash-back scheme franchisees underpaying workers international student pay Shop Distributive and Alled Employees' Association United Voice Tue, 23 Feb 2016 16:57:36 +0000 Janet Sparks 14981 at http://www.bluemaumau.org IslandTime Treasures Brings Funshine to the Motor City http://www.bluemaumau.org/islandtime_treasures_brings_funshine_motor_city <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><strong>IslandTime Treasures Opens Another Michigan Location</strong></p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/islandtime_treasures_brings_funshine_motor_city" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/islandtime_treasures_brings_funshine_motor_city#comments Buying a franchise press release Retail Small Business business opportunity Thu, 02 Apr 2015 02:16:20 +0000 Lonnie Helgerson 14415 at http://www.bluemaumau.org IslandTime Treasures Converts to a Nationwide Dealer Program http://www.bluemaumau.org/islandtime_treasures_converts_nationwide_dealer_program <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><strong><em>America&rsquo;s most unique child business opportunity package is now just $2,995 and available worldwide.</em></strong></p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/islandtime_treasures_converts_nationwide_dealer_program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/islandtime_treasures_converts_nationwide_dealer_program#comments Buying a franchise Franchising press release Retail Small Business Tue, 10 Feb 2015 02:20:28 +0000 Lonnie Helgerson 14346 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Squeezing More Profit per Square Foot from Restaurant and Retail Locations http://www.bluemaumau.org/squeezing_more_profit_square_foot_restaurant_and_retail_locations <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Key to a restaurant&#39;s profits is its revenue per square foot, with the goal being to increase revenue while keeping square footage at an efficient, rather than unnecessarily bloated &mdash; and expensive &mdash; level. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/squeezing_more_profit_square_foot_restaurant_and_retail_locations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/squeezing_more_profit_square_foot_restaurant_and_retail_locations#comments Foodservice Managing Retail Chipotle efficiency less optimize restaurant retail small space square footage Sat, 01 Nov 2014 02:22:49 +0000 BMM Staff 14204 at http://www.bluemaumau.org RadioShack Loses CFO as It Grapples with Solvency http://www.bluemaumau.org/radioshack_patches_cfo_loss_during_solvency_crisis <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="RadioShack in New York" src="https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5577/15080474668_db419dd8f0_c.jpg" style="width: 680px; height: 383px;" /> <div class="caption">A RadioShack in New York. photo/ps</div> </div> <p>Troubled RadioShack Corporation announced on Monday that its new chief financial officer John Feray had left the firm on Friday for &quot;personal reasons&quot; and that Holly F. Etlin would replace him. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/radioshack_patches_cfo_loss_during_solvency_crisis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/radioshack_patches_cfo_loss_during_solvency_crisis#comments Retail Circuit City electronics retailer shops Hurricane Electronics RadioShack dealer Ultimate Electronics Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:56:16 +0000 Don Sniegowski 14128 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Stocks Soar for Four Car-Part Suppliers; Two Franchised http://www.bluemaumau.org/stocks_soar_four_carpart_suppliers_two_franchised <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Four auto parts supply companies showed up on Edgar Investment Management&rsquo;s top list of stocks that have tripled in the past five years, naming two franchised companies, Advanced Auto Parts and O&rsquo;Reilly Automotive. LKQ and AutoZone operate under company-owned locations.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/stocks_soar_four_carpart_suppliers_two_franchised" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/stocks_soar_four_carpart_suppliers_two_franchised#comments Retail Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:41:50 +0000 Janet Sparks 13983 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Franchisees Claim 7-Eleven Seizing Stores for Bogus Reasons http://www.bluemaumau.org/franchisees_claim_7eleven_seizing_stores_bogus_reasons <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/sites/default/files/7-Eleven Arrests of Store Owners_6.jpg"><img alt="7-Eleven Arrests of Store Owners" src="http://www.bluemaumau.org/sites/default/files/resize/7-Eleven%20Arrests%20of%20Store%20Owners_thumb_2-330x265.jpg" style="border-width: 0px; border-style: none; border-color: -moz-use-text-color; display: inline; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right; width: 330px; height: 265px;" title="7-Eleven Arrests of Store Owners" width="330" height="265" /></a>Franchisees in Riverside, California are claiming that 7-Eleven is using &ldquo;storm trooper interrogation and isolation tactics&rdquo; to strip them of their 20-year-old store, using bogus charges.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/franchisees_claim_7eleven_seizing_stores_bogus_reasons" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/franchisees_claim_7eleven_seizing_stores_bogus_reasons#comments Retail 7-Eleven convenience store chain crime Seven and I Holdings Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:55:24 +0000 Janet Sparks 13967 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Are you booked in a hacker-friendly hotel? http://www.bluemaumau.org/are_you_booked_hackerfriendly_hotel <!-- google_ad_section_start --><!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/are_you_booked_hackerfriendly_hotel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/are_you_booked_hackerfriendly_hotel#comments Advice Foodservice Hotel Franchising Legal judgment & dispute resolution Op-Ed Retail Service Tue, 10 Jun 2014 01:31:29 +0000 PrivacyAtlas 13965 at http://www.bluemaumau.org The UPS Store Franchise System Is Massive Fraud, Say Former Franchisees http://www.bluemaumau.org/ups_franchise_system_massive_fraud_say_former_franchisees <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="The UPS Store in Manhattan, New Franchise Owner" src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-NrrRGMlLTKA/Uf7UjKjXvFI/AAAAAAAB6Yc/uoRB1BbDgRk/w872-h424-no/NYTUPSS.jpg" style="width: 680px; height: 330px;" /></p> <div class="caption">The UPS Store in New York City. photo/ps</div> </div> <p>The recent collapse of The UPS Store network in Manhattan caused much discussion. Now a stunning federal lawsuit alleges that fraud is at the very <em><strong>basis </strong></em>of the franchise system viability: an existential threat to the UPS brand itself.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/ups_franchise_system_massive_fraud_say_former_franchisees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/ups_franchise_system_massive_fraud_say_former_franchisees#comments Legal judgment & dispute resolution Retail fraud Mail Boxes Etc termination UPS Store Sun, 11 May 2014 19:43:43 +0000 Paul Steinberg 13884 at http://www.bluemaumau.org