http://www.bluemaumau.org/trendspagenewssummary en Dairy Queen Franchisee Switching from Malls to Standalones http://www.bluemaumau.org/dairy_queen_franchisee_switching_malls_standalones <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Multi-unit Dairy Queen franchisee Steve Cowgur, 65, says traffic is on the decline at malls, so he&#39;s moving his mall locations to standalones. He owns 12 Dairy Queens, mostly in the Phoenix area, and has been in that line of work since 1976, when he took on an <a href="https://dairyqueen.1851franchise.com/details/2703120/Veteran-Dairy-Queen-Franchisee-Diversifies-Portfolio-with-DQ-Grill-Chill-Restaurants" target="_blank">accounting position</a> at an Orange Julius store that he bought seven years later. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/dairy_queen_franchisee_switching_malls_standalones" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/dairy_queen_franchisee_switching_malls_standalones#comments Trends Sun, 23 Jul 2017 05:15:54 +0000 BMM Staff 15984 at http://www.bluemaumau.org HITEC Keynote Speaker: Blockchain Will Be Even Bigger http://www.bluemaumau.org/hitec_keynote_speaker_blockchain_will_be_big <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Alex Tapscott, keynote speaker at the <a href="https://www.hftp.org/hitec/" target="_blank">HITEC conference</a> on hospitality technology, which just concluded a few days ago in Toronto, spoke on &ldquo;Blockchain Revolution: Surviving And Thriving In The 2nd Era Of The Internet.&rdquo; Tapscott is 1 of <a href="https://www.thestar.com/business/2017/03/17/toronto-based-blockchain-institute-launched.html" target="_blank">14 founding members</a> of the High Level Advisory Group on FinTech&nbsp;at the International Monetary Fund and the co-author, along with his father Don Tapscott, of Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology behind Bitcoin&nbsp;Is Changing Money, Business, and the World. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/hitec_keynote_speaker_blockchain_will_be_big" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/hitec_keynote_speaker_blockchain_will_be_big#comments Trends Tue, 04 Jul 2017 01:34:37 +0000 BMM Staff 15960 at http://www.bluemaumau.org McDonald’s Says 2,500 Kiosk Installation Not Meant to Replace Workers http://www.bluemaumau.org/mcdonald%E2%80%99s_says_2500_kiosk_installation_not_meant_replace_workers <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>McDonald&#39;s plans to add 2,500 kiosks in the U.S. this year, but emphasizes that contrary to some news stories, the company does not plan&nbsp;to replace workers with them. The kiosks will accept payments, which might understandably lead one to think that they will replace cashiers, but the company says that is not its intention. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/mcdonald%E2%80%99s_says_2500_kiosk_installation_not_meant_replace_workers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/mcdonald%E2%80%99s_says_2500_kiosk_installation_not_meant_replace_workers#comments Trends Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:47:08 +0000 BMM Staff 15950 at http://www.bluemaumau.org McDonald's in the Midst of Rapidly Expanding Its Delivery Service http://www.bluemaumau.org/mcdonalds_midst_rapidly_expanding_its_delivery_service <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>After trying out meal deliveries in a few Florida locations,&nbsp;McDonald&#39;s has decided that the new service plays well to its strengths and weaknesses, seeing it as the wave of the future. Yesterday it announced a major expansion of its delivery service into over 2,000 units, with another major surge taking place during June.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/mcdonalds_midst_rapidly_expanding_its_delivery_service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/mcdonalds_midst_rapidly_expanding_its_delivery_service#comments Trends Fri, 02 Jun 2017 02:18:48 +0000 BMM Staff 15928 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Vehicles Coming Off Lease Could Cause New Sales Tumble, Analyst Says http://www.bluemaumau.org/vehicles_coming_lease_could_cause_new_sales_tumble_analyst_says <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Climbing vehicle and light truck lease returns, which are projected to reach record numbers, could send American new-vehicle sales in a downward spiral, says an auto industry analyst.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/vehicles_coming_lease_could_cause_new_sales_tumble_analyst_says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/vehicles_coming_lease_could_cause_new_sales_tumble_analyst_says#comments Trends Mon, 29 May 2017 15:55:53 +0000 Marilee Hayes 15922 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Car Dealers Fear Losing Control through Burgeoning Factory Incentives http://www.bluemaumau.org/car_dealers_fear_losing_control_through000_burgeoning_factory_incentives <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Car dealers have seen some significant changes taking place in the car business in recent years. Many feel that the changes have been eating away at their control:</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/car_dealers_fear_losing_control_through000_burgeoning_factory_incentives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/car_dealers_fear_losing_control_through000_burgeoning_factory_incentives#comments Trends Tue, 11 Apr 2017 02:15:06 +0000 BMM Staff 15860 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Panera Bread Highlights from Founding to Present http://www.bluemaumau.org/panera_bread_highlights_founding_present <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>This timeline of key events provides a short and interesting look at Panera Bread&#39;s 36-year history, from the time <a href="http://archive.fortune.com/2012/07/17/smallbusiness/panera-ron-shaich.fortune/index.htm" target="_blank">Ron Shaich&nbsp;and his father</a> bought 60 percent of Louis Kane&#39;s debt-ridden Au Bain Pain in 1981 to yesterday, when the <a href="https://www.panerabread.com/panerabread/documents/press/2017/panera-jab-joint%20transaction-press%20release-4-5-17.pdf" target="_blank">announcement was made</a> that JAB was purchasing Panera for $315 a share in a transaction valued at approximately $7.5 billion, including the assumption of about $340 million in net debt. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/panera_bread_highlights_founding_present" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/panera_bread_highlights_founding_present#comments Trends Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:04:15 +0000 Marilee Hayes 15851 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Why Bitcoin Might Be Right for Your Small Business http://www.bluemaumau.org/why_bitcoin_might_be_right_your_small_business <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Bitcoin&nbsp;is accepted by some of the world&#39;s best-known corporations, such as <a href="https://99bitcoins.com/who-accepts-bitcoins-payment-companies-stores-take-bitcoins/" target="_blank">Subway, Microsoft, Intuit and Whole Foods</a>. Is it time for your small business to join them?</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/why_bitcoin_might_be_right_your_small_business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/why_bitcoin_might_be_right_your_small_business#comments Trends Fri, 10 Mar 2017 09:01:21 +0000 Marilee Hayes 15801 at http://www.bluemaumau.org 10 Digital Tools to Help Your Small Business Thrive in 2017 http://www.bluemaumau.org/10_digital_tools_help_your_small_business_thrive_2017 <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>The digital business environment is constantly changing, and what business owner doesn&#39;t understand that it&#39;s important to keep up with those changes?</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/10_digital_tools_help_your_small_business_thrive_2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/10_digital_tools_help_your_small_business_thrive_2017#comments Trends Tue, 20 Dec 2016 15:21:32 +0000 BMM Staff 15641 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Veterans Day Free Meals, Discounts and Deals http://www.bluemaumau.org/veterans_day_free_meals_discounts_and_deals <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Veterans Day falls on Friday, November 11. Franchises, small businesses and chains are showing their appreciation to our country&#39;s veterans and military with freebies, discounts and special deals.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/veterans_day_free_meals_discounts_and_deals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/veterans_day_free_meals_discounts_and_deals#comments Trends Mon, 07 Nov 2016 09:38:45 +0000 BMM Staff 15556 at http://www.bluemaumau.org