What FRANdata Thinks

Every crisis creates brand winners and losers. This one is no different. Eventual brand winners will be those that best understood the long-term implications during the crisis and reimagined their businesses from the ground up. I’m not yet prepared to forecast the winners, but I can raise some questions that might help multi-unit operators consider […]

We thought we knew how the end of this first generation of substantial multi-unit expansion was moving into the next generational phase, i.e., a combination of family/investor ownership buyouts, M&A consolidation, and continued expansion within and across brands. But the Covid-19 crisis is showing some initial signs of changing how this next generation of multi-unit […]

As leaders, our key challenge is to make decisions, first strategically, and then operationally. For the past few months, we have been making operational decisions as a reaction to the crisis we all are forced to confront. With most of those decisions made, we now turn to our primary job of guiding organizations into the […]

As shelter-in-place orders and social distancing measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 were implemented, we have seen a far-ranging economic impact and a reduction in general business activity. According to an online survey conducted by Main Street America, of the nation’s approximately 30 million small businesses, nearly 7.5 million small businesses may be at […]

Impact on Franchising The rapid spread of COVID-19 is reminding us how interconnected we all are. With the pandemic changing everything we do in our personal and business lives, franchisors are faced with the same challenges as other businesses. However, franchisors remain optimistic and expect system sales to return to pre-pandemic levels in about six […]