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“The elephant in the room”; Addressing migrant worker underpayment in franchising


Industry stalwarts have urged franchisors to remain cautious in light of an alarming number of wage theft and migrant worker underpayment reports. Speaking to delegates at the Franchise Council of

“Cluck Off” – Chick-fil-A to close UK store after protests


US fast-food franchise Chick-fil-A has paid the ultimate price for its owner’s political stance, revealing its inaugural UK outlet will shut up shop. On October 10, Chick-fil-A, a chain famous for

Boost Juice owner Retail Zoo’s IPO plans abandoned


A proposed IPO arrangement for Boost Juice owner Retail Zoo is off the chopping block, following an announcement that private equity firm and part-owner Bain Capital had pulled the potential

Hungry Jack’s to rival McCafe with new Jack’s Café concept


Hungry Jack’s is set to tackle McDonald’s for a share of the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) coffee scene, unveiling an innovative new concept store. The new Jack’s Café concept is

Fine places former Pizza Hut franchisee in liquidation


A former Pizza Hut franchisee who exploited a delivery driver has been forced into liquidation, unable to pay a $216,000 penalty. Back in June, 2017, the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO)

Digital revamp triples online bookings for Ella Baché


A revamped digital experience at heritage beauty and skincare business Ella Baché has reportedly tripled online bookings for the chain’s franchisees. Over the past 12 months, the skincare franchise has

Convenience, sustainability to drive future of retail leasing


Convenience, sustainability and customer experience are set to drive the future of retail leasing, according to the latest report from property firm CBRE. Released on Wednesday, CBRE’s 30 Predictions for

TGI Fridays Australia data breach highlights concern


The Australian arm of US-born casual dining franchise TGI Fridays is the latest brand to suffer a security breach. The TGI Fridays Australia data breach reportedly exposed sensitive information collected

Sales fall for Harvey Norman franchisees despite record year


A weak economy is to blame for Harvey Norman franchisees recording a drop in sales, chairman Gerry Harvey has told investors. In its latest results presentation, the iconic retailer revealed

Harsher penalties, industry ombudsman floated by franchising taskforce


Harsher penalties and the introduction of an industry-specific ombudsman may be on the cards for Australia’s under-pressure franchise sector. An issues paper, collated by the recently announced franchising taskforce and