http://www.bluemaumau.org/retailpagestories en Retail Sales Post 5% Gain in October http://www.bluemaumau.org/14218/retail_sales_post_5_gain_october <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>NEW YORK &ndash; Retail chain-store sales in the United States posted a gain of 4.6% for the fiscal month of October on a year-over-year basis, according to a tally of comparable-store sales compiled by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/14218/retail_sales_post_5_gain_october" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/14218/retail_sales_post_5_gain_october#comments retail trends ICSC International Council of Shopping Centers shopping mall Thu, 06 Nov 2014 18:46:45 +0000 BMM 14218 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Holiday Jobs to Hit 14-Year High http://www.bluemaumau.org/14215/christmas_seasonal_jobs_hit_14_year_high <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>CHICAGO&mdash;Retailers are expected to hire more temporary employees this holiday season than at any time since the 21st century began, according to an outplacement consultancy. The bad news for brick and mortar retailers is that hiring continues to shift towards online retailers.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/14215/christmas_seasonal_jobs_hit_14_year_high" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/14215/christmas_seasonal_jobs_hit_14_year_high#comments retail trends Christmas retail season Holiday Season jobs report retail jobs seasonal recruiting Thu, 06 Nov 2014 15:31:27 +0000 Don Sniegowski 14215 at http://www.bluemaumau.org 7-Eleven COO over Franchisee Relations Leaves amid Turmoil http://www.bluemaumau.org/14161/7eleven_coo_over_franchisee_relations_leaves_amid_turmoil <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/sites/default/files/2013-11-03%2016_30_41_2_0.jpg"><img align="right" alt="2013-11-03 16.30.41" border="0" height="330" src="http://www.bluemaumau.org/sites/default/files/2013-11-03%2016_30_41_thumb_0.jpg" style="border-bottom: 0px; border-left: 0px; display: inline; margin-left: 0px; border-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; border-right: 0px" title="2013-11-03 16.30.41" width="330" /></a></p> <p>DALLAS - With little fanfare, 7-Eleven CEO Joe DePinto issued an internal memo this week announcing that Darren Rebelez, executive vice president and COO was leaving the company to pursue other opportunities.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/14161/7eleven_coo_over_franchisee_relations_leaves_amid_turmoil" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/14161/7eleven_coo_over_franchisee_relations_leaves_amid_turmoil#comments retail c-store convenience store leadership transition retailing Wed, 15 Oct 2014 21:46:30 +0000 Janet Sparks 14161 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Contract Waiver Dismisses 7-Eleven Oral Earnings Claims to Franchisee http://www.bluemaumau.org/14140/contract_waiver_dismisses_7eleven_oral_earnings_claims_franchisee <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>NEW YORK &ndash; A federal judge in New York ruled last month that a 7-Eleven franchisee cannot go forward with his fraud claim under the New York Franchise Act. The reason? When he purchased his store and signed his franchise agreement, he also agreed to a waiver on any &ldquo;untrue and unwritten&rdquo; financial projections of future earnings of his store made by 7-Eleven officials outside the franchise disclosure document.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/14140/contract_waiver_dismisses_7eleven_oral_earnings_claims_franchisee" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/14140/contract_waiver_dismisses_7eleven_oral_earnings_claims_franchisee#comments legal retail 7-Eleven contract waivers the law integrated clause when its legally sanctioned to lie Wed, 24 Sep 2014 03:07:55 +0000 Janet Sparks 14140 at http://www.bluemaumau.org NADA Weighs in on Why America Needs Franchise Laws http://www.bluemaumau.org/14044/nada_weighs_why_america_needs_franchise_laws <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>McLEAN, Va. &ndash; The National Automobile Dealers Association today declared that new-car dealer franchise laws protect consumers.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/14044/nada_weighs_why_america_needs_franchise_laws" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/14044/nada_weighs_why_america_needs_franchise_laws#comments legal retail car franchisees National Automobile Dealers Association Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:04:20 +0000 Don Sniegowski 14044 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Auto Dealers See Sturdy Profits, Hire a Million Employees http://www.bluemaumau.org/14019/auto_dealers_profits_strong_hire_1_million_employees <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/resize/AutoDealersProfitMargin-330x331.png" style="float: right; height: 331px; width: 330px; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px;" width="330" height="331" />McClean, Va. &ndash; Auto sales have seen a strong rise of late amidst a rebounding U.S. economy. Information from various sources show that auto dealership profits and auto dealership employment are up.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/14019/auto_dealers_profits_strong_hire_1_million_employees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/14019/auto_dealers_profits_strong_hire_1_million_employees#comments retail auto dealer net profit margins automobile dealership economics NADA Sageworks Wed, 16 Jul 2014 05:00:25 +0000 Don Sniegowski 14019 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Ace Hardware Turns 90 http://www.bluemaumau.org/14017/ace_hardware_turns_90 <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Ace Hardware Corporation celebrated its 90th anniversary this year. Founded in Chicago in 1924 by five independent hardware store owners, Richard Hesse, E.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/14017/ace_hardware_turns_90" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/14017/ace_hardware_turns_90#comments retail Ace Hardware. franchisee cooperative retail cooperative Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:45:16 +0000 Don Sniegowski 14017 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Ace Hardware Has Best First Quarter Ever; Reshuffles Board http://www.bluemaumau.org/14015/ace_hardware_franchisees_change_board <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="Ace Hardware" src="https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2936/14656649142_df02f0dfe8_c.jpg" style="width: 680px; height: 330px;" /> <div class="caption">An Ace Hardware retail store in South Central Kentucky. photo/bmm</div> </div> <p>OAK BROOK, Ill. &ndash; Ace Hardware Corporation, an international franchising firm that is owned and led by its retail store franchisees, has announced a stellar first quarter in 2014. It also announced several changes to the corporation&#39;s board of directors, filled by its franchise owners.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/14015/ace_hardware_franchisees_change_board" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/14015/ace_hardware_franchisees_change_board#comments retail hardware retailer hardware store Mon, 14 Jul 2014 23:19:46 +0000 Don Sniegowski 14015 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Franchise Hiring Accelerates in Robust June Report http://www.bluemaumau.org/14013/franchise_hiring_accelerates_robust_june_report <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-poBExAF_oLU/U8GBGX-FR8I/AAAAAAAB7ow/QDw4M5asjSc/w1065-h518-no/DSC_1098+%25283%2529.JPG" style="width: 681px; height: 331px;" /> <div class="caption">Auto dealers hire the most in June. Photo of NY Honda dealer by ps</div> </div> <p>ROSELAND, NJ &ndash; Hiring among franchised establishments in the United States added 33,350 jobs in June, according to payroll processor ADP. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/14013/franchise_hiring_accelerates_robust_june_report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/14013/franchise_hiring_accelerates_robust_june_report#comments franchising retail trends auto dealer hirings automobile dealership jobs Franchise Job Report Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:32:07 +0000 Don Sniegowski 14013 at http://www.bluemaumau.org July 4th Provides Fireworks for Retailers http://www.bluemaumau.org/14002/july_4th_provides_fireworks_retailers <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="Fireworks" src="https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2931/14419384109_f3e636fc26_n.jpg" style="width: 330px; height: 329px;" /><br /> <div class="caption">photo/sniegowski</div> </div> <p>NEW YORK &ndash; The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and Goldman Sachs Weekly Chain Store Sales Index rose relative to its prior week by a solid 1.7 percent for the Independence Day Holiday week that ended July 5.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/14002/july_4th_provides_fireworks_retailers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/14002/july_4th_provides_fireworks_retailers#comments retail trends retail trends shopping center Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:12:11 +0000 BMM 14002 at http://www.bluemaumau.org