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Sir Speedy, PIP and Signal Graphics Begin Offering 3D Printing

Franchise Services Inc. (FSI), which includes the Sir Speedy, PIP and Signal Graphics franchise brands, announced Monday that it has entered into an agreement with ZVerse Inc., a provider of 2D to 3D print automation software, design services and full color 3D printing.

Global Lunch Traffic Improves but Major Chain Visits Weaken

CHICAGO – Lunch visits at foodservice outlets in several countries improved for the second consecutive quarter.

Cookies for Insomniacs, Delivered

Recently on some screen or another, I fleetingly read that the smart phone is the greatest tool ever invented for getting people to spend money.

More Consumers Dine-In than Dine-Out

Denny's dinerCHICAGO—More customers sit down to eat their meals in restaurants than carry it out or use the drive-thru, reports a foodservice researcher.

Strong Growth in June’s Franchise Jobs

Subway worker. Photo by psROSELAND, NJ—Private-sector franchise jobs in the United States rose by a whopping 28,800 during the month of June, according to the ADP National Franchise Report, which was released Wednesday.

Tour Zoës Kitchen Mobile App

Tour the Zoës Kitchen mobile app through this online video. The fast-casual chain is not franchising now, but is planning on it in the future.

 

Restaurants Cope with Egg Shortages and Higher Prices

Avian influenza is affecting restaurants negatively by leading to lower egg supplies and steeper costs.

A Look at How Hotels Are Changing

Hotel designers and industry insiders give us an interesting peek at major changes in hotel design and amenities already taking place or that we may soon start seeing.

How Profitable Will RevPAR Growth Be in 2015?

Like other industries, profits in the hotel business are achieved when revenues exceed the cost of operations. In 2015, there are several factors that will enhance the ability of hotel managers to control their operating expenses:

Chinese Multi-Billionaire Jack Ma Wants U.S. Small Businesses to Grow Profits Using Alibaba

Jack Ma, China's wealthiest man, says to U.S. small business owners that there's money to be made together through Alibaba, the company he founded: