http://www.bluemaumau.org/trendspagestories en QSR Traffic Stalls, Full Service Visits Down in 2016 http://www.bluemaumau.org/15740/qsr_traffic_stalls_full_service_visits_down_2016 <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><img alt="" src="http://www.bluemaumau.org/sites/default/files/resize/File%20Feb%2008%2C%201%2046%2049%20PM-320x320.jpeg" style="float: right; width: 320px; height: 320px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" width="320" height="320" />As goes the U.S. quick service restaurant (QSR) segment, so goes the total foodservice industry. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15740/qsr_traffic_stalls_full_service_visits_down_2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15740/qsr_traffic_stalls_full_service_visits_down_2016#comments Trends Wed, 08 Feb 2017 17:33:20 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15740 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Research: Canadian Full-Service Restaurants Should Expand Convenience and Differentiation http://www.bluemaumau.org/15724/research_canadian_fullservice_restaurants_should_expand_convenience_and_differentiation <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>A restaurant researcher finds that full-service restaurants in Canada are slowing as competition heats up from the more nimble fast-casual segment. The researcher, Chicago-based Technomic, says that full-service restaurants need a better answer in growing demand through a convenient, differentiated dining experience.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15724/research_canadian_fullservice_restaurants_should_expand_convenience_and_differentiation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15724/research_canadian_fullservice_restaurants_should_expand_convenience_and_differentiation#comments Trends Tue, 31 Jan 2017 13:03:40 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15724 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Research Shows Light Visitors Key to Restaurant Growth http://www.bluemaumau.org/15714/research_shows_light_visitors_key_restaurant_growth <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>A foodservice researcher argues to restaurateurs that if half of its not-so-frequent visitors who are turning away from restaurants made one more visit per year it would be an incremental increase in sales to the industry of $1.1 billion.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15714/research_shows_light_visitors_key_restaurant_growth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15714/research_shows_light_visitors_key_restaurant_growth#comments Trends Wed, 25 Jan 2017 17:46:14 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15714 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Strong Franchise Hiring for December but Finding Workers Is Tougher http://www.bluemaumau.org/15680/strong_franchise_hiring_december_finding_workers_tougher <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/351/32088015996_faea0bb2f6_z.jpg" style="width: 320px; height: 180px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" /> <div class="caption">Hotel workers keep busy behind the scenes (photo/bluemaumau)</div> </div> <p>Franchised establishments in the United States had a strong December for job hiring. They added 23,300 jobs, according to ADP Research Institute, which is part of payroll service provider ADP. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15680/strong_franchise_hiring_december_finding_workers_tougher" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15680/strong_franchise_hiring_december_finding_workers_tougher#comments Trends Thu, 05 Jan 2017 19:32:04 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15680 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Restaurant Visits to Stall in 2017 http://www.bluemaumau.org/15672/restaurant_visits_stall_2017 <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="Domino's smartphone app" src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5777/32080747835_0b0d95ff82_n.jpg" style="width: 320px; height: 320px;" /> <div class="caption">Domino&#39;s mobile ordering app helps it stand out</div> </div> <p>U.S. restaurant industry traffic will remain stalled in 2017 in much the same manner it did in 2016, reports global researcher The NPD Group. This year will bring little to no gains in consumer visits for the total U.S. foodservice market.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15672/restaurant_visits_stall_2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15672/restaurant_visits_stall_2017#comments Trends Tue, 03 Jan 2017 17:12:25 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15672 at http://www.bluemaumau.org 2016 Holiday Spending Up, Omnichannel Retailers See Most Success http://www.bluemaumau.org/15671/2016_holiday_spending_omnichannel_retailers_see_most_success <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) released its Post-Holiday Shopping Survey. With an average of $711 paid for gifts and holiday-related items, holiday shoppers spent 16 percent more in 2016 than 2015&#39;s post-holiday survey results that averaged $611. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15671/2016_holiday_spending_omnichannel_retailers_see_most_success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15671/2016_holiday_spending_omnichannel_retailers_see_most_success#comments Trends Tue, 03 Jan 2017 14:31:21 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15671 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Five Changes in American Eating Habits to Grab in 2017 http://www.bluemaumau.org/15657/five_changes_american_eating_habits_grab_2017 <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><img alt="" src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7346/12043151214_7cf93dd5e6_n.jpg" style="width: 320px; height: 320px; float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" />In an uncertain world, one thing is certain. Americans will eat! But how, where and what are key bits of information for restaurateurs who want a share of the American wallet.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15657/five_changes_american_eating_habits_grab_2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15657/five_changes_american_eating_habits_grab_2017#comments Trends Wed, 28 Dec 2016 15:27:49 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15657 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Restaurant Traffic Stalls Then Drops http://www.bluemaumau.org/15614/restaurant_traffic_stalls_then_drops <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="Empty line at a SaladWorks restaurant" src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/534/18906949782_bbd46f0469_n.jpg" style="width: 320px; height: 179px;" /> <div class="caption">Empty line at a SaladWorks franchise (photo/bmm)</div> </div> <p>After two consecutive quarters of flat-lined consumer visits, U.S. restaurants had a turn for the worse: a decline in traffic during the third quarter of 2016, according to a major foodservice researcher. And if that news wasn&#39;t&nbsp;bad enough, for the first time in five years&nbsp;the quick service restaurant sector had a decline in consumers.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15614/restaurant_traffic_stalls_then_drops" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15614/restaurant_traffic_stalls_then_drops#comments Trends casual dining foodservice research NPD Group QSR restaurant traffic restaurant trends Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:31:18 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15614 at http://www.bluemaumau.org November Private-Sector Jobs Strong while Franchise Hiring Moderate http://www.bluemaumau.org/15611/november_privatesector_jobs_strong_while_franchise_hiring_moderate <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>The United States added a moderate 15,100 jobs in November of 2016, according to the ADP Research Institute. Restaurant franchises and auto dealerships had the largest number of hires, while business service franchises dropped by a thousand.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15611/november_privatesector_jobs_strong_while_franchise_hiring_moderate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15611/november_privatesector_jobs_strong_while_franchise_hiring_moderate#comments Trends Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:47:51 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15611 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Societal Shifts Shape Thanksgiving Traditions http://www.bluemaumau.org/15583/societal_shifts_shape_thanksgiving_traditions <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><img alt="" src="http://www.bluemaumau.org/sites/default/files/112216_1438_SocietalShi1.jpg" style="height: 213px; width: 320px; float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" />Changes in economic, ethnic, generations, health, pop culture, and social structure are changing Thanksgiving traditions. Thanksgiving is now a meal with family or &quot;family&quot; redefined, a shopping experience, an entertainment experience, and, for many, a workday. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/15583/societal_shifts_shape_thanksgiving_traditions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/15583/societal_shifts_shape_thanksgiving_traditions#comments Trends Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:38:59 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15583 at http://www.bluemaumau.org