Coalition of Franchisee Associations

September 24, 2014

Franchise Industry Strikes Back

"This joint employee-employer thing, if that goes through, that's a hand grenade in 
the middle of the [franchising] business model," says Two Men and a Truck and 
BrightStar Care franchisee Bill Bass.

Franchise Industry Strikes Back at NLRB's 'Joint Employer' Decision

Monopoly Hardball Down-Under

BK Undercuts Monopoly in Australia - βurgerβusiness

September 20, 2014

Canada Betts on Coffee

Here's why McDonald's wants to serve you coffee at home


Accountants are Important, But ...

All too often I’ll come across a McDonald’s Operator who is thinking about selling a really
good store. A store with high volume, reasonable rent, a good facility, etc. The Operator
will say something like, “I’m going to meet with my accountant to determine what the store
is worth”.


This the product of years of focus on cash flow ratios, valuations by experts, and continued
interference in store resales by McDonald’s corporate.

Accountants don’t determine resale prices of McDonald’s stores – the seller and market
conditions ultimately decide the selling price.

Accountants play an essential role in store sales. They can help the buyer decide if they can
afford the deal. They help the seller with tax ramifications and other issues.

But having an accountant determine the value of a uniquely good store?


Obama, Unions Trial Bar Take Aim At Franchise Model

Obama, Unions Trial Bar Take Aim At Franchise Model -

Americans Are Tired of Long Restaurant Menus

The Washington Post reports

September 17, 2014

Build-A-Burger: A National Launch

I previously referred to the four store McDonald's Build-A-Burger program in Southern
California as a "test". It's not a test - it's the preordained future of McDonald's.

When four stores out of 800 plus are conducting an operational "test" one does not bring
in the national media to create a PR stunt. The San Diego and Los Angeles CoOps have
already launched a social media campaign to draw reporters into the restaurants.

How does management back away from this without admitting to a huge failure?

In fact, I don't think there are any real "tests" in McDonald's any longer. Someone comes
up with an idea to copy a competitor, the Innovation Center develops the product, and 
the national roll-out plan is finalized.

Therefore, at the very beginning of the "test", we get this on Twitter:

Breaking Burger News: Media, bring your press badge to McD's @ 3805 Midway Dr. before 2:30 pm for a FREE Build Your Burger


New Deck Chair in McDonald's Marketing

McDonald's hires Ehle as VP customer officer - CCB

Why Chipotle Won't Franchise

Entrepreneur Mag Reports

September 16, 2014

Nothing's Ever Simple Is It?

Can you reach it? Please pull your car closer to the building.

Apple Pay At McDonald's Drive-Through - Business Insider

Cashing In On The Way Out

On September 12 McDonald's SVP Jeff Stratton sold MCD shares valued at
$2,870,869.00. In addition he exercised his option on 23,172 shares of MCD
purchasing them at $56.64 a share. If he were to sell these exercised shares at
today's closing price he would net another $860,100.00.

September 8, 2014

Memo To McDonald's - New U.S. President's To-Do List

Thanks to the McDonald's Operators who pointed out this Seeking Alpha article by author
Denise Lee Yohn. She suggests Mike Andres should:

* Stop introducing new products outside the core menu.

* Stop courting the media when it comes to quality.

* Stop the retail bagged coffee.

* Start improving value perceptions.

* Continue streamlining the menu.

* Re-focus on families.

Memo To McDonald's: Core Execution Should Be On New U.S. President's To-Do List


September 7, 2014

September 4, 2014

'I'd join a union'

Obama: 'I'd join a union' -
"If you are in a job where you have to go stand on a street corner and get paid minimum wage by some union goon to hold up a sign that says you want more money, you have failed at life." -

Political commentator Erick Erickson