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Automation Top of Mind at RFDC

According to McKinsey, some 800 million full-time equivalent jobs will be taken over by automation by 2030. And for some restaurant executives, it’s starting to make a lot more sense.
November 14, 2018, 4:28 pm

Economist Art Laffer Makes a Case for Optimism

Famed national economist and presidential confidant Art Laffer made his fifth appearance before the RFDC panel dating back to 1995 in Chicago with a message that the best economic growth in recent memory may be in hand.
November 14, 2018, 1:59 pm

Crossing Border to Canada, Restaurant Brands Share Insights

“International light” is how some restaurant brands view Canada when they think about expanding outside the United States, and while the market is certainly attractive and shares many similarities with its southern neighbor, that doesn’t mean franchisors can simply drop their concept in without considering all aspects of the business.
November 13, 2018, 7:39 pm

To Win Big, Don’t Grind, Transform

Companies large and small are innovating fast, but it might be the small, scrappy players that really find the next major shift.
November 13, 2018, 7:16 pm

Diving Into Delivery P&Ls

At the second day of the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference in Las Vegas, Neil Culbertson, founder and principal of Growth Partners LLC, led a panel entitled “Delivery Economics: How Do Operators Make Money?”
November 13, 2018, 6:38 pm

‘Better-for-you’ Beverages in Demand, Says RFDC Speaker

“The cola wars, they are alive and well—it’s a thing of beauty,” said George Hiller, of Hiller & Associates, sharing his beverage forecast with an audience of restaurant operators constantly looking to maximize drink sales.
November 13, 2018, 6:31 pm

‘Get a Grip’ and Travel, Rick Steves Urges RFDC Crowd

People used to say “bon voyage” when wishing you a good trip, says travel writer and teacher Rick Steves. But now they say “have a safe trip” or are too afraid to travel in the first place, and it drives him crazy. “Get a grip, America,” he told the luncheon crowd at the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference today.
November 13, 2018, 2:50 pm

Author Tells How to Exit Your Company Without Regrets

Inc. magazine’s Bo Burlingham interviewed between 100 and 150 business owners when researching his book about company exits, and what he found was surprising, he told the audience at the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference today.
November 13, 2018, 12:09 pm

‘Courageous Behavior’ Crucial for Restaurant Leaders, RFDC Panelist Says

Anyone who’s bearish on the restaurant business might take heart from consultant Alice Elliot, founder of The Elliot Group and an optimistic speaker at the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference yesterday.
November 13, 2018, 9:28 am

Panera’s Founder Shares Tale of Vulnerability at RFDC

The founder of Panera, Ron Shaich, railed against what he called short-termism in opening remarks at the Restaurant Finance & Development Conference yesterday.
November 13, 2018, 9:01 am

J.P. Morgan Expands Coverage of Franchise and Restaurant Clients, Launches Dedicated Industry Group

J.P. Morgan’s Commercial Bank announced the launch of the Franchise and Restaurant Group within its Middle Market Banking & Specialized Industries business and has appointed Michael Pura to lead the effort.
November 12, 2018, 11:00 am

U.K., China Named Most Attractive Markets for International Growth

There are a lot of brands pondering global growth, and scholars say the U.K. and China are especially attractive depending on the goals.
November 9, 2018, 4:21 pm
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