Between tracking food costs, trying to bring in more cash-strapped customers, and abiding by the new health care requirements, proper hiring practices can fall by the wayside on the list of day-to-day tasks operators face. But one wrong hire can have devastating consequences. Best-case scenario: They quit in a week, wasting your time and money. Worst-case scenario: They mistreat a customer and damage your brand’s reputation.
Name any quick-serve giant, and a signature dish with a time-honored formula comes to mind. From McDonald’s Big Mac to Arby’s Roast Beef Sandwich, such historic menu items have defined brands for decades, catapulting both sales and brand awareness.
Since its 1960 founding, Domino’s Pizza relied on a pizza formula that delivered millions of customers and an unmistakable national presence. In December, however, the Ann Arbor, Michigan–based pizzeria announced it was dropping its 50-year-old pizza recipe and starting anew.
In March of 2008, Subway launched a value deal nationwide that already had explosive success in a number of the chain’s South Florida stores. The introduction of the $5 footlong deal across the U.S. was intended to be an answer to the $1 value menus of industry standard-bearers such as McDonald’s and Wendy’s and a new direction for the brand in the wake of its advertising success with Jared Fogle.