McDonald's is jumping into the premium coffee fray with the introduction of 100% Arabica coffee, putting the likes of Starbucks and Dunkin Brands' Dunkin' Donuts on alert. To generate buzz about their respective brands, the companies recently staged free coffee promotions.
Cendant Hotel Group has unveiled the name for its previously announced timeshare and lodging businesses. Cendant Vice Chairman Stephen Holmes will become Chairman and CEO of Wyndham Worldwide, which is set to be spun off later this year.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups call Basic Pilot, a federal system that verifies worker status and identifies illegal immigrants, inefficient and expensive. A draft of the legislation, which would require employers to institute Basic Pilot in phases, is in the Senate now, but last year the House of Representatives passed a bill that would require employers to run background checks on every U.S. employee within the next six years.
BusinessWeek Online breaks down how viewing profits and wages from a knowledge economy standpoint will have a positive effect on the U.S., including increased productivity, higher corporate profits and a decreased threat of a dollar-related crisis.
A Wichita-based franchise of Papa John's International is moving beyond take-out and delivery by opening an eat-in location. In addition to pizza, the menu will feature pastas, sandwiches and a salad bar.