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What to Know About Sustainable Packaging

We live in an eco-conscious world. Sustainability is no longer just nice to have, but rather essential for this generation and generations to come. And today our definition of sustainability must encompass several different concepts, including environmental, operational, and economic sustainability.

What Quick Serves Can Learn from Apple

When Steve Jobs passed away in October, many questioned whether or not Apple would be able thrive without his leadership. But when the company announced in January that its first-quarter sales had risen 73 percent to $46 billion, it was clear to everyone that Jobs had left the company in good shape.

There are many reasons Apple is performing so well, and quick serves can learn a lesson or two from its success to make their own businesses thrive.

The Benefits of a Hispanic-Owned Franchise

The franchise business model is an attractive option for Hispanics and other minorities to consider owning, because it is a strong avenue to take for financial success. According to the 2007 Franchised Business Ownership survey conducted by the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) Educational Foundation, minorities made up 19.3 percent of all franchisees, and Hispanic-owned franchises were 5.8 percent of the total. And the survey reported that Hispanic franchisees prefer owning quick-serve restaurants.

How Network Video Tools Can Save You Money

We all know what a great tool video surveillance can be when it comes to loss prevention and employee safety. But network video—using IP-based cameras and monitoring software—can tell you far more about your business than who’s trying to rob the till. Viewed over time, network video surveillance can help uncover trends and patterns you can exploit to improve all phases of your quick-serve business.

10 Things to Look For in a Franchise

With more than 574,000 restaurants in the country, there are enough restaurant franchise opportunities to make your head spin. Almost 50 percent of these restaurants are brand concepts, not independently owned. It is important that prospective franchise buyers are well equipped with the knowledge to spot the franchising opportunity that matches their goals and provides the best chance of success. Whether targeting fast food, fast casual, or casual dining, it is the responsibility of the franchise buyer to be well informed and diligently investigate each opportunity.

The Environmental Imperative

In today’s eco-conscious world, sustainability is no longer a “nice to have”; it is a “must-have” for foodservice brands and an imperative to operate by every day. In fact, 93 percent of corporate CEOs say that sustainability will be critical to the future success of their companies, according to “A New Era of Sustainability: UN Global Compact-Accenture CEO Research,” a study from 2010. At MWV, we’ve identified several crucial issues that foodservice operators should consider when they think about their sustainability programs both now and into the future.