Webinar: A Franchisor’s Guide to Exporting Goods

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The newest webinar in IFA’s International Toolkit Series is “A Franchisor’s Guide to Exporting Goods” presented by Nery’s Logistics.  Supply chain is critical to most franchise systems and an ever increasing number of franchisors are exporting goods.   Managing an international supply chain presents challenges beyond those faced domestically.  Supply chain impacts everything from franchise relations to brand reputation to profitability.

This webinar will cover:

  • Common mistakes and how to avoid them
  • Steps to prevent your shipment from getting stuck at the border
  • Sourcing
  • Suppliers
  • Using technology to manage supply chain

Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 11 am ET (1 hour)

Click here to register

Presenters:

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Sandro Piancone, Director, Nery’s Logistics

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Alex Oswiecinski, Vice President of International Operations and Development, Which Wich Superior Sandwiches

There is a New Way to Find Franchisees in Ireland

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If you want to reach Europe’s fastest growing economy at The Franchise Show, Ireland, but don’t have time to exhibit in your own booth you can consider the Showcase in the US Pavilion.

Taking place September 9th & 10 in Dublin, the Showcase lets you present your concept on the show floor to thousands of prospects with signage, a 50-word description, and promotional material.  The program will be backed-up and staffed by experienced professionals who will capture & qualify interested candidates as they present your opportunity to all attendees, including prospective master franchisees and area developers.  The Franchise Show, Ireland includes a matchmaking platform.  Prospective franchisees participating in matchmaking will be gauged for their interest in brands participating in the Showcase.  All interested candidates will be given to you, directly following the event.  The Showcase participation fee is $1,950.

Ireland is:

  • The only English speaking European Union member country still committed to EU membership
  • The fastest growing economy in the Eurozone
  • Home to a flourishing Franchise industry, already worth nearly $3 billion
  • Administered by a stable Government with good, existing, international connections across Europe and beyond

Call Rick Brunsman for more information about the Showcase at 201.881.1606 or email RBrunsman@MFVexpo.com.

To learn more about the Expo visit: www.thefranchiseshow.ie

 

IFA Chair Aziz Hashim Speech at IFA Legal Symposium: We Need to Grow Understanding of Franchising

Speaking to a packed room of attorneys and franchise executives, IFA Chairman Aziz Hashim spoke about a new vision of engaging franchise employees and the public during the opening remarks of IFA’s 2016 Legal Symposium. Mr. Hashim drew from his deep experience as both a franchisee and franchisor, noting that the success of the business model in creating a seamless consumer experience has led to the misperception that franchisors employ franchisees’ employees among the public and policymakers.  This misperception, he says, has led to misguided policies like the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) nebulous joint employer standard.

While IFA’s efforts to educate the public, policymakers, and other influencers has been successful at gaining awareness of the issue, the inherent misunderstanding of franchising will take time to rectify. Mr. Hashim’s vision for the future includes part of the training program for every new employee of a franchisee to include an IFA-provided breakdown of what franchising is, and who the employee’s actual employer is. With over 9 million people directly employed in franchised businesses at any given time, it is paramount that employees are able to relay the positive message of franchising and its local impact.  Mr. Hashim’s term as IFA Chairman looks like it will kick off the process of alleviating the misperceptions of franchising, much like his rousing words kicked off a successful IFA Legal Symposium.

Officials Talk Joint Employer & Regulatory Overreach at IFA Legal Symposium

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NLRB Member Phillip Miscimarra Speaking at IFA’s 2016 Legal Symposium

National Labor Relations Board Member Phillip Miscimarra and U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (AL-1) electrified the crowd of attorneys at IFA’s 2016 Legal Symposium this week with their respective speeches on the new joint employer standard and other problematic regulations.

Member Miscimarra’s captivating speech used a variety of diagrams stemming from his dissent in the bombshell Browning-Ferris Industries case, wherein the majority’s opinion upended the long-standing joint employer standard. Miscimarra’s primary point was the majority’s opinion in the case does not clearly define how new collective bargaining agreements will be made with clients of contractors and subcontractors. In his view, the nebulous nature of the standard does not provide guidance for many situations, like when a client no longer uses a contractors’ services, or if a new client joins an existing collective bargaining agreement relationship. This nebulousness results in widespread uncertainty for small business owners, who no longer know for sure if their contractual relationships are in compliance with the law.

Rep. Byrne began his speech speaking about unions’ influence on the current administrations executive agencies, citing the push for ‘card check’ legislation as evidence waning union membership is driving union leaders to seek extraordinary concessions. Furthermore, Rep. Byrne noted the importance of a balanced dialogue on the pros and cons of unionization in the context of the persuader rule, saying the current “playing field is imbalanced”. The persuader rule would make it much more difficult for small business owners to seek out advice on labor law and union matters and also damages attorney-client privilege, as well as limiting information available to employees considering unionization.

A co-sponsor of the Protecting Local Business Opportunity Act of 2016, Rep. Byrne spoke at length about the negative effect the revised joint employer standard will have on franchise small business growth. He also talked about his son, whose first job at a restaurant taught him more about the real world than four years of business school, and how overregulation kills opportunities for young people trying to get their first job on the path to upward mobility.

Regardless of who is in the White House next year, it should be encouraging for franchise businesses to know there are agency officials and members of Congress like Rep. Byrne who remain concerned and active in pushing back regulatory overreach which is suppressing businesses and individuals’ growth potential.

Cross Borders Without Leaving Home at the International Franchise Expo

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The 2015 International Franchise Expo attracted visitors from 122 countries. Expectations of similarly big international numbers in 2016 give U.S. franchisors the chance to explore global growth without crossing a border.  The IFA sponsored Expo takes place June 16th to 18th at the Javits Center in New York City.

A key reason that so many attendees at Expo are international is the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Buyer Program (IBP).  As an IBP certified event, the commercial sections of U.S. Embassies and Consulates recruit pre-screened international buyers to attend the Expo and meet with U.S exhibitors.  The International Buyer Program produced 40 investor delegations to the International Franchise Expo in 2015 alone.

International franchising now also means franchisors entering the US.  As franchisors from outside the U.S. grow in scale and sophistication, many target the largest franchise economy in the world for expansion, seeking to follow the footsteps of IFA members like, InterContinental Hotels, Kumon, Illy, Tim Horton’s, Bonchon, Paris Baguette and Pollo Campero.  The 2016 International Franchise Expo will include 40 international exhibitors from 17 countries, including pavilions from Japan, Korea and the United Kingdom.

Educational programs related to international franchising enhances the value of participating.  Many of these educational sessions are for CFE credit.  Internationally oriented Seminars and Symposia at this year’s Expo include:

  • Master Franchising – Why do Some Succeed and Others Struggle
  • Structuring Your Franchise Network Expansion
  • Selling Franchises Internationally Without Getting Into Trouble
  • Global Franchise Expansion:  Strategies for Lucrative & Planned Growth
  • Going International- Moving Intelligently Into International Expansion
  • Selecting the Best Franchise Structure for Domestic and International Expansion
  • International Expansion: Master Franchising and Other Structures
  • Hidden Franchise Opportunities in the Middle East
  • An Overview of Key U.S. Trends and Regulatory Issues for International Franchisors
  • Strategies for Franchising into the U.S. Market
  • Navigating the U.S. Marketplace
  • Important Steps for Franchisors Considering Entering the U.S. Market

To learn more and participate visit: http://www.ifeinfo.com/

To get free passes to the Expo courtesy of the IFA click here.

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