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Car Dealers Fear Losing Control through Burgeoning Factory Incentives

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:

Panera Bread Highlights from Founding to Present

This timeline of key events provides a short and interesting look at Panera Bread's 36-year history, from the time Ron Shaich and his father bought 60 percent of Louis Kane's debt-ridden Au Bain Pain in 1981 to yesterday, when the announcement was made 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.

Why Bitcoin Might Be Right for Your Small Business

Bitcoin is accepted by some of the world's best-known corporations, such as Subway, Microsoft, Intuit and Whole Foods. Is it time for your small business to join them?

U.S. Hiring Booms in February, while Franchise Hiring Lags

workersNonfarm private sector employment in the United States grew by a whopping 298,000 in February, according to actual payroll data compiled by the ADP National Employment Report. The U.S. economy has not had such a stellar monthly job number in years.

QSR Traffic Stalls, Full Service Visits Down in 2016

As goes the U.S. quick service restaurant (QSR) segment, so goes the total foodservice industry.

Research: Canadian Full-Service Restaurants Should Expand Convenience and Differentiation

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.

Research Shows Light Visitors Key to Restaurant Growth

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.

Strong Franchise Hiring for December but Finding Workers Is Tougher

Hotel workers keep busy behind the scenes (photo/bluemaumau)

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.

Restaurant Visits to Stall in 2017

Domino's smartphone app
Domino's mobile ordering app helps it stand out

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.

2016 Holiday Spending Up, Omnichannel Retailers See Most Success

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's post-holiday survey results that averaged $611.