NEW YORK – 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).
CHICAGO—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.
ROSELAND, N.J. – Jobs in the franchise sector increased by 16,970 during the month of October. Franchise jobs tied small business' monthly growth rate of 0.2% in October over the preceding month, according to the ADP National Franchise and Small Business Report.
Sonic's cheesy pub chicken sandwich. Photo/BusinessWire
CHICAGO — Hamburgers have been and are the chosen sandwich ordered at restaurants and other foodservice outlets, but an increasing number of consumers are becoming enamored with breaded chicken sandwiches, reports foodservice researcher The NPD Group.
Source: NPD; 3 years ending June 2012, 2013, 2014,*compound annual growth rate
CHICAGO — The gap between high- and low-income groups is the widest it has been since the Roaring Twenties, nearly a hundred years ago. The share of U.S. consumers who identify with the middle class has never been lower.
Salad & cancer center sign on every Jason's Deli table. photo by bmm
CHICAGO – Consumers say that major chains are missing the mark in their lack of healthy menu item offerings. According to restaurant researcher Technomic's white paper, Better-for-You Chains: Consumer Ratings of Restaurants' Healthy Offerings, a majority of consumers say it is important for restaurants—even quick-service concepts—to ensure that healthy options are offered.
CHICAGO—A fifth of today's consumers (21 percent, up from 16 percent in 2012) say that beverages play a very important role in deciding which restaurants to visit for meals. This increase is primarily driven by consumers aged 18 to 44, who tend to use beverages for a variety of occasions, including snacks and social visits.
Many restaurants and merchants, including franchises, are offering free meals or discounts tomorrow, Veterans Day (Tuesday, November 11, 2014). A few have already started their offers, while some are waiting until next week Monday.
In the wake of massive credit card data breaches that have left both businesses and consumers skittish, President Obama on Friday signed an executive order directing the government to lead by example in securing transactions and sensitive data.
With full service restaurants (FSRs) and limited service restaurants (LSRs) undergoing changes, such as FSRs offering express lunch service or LSRs placing runners on their tables, the lines are blurring for consumers in deciding whether or not to tip.
Throw away the Ouija and dart boards. Apparently predicting the performance of U.S. hotels has become very easy for U.S. hotel managers. For the third consecutive year, management's projections of revenues, expenses and profits contained in their budgets have been extremely accurate.
A new study conducted by New York-based brand and customer loyalty and engagement consultancy, Brand Keys has shown that demographics and associated core values of generational cohorts explain critical factors initiating failure of fast food brands to increase same-store sales and profits and driving the success (and concomitant increase in visitation – and profits) of fast-casual brands.
My darling bride spends a good bit of time on the road. Last night she sent me the picture below of a piled high Sriracha burger. As I read the list of toppings and the “Sriracha-ness” of it all, the thought occurred to me that perhaps there were not enough toppings on this burger.