Franchise Articles

Driving E-Commerce Opportunities

There’s never been a better time for Hong Kong businesses, big and small, to harness the power of online marketing. (more…)

The Curious Case Of Kyoorius Mark

Would past dealings tantamount to bad faith and consequently lead to the invalidation of a trademark? Just as it is difficult to ascertain what is fair and what is not…

How startups can scale through franchising

Thinking about scaling your startup? Thinking about a business model that is replicable and scalable, and could run itself without your presence? Here’s a classical example I observe throughout my…

Malaysia Retail Industry Report (December)

PREAMBLE Members of Malaysia Retailers Association (MRA) were interviewed on their retail sales performances for the second half of 2015. LATEST RETAIL PERFORMANCE For the third quarter of 2015, Malaysia…

Malaysia Retail Industry Report (March)

PREAMBLE - Members of Malaysia Retailers Association (MRA) were interviewed on their retail sales performances for the last quarter of 2015 and their projection for 2016. (more…)

10 Most Important Aspects When Buying A Franchise

Finding the right franchise can be a tough task especially for a newcomer to the industry. Several factors have to be carefully considered before making this significant long term investment.…

Can Your Recipes Be Protected? How?

The food and beverage industry is a booming one because, let’s face it, people need to eat. It is reported that food consumption in Malaysia has been growing at a…

ASEAN Franchises Showing Promise

Southeast Asia’s international franchise market is growing rapidly. In the past, US franchises have looked to English speaking nations, such as Canada and the UK, for growth potential. Outside of…

6 Franchises You Probably Don’t Know About

It’s 1948, you’re in Baldwin, CA and you’re hungry. A friend suggests going to the In-N-Out drive through burger shack for fast drive-up service. You simply drive up to the…

6 Food Trends To Watch Out For In 2015

Keeping track of food trends can be tricky. Today’s favourite dish might become a thing of the past within months. According to Chef Christopher Koetke, Kendall College Vice President of…

Preparing for a Rapidly Changing Franchising World

Franchisors are changing along with times. Traditional school-of-thought proposes that franchisors should meet certain criteria before considering franchise as a mode of expansion. These include: Having several operations-owned outlets; Track…

Which franchise gives me the best returns?

Being in the franchise industry over the past decade, many potential franchisees and candidates have asked this question repeatedly. Everyone is seeking for an investment with the highest returns for the least amount…

Transforming the Economy – The Franchising Way

Franchise International Malaysia 2012 was successfully organized in early July this year. This was a important milestone achieved by the sector. The event was organized by the Malaysian Franchise Association…

Franchise Q&A. Franchising and Trademark Use

Intellectual property forms an important part of the franchise relationship. Acknowledgement of this by both the franchisor and the franchisee is a key issue for franchisors that wish to enter…

Best Practice in Franchising Key Areas

Franchisors need to lead the franchised business and not allow the franchisees to determine their own performance levels. Franchisees will be dependent on the franchisor for guidance and leadership. Best…

Preparing for a Rapidly Changing Franchising World

Franchisors are changing along with the times. Traditional school-of-thought proposes that franchisors should meet certain criteria before considering franchise as a mode of expansion. These include: Having several operations-owned outlets;…

Risks In Franchise Business

Business is about taking risks, not blind risk-taking but taking risks in a calculated manner. Challenges arise when a risk manifest itself and the entrepreneur is not ready to handle…

Case Study Expansion of A Peranakan Restaurant

Established in 1999, Dulu Kala Peranakan Restaurant (“Dulu Kala”) is a family-run restaurant that provides customers with authentic, home-cooked Peranakan cuisines. Dulu Kala provides customers with an affordable, fuss-free, down-to-earth…

New Franchisors: How Not to Fail?

I’ve often been asked this question. Here’s what I typically tell them. As new franchisors, you have two important roles to play – perfect your business model, and nurture your…

What’s Your Franchise Brand Equity?

Do You Know What Is Brand Equity? Brand equity in simple terms is the added value a brand name receives compared to an equivalent generic product. It is the extra…

Twelve Keys In Choosing The Right Franchisees

It occurs from time to time in business, that the shop proprietor will send out messages of staff vacancy followed by a grand list of other recruitment practices. Staff shortage…

From the Desk of the Company Secretary

JANUARY 2012. Ushering in year is the year of the Dragon. We shall be having lots of positive expectations from our businesses, anticipating plenty of positive energy flow into our…

Franchise Q&A. Franchise Development Essentials

Franchising your business is certainly a challenge. Not everyone can be a good and efficient franchisor. The same can be said for franchisees. Interestingly, the International Franchise Association (IFA) claims…

The Right Things To Do In Franchising

The discussions in this article deliberate on only some of the issue (as a start) that is faced by the franchise systems. They are based on the feedback and information…

A Mark You Shouldn’t Trade

I would like to share with you a little something known as Trademark. But I insist to let you know what actually happened to me as I write. Just as…

The Top 10 List of Malaysian Franchises

The task of putting together the top 10 Malaysian franchises threw up some interesting statistics - 7 are involved in the food business, 2 are involved in education and 1…

Franchising: Is it for you?

In recent years, the franchise industry in Asia has seen more activities as entrepreneurs become aware of the advantages that come with using a tried and tested business model and…

International Franchising A Control Guideline

Franchising in the region is going through an exciting period over the last and coming months. The region is seeing a series of franchising related events which presents opportunities window…

Entrepreneurship The Franchise Path

What makes entrepreneurs more successful from the rest of the pack? This is not unusual. Successful entrepreneurs don't try and figure everything out themselves. There are so many challenges when…

A Snippet from Franchise-ville

The humble beginnings of a franchise Phew! We’ve made it just in time! Yet I came so close and so I grabbed the opportunity to chat with all of the…

Franchising Success Begins from the Inside

Unique Selling Points (USP) and Competitive Advantages have long been recognized as the differentiating factors in selling a franchise offering. However, to ensure sustainability and ongoing success, core values of…

Moving Beyond FIM

There's More To Be Done for the Franchising Sector by Marzuki Ahmad The Franchise International Malaysia 2011 (FIM) event is here again. It is a much looked forward event in…

Resounding Success at FLAsia 2010

The annual trade exhibition Franchising & Licensing Asia (FLAsia) 2010 concluded its three day showing from 21 to 23 October 2010 at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore amid a fanfare of…

Winners All At FLA Awards 2010

Spinelli Coffee Company Wins Franchisor Of The Year Award 2010 Cambridge Child Development Centre is the Franchisee OfThe Year 2010 and Kenko Reflexology & Spa the Promising Franchisor Of The…

FRANCHISING AND IP

By Gheeta K. Fashion designer Coco Chanel once said, “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” In any business environment, the main, long-term sustainable competitive advantage is…

Passing The Same Message

By A.S. Louken A consistent branding is a key factor for a successful franchise. In order for a franchise to be successful, franchisees must deliver the same brand promise as…

Keys to Starting Your Franchise Selection Process

Before investing in a particular franchise system, carefully consider how much money you have to invest, your abilities, and your goals. The following checklist may help you make your decision.…

Franchising for Dummies

The idea of owning your own franchise can be exciting and enticing all at once. There are many reasons why one might choose to franchise. Here's franchising in a nutshell

IP & Financial Considerations For Master Franchisee

Businesses expand effectively and quickly around the world through the franchising system. In the United States, there are believed to be more than 750,000 franchise businesses, with the franchising industry…

Set Foot On the Global Market

By Astreem Corporation Businesses internationalise for many reasons and in various ways. Be it proactive or reactive, internationalisation can be perceived as a prerequisite for survival, an opportunity for growth…

Promoting The Malaysian Franchise Industry

 Franchising in Malaysia is growing partly due to its popularity as a preferred way of doing business. In recognising this trend, the government through Perbadanan Nasional Berhad (PNS) takes the…

BEYOND LOCAL SHORES

Taking Malaysian Franchise  International International expansion can be extremely appealing for most franchisors who have reached a saturation point in their own markets. Aside from being a natural and viable…

What’s Next After FIM2010?

Malaysia witnessed yet again the annual Franchise International Malaysia 2010 (FIM2010) over the last weekend (30th July – 1st Aug 2010) which was organised by the Malaysian Franchise Association (MFA);…

Franchising And Café Scams

Since the modern franchising concept came into being about 50 years ago, it provided opportunities for would-be entrepreneurs without the knowledge of operating and running a business to participate in…

Getting to Know Your Numbers

The changing economic scenario offers diverse business opportunities and has, in many ways, forced many of us to relook at what we want for our lives. We are seeing many…

Government To The Fore

The government’s intention in promoting franchising is to enable the ordinary person without knowledge and skills to become entrepreneurs who aspire to own businesses that they can call their own.…

Creating A Compelling Business Plan

Tips on compiling a strong business plan that will impress a bank and why it is so important for franchise businesses to get it right from the start. Many franchise…

Franchising In Malaysia

A Lesson Learnt - Need To Place Issues Into Perspective Bernama, the news agency in Malaysia reported on the 8th of September last year that 30 franchisees were facing problems…

Building A Fence Around Your Restaurant Business

Intellectual Property & The Food Industry With the recent controversy on the ownership of well-known dishes in Malaysia and Singapore, it is only apt that we discuss Intellectual Property in…

The Ingredients For a Successful F&B Franchise

Food and Beverage (F&B) franchises remain as one of the most sought after business concepts by potential investors. It is hardly surprising that F&B concepts draw great interest given that…