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Italy's MBE Worldwide Buys Alphagraphics

AlphagraphicsUtah-based Alphagraphics Inc., a franchising chain of quick print shops, announced October 4 that Italy-based MBE Worldwide has acquired 100 percent of the franchising firm for $61 million.

Franchisees Allowed One Claim against The UPS Store on Charges of “Over-dimensioning” Packages and “Upselling” Services

NEW YORK – In a complex litigation between franchisee and franchisor, a federal judge has now dismissed all but one claim brought by store owners against franchisor The UPS Store and its parent company United Parcel Services, Inc.

UPS Charged $25M on Whistleblower Suit for Overcharging Feds

UPS truck and the UPS Store in NYCWASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Justice declared this week that United Parcel Services (UPS), the world's largest package shipping company, agreed to pay $25 million to resolve allegations of overcharging. UPS was accused of submitting false claims to the federal government in connection with its delivery of Next Day Air overnight packages.

Probe Sheds Light on The UPS Store Gouging Consumers

As Mother's Day shoppers began shipping their packages to Mom last week, the New York Post decided to investigate how those customers would be charged.

Equity Extraction Schemes Live On in Franchising

The equity extraction scheme that was exposed by 7-Eleven's employee Kurt McCord, brings back painful memories for me. The scheme is eerily similar to what was perpetrated against Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees from 1998 thru 2008.

MacDonald of Quiznos Replaced by The UPS Store President

Flag at a Tennessee Quiznos store. photo/bmm

DENVER —Quiznos, a quick service restaurant chain that serves toasted sub sandwiches, announced that Greg MacDonald has been replaced by Stuart K. Mathis as the company’s new president and chief executive officer, effective July 30, 2012. Mr. MacDonald is stepping down immediately. Additionally, Quiznos has named Susan Lintonsmith as its new chief marketing officer.

UPS Store Franchisees Go Back to Trial

A New York City UPS Store gets a new franchise owner
A UPS Store in New York City

LOS ANGELES – A California court of appeals has ruled that some 3,000 former Mail Boxes Etc franchisees can go to jury trial to prove their claims against United Parcel Services.

Court Affirms UPS Franchisees Claims Unproven

The UPS Store in New York City, under new ownership
The UPS Store, New York City; photo/steinberg

LOS ANGELES – The US Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, handed down its decision last week affirming that approximately 200 UPS Store franchisees failed to prove their case against franchisor Mail Boxes Etc.

Tasti D-Lite Swallows Planet Smoothie

Outside Tasti D-Lite's head office window
Outside Tasti D-Lite's head office window, photo/bmm

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — A small franchisor of frozen yogurt treats, Tasti D-Lite, has gobbled up Planet Smoothie, LLC. The acquisition closed on November 30.

If a Franchisor Loses Interest in Franchising

Many years ago I heard a story, which I believe is accurate, the then McDonald's CEO Ray Kroc spoke at Harvard Business School and confounded the students and faculty by asking what business McDonald's is in.