Reporter's Notebook http://nrn.com/blog/65421/feed en McDonald's and the problem with same-store sales http://nrn.com/blog/mcdonalds-and-problem-same-store-sales <div class="node-body blog-body">Blog: McDonald's decision to end monthly same-store sales reporting could be seen as a bad sign. That doesn't make it a wrong move. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/reporters-notebook">Reporter&#039;s Notebook</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/mcdonalds-and-problem-same-store-sales" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/mcdonalds-and-problem-same-store-sales#comments Casual Dining Corporate News McDonald's Reporter&#039;s Notebook Thu, 28 May 2015 19:03:00 +0000 134791 at http://nrn.com Shake Shack just had a spectacular week http://nrn.com/blog/shake-shack-just-had-spectacular-week <div class="node-body blog-body">Shake Shack is up more than 40 percent since May 14, and now has a valuation rivaling big restaurant chains.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/reporters-notebook">Reporter&#039;s Notebook</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/shake-shack-just-had-spectacular-week" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/shake-shack-just-had-spectacular-week#comments Markets Same-store sales Reporter&#039;s Notebook Mon, 25 May 2015 12:30:00 +0000 134591 at http://nrn.com A toast to juice as mixers http://nrn.com/blog/toast-juice-mixers <div class="node-body blog-body">Juice bar concepts see an opportunity with more-healthful mixers for home mixologists.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/reporters-notebook">Reporter&#039;s Notebook</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/toast-juice-mixers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/toast-juice-mixers#comments Reporter&#039;s Notebook Fri, 22 May 2015 17:40:00 +0000 134541 at http://nrn.com Will an IPO lift a restaurant chain's sales? http://nrn.com/blog/will-ipo-lift-restaurant-chains-sales <div class="node-body blog-body">Free publicity from an IPO should be good for a restaurant chain's sales, right? Not necessarily.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/reporters-notebook">Reporter&#039;s Notebook</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/will-ipo-lift-restaurant-chains-sales" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/will-ipo-lift-restaurant-chains-sales#comments Corporate News Markets Same-store sales Reporter&#039;s Notebook Thu, 21 May 2015 21:27:00 +0000 134501 at http://nrn.com Why Arby's didn't refranchise http://nrn.com/blog/why-arbys-didnt-refranchise <div class="node-body blog-body">Arby's opted not to refranchise its company-owned units. The result? It reaped the benefits of higher sales and profits.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/reporters-notebook">Reporter&#039;s Notebook</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/why-arbys-didnt-refranchise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/why-arbys-didnt-refranchise#comments Arby's Corporate News Mergers-Acquisitions Quick Service Reporter&#039;s Notebook Wed, 20 May 2015 15:07:00 +0000 134371 at http://nrn.com PizzaRev to launch delivery service in Los Angeles http://nrn.com/blog/pizzarev-launch-delivery-service-los-angeles <div class="node-body blog-body">Fast-casual pizza players will not likely be able to compete on cost</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/reporters-notebook">Reporter&#039;s Notebook</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/pizzarev-launch-delivery-service-los-angeles" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/pizzarev-launch-delivery-service-los-angeles#comments Fast Casual Reporter&#039;s Notebook Tue, 19 May 2015 19:50:00 +0000 134351 at http://nrn.com Restaurants need to improve labor productivity http://nrn.com/blog/restaurants-need-improve-labor-productivity <div class="node-body blog-body">Labor costs and employee recruitment are growing problems in the restaurant industry. The answer? Higher productivity.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/reporters-notebook">Reporter&#039;s Notebook</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/restaurants-need-improve-labor-productivity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/restaurants-need-improve-labor-productivity#comments H.R. & Training Corporate News Reporter&#039;s Notebook Tue, 19 May 2015 15:29:00 +0000 134311 at http://nrn.com Why restaurants should keep things simple http://nrn.com/blog/why-restaurants-should-keep-things-simple <div class="node-body blog-body">Dickey's got a lesson a few years ago when it tried testing salads: The chain can't be all things to all people.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/reporters-notebook">Reporter&#039;s Notebook</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/why-restaurants-should-keep-things-simple" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/why-restaurants-should-keep-things-simple#comments Food Trends Operations Reporter&#039;s Notebook Sun, 17 May 2015 14:17:00 +0000 134131 at http://nrn.com How one Burger King franchisee got employees to upsell http://nrn.com/blog/how-one-burger-king-franchisee-got-employees-upsell <div class="node-body blog-body">How did one Burger King franchisee reverse sales and traffic declines? He started giving his workers bonuses.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/reporters-notebook">Reporter&#039;s Notebook</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/how-one-burger-king-franchisee-got-employees-upsell" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/how-one-burger-king-franchisee-got-employees-upsell#comments H.R. & Training Same-store sales Reporter&#039;s Notebook Sat, 16 May 2015 21:39:00 +0000 134121 at http://nrn.com McDonald's loses more ground http://nrn.com/blog/mcdonalds-loses-more-ground <div class="node-body blog-body">The gap between McDonald's Corp. and its QSR competitors widened in the first quarter.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/reporters-notebook">Reporter&#039;s Notebook</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/mcdonalds-loses-more-ground" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/mcdonalds-loses-more-ground#comments Same-store sales Quick Service Reporter&#039;s Notebook Fri, 15 May 2015 19:11:00 +0000 134061 at http://nrn.com Gas prices fall, and restaurant sales surge http://nrn.com/blog/gas-prices-fall-and-restaurant-sales-surge <div class="node-body blog-body">Restaurants have quickly narrowed the gap between them and grocery stores. The reason? Gas prices.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/reporters-notebook">Reporter&#039;s Notebook</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/gas-prices-fall-and-restaurant-sales-surge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/gas-prices-fall-and-restaurant-sales-surge#comments Markets Same-store sales Reporter&#039;s Notebook Wed, 13 May 2015 20:37:00 +0000 133671 at http://nrn.com Could menu cuts follow McDonald's drive-thru change? http://nrn.com/blog/could-menu-cuts-follow-mcdonalds-drive-thru-change <div class="node-body blog-body">Chain plans to pare down drive-thru menu to most popular items</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/reporters-notebook">Reporter&#039;s Notebook</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/could-menu-cuts-follow-mcdonalds-drive-thru-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/could-menu-cuts-follow-mcdonalds-drive-thru-change#comments Corporate News Same-store sales McDonald's Reporter&#039;s Notebook Tue, 12 May 2015 21:20:00 +0000 133571 at http://nrn.com Darden's Jeff Smith on breadsticks and activism http://nrn.com/blog/dardens-jeff-smith-breadsticks-and-activism <div class="node-body blog-body">Jeff Smith, CEO of Starboard Value and chairman at Darden Restaurants, actually likes Olive Garden's breadsticks. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/reporters-notebook">Reporter&#039;s Notebook</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/dardens-jeff-smith-breadsticks-and-activism" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/dardens-jeff-smith-breadsticks-and-activism#comments Casual Dining Corporate News Markets Reporter&#039;s Notebook Mon, 11 May 2015 17:41:00 +0000 133371 at http://nrn.com How beef costs hit one small chain http://nrn.com/blog/how-beef-costs-hit-one-small-chain <div class="node-body blog-body">The price of beef has more than doubled since 2008 for Square 1 Burgers & Bar, an eight-unit burger concept out of Tampa. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/reporters-notebook">Reporter&#039;s Notebook</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/how-beef-costs-hit-one-small-chain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/how-beef-costs-hit-one-small-chain#comments Commodities Markets Reporter&#039;s Notebook Fri, 08 May 2015 20:13:00 +0000 133271 at http://nrn.com Hamburglar, The King make their comebacks http://nrn.com/blog/hamburglar-king-make-their-comebacks <div class="node-body blog-body">The Hamburglar and The King, both long thought retired, recently made comebacks, pointing to the enduring nature of restaurant chain mascots.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/reporters-notebook">Reporter&#039;s Notebook</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://nrn.com/blog/hamburglar-king-make-their-comebacks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://nrn.com/blog/hamburglar-king-make-their-comebacks#comments Advertising Quick Service Reporter&#039;s Notebook Thu, 07 May 2015 19:52:00 +0000 133161 at http://nrn.com