The new Labor Department inflation reading showed the largest year-over-year jump since August 2008, a 13-year high. In the latest report, the Consumer Price Index hit 5.4 percent, well above the 2 percent goal held by the Federal Reserve.

Chargebacks, aka payment disputes or forced transaction reversals, have always been annoying for restaurant and retail companies. To do the work, make the sale and send your products out the door only to throw it all away is vexing. When the historic average was 0.01 percent of restaurant sa…

Analysts and hedge funds seem to be as eager to see people get back out there as the people themselves. In a quick look at stock performance and holdings, it’s clear that big-name investors predict an explosive boom in consumer demand for all the things they lacked since March 2020 when the …

While the commotion around GameStop (NYSE: GME) has subsided, the gamification of the market by retail investors is a wide-open can of worms. For the unfamiliar, retail investors whipped themselves into a frenzy on social media over GameStop with various rationale, from antagonizing hedge fu…

During the annual ICR Conference, companies in the franchise space gave some insight into what they see for the year ahead. The annual gathering was held virtually, a palpable reminder of the dominant challenge facing these brands: COVID-19.