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How Franchisors Can Short Circuit Independent Franchisee Associations

Benjamin Lawrence
Prof. Benjamin Lawrence

Benjamin Lawrence, assistant professor of food and beverage management at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration speaks about how franchisors can short circuit independent franchisee associations from fully developing.

5:06 minutes (2.34 MB)

Faced with European Antitrust, McDonald’s Could Go After US Franchisees

While the Service Employees International Union is pushing hard for higher wages for U.S. fast-food workers, augmenting strikes and protest with legal action, the recent news that a coalition of Italian consumer groups has filed a European Union antitrust action against McDonald's is disturbing, even for franchisees.

Capital Spending Requirements Put Franchisees in a Tight Spot

McDonald's has instituted a turnaround plan involving burger customization that may impose up to $125,000 in new investment costs on already struggling franchisees, according to the Wall Street Journal. The $125,000 price tag for McDonald’s burger customization program follows renovations undertaken by about half of McDonald's restaurants in the past decade, which cost participating franchisees upwards of $650,000.

McDonald’s Stock Buyback Plan Aids Officers, Not Franchisees

Wall Street's BullOAK BROOKS, Ill.—With slumping sales and negative press, McDonald's announced a new "turnaround plan" last month to restore growth and excitement to its brand and to unlock financial value. There is another part to its aggressive agenda.

Down Again in May, McDonald’s Makes Changes

Robert Gibbs, photo from Wikipedia
Robert Gibbs at his last press conference for Pres. Obama.

OAK BROOK, Ill. – McDonald's Corporation announced Monday that its same-restaurant sales for the United States was down 2.2 percent for May, lower than expectations.

McDonald’s Workers Swarm HQ to Demand $15 Wage

McDonald's workers protest at its worldwide headquarters before its stockholder's meeting
Workers march Wednesday at McDonald’s HQ. (photo: Berlin Rosen)

OAK BROOK, Ill.—The Service Employees International Union announced that it had organized the largest protest in history against McDonald's (NYSE:MCD). According to the union, 5,000 cooks, cashiers and workers marched Wednesday afternoon on McDonald's corporate office in Oak Brook, Illiniois.

Woes Worsen for McDonald’s Largest Franchisee Worldwide

Labor protests against McDonald's franchise in Brazil, Arcos Dorados
Workers protest against McDonald's in Sao Paulo, Brazil after unions filed lawsuit. photo/Berlin Rosen

NEW YORK –Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc., McDonald's largest franchise owner worldwide in terms of systemwide sales and number of restaurants, is in a mess of trouble. Not only did the publicly traded company declare this week that its first-quarter loss was widening, it also revealed that it is out of compliance with McDonald's Corporation's franchise agreement covenants.

How McDonald's Prepares for a Food Photo Shoot

McDonald's Canada answers, "Why does your food look different in the advertising than what is in the store?" Here are some tips for food photographers.

Zees Face Their Own Problems as McD Workers Press for Higher Minimum Pay

McDonald's Now Hiring. Photo by Blue MauMauWith demonstrations for higher worker wages heating up Wednesday at quick service restaurants across America and the world, attention is falling on the squeezed profit margins and weakened independence of McDonald's franchisees.