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From booking medical procedures in leading hospitals around the globe in 2006, MediTravels went on to offer a complete package including air, hotel and recuperation vacation packages. The company focuses on consumer-driven healthcare approach, where the patient is able to dictate pricing or choose a hospital/clinic which suits his budget. The company has also added a clinic and pharmacy to cater to the needs of the patients.
The mobile subscriber base in the country crossed the 500 million mark to touch 506 million in November. The landmark development comes for the overall telecom subscriber base of mobile plus landline in October against the targeted date of December, 2009. According to figures released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the total telecom subscriber base stood at 543 million in November end, registering a growth of 3.34 per cent over the previous month.
Being the world’s largest and most populous continent, having 60 per cent of the world’s current human population and covering 29.9 per cent of the earth’s total land area, the countries in Asia, except Japan, are still not considered developed economies, though they are regarded as developing economies. Japan, in terms of nominal GDP, is the largest economy on the continent, whereas other countries like India and China have begun ranking in the world economy list.
The market outreach of McDonald’s or CCD is amazing. It is present in almost all the metros, tier one cities and moving on to tier two cities. The reason behind this market penetration is the franchise business model adopted by McDonald’s and CCD.
The growth of franchising in the home furnishings industry has to be viewed in the light of the tumultuous changes taking place in businesses across the world. Furthermore, any discussion on franchising in the home furnishing industry per se, has to take into account the state of global economy, shifting production bases and rapidly evolving firm strategies in keeping with the changes in the global macroeconomic scenario.
Franchising has been one of the most successful ways of doing and strengthening business in both, developed countries and emerging markets. Worldwide, franchising has been effective in ensuring sustainable business growth and generating new incomes through large employment opportunities. While at one end, it leads in producing entrepreneurs as business owners, on the other it creates tremendous employment opportunity at all levels.
Franchise laws refer to that a collection of legislation and case law which govern and affect the franchise system and franchise relationship. Some laws are specific to franchising, others more generic and relate to parts of the franchise operation, like intellectual property, licensing, health and safety, environmental issues, e-trading, employment and anti-competitive behaviour.
Interestingly, many international brands opted to choose the franchise route for their entry into India. There were changes in the market environment and government policies that made the business environment favourable for growth through franchising.
Some people discuss business relationships as though the subject were about the froth on a cappuccino – fluffy and taking up space without adding much value. In reality relationships have a far more substantial role in the successful development of a franchisee or franchisor’s business.
Restaurants are small businesses with a very large impact on a nation’s economy. The US has a very well developed restaurant industry with close to over 70 billion meal and snack occasions in 2009. On a typical day in America in 2009, more than 130 million individuals become foodservice patrons with sales equal to $ 1.5 billion.
Though there is no specific statute on franchising in India, there are a number of laws and regulations that would apply to it. It would be pertinent to understand how these different laws and regulations apply to franchising in India and the various issues one needs to be conversant about.
Though retail of luxury brands in India has seen a very interesting journey, it is still an enigma to the western world. Luxury is not new to our country. India was the fabled ‘Golden Bird’ in pre-British times, and post-British saw pockets of richness in erstwhile royal families, while newly developed industrial classes used European luxury brands.
The world, today, has come to understand Ayurveda as a wonderful system of herbal healing. During the last three decades, there has been a worldwide ‘back to nature’ trend. Naturalism and ‘total wellness’ concept has entered people’s lifestyle with greater emphasis on mental and physical well being.
South Africa’s premium cocktail-bar chain News Café opened its first restaurant in Delhi in a franchise tie-up with NumbersOnly Hospitality. Announcing this recent opening in India Alan van der Westhuizen, General Manager - Restaurant Division, News Café delves in detail to share expansion plans for Indian and other international markets.
On a recent visit to India, last December, Peter Taunton visited India clubs to determine their future expansion outside the city of Bangalore. On this occasion, TFW caught up with this entrepreneur whose fitness chain is gaining strength worldwide.
Mirah Group is one of India’s leading business houses. Under its hospitality division the group boasts of the four-decade-old Rajdhani restaurant and the recently acquired Lebanese chain Falafel. In conversation with TFW, Gaurav Goenka discusses the restaurant division’s plan to grow via acquiring some new brands and growing the present ones via franchise mode.
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