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.

Investment bank and securities firm Piper Sandler released the first COVID-19-era look at teen consumer sentiment. The company has been checking in with teens for 20 years in a survey series called Taking Stock With Teens to understand young folks and their $60 billion impact on the U.S. economy.

Nothing Bundt Cakes cracked the coveted top 200 this year, landing at No. 196 as it put up impressive sales and unit growth. Executives and franchisees say their tactics aren't all that complicated but require consistency. Like almost any business, it comes down to quality in people, systems and, in this instance, cake.

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