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July 2019's Converge Newsletter
Forces Attacking Restaurant & Bar Profits (and how the industry can fight back!)
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July 25, 2019 via ConvergeBlog

In July 2007, Technomic forecast "tough economic times ahead for same-store sales."1 As reported by Nation’s Restaurant News on July 9, 2007, "Inflating commodity prices, a slowing gross domestic product, skyrocketing fuel costs and a weak dollar" were predicted to take a toll on food and beverage sales nationwide.

Experts identified opportunities for growth, however, noting, "The growing number of consumers under 35 in particular presents opportunities for targeted marketing," suggesting further that "they are not cooking, so they will be very heavy restaurant users."

Convenience (e.g. curbside pickup), variety, healthy options, corporate social responsibility, and value were all identified as being important to guests.

But neither Technomic nor NRN really knew what was coming.

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Life, Liberty, and a Gluten-Free Meal

July 18, 2019 via ConvergeBlog
The [ADA] has been applied to a variety of segments of our society, including building entrance designs, website displays, and workplace accommodations. Recently, a new twist to the Act arose when a 12-year-old boy visited a Colonial Williamsburg restaurant with his classmates on a school field trip.
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Use of Surcharges and Best Tips to Avoid False Advertising and Other Consumer Claims

July 13, 2019 via ConvergeBlog

Due to a myriad of legislative and court decisions, some restaurants particularly in California have elected to add a surcharge to their receipts to defray increased costs incurred over the last several years...As such, these surcharges need to be analyzed for taxation purposes and legality as to how they are implemented.
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Hospitality Quest 2019: The Search For The Elusive Employee
July 4, 2019 via ConvergeBlog

Yes, indeed—the labor market is tight. And with the nationwide unemployment rate below 4 percent, 263,000 new jobs created in April 2019, and a sizzling economy, the labor market is likely to get even tighter. This is especially true for the hospitality industry, which has traditionally relied upon a steady stream of lower-skilled and younger applicants eager to enter into the job market. In fact, the National Restaurant Association predicts that jobs in the food service industry will top 15 million in 2019, and lists recruiting and retaining employees among the top challenges for operators.

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