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Surviving Technology Change: Identifying Business Needs

Surviving Technology Change: Identifying Business Needs

Updating technology is a necessary headache, but navigating this era of intense evolution can be tricky.

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New Pizza Hut CEO Pushes ‘Modern Pizza Experience’

New Pizza Hut CEO Pushes ‘Modern Pizza Experience’

Artie Starrs is sitting in the same office and working with the same people, but the new CEO of Pizza Hut is facing a different set of challenges as the brand drastically adjusts its footprint to better align with recent technological investments and retake its No. 1 spot among American pizza chains.

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Arby’s Vet Rob Lynch Is Papa John’s New CEO

Arby’s Vet Rob Lynch Is Papa John’s New CEO

After a great run helping reinvent Arby’s, which led to the creation of Inspire Brands, Rob Lynch has been named the new president and CEO of Papa John’s effective immediately.

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DQ Execs Talk Expansion, Rivals and Popeyes Boffo Debut

DQ Execs Talk Expansion, Rivals and Popeyes Boffo Debut

“We are making a big push into Chicago,” said Julie Davis, a franchise sales director for Dairy Queen for the past year, and the former Popeyes exec had a few comments about her rivals too.

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As Cousins Expands to Big City, Charitable Efforts Do, Too

As Cousins Expands to Big City, Charitable Efforts Do, Too

Now that Cousins Subs is entering the Chicago-area market in a big way, from its home base in Wisconsin, VP of Marketing Justin McCoy is starting over again to build relationships with sports teams and community groups as potential partners in the family-owned franchise’s charitable efforts.

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Is all this Tech Worth the Cost?

Is all this Tech Worth the Cost?

We're in the midst of a monumental move toward more technology. But is the true cost really worth it?

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Blaze CEO Jim Mizes Retires, CFO Amanda Shaw Steps In

Blaze CEO Jim Mizes Retires, CFO Amanda Shaw Steps In

Blaze Pizza announced Jim Mizes, who led the company for just over two years, retired as president and CEO.

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Dunkin's Brandy Blackwell on Catering, Grubhub Launch

Dunkin's Brandy Blackwell on Catering, Grubhub Launch

With millions of Americans living above or adjacent to a Dunkin’ or, at the least, passing one on their commute, the deal with Grubhub is an interesting experiment to make a brand that’s nearly ubiquitous even more accessible.

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‘We Have to Do Our Part’ on Delivery, Says Denny’s ‘Zee

‘We Have to Do Our Part’ on Delivery, Says Denny’s ‘Zee

I talked with Clyde Rucker, CEO of Austin, Texas-based Rucker Restaurant Holdings, for a Restaurant 200 story in our August issue, and the franchisee of Denny’s and Jack in the Box restaurants had more to say.

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Tariff Tussles, Brexit Impact International Franchise Outlook

Tariff Tussles, Brexit Impact International Franchise Outlook

International franchising expert Bill Edwards of Edwards Global Services offers his take on developments impacting various markets from China to the United Kingdom.

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Town Square Is Fourth Brand From Senior Helpers Boss

Town Square Is Fourth Brand From Senior Helpers Boss

The first brand Peter Ross co-founded is Senior Helpers, ranked No. 2 among home healthcare providers for percentage sales gains in the upcoming Franchise Times Top 200+ list. He expects his fourth brand, Town Square, to pump up sales even more once it gets rolling.

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From ‘Blood in Streets’ to Sleek New Digs for Cheng Cohen

From ‘Blood in Streets’ to Sleek New Digs for Cheng Cohen

Cheng Cohen law firm has sleek new office space in the River North neighborhood in Chicago. It’s a long way from their first digs.

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Pokéworks Looks to Innovate as Fad Fades

Pokéworks Looks to Innovate as Fad Fades

Pokéworks is charting a path to success as peak poké hype subsides.

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Empathy Is ‘Greatest Engagement Tool’ for Field Reps

Empathy Is ‘Greatest Engagement Tool’ for Field Reps

Talking about the importance of collaborative leadership and franchisee engagement, panelists shared their insight during the Faegre Baker Daniels Franchise Summit in July.

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‘We Must Lean Forward’ Writes McD Owner After Tragedy

‘We Must Lean Forward’ Writes McD Owner After Tragedy

Blake Casper's August 11 note to members of the NOA, the independent association of McDonald’s franchisees he co-founded last October, was the most eloquent to date.

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Main Squeeze Draws Investment From Another NFL Player

Main Squeeze Draws Investment From Another NFL Player

Main Squeeze has a second professional athlete in the mix as the juice concept looks to amp up growth.

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Domino’s to Deliver With Rad Power E-Bikes

Domino’s to Deliver With Rad Power E-Bikes

Domino’s Pizza is giving its U.S. franchisees the option of using custom electric bicycles through a new partnership with Seattle-based Rad Power Bikes. Domino’s says electric bikes are often a better solution to the traffic congestion and parking hassles that are inherent with urban pizza delivery.

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Eat 182 Wings, Win Free Food for Year at Apple Texas

Eat 182 Wings, Win Free Food for Year at Apple Texas

If you’re swinging through any of the 62 Applebee’s locations owned by Apple Texas, you can take a stab at a gut-busting challenge: Get free food for a year if you can eat more wings than a 127-pound mother of four.

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C Squared Writes $100,000 Out to Charities

C Squared Writes $100,000 Out to Charities

C Squared Advisors recently announced an inaugural donation of more than $100,000 to benefit 15-plus charities nationwide.

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Sustainability Strategy: Think Ahead, Remember the Money

Sustainability Strategy: Think Ahead, Remember the Money

B.Good puts a lot of effort into sustainability, and its head farmer and sustainability leader has some advice.

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The latest news, opinions and commentary on what's happening in the franchise arena that could affect your business.

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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