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FDA proposal would worsen teen e-cigarette use

NACS CEO Henry Armour argues the agency should actively enforce laws against sales to minors. From NACS News July 08, 2019, ALEXANDRIA, Va.—In an op-ed published by CNBC today, Henry Armour, NACS president and CEO, addresses the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed policy changes to deal with the public health risks associated with the […]

What killed Alabama’s Fair Franchising bill?

Many of you are probably aware of the news that the Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives pulled the plug on a new fair franchising bill. Last month, a bill modeled after the California bill that passed in 2015 moved through the Alabama State Senate. The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA), of which we […]

Supporting Our Vendors As They Support Us

BY JAY SINGH, CHAIRMAN, NCASEF Having served on the National Coalition’s Executive Board for over a decade, I’ve had the chance to visit a lot of trade shows, charity golf outings and general meetings organized by local FOAs. All of these events, as well as our annual National Coalition convention and trade show, are made […]

Why Did You Become A 7-Eleven Franchisee In The First Place?

BY MICHAEL JORGENSEN, EXECUTIVE VICE CHAIRMAN, NCASEF There is an old saying regarding career advice that says, “Find something you love to do and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” With three of our four boys currently teenagers there is a lot of discussion in our home about what the future […]

You Are Not Alone— Chapter 2

ERIC H. KARP, ESQ., GENERAL COUNSEL TO NCASEF In the most recent edition of Avanti, I described a report of the Australian Joint Parliamentary Commission, which conducted an in-depth investigation of the franchise relationship between Australian franchisees and their franchisors and found systemic exploitation of some franchisees by a subset of franchisors and a regulatory […]

Improving Your Gross Profit

BY PAUL LOBANA, NCASEF VICE CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FOA With the minimum wage increasing in cities and states across the country, it is becoming very difficult for many of our stores to remain profitable. While the NBLC has been presented data on the factors affecting our bottom line, SEI hasn’t done much to help […]

Why We Need an Independent National Coalition, Part 2: The National Coalition is the Only Hope for Franchisees

By John R. Irvine Jr., Franchisee, Detroit, Michigan To read Part 1 of John Irvine’s three part series on an independent National Coalition, see the March/April issue of Avanti, page 51. Avanti is available at online at Part 3 will be appear in Avanti July/August issue. The National Coalition is the only hope 7-Eleven […]

Of Culture and Relationships

By Jack Rugen, Soundwave, Former President, United Franchise Owners of Long Island New York I had been a part of this franchise system for over 30 years until early this year. I sold my store and am happily retired. In the ‘80s after the Thompson brothers left, the system was simple, one-dimensional and felt more […]

Employee Safety Training Matters

John Harp, CSP, ARM Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Group Employee turnover and inadequate training directly affects your bottom line and can be a struggle for the best of c-stores. Effective training leads to a more successful  employee who is safer and is more comfortable with customers, resulting in improved sales and lower costs. Ineffective training can […]

Our message to Congress: More oversight is needed to protect franchise owners

Recently, a group of National Coalition executive board members and FOA leaders went to Washington to press lawmakers for stronger federal oversight of franchising to ensure independent operators of franchised businesses like convenience stores and quick service restaurants are not subjected to contractual terms that are inherently unfair, unconscionable or potentially predatory. We are all […]