Franchisees get help with marketing and branding, but the corporate parent can’t do much about high interest rates and labor costs.
They create both chaos and money-making opportunities for businesses.
Many have higher expenses and are raising prices, but more consumers now have a taste for their relatively inexpensive meals.
The approach is rare in the U.S., but common in other industrialized countries.
The pandemic accelerated automation purchases, according to an industry group, especially in agriculture, construction and fast food.
The deal could include voice-recognition software, mapping apps and other digital tools to improve the drive-thru experience.
If chicken wings are hard to find, maybe offer thighs?
Restaurant chains, including Taco Bell, Chipotle and McDonald’s, are going on hiring sprees. Will the labor force respond?
Companies are competing with one another — and delivery apps — for your data.
That concern won't necessarily translate into a change in consumer behavior.