Franchise Field Operations are All About Relationships

Franchising is all about relationships, and your field consultants are your key players. Check out this infographic for the top priorities and challenges that come with the keys to great franchisor-franchisee relationships.

Type: Special Report

Sponsor: FranConnect




Infographic: Digital Signage: Drive-thru Technology for the Next Generation

This infographic explains why going digital is good for customers and great for restaurants.

Type: Infographic

Sponsor: Panasonic




Virtual Currency: The Next Disruptor in Payments

Virtual currency, such as Bitcoin, is the next disruptor in payments. Adoption is on the rise and consumers want places to spend their bitcoin.

Type: White Paper

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Food truck growth goes full throttle: Part 1

This four-part series explores the successes and challenges of the food truck industry, which has grown by 12.4 percent over the past five years. It's now worth $650 million and should hit $2.7 billion this year.

Pushing boundaries: Top 10 menu trends of 2017 revealed

Combining cuisines from all over the world will be 2017's No. 1 trend. Other trends include spicier flavor profiles, more vegan and veggie options and DIY cooking.

5 findings inside diners' minds make great guides for 2017

NPD Group recently outlined its top five predictions about the American diner's state of mind as it relates to the dinner plate. Taken collectively, these five predictions form the kind of information that brands can take and run with in the year ahead.

A 'post mortem': Looking back at 2016's hard-learned lessons

Experts weigh in on the eight lessons they learned in 2016 about the fine art of running a restaurant.

Will the menu trends of 2017 turn to the dark side?

Charcoal, heavy fats and lots of bubbles may not sound like they belong on 2017's list of menu trends, but the Canadian food-centric marketing consultancy, THP, said its research shows otherwise.

Going global: Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit adds European event

Early-bird registration is now open for next year's London and Dallas summits.

Spreading the love: Chains offering freebies in honor of National Sandwich Day

Fast food chains are offering discounts in honor of National Sandwich Day.

Taco Bell hits pay dirt in vegetable patch

Taco Bell is showing QSRs how its done when it comes to profiting toward the increasing trend toward meatless or meat-sparing diets.

Now trending: Restaurants offering gender-neutral bathrooms

Many restaurants are ditching signs indicating separate men's and women's restrooms.

The true effects of food photos: part 1

Back in the 1800s when photography was first invented, it would have been hard to imagine people using the technology to document lunch. As restaurants are quickly discovering, however, food photography is not something to be dismissed as a passing fad.

Why your app isn't appealing to your customer base

Not all apps are created equal, and consumers don't have the patience to wait while you to get it right.

3 steps to cutting 1 huge expense

Legal hacks of credit card fees may seem complicated at first, but once understanding the three basic components of payment processing statements, they become as easy as swiping the card.

Franchising Focus: Del Taco grows on quality, value

The Del Taco restaurant chain has become a huge success since its beginnings in 1964. That's when Ed Hackbarth opened the first Del Taco location in Barstow, California, and began serving Mexican and American favorites.

NRA 2016 focuses on sustainability, technology

Sustainability and technology were two hot topics this year as a variety of sessions discussed both topics, and a multitude of vendors presented products to help restauranteurs tackle sustainability or to use technology to enhance their customer experiences.

NRA2016: 5 hot spots for global growth (Part 1)

Global growth potential is off the charts for food service, especially for concepts that revolve around limited service. These five areas show the greatest potential, according to research by Euromonitor International.

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