Amazon's merger with Whole Foods will turn up the pressure.
These resources make it easy to keep business assets safe.

Current Feature

Franchising’s ambassador says the industry is looking up.

Special Report

Look at these brands the next time you’re considering a franchise.
What restaurant leaders need to know about managing employee engagement.
Emerging Concepts
Tony Shure and Colin McCabe, best friends and business partners, go way back. They went to the same school in New York City. Friendly but distant at school, they grew close after finding themselves, by pure coincidence, both freshmen at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. One of the things they...
Operations
After 35 years in fine dining, Michael Namour was ready to try something casual. With $275,000 and a lot of elbow grease, he opened Buns with partner George Ash in May 2008 across the street from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). The name, chosen to grab customers’ attention,...
Read Full Story // read more about: Robin Hilmantel
Executive Insights
starbucks_howard_schultz2.flv
Finance
A lot of things keep restaurateurs up at night, but high on the list for quick-service operators in 2009 is the rising cost of food. Eighteen percent expect it will be the top challenge they face this year, according to the National Restaurant Association (NRA). After skyrocketing to near 30-year...
Web Exclusive
When Stacy Perman set out to research In-N-Out Burger, all she knew was that her family would drive six miles to the closest location when she was younger. What the Business Week writer found during her ensuing two-year investigation was a small company that pays its managers six-figure salaries,...
Outside Insights
Success in today’s competitive quick-service market requires companies to open more restaurants, faster and in the optimal locations. That’s all while trying to minimize sales cannibalization between restaurants and constantly evaluating which restaurants to close and which to renovate. For a...
Human Resources
Turnover isn’t a simple behavior. People leave jobs for all kinds of reasons. While it’s easy to claim money is the reason people leave fast-food jobs, that’s only true some of the time. Take my job at Burger King. I started on a Tuesday. I was replacing a girl who started on Monday. She quit...
Sustainability
A couple of years ago, Michael Oshman found a full line of foodservice packaging that claimed to biodegrade in landfills more quickly than any other plastic on the market. “It was like, ‘This is the product that we've been waiting for,’” says Oshman, who has been executive director of the Green...

Pages

Customers Want DeliveryPanera Bread recently made headlines (again) by announcing its plan to hire 10,000 new employees by end of 2017 to support delivery services. Panera forecasts that delivery will add $250,000 per year to each store's annual revenue.The writing is on the wall.
For years, Pita Pit worked to educate customers about the nutritional value of its various pita fillings and toppings.
Many restaurateurs are ready to feel the warm spring breeze, as it means diners will rid themselves of their cabin fevers and begin eating out again. But restaurateurs and their guests are not the only ones who are excited—pests are too.
Whether it’s açai, juice cleanses, or spiking your morning coffee with yak butter, our culture loves the notion of fast-track solutions to better health.
Food halls are taking the nation’s cities by storm, providing locals with a central location for dozens of innovative concepts.
When you hear the phrase “traditional American cuisine,” what are the first foods that come to mind?If you’re from New England, you may conjure up an image of a plate of baked cod or a boiled lobster.
There was a time when kids’ meals were for kids.
For those limited-service brands that don’t yet have mobile ordering, consider three words of advice from Nike: Just do it.Within the next three years, every quick serve with any kind of regional or national footprint will have mobile ordering system-wide, says Russell Zack, senior vice president of
Consider it Subway's new duds to the biggest party in foodservice.
An ongoing challenge for many a restaurant is maintaining a steady stream of foot traffic and meal orders, especially when any number of uncontrollable factors—bad weather, nearby construction, traffic jams, and more—has the potential to derail what could be a lucrative business day.To protect again
Today’s fast-casual industry is at the leading edge of breakfast innovation.