Tuesday, February 03, 2009
 

(I am not targeting brand names as below, only that they are some of the very famous names that are flying around in emails right now)

Lately byk benor aku dapat email pasal boikot and jangan boikot barangan syarikat yang contribute to Israel's economy.

We have the left extremists and right activists yang asik bergaduh pasal menda nih. And then, si McD siap buat flyers bagi kat customers bagitau diorang under McD Malaysia dan tak contribute to Israel. Yang si KFC pulak siap antar email bagitau diorg under KFC Holdings and also tak contribute to Israel, the owner siap nak beli KFC U.S. lagik. Betul ke idak, aku tatau. Tapi, below are some info on franchising yang aku amik dari internet.


Taken from http://money.howstuffworks.com/franchising1.htm
What is Franchising?

Imagine that you're opening your own McDonald's. To do this, you have to buy a McDonald's franchise. In order to qualify for a conventional franchise, you have to have $250,000 (not borrowed). Your total costs to open the restaurant, however, will be anywhere from $685,750 to $1,504,000, which goes to paying for the building, equipment, etc. Forty percent of this cost has to be from your own (non-borrowed) funds.


You'll pay an initial franchise fee of $45,000 directly to McDonald's. The other costs go to suppliers, so this is the only upfront fee you pay to McDonald's. Then, you'll go through a rigorous nine-month training period where you'll learn about the McDonald's way of doing things -- things like their standards for quality, service, value, formulas and specifications for menu items, their method of operation, and inventory control techniques. You'll have to agree to operate the restaurant from a single location, usually for 20 years, following their guidelines for decor, signage, layout and everything else that makes McDonald's McDonald's.


Once you've completed training and are ready to go, McDonalds will offer you a location they've already developed. The exterior of the building will be complete, but you will have to take care of interior additions such as kitchen equipment, seating and landscaping. You'll get constant support from a McDonald's Field Consultant, who can advise you on details and will visit regularly. You'll pay McDonald's a monthly fee of 4 percent of your sales, and either a flat base rent or a percentage rent of at least 8.5 percent of your sales. How much money you make depends on many things, including the location and its popularity, the efficiency of your operating costs, and your ability to manage and control the business.


Think of franchising as paying someone for his or her business strategy, marketing strategy, operations strategy, and the use of his or her name. That's pretty much what franchising is -- you are establishing a relationship with a successful business so you can use its systems and capitalize on its existing brand awareness in order to get a quicker return on your own investment. You are using its proven system and name, and running it by its rules. Are you still your own boss? In some respects, no. You still have to answer to someone else and follow his or her direction. You don't really own the business; you own the assets you've purchased in order to establish the business.


http://www.thefranchisemall.com/franchises/details/10004-0-KFC.htm
How much does it cost to open a KFC Franchises?
Total Investment: $1,100,000-$1,700,000
Initial Franchise Fee: $25,000
Royalty Fee: 4%
Advertising Fee: Term of Agreement: 20 years
Renewal Fee: $4.9K

Some people told me that the franchisee only pay the initial amount, all the rest of the profits would be kept by the franchisee. Bullshit la. Aku dulu minor in business...and we DO learn about franchising. It is bad business if you give your name and do not expect anything else from your partner.

So based on the franchising rules, I would say that all the U.S. franchisebase (yeah, even the McD Malaysia and KFC Holdings) DO CONTRIBUTE to the Israel's war. How? By giving monthly percentage of their profits to the franchiser, which pay tax to the U.S government, which pays for the military and other aids to the Israelites. Do not believe me? The linx are as below...

http://www.washington-report.org/backissues/0296/9602046.html

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2009/01/16/gaza_invasion/

http://www.jewishsf.com/content/2-0-/module/displaystory/story_id/19954/edition_id/407/format/html/displaystory.html

So, by buying McD, KFC, Burger King, Pizza Hut, A&W and other U.S. franchises, we DO in fact contribute to the slayings of the Palestines.


Btw, Starbucks is NOT a franchise. So all the direct contributions by the CEO and tax money to the U.S government, are paid by us.
http://www.starbucks.com/customer/faq_qanda.asp?name=common
http://franchises.businessmart.com/how-much-does-a-starbucks-franchise-cost.php

To boikot or not to boikot? It's all up to YOU.

I already give you the information, so make an informed decision.

(If anyone have the exact franchise information that state the franchisee DO NOT give monthly profit percentage to the franchiser, kindly post it in the comments. I would love to debunk my own writings on this issue).

 

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