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Friday Franchising News - March 11

Growth and Development

A new month means new opportunities for franchise growth. Franchises are springing forward this month (much like your clocks should be doing this Sunday!), from creating new jobs to embracing new technology to completing long-strived for transformations. Read on for a Friday Franchising full of exciting growth and development!

Franchises Continue to Drive Employment

According to the February 2016 ADP National Franchise Report, franchises created 18,500 new jobs last month. Industries contributing to this increase include restaurants, up 0.3% since January with 14,400 new employees, accommodations, also up 0.3% percent with 1,900 new employees, and food retailers, up 0.4% with 700 new employees. February’s stats combined with the 20,000 new franchise jobs in January are proving 2016 to be a great year for growth. Franchises continue to show they have the capability to provide new jobs for working families and new businesses for first-time business owners across all sectors.

SPoT Coffee Sees 15% Same Store Sales Increase

SPoT Coffee achieved record corporate sales in 2015 and saw a 15% same store sales increase for the three months ending February 29, 2016 compared to the same period the year before. The New York coffee franchise continues to experience consistent growth with the addition of multiple franchises, including a recently booked café expected to open summer 2016 in the trendy neighborhood of Kenmore Village, New York and the development of SPoT Transit, which will feature a drive-thru option, making it the first SPoT Café of its kind.

Franchises Embrace Cloud Technology

Cloud-based technology has plenty of advantages, and franchises are getting in on the action. Farm-fresh fast food franchise Modern Market uses a cloud-based point –of-sale system that allows managers to see sales in real time as well as other data like ticket times and how fast their stations can build salads and sandwiches. Hardware and software firm NCR Corporation uses the same system goes beyond the sales transaction aspect and uses the same technology to help create targeted email and social media campaigns. Café franchise Smiling Moose Deli uses the system as part of their large-scale rebranding effort in order to support franchisees whether by adding promotional buttons from the corporate office or by monitoring labor and sales.

Jamba Juice Nears the Completion of Its 7-Year Transformation

Jamba Juice has been making its transformation from a traditional smoothie shop to an asset-light franchise since 2008. The percentage of stores that are franchised has increased from 30% to 90% in the past seven years. The smoothie franchise has five master developers set to open 435 stores internationally with 200 stores planned in the next three to four years. The franchise is popular for its freshly-squeezed juices made with nutritious foods like kale, and they have become a leading retailer of made-to-order, freshly-squeezed juice in the US. Through its transformation, Jamba Juice has fostered a loyal following, with its Jamba Insiders loyalty program surpassing one million customers in July 2014.

Burger King Returns to Its Roots

Sometimes moving forward requires looking back, and that’s just what Burger King is doing. With the introduction of hot dogs to its menu, the fast food franchise is returning to its roots as a fast food chain, moving away from its menu of wraps, salads, and smoothies meant to appeal to a more health-conscious crowd. Burger King had found itself buried under a complicated menu with items that failed to attract new customers. Burger King is reclaiming its identity as a fast food chain that best does inexpensive burgers and fries – and now hot dogs.

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