September 16, 2011
MANILA, Philippines — Binalot Fiesta Foods said it will introduce the Company Supervision Scheme, a new trend in franchising that is expected to revolutionize the way franchising will be managed and promoted.
Rommel T. Juan, president of Binalot, said the new scheme would be launched during the forthcoming Franchise Asia 2011.
Juan said that while the traditional tenets of franchising require that a franchisee be a hands-on, full-time manager, they realized that in today’s fast-paced, multi-tasking world, this might be too much to ask of a franchisee.
“There are simply too many pressures and stresses in today’s world that demand too much of the franchisee’s time. This is where the Company Supervision Scheme comes in. Binalot
will assign its own supervisor for the store and effectively manage the store for the franchisee,” he said.
He added that Binalot first came up with this scheme when one franchisee became too busy with other businesses and concerns that she became too busy to manage her store and consequently, sales dropped. ‘Binalot helped with management and the result was very good. Sales came back up and the store got back on its feet. We then started to offer the service to other franchisees who cannot commit the required time to manage the store. The list of those availing of this scheme is growing and we are optimistic about its future’.
Binalot has a reason to be optimistic about the future of franchising in the Philippines. Philippine Franchise Association (PFA) president Elizabeth Pardo-Orbeta says that a solid proof of the strength of domestic franchising is today’s 1,100 concepts and brands that have multiplied into 115,000 outlets.
“This roughly represents a 10 percent growth between 2008 and 2010. The favorable business climate and environment makes our country the best gateway of the world to the 600 million Southeast Asian market,” Orbeta says.
She adds that even more astounding are the figures achieved by the domestic franchising sector. “The number of Filipino franchisees grew by a mind-boggling 307 percent while franchisors increased by 83 percent. It currently employs about one million individuals and accounted for US$ 9.45 billion or 30 percent of last year’s retail output.”
“We expect the country’s franchising sector to further grow by 20 percent in the next two years due to the entry of new players from micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the continued rise of the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry, and introduction of indigenous and food concepts,’ Orbeta explains.
Juan revealed that with the initial success of the CSS, Binalot is contemplating on offering it to OFWs so that they can invest in a Binalot franchising business even if they are still abroad.