02 апреля, 22:54

Restaurant Industry Outlook - April 2018

Restaurant Industry Outlook - April 2018

02 апреля, 22:31

Top Stock Reports for United Technologies, Medtronic & Gilead

Top Stock Reports for United Technologies, Medtronic & Gilead

28 марта, 18:24

Chipotle Still on the Road to Recovery, High Costs Plague

In a bid to boost brand growth, Chipotle (CMG) appoints new CEO. However, high costs and competition raise a concern.

26 марта, 16:34

El Pollo Loco Opens Outlet With Vision Design in Richardson

El Pollo Loco (LOCO) opens its newest restaurant in Richardson, TX, implementing its vision design model, marking the first restaurant to open in the region.

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14 марта, 19:39

PODCAST: Marketing And Leadership Secrets From Yum! Brands Founder David Novak

Yum! Brands former CEO, David Novak, shares the secrets he's learned about leadership, culture, and of course, marketing. Remember Crystal Pepsi? That was his brainchild--and what he calls one of his best ideas gone wrong.

13 марта, 16:24

Here's Why Domino's is More Appetizing Than Other Pizza Giants

Domino's (DPZ) shows promising growth potential on digital and cost management efforts, fending off competition from the likes of Pizza Hut under Yum! Brands.

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12 марта, 10:25

Yum! Brands (YUM) Up 1.6% Since Earnings Report: Can It Continue?

Yum! Brands (YUM) reported earnings 30 days ago. What's next for the stock? We take a look at earnings estimates for some clues.

09 марта, 17:00

Jack in the Box Plagued With Declining Comps & High Costs

A challenging sales environment and higher cost of operations are limiting Jack in the Box's (JACK) growth prospects. Franchise business model, however, is likely to favor earnings growth.

09 марта, 01:54

Red Robin Banks on Sales Building Efforts, High Costs Rife

Red Robin (RRGB) has prudent sales building and cost-cutting initiatives in place that helps it navigate in a challenging restaurant environment plagued with declining demand and high costs.

08 марта, 17:43

El Pollo Loco Expands Delivery Partnership With DoorDash

With increased focus on delivery El Pollo Loco (LOCO) will be in a better position to capture a bigger share of millennial traffic.

07 марта, 19:18

Cracker Barrel Benefits From Sales & Cost-Cutting Efforts

While Cracker Barrel's (CBRL) prominent sales-driving and cost-cutting efforts bode well, rising cost and limited geographic diversity remain concerns.

03 марта, 00:13

Yum! Brands (YUM) Gains from Refranchising, High Costs Rife

Yum! Brands' (YUM) de-risking strategy through re-franchising reduces the company's capital requirements and facilitates EPS. However, high operating costs pose concern.

01 марта, 17:57

Broadridge Financial Solutions, Applied Optoelectronics, Papa John's, Yum Brands and Domino's Pizza highlighted as Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day

Broadridge Financial Solutions, Applied Optoelectronics, Papa John's, Yum Brands and Domino's Pizza highlighted as Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day

01 марта, 16:00

Why Walmart Expanded Parental Leave — and How to Convince Your Company to Do the Same

Andy Crawford/Getty Images Walmart will soon offer better parental leave than most U.S. companies. The new policy for biological parents, announced in January, will go into effect on March 1, according to a company spokesperson. The company already has rolled out a more generous policy for adoptive parents. This matters because America remains one of just three countries without paid maternity leave, and Walmart is America’s biggest employer. With 1.5 million U.S. employees, its workforce is bigger than the populations of roughly a dozen U.S. states. While the policy only applies to full-time workers, that is still hundreds of thousands of people. And since only 14% of civilian U.S. workers have access to any paid parental leave, employees at most American firms can now say the words, “I’d have better parental leave if I worked at Walmart.” That creates – at least in theory – pressure on other companies to follow suit. Indeed, since Walmart announced its new policy, Starbucks announced that it would be expanding its parental leave benefits as well. The new Walmart policy: 10 paid weeks for birth moms and 6 weeks for other new parents, regardless of whether the employee is hourly or salaried. That’s much more than employees get at firms with which Walmart competes for workers, such as hourly workers at Yum! Brands, another large employer, which operates Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut, and others, where store managers get 6-8 weeks if they’re birth mothers, and nothing at all if they’re biological fathers. (Executives get more, but hourly workers get nothing.) And at McDonald’s? New parents in management roles get a single week. That’s right: one week. Hourly workers? Again, they get nothing. But Jackie Telfair, Walmart’s SVP of Global Compensation, told me this move was not about competing for workers with other companies. Instead, she said, it’s “an investment in our associates…[and] if we invest in our associates, they will invest in our company.” Telfair said they knew the benefit would be important to their employees. “We knew from our associates that this was a benefit that was important to them,” she told me. Walmart also recognized that what when workers have stability at work, they can thrive at home, according to Telfair. And when they can thrive at home, they’ll have better work engagement, performance, and productivity. In other words, this was a business decision. Walmart’s view is that, from a human capital management perspective, expanded parental leave makes a whole lot of sense. This is borne out by the data: research has shown that paid leave increases not only the probability that new mothers will return to their jobs, but also increases they hours they work when they do so. What’s remarkable about Walmart’s move is that it’s not just workers in low-paying jobs who are likely to cast an envious eye over Walmart’s paid parental leave. It’s also people who work at more “elite” employers, like Princeton University, which offers employees just two fully paid weeks, and Wellesley College, which offers just four. It includes employees at  General Motors and Ford, where new mothers get only 6-8 weeks at both, and new fathers get 2 weeks and bupkis, respectively. It includes workers at Cargill (two weeks) and Boeing (three) and CVS (six). So why did Walmart — sued just a few years ago by 1.5 million female employees for gender discrimination — become a leader on parental leave? Walmart has attributed the move to the recently passed corporate tax cut, as have other companies expanding benefits or handing out one-time bonuses, but there are reasons to be skeptical of this. For one thing, the U.S. is currently near full employment, meaning the labor market is tight; companies know they need to work harder to get the best candidates. And corporate profits have been at all-time highs for years; I have trouble believing that companies flush with cash couldn’t afford to offer paid leave earlier. While companies will save money as a result of new U.S. tax policies — Politico estimates Walmart will save $1-2 billion a year under the new plan — studies show that the costs of offering paid leave are minimal: a study in California, which is one of a handful of states to mandate paid leave, showed that 87% of employers said offering paid leave cost them nothing, while 9% said it actually helped them save money. Moreover, says Katie Bethell, Founder & Executive Director of lobbying group Paid Leave for the United States (PL+US), the status quo has become seen as a risk. “There’s starting to be brand risk for being a company that doesn’t support family leave,” she says, “and there’s gender discrimination risk if you’re only offering it to women and not to men, or if you’re undermining women’s ability to succeed in your company.” This isn’t just hypothetical. Several companies — including CNN, JP Morgan Chase, and Estee Lauder have all been sued by men making the case that giving them less leave on the basis of their sex was illegal. Between 1998 and 2012, family-leave discrimination lawsuits shot up 590%, according to estimates from the Center for WorkLife Law — even though overall, discrimination lawsuits fell. Despite the strong business case for offering paid leave, most companies still need to be convinced. Bethell outlined four things that may have been part of Walmart’s decision to offer paid leave: Broad employee support. Showing that there’s broad support for a new policy in your organization is important, says Bethell. In Walmart’s case, she pointed to a petition for better policies that garnered thousands of employee signatures. A Walmart shareholder also introduced a resolution calling for better paid leave about a month before the company announced the new policy. Persuasive stories. Statistics and numbers are always helpful, but “you need to be able to go to your decision-maker with stories of real employees who are affected by the inadequate family leave policy,” Bethell says. “Those stories are especially powerful if they relate to the recruitment and retention of talent.” Stories like a job candidate you really wanted to hire turning you down because of your leave policy, or someone talented leaving the organization because of a bad experience with parental leave. “Those are the kind of stories that really ring with leadership, and really highlight for them the market opportunity they are missing.” Bethell highlighted the story of  one employee who had come back to work at Walmart just one week after giving birth even though her baby was in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). (According to Department of Labor data, about one in four U.S. women return to work within two weeks of giving birth.) She couldn’t afford not to work. Employers hear that kind of story, says Bethell, and say to themselves, “That’s not the kind of employer I want to be.” A strong proposal. Bethell said employees who want better leave policies should not stop at saying that the current policy is inadequate – they should let their corporate decision-makers know exactly what they want the new policy to be. While there’s more to a comprehensive policy than a certain number of paid weeks, that is often the central question. What’s the ideal length, then? Some experts have put it at between six months and a year. That’s the point at which babies are (often) sleeping through the night, smiling, remembering faces and interacting with their caregivers, and eating solid foods. But since almost no U.S. companies are that generous, employee advocates will have to decide what they can settle for. Collecting data on what competitor firms offer is tough: when PL+US surveyed the largest employers in America a couple of years ago, many refused to disclose their policies. Websites like Fairygodboss or Glassdoor can help, but are often incomplete since the information on those sites is crowdsourced. And the state of paid leave in the U.S. is so dismal, advocates may have a hard time making the case that “we should do this because everyone’s doing it.” Instead, would-be changemakers can try to make the case that their companies should be leaders on this issue rather than laggards. Persistence. Any successful change effort requires more than a single meeting. Bethell estimates that it took about a year of concentrated effort on the part of employees and activists to convince Walmart management to change their policy. That would not be out of line with efforts I’ve heard about at other companies. For example, when women at the New York Times lobbied for an expanded leave policy, they spent months researching other companies’ policies and building a business case. “I’d be lying if I said it was a smooth road from the time five of us decided to write a proposal over lunch to its ultimate approval by our executive committee,” Ellen Grau, VP of Operations at the New York Times, told Fairygodboss in an interview, “But it was worth it.” After all, as Bethell puts it, “You’re talking about a benefit that everyone needs, regardless of what job they have.”

01 марта, 01:01

Forget Papa John's and Pizza Hut, Buy Domino's Stock

Shares of Papa John's (PZZA) surged on Wednesday following the company's announcement that it ended its partnership as the official pizza sponsor of the NFL. At the same time, the league's new pizza partner, Yum Brands' (YUM) Pizza Hut, saw its stock price pop as well.

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28 февраля, 16:56

Pizza Hut Will Replace Papa John's As "Official Pizza" Of The NFL

It's been barely 12 hours since Papa John's CEO John Schnatter revealed during the company's fourth-quarter earnings call that it had officially ended its relationship with the NFL - and already the league has found a replacement. Pizza Hut said - and the league confirmed - that the fast-food pizza brand will replace Papa John's as NGL sponsor and "official pizza" of the NFL. The multi-year deal will start with the NFL's 2018 draft. The deal will include the collective use of all 32 team markets. Schnatter said yesterday that, while the brand would be ending its partnership with the league after withdrawing advertising late last year, it will continue to honor its partnerships with individual teams and players. Despite the news, shares of Pizza Hut owner Yum Brands ticked lower in premarket trading. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell praised Pizza Hut and said he was looking forward to working with the brand. "With a focus on family, friends and fun, Pizza Hut has the creativity we are looking for in a partner and we look forward to working together with them to make the at-home NFL experience more exciting than ever for our fans," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday. As Dominoes continues to outmaneuver its competitors in the fast-food pizza space, Pizza Hut has been aggressively discounting its pizzas, rolling out contests and offering new rewards since the beginning of the year as it tries to wrestle market share from competitors, CNBC pointed out. During the Super Bowl, for example, the chain said it would give away free medium two-topping pizzas to Hut Reward members if the record for the fastest touchdown was broken. Papa John's shares plunged in after-hours trading Tuesday after the company announced its plans to sever ties with the league, while also reporting revenues that missed Wall Street expectations.  

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28 февраля, 16:05

Pizza Hut станет спонсором лиги американского футбола вместо Papa John's

Сеть пиццерий Pizza Hut (принадлежит компании Yum Brands Inc) стала официальным спонсором Национальной футбольной лиги (НФЛ), чемпионата США по американскому футболу, говорится в пресс-релизе сети.

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28 февраля, 15:35

Yum Brands' Pizza Hut to be the NFL's new official pizza sponsor

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27 февраля, 23:11

Top Research Reports for Dominion, Enbridge & Public Storage

Top Research Reports for Dominion, Enbridge & Public Storage