Global Business Development

The Fastest 2 Minutes in International Franchising

Our GlobalTeam™ of highly experienced international specialists on the ground in 32 countries contributed to the following brief summary of the franchise world opportunities for 1st quarter 2016. Countries to watch for franchise opportunities in 2016: Argentina, the Philippines, the UAE, Spain, Poland and Peru.

Asia China
Japan
Malaysia
The Philippines
Thailand
Viet Nam
Consumer economy growing at 8.2% per year
Only large corporations are investing in new projects
Political unrest, declining Foreign Direct Investment
Many new US F&B brands opening
4% GDP growth expected in 2016
6.5% GDP growth, prefer US franchise brands
Americas Argentina
Brazil
Canada
Chile
Colombia
Mexico
Peru
USA
Dramatic change, new positive government
Economy is stalled, inflation climbing, political uncertainty
Declining investment in F&B, tax focused new government
3.7% GDP growth for 2016. Government regulations?
Show me the money and where it came from
Mexico City, Monterrey and Cancun booming
Lima is a city of cranes and new foreign franchises
US$15/hour minimum wage kills margins. Election year
Europe Ireland
Germany
Poland
Russia
Spain
Turkey
United Kingdom
GDP growth of 3.5% projected for 2016
Difficult to find investors/risk takers for new foreign brands
3%+ GDP growth for 2016. Slow new franchise investment
Not now
2.7% GDP growth for 2016. Recovery speeding up
Political unrest leading to drop in new project investment
2.2% GDP growth, but normal investment analysis paralysis
Middle East Egypt
Saudi Arabia
Dubai
Pent-up consumer demand, high growth, iffy security
Challenges to get new businesses open due to regulations
New building push, large expat influx, airport & airline soaring
Elsewhere Australia
India
South Africa
GDP growth of 2.5% but falling commodity exports. Jobs iffy?
Not another country, another universe. But opportunities.
Low growth, high unemployment (25%), low new investment

 


The Fastest 2 Minutes in International Business

Our GlobalTeam™ of highly experienced international project managers – on the ground in 32 countries – contributed to the following brief summary of the franchise world opportunities for 4th quarter 2015.

Asia China
Japan
Malaysia
Mongolia
The Philippines
Thailand
Viet Nam
Watch the consumer economy not the overall GDP growth.
Large corporations are investing in new consumer projects.
Ringgit drop of 25% against the US$ plus political unrest.
US pizza and coffee franchises flourishing. Seriously.
Middle class buying power accelerating.
Stable politics. Military dictatorships often are stable.
US sailors on shore leave, 6%+ GDP growth.
Americas Argentina
Brazil
Canada
Chile
Colombia
Mexico
Peru
USA
You still get paid in soybeans, if at all.
Economy is stalled, inflation climbing, corruption rife.
Tim Horton’s and Burger King are now one???
New President negative on business. Investment stopped.
Show me the money and where it came from.
Mexico City, Monterrey and Cancun booming.
Lima is a city of cranes and new foreign F&B brands.
US$15/hour minimum wage means no margins, less jobs.
Europe Ireland
Germany
Poland
Russia
Spain
Turkey
United Kingdom
GDP growth of 3.5% projected for 2016.
Difficult to find investors/risk takers for new foreign brands.
3.5% GDP growth for 2015 is the highest in the EU.
Foreign brands with US$ denominated rents are closed
GDP growth for 2016 estimated to be 2.6%.
Political unrest leading to drop in new project investment.
2.4% GDP growth, but normal investment analysis paralysis.
Middle East Egypt
Saudi Arabia
Dubai
Pent up consumer demand, high growth but scary security.
Challenges to get new businesses open due to regulations.
New building push, large expat influx, airport & airline soaring.
Elsewhere Australia
India
South Africa
GDP growth of 2.6% but falling commodity exports. Jobs iffy?
Not another country, another universe.
Low growth, high unemployment (25%), low new investment

 


Goodbye Fellow Traveler

Recently, my partner in the world for the past 50 years passed away.

We met in March 1965 on a blind date set up by her sorority and my fraternity in the 2nd semester of our freshman year at St. Louis University. In June 1968 we were married on the south side of Chicago and the rest is, truly, a global story.

Together we traveled to over 40 countries and lived in 5 countries. We adopted a daughter in Surabaya, Indonesia and have a daughter born in Anchorage, Alaska. Along the way we lived in many states in continental USA and in Alaska twice. We lived in 3 countries in Asia, in Turkey and in Eastern Europe. During many of the years we were posted outside the USA we had a home in Maui, Hawaii for our daughters and us to visit each summer during home leave.

These living and travel experiences provided us, and our daughters, with an appreciation of the value of other cultures and what we have in our home country. Our lives were immensely enriched and changed by this experience.

Nancy and Bill

We made many good, longtime friends in all these places over the 40 years of our wanderings. My partner was the social one, which is why we have these friends across so many borders, languages and cultures. She was the one with the smile and easygoing approach.

While I was doing oil and gas exploration and later developing franchises in various countries, my partner was doing social welfare work to bring better medical care and training to areas of the world that were trying to improve their lives and that of their families. Easygoing, but globally street smart!

She traveled to small villages on the island of Java to train nurses and medical staff on how to help patients in small clinics and hospitals. One time even conducting medical staff training sessions in a leper colony. She visited small villages in central Turkey to help local women learn how to market authentic native crafts. She raised money among the foreign oil companies to rid orphanages in Ankara, Turkey of roaches. She even helped veterinary doctors in Hong Kong give physical therapy to race horses in Olympic sized pools. In Alaska, she developed burn therapy techniques with the U.S. Army that reduced treatment pain to Alaskan natives burned in their villages.

We lived several times in the USA, and there my partner practiced physical therapy and managed large numbers of physical, occupational, speech and recreational therapist focused on geriatric medicine. Her bedside manner was exceptional as a clinician. And as a mother and wife!

While I flew to over 70 countries on business, my partner raised our daughters with a strong sense of values, manners, responsibility and a belief from our time in many countries that all people and cultures are of equal quality, value and importance.

Dad's Girls

In her mid-50s, at the height of her career and contribution to our lives and the larger world, she was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. The disease she and her medical teams had dealt with in hundreds of patients over the years.

That was 12 years ago. The longest 12 years of her life, and that of our mine and our daughters. Now Nancy Edwards is at rest after a very long battle with this horrible disease. We, her adoring family and friends, are helping her live on to fight this disease by contributing to medical institutions focused on finding a cure for Alzheimer’s. The Nancy Imlay Edwards Foundation has a website (www.nancyslegacy.org) that also seeks to educate the large world of our family on this disease.

We were truly blessed to have Nancy as long as we did. But I have to ask: what could Nancy have done with those 12 years and many more to follow? Certainly much more than I could ever hope to accomplish.

Nancy and Bill

Thank you, my partner, friend, wife and lover, for enriching the lives of literally thousands of people on four continents. And for making Amy, Heather and me who we are.

You are missed. By so many, in so many places, and in so many ways.


The Fastest 2 Minutes in International Business

For 2015, EGS’ U.S. clients are seeking licensees in over 20 countries. Our GlobalTeam™ of highly experienced international project managers on the ground in 35 countries contributed to the following brief summary of the world mid-2015:

 

Asia China
Japan
Malaysia
Mongolia
The Philippines
Thailand
Viet Nam
Citizens: you didn’t really lose money in the Shanghai market.
Large corporations are investing in new consumer projects.
Prime Minister didn’t really put US$1B in his bank account.
U.S. pizza and coffee franchises flourishing. Seriously.
Subic Bay is operating again, U.S. Embassy doubling in size.
Stable politics. Military dictatorships often are stable.
U.S. sailors on shore leave, 6%+ GDP growth.
Americas Argentina
Brazil
Canada
Chile
Colombia
Mexico
Peru
USA
You still get paid in soybeans, if at all.
Economy is stalled, inflation climbing, corruption rife.
Tim Horton’s and Burger King are now one???
New President negative on business. Investment stopped.
Still ‘show me the money and where it came from.’
Mexico City, Monterrey and Cancun booming.
Lima is a city of cranes and new foreign F&B brands.
US$15/hour minimum wage means no margins, less jobs.
Europe Ireland
Germany
Poland
Russia
Spain
Turkey
United Kingdom
GDP growth of 3% in 2015, high for the EU.
Difficult to find investors/risk takers for new foreign brands.
3.4% GDP growth for 2015 is the highest in the EU.
Foreign brands with US$ denominated rents are closed
GDP growth for 2015 of 2.9%. Major 2016 comeback.
Finally realized they should shoot at ISIS.
2.4% GDP growth, but normal investment analysis paralysis.
Middle East Egypt
Saudi Arabia
UAE
Pent-up consumer demand, scary security and future.
Challenges to get new businesses open due to regulations.
New building push, large expat influx, airport & airline soaring.
Elsewhere Australia
India
South Africa
Economy soaring but tied to commodity exports. Jobs iffy?
Not another country, another universe.
Low growth, high unemployment (26%), low new investment

Updated: July 27, 2015


The Fastest 2 Minutes in International Franchising

For 2015 EGS’ US franchisor clients are seeking licensees in over 20 countries. Our GlobalTeam™ of highly experienced international development project managers contributed to the following brief summary of the franchising environment around the world for the New Year:

 

Asia China
Japan
Malaysia
Mongolia
The Philippines
Thailand
Viet Nam
F&B franchises iffy, as is the investment climate
Carl’s Jr. signed a 150 restaurant license
New mall developers are seeking US franchises
Pizza and coffee franchises – now 2 each!
A focus on more US F&B brands
Overall stable politics, but economy is iffy
F&B franchises desired
Americas Argentina
Brazil
Canada
Chile
Colombia
Mexico
Peru
USA
You still get paid in soybeans
Economy is stalled, new investment stopped for now
Tim Horton’s and Burger King are now one (???)
New President seems negative on business
Still ‘show me the money and where it came from’
Mexico City, Monterrey and Cancun booming
A focus on more US F&B brands
Franchise model with individual owners remains in peril
Europe Czech Republic
Ireland
Germany
Poland
Russia
Spain
Turkey
United Kingdom
Prague has a high GDP/capita, other large cities lower
GDP growth of 3% in 2015 is high for the EU
Difficult to find investors for new foreign brands
3.3% GDP growth for 2015 is the highest in the EU
Foreign F&B brands have US$ denominated rents
GDP growth for 2015 of 1.7% is high for large EU countries
US F&B investment and high-end malls growing
Build a pilot first, then investors come
Middle East Egypt Saudi Arabia
UAE
Interest in new franchise unit investment for 2015
Challenges to get new businesses open due to regulations
New trend of neighborhood malls in Dubai
Elsewhere Australia
India
New Zealand
Nigeria
Pakistan
South Africa
90%+ local franchises, difficult to get foreign brand investors
New government equals a very positive business attitude
Few consumers, but pro foreign franchise brands
Foreign franchises have numerous operating challenges
Not now for foreign brands
90%+ local franchises, but hope for foreign brands

 


The Fastest 2 Minutes in International Franchising

In 2014, EGS’ US franchisor clients are very busy finding licensees in over 25 countries. Our GlobalTeam™ of highly experienced international development project managers contributed to the following brief summary of the franchising environment around the world.

Asia China  Food quality stinks; new F&B franchises shrink
  Japan New, large scale US F&B investment
  Malaysia Government barriers for foreign franchises
  The Philippines New professional companies seeking US brands
  Thailand What coup? New franchise investment by major groups
  Viet Nam Just bring coffee brands
     
Americas Argentina You get paid in soybeans
  Brazil 95% local franchisors, government barriers to entry
  Canada True regional development beginning
  Chile Perfect market, except for the lack of people
  Colombia Show me the money and where it came from
  Mexico Selected areas booming
  Peru GDP/capita growth and resulting investment wonderful
  USA Franchise model in the birthplace of franchising in peril
     
Europe Czech Republic Small market, but a perfect European brand showplace
  Ireland Investors not quite back to investing
  Germany English not spoken and ‘We already have it’
  Poland Good franchise growth outside Warsaw
  Russia Really? Now?
  Spain Fast recovery, many investors seeking brands
  Turkey US F&B booming, despite tin pot ruler
  United Kingdom Analysis paralysis. Build a pilot first, then investors
     
Middle East Egypt Next year, really…
  Saudi Arabia New F&B brands entering. Permits to open units???
  UAE Abu Dhabi and ‘More fast food, please’
     
Others Australia 90%+ local, locals like local brands
  India Separate universe
  New Zealand The opposite of Australia, but few consumers
  Nigeria Really???
  Pakistan Not Karachi
  South Africa 90%+ local franchises to date, but a change is coming

 


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