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Can Tesla Sell Direct and Bypass Dealers?

As we approach the end of 2016, we are going to present some of the most popular of the more than 1,500 posts that have appeared on Retailing A to Z. Today, we cover Tesla’s unique and controversial dealership program … Continue reading

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Franchisee Problems at McDonald’s

The backbone of McDonald’s long-term growth around the world is its franchising system, whereby the vast majority of McDonald’s outlets are owned and operated by franchisees. However, McDonald’s has not performed strongly for a while. And many of its franchisees … Continue reading

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Franchising Can Be Much Riskier Than Some Believe

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About a year ago, we wrote about the questionable nature of the 90% success rate for franchisees (a figure promulgated by the industry). Now, two recent Wall Street Journal articles raise even…

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Franchising Can Be Much Riskier Than Some Believe

About a year ago, we wrote about the questionable nature of the 90% success rate for franchisees (a figure promulgated by the industry). Now, two recent Wall Street Journal articles raise even more questions about the viability of a franchised … Continue reading

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An Interview with Auntie Anne’s Founder

Anne Beiler is the founder and CEO of Auntie Anne’s. Recently, she sat down for an interview with Fortune about her career and life. As Dinah Eng notes in the lead in to the interview: “When Anne Beiler bought a … Continue reading

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Is the 90 Percent Franchisee Success Rate Right?

One of the long-time statistics circulating in retailing is that 90 percent of franchisees succeed — a rate far higher than that of independent startups and other retailers. But is this figure correct or is it really the stuff of … Continue reading

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Fastest-Growing U.S. Franchisors

Each year, Entrepreneur magazine ranks more than 100 of the fastest-growing U.S. franchise companies. Here are the top 10 for 2013: Subway — submarine sandwiches & salads; startup costs:  $85,200 – $260,350 Jan-Pro Franchising Int’l. — commercial cleaning; startup costs: $3,150 – $50,410 7-Eleven … Continue reading

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