IFA Survey Details Serious Impact of Inflation on Franchises

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Franchises Have an Edge Over Independents in Fight Against Rising Prices

A just-released International Franchise Association/FRANdata survey on inflation has – unsurprisingly – found that rising prices have had a moderate to significant impact on 90% of franchised businesses. Survey responses were collected during July and August 2022 from more than 1,000 franchisees who represent a wide range of business types throughout the United States.

The survey determined that the franchise sectors of lodging, quick-service restaurants and child-related services have been hurt the most by inflation. In a news release accompanying the release of the survey, Darrell Johnson, CEO of FRANdata, an organization that develops unbiased information about franchises, summarizes its findings by saying that inflation has “become a major concern” to U.S. franchisees.

Franchise owners are navigating cost hikes through the supports in their franchise system.

Michael Layman, IFA

Franchises’ Edge in Inflation Fight

Johnson and Michael Layman, senior vice president of government relations and public affairs for the IFA, underscored the survey’s findings that franchises enjoy some advantages over independent businesses during their battles against inflation, however. In the news release, Layman stated that “from receiving supply chain help from their brand, to sharing best practices with fellow franchisees, franchise owners are navigating cost hikes through the supports in their franchise system.”

The survey identified these significant additional benefits to franchisees: customer marketing; large-scale franchisor contracts, which can lower the prices on supplies; and franchisors’ success in solving supply-chain problems.

Details from the FRANdata Inflation Survey

Drilling down into the findings, FRANdata also reported:

  • 90% of lodging franchisees said inflation was hurting them.
  • 83% of quick-services restaurants were suffering the effects of rising prices.
  • 61% of owners of child-related services felt the impact of inflation.
  • Franchisees who responded to the survey disclosed that 89% of their units have had to hike the prices for their goods and services in order to absorb cost increases.
  • 64% of the owners surveyed said they experienced reduced earnings because of inflation. Quick-service restaurants, retail stores and the beauty-related industry emerged as the sectors taking the worst hits to their bottom lines.
  • The upswing in fuel, labor and inventory expenses were the biggest drivers in increases to franchisees’ costs.
  • Among franchisees owning 11 or more units, 92% said labor issues put a damper on their businesses’ growth.
  • Franchisees were relatively pessimistic about the economy in the near term, with 60% saying they expected inflation to stay bad for a while. 

See the Full IFA/FRANdata Report

The IFA expects that its inflation survey – this is its first – will become an annual undertaking. The full report and survey findings are available here.

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Mary Vinnedge is an award-winning journalist who has served as editor in chief, managing editor and senior editor at national and regional publications, including SUCCESS and Design NJ magazines. She also held reporting and editing roles at The Dallas Morning News and Charlotte Observer newspapers.

Before Mary began covering franchise news and trends as a staff writer for FranchiseWire and Franchise Consultant Magazine, she developed articles on topics ranging from lifestyle, education, health and science to home projects, horticulture, gardening, interior design and architecture. These articles included her reporting on academic news at her alma mater, Texas A&M University, when Mary worked in the marketing department of the Texas A&M Foundation. She continues to be a news junkie and subscribes to several publications.

Today Mary and her husband are empty nesters living on Galveston Island near Houston. The couple’s blended family – scattered around the United States – includes five children, four grandchildren and two very spoiled, very barky miniature schnauzer rescues.
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