Restaurant Franchising Becomes a Vehicle for Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity in the workplace is a goal for many restaurant franchisors, as the benefits are numerous, from attracting more talent to being better able to serve its customers to an improved bottom line. The U.S. Census Bureau reported franchise businesses were more likely to be owned by minorities than non-franchised businesses. Specifically, just over 30 percent are minority-owned, compared to 18.8 percent of non-franchised ones. The good news is there has been a steady and significant increase i

Advertising During a Downturn

As you well know, advertising is crucial for creating awareness of your brand and products, enticing brides to visit your store and, ultimately, selling gowns. But what if business and/or the economy is sluggish? Do the rules change when economic uncertainty and rising prices have many people feeling apprehensive about spending? Is it still worth investing your time…and money…into advertising when your instinct may very well be to hunker down and cut expenses? The answer is a resounding yes!

Skin, Musculoskeletal Health Essential for Truck Drivers

For drivers, especially this summer season, sun overexposure is a constant when driving long hours at a time. (Arndt_Vladimir via Getty Images) [Stay on top of transportation news: Get TTNews in your inbox.] When truck driver health care comes to mind, most think of cardiovascular or weight issues. However, skin care and musculoskeletal well-being are also growing concerns. As for skin care, the amount of exposure to sunlight and ultraviolet (UV) rays is a prominent factor in proper health ma

Connie Yang’s Math of Change - Engage with CMU - Carnegie Mellon University

May 03, 2022 Alumna Connie Yang’s passion for math was evident at an early age. With math backgrounds of their own, her parents nurtured Connie’s love for the subject and inspired her to pursue it, too. So it adds up that she was drawn to Carnegie Mellon University’s new honors math program in the Mellon College of Science during her first year on campus in 2013. “As I actively sought out what my career aspirations could be, I came across the burgeoning field of data science,” says Connie, who g

Over-Hiring for Long-Term Success

It’s no secret that the automotive industry has experienced a significant labor shortage, particularly during the pandemic. At the start of the pandemic, C.J. Paterniti, president of DS Automotive Collision and Restyling in suburban Cleveland, Ohio, had 80 employees. In what seems like a reversal of the norm, Paterniti since has grown his staff to 90. His secret is to take a proactive stance regarding recruitment efforts—even when he doesn’t have any job openings—with a focus on retention strat

Increasing Profits for Paints and Materials

Like most industries, pandemic-related shipping and logistics issues have greatly affected prices on supplies, and the auto body industry is no exception. “Generally speaking, industry-wide materials costs are increasing, and the shipping and stocking issues are all things that are affecting paints and materials cost,” says Brian Stebbins, marketing manager with Sherwin-Williams Automotive. This cost increase in supplies can make a decent profit margin seem even more out of reach than ever. Bu

Food Waste Comes Back Into Focus for Restaurants

The extent of food waste is staggering. Though the figures are dynamic, a report by United Nations Environment Programme published in 2021, estimated 931 million tons of food waste was generated in 2019, globally. Of that figure, 26 percent was derived from food services, particularly in high-income countries. In the U.S., the picture was no better. ReFED, a nonprofit dedicated to ending food loss and waste, noted 35 percent of food in this country went unsold or uneaten, translating into $408

Building a Narrative For Your Body Shop

April 14, 2022—Everybody loves a good story, but what good is a story unless it’s shared? Businesses can have stories too, and when your business’s story is interesting or sets you apart from others, it should be shared with current and potential customers. Building a narrative to promote your shop can be a compelling marketing tool, provided you identify the story you want to tell and convey it effectively. A narrative is a story about your business. Its primary purpose is to connect with you

Home sweet office

The pandemic had a side effect that caught some people off guard: it ushered in the era of remote work. Sure, some people worked from home on occasion, but there is a whole new generation of remote workers now, even as the pandemic begins to recede. For many, working from home will be permanent. “The last two years have been a whirlwind! At first, consumers scrambled for any solution they could find as the home became the center of work, school and entertainment, so it wasn’t rare to see people

This Former Ironworks Building Is Now a Quaint Philadelphia Hotel. Go Inside. | Built

Driving through the Philadelphia suburb of Bala Cynwyd, a town settled by Welsh Quakers in the 1680s, you can see evidence of its commercial and industrial roots. One example of its industrial history is the Pencoyd Ironworks that stretched for a mile along the Schuylkill River, having operated as an iron and steel company from 1852 to the mid-1930s. The company was a major player in the bridge construction industry; it manufactured hundreds of structures across the country—and some internation

Increasing Independence - Engage with CMU - Carnegie Mellon University

Justin was not diagnosed with autism and ADHD until just before he graduated high school — leaving him without the years of support that prepare many adults with autism for life after graduation. Gerard enrolled Justin at Emory Autism Center where he started to work with a therapist in the center’s myLIFE life skills program. “Justin gets distracted easily. If he gets sucked into the internet, he loses all track of time and gets off task,” Gerard says. “He also gets lost easily, and when he was

Fleets Can Take Steps to Reduce Risk of Cybersecurity Threats

[Stay on top of transportation news: Get TTNews in your inbox.] Cybersecurity breaches are an ever-present danger for all types of businesses, and freight transportation companies are no exception. It may not be possible to eliminate this threat entirely, but with the right safeguards in place, trucking and logistics companies can reduce the risk of being hacked or falling victim to a ransomware attack, industry experts said. “We are a heavily targeted industry,” said Cory Staheli, chief info

Clifton RV and Marina’s Owner Sets Out to Build up Business Along the Tennessee River

You could call it a twist of fate, divine providence, or a cosmic lattice of coincidence—but whatever circumstances brought Stacy Huntingford to become the owner of Clifton RV and Marina in Clifton, Tennessee, it was meant to be. “I believe everything happens for a reason,” she said. “My whole life has been this amazing second chance; everything I do seems to be connected.” Originally from North Bend, Washington where she grew up fishing, Huntingford spent nearly 20 years working in California.

Go Inside Duquesne’s Newly Renovated UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse | Built

Pittsburgh natives are immensely proud of its three professional sports teams—the Steelers (football), Penguins (hockey) and Pirates (baseball). The love that western Pennsylvanians have for sports extends to its local college and university teams. With a great deal of support from the university and wider community, the Duquesne Dukes, the athletic teams of Duquesne University, a private school in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood, have enjoyed many successful seasons. Now, the men’s and women

Western Forest Products is Fighting Climate Change with Responsible Forestry

"“There is no better, more natural choice than wood when sourced from regions of the world like British Columbia, who ensure those forests will continue to grow in perpetuity," says Shannon Janzen, vice president partnerships, sustainability and chief forester at Western Forest Products. Photo courtesy of Western Forest Products • Western Forest Products has a 250-year plan to ensure the company doesn’t harvest more than forests grow. • The International Panel on Climate Change supports sustaina

Tartans Aid India Through COVID Crisis - News - Carnegie Mellon University

With contemporary skillsets and technological aptitude, the members of the Carnegie Mellon community often apply novel solutions to real world-problems. For some Tartans, the urge to help those in need recently hit home. As the COVID-19 pandemic began to ravage his native India, Mashrin Srivastava, an incoming graduate student in machine learning, realized that his skill with a computer could save lives. "By the time people got serious about it, there were already close to 400,000 recorded cas

How to Find the Next Great Franchisee

The pandemic wreaked havoc on the economy and small businesses. But one segment of the restaurant industry has seen an increase in activity: franchising. “We’re on an upward trend that is going to continue until we get a little further down the road,” says Mark Siebert, franchising expert and CEO of Chicago-based consultancy iFranchise. “I think the trend will continue until unemployment goes down and prime locations and landlords start getting scarcer. Franchising will be one of the main drive

Speaking My Language: How Bilingual Training Programs Enhance Safety

Native Spanish speakers make up a significant portion of workers in the construction industry. In 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 30% of workers in the construction industry were of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity. Though this can vary by region, in some companies, the Hispanic workforce comprises a percentage much greater than the national average of 30%. At Miller & Long, a concrete construction company headquartered in Maryland, Safety Director Alex Rodas reports that approxi

Handmade Shopping

Consumers are drawn toward handmade products for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the desire to obtain something unique that did not come off an assembly line. Making human connections is one major reason why handmade goods have an allure for many buyers. Virginia-based Tasha McKelvey creates small-scale handmade ceramics, specifically, decorative and functional keepsakes inspired by the natural world. “My clay work is intended to be useful. This is art that is meant to be touch
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