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DLA Piper Adds Practical Take to Browning Ferris Ruling

Multiple law firms have weighed in since the August 27 Browning Ferris ruling, and I’m passing along yesterday’s effort by DLA Piper attorneys because it is among the most measured.

People Trump Numbers when Reporting Top 200+

Franchise Times Top 200+ is all about the numbers, of course—who is up and who is down. But to me, and I believe to many business readers, the more telling story is why.

Hotel Execs See Ongoing Good Times

I’m fascinated by the hotel business, and find my interviews with hotel executives to be consistently interesting. With their fingers on the pulse of both business and leisure, those in the hotel world have a unique perch to analyze the economy. As part of our coverage for the Franchise Times 200, I interviewed heavy hitters from Hilton and Marriott.

Crazy Genius Seeking the Same

No personality type makes a better interview than the crazy genius. See Elon Musk’s Late Show appearance with Stephen Colbert for a good, timely example. Some people just aren’t like the rest of us, and are able to use their unique smarts to leave the world a better place.

High Times as FT Prepares News-Packed Top 200+

What takes five months to research, eight researchers and writers to report, and 500 franchise brands with up to 15 data points each to compile? The Franchise Times 200+, in preparation now to publish October 1.

Healthy Vending Machines (Finally) Sprouting Up

Working in offices for 12 years, I’ve never understood what’s going on inside of those breakroom vending machines. Why are our employers feeding us Mountain Dew, Dr. Pepper, Reese's Pieces and Doritos? Seriously, if they’re trying to kill us, what’s with the paychecks?

Marilyn Monroe Spas raises $20 million

The beauty of Marilyn Monroe—the spa concept, not the legendary seductress—is that the founders know how to both operate spas and raise money.

NLRB's Browning Ferris Ruling Could Apply in 'Crazy Ways'

Another bombshell came from the National Labor Relations Board yesterday, when it ruled Browning Ferris Industries qualifies as a “joint employer” alongside one of its subcontractors for the purpose of negotiations with unions.

Smoothie King 'Zee Glad to be Afloat on Katrina Anniversary

Ten years ago, David Magri’s Smoothie King business was underwater—literally—as the levees in New Orleans broke after Hurricane Katrina passed through. This weekend, marking the 10th anniversary of the storm, he is relieved to say he and the city are back on their feet.

Looking Forward to Las Vegas

After joining Franchise Times in December, this year’s Restaurant Finance Development Conference will be my first look at our very impressive event designed to help national restaurateurs grow their businesses.

Bad Beard or Good Beard is in Eye of Beholder

What's up with young people in foodservice and their beards? Turns out the question is on the minds of restaurant owners/operators these days, illuminating the latest generation gap between millennials and their elders.

Have We Reached Peak Burrito?

Like Peak Oil (then again, gas sure is cheap), Peak Burrito means that society’s appetite for burritos is matching the current number of companies building new burrito-centric restaurants. These sour cream and guac-dipped good times cannot go on forever, can they?

Going to America's Not Every Canadian Franchisors' Dream

We hear a lot about U.S. companies going to Canada as their first international destination, but not as much about Canadian companies crossing the border to set up development schedules in the U.S.

'Open Book' by Arooga's Helps Secure 50-Unit Development Deal

Arooga’s signed a big development deal this week that—if completed—will double the size of its footprint, adding 50 restaurants over eight years in Florida and five counties in the greater Atlanta area.

At Back-to-School Time, New STEM Classes Boost Sylvan

A new STEM curriculum (science, technology, engineering and math) is a hit for Sylvan Learning, and attendees at its conference starting Sept. 1 will get a chance to ask questions about the latest offerings.

Don't Place Your Brand Equity in One Basket

Creepy as he may look—seriously, that outfit—nobody's accusing Ronald McDonald of sexual indiscretion. Let the ugly Jared Fogle situation be a cautionary tale for brands to avoid putting their eggs in one basket and steer clear of making a singular, fallible person the face of the brand.

Taco John's Operator Sees her Role as a Calling

Plenty of restaurant operators gripe about young workers. Then there’s Tamra Kennedy, who owns nine Taco John’s restaurants in Minnesota and Iowa. She views her role as an employer as a calling, and shared her refreshing philosophy at the Faegre Baker Daniels Franchise Summit in Minneapolis last week.

Faster and Better May Not Cut it, Faegre Speaker Says

If you think the world’s spinning faster these days, here’s the best proof we’ve seen, courtesy of Gerry O’Brion, founder of What Big Brands Know in Denver. At the Faegre Baker Daniels Franchise Summit, he showed two videos and asked the audience if they could spot any differences.

Q&A: Fatburger CEO Andy Wiederhorn on Impacts of Higher Minimum Wages

Andy Wiederhorn has been the CEO of Beverly Hills, CA-based Fatburger since 2006. Watching the debate on higher minimum wages, he has a dire warning for franchisors, operators and customers.

Seeking International Inspiration

As a franchise reporter, many interesting story ideas cross my desk in a given day. A Croatian burger-and-fries concept claiming to have created healthier fries with plans to expand throughout the world is certainly a recent notable.

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Tom KaiserTom Kaiser is senior editor of Franchise Times. He can be reached at 612.767.3209, or send story ideas to tkaiser@franchisetimes.com.
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