Lots of franchise businesses use Smartphones these days. Franchisees can track business mileage, access payroll figures, and stay in touch with their stores 24/7. It’s all good.
But, sometimes, bad people use Smartphones, and governments around the world would like to gain access to some or all of the data stored on these Smartphones. The CEO of Apple doesn’t want to allow access, as you can plainly see here.
Conventional wisdom states that franchisees are not valued as highly as franchisors for investors. But, they do have something that investors are starting to like more and more according to NRN.com.
Will you be able to remove mustard stains from the interior of your car? The suits at Burger King think so. They just added hot dogs to their menu.
Spring may actually be around the corner. Tropical Smoothie Café has unveiled new menu items that celebrate the season that brings hope-especially to those living north of the equator.
Franchise businesses will once again grow at rates that exceed non-franchise business growth in 2016, according to this year’s Franchise Business Outlook. Forbes.com asked me what my take was on the 2016 report linked to above, which you can find here.
Franchising in South Africa is looking good, too, according to the head of small enterprise of Standard Bank.
The Pepsico India boss thinks that franchising in India will reach the $50 Billion mark by 2017. And, as an added bonus, 11 million new jobs may be created as a result.
In other news, the U.S. stock market has been pretty ugly as of late, and the Fed may not be as enthusiastic about raising interest rates more anytime soon. That alone may end up being the breath of fresh air that investors were looking for.
And gasoline, as of this writing, sits at $1.79 a gallon. Who would have thunk it?