The new chief of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Rod Sims, has some observers suggesting his background may not be suitable to the role. Franchising will be hoping for a change in ACCC direction.
It seems that most Australian franchising stakeholders, if not the rest of the world, have a problem facing the complex issues involved in eRetail, especially when a franchisor goes into competition with franchisees.
Appearing as a witness in the Victorian Supreme Court can be embarrassing. The former CEO of the Australian Spar franchisor probably had to reveal more information than he preferred. But that is just a preliminary issue to greater consequences going far beyond the regulation of franchising. Milk War!
Seattle’s Best Coffee, a Starbucks Corp. subsidiary, made a splash recently when it was publicly announced that the premium coffee chain would start franchising on the Mainland (48 continental states).