American franchises grew by rail and car

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Tint World® continues U.S. franchise traditions

One name is synonymous with American franchising: Ray Kroc. In 1954, he acquired the rights to franchise McDonald’s outside of its original California territories, and the burger behemoth began its growth spurt to the publicly traded, global brand it is today.

Tint World® followed a similar, though more muted, path: Its first location opened in Florida in 1982, and 35 years later it has more than 60 window-tinting and auto accessories stores throughout the U.S. and continues its expansion to Canada.

But there’s another familiar name that is integral to American franchising history: Benjamin Franklin. Yes, that Benjamin Franklin.

Franklin was a founder of our country as well as a franchise pioneer. He first set up an exclusive relationship with a Charleston, S.C. printer who was contractually obligated to print only materials provided by Franklin. He reached similar arrangements with printers throughout the colonies, from Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Antigua. This gave him outsized control of information and materials disseminated throughout the colonies and eventually the young United States, but it set a standard of sorts for such business operations to come.

Other franchises during the early years of the country and its settlement included government exclusivity agreements reached with the operators of stores and supply depots at federal forts and trading outposts.

Indeed, the principle of “manifest destiny” and westward expansion further fueled the expansion of franchises.

The country’s first semblance of a restaurant franchise was started by an Englishman named Frederick Harvey. He reached an agreement with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad that allowed him to operate his Harvey House restaurants at depots every 100 miles along the 12,000-mile railroad. It technically was a chain, not a franchise, but his operating principles — standardization and quality control — became hallmarks of the modern franchise system.

Following the rise of the railroad, another technological innovation began to make its mark and shape the U.S. in its modern form: the automobile. As highways increasingly crisscrossed the country, complementary franchises followed. A&W drive-in restaurants first offered franchises in 1924; and Howard Johnson’s and White Castle soon followed.

It’s apparent that the history of American franchising is linked to the country’s technological and transportation advances, such as the rise of the railroad and conquest of the country by cars.

What franchise innovations are next? Time will tell.

Visit our website for more information on Tint World® franchising opportunities, or call (888) 629-8777.

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Fire it up: SEMA is almost here

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Huge car show offers fun, thrills, networking and innovation

Car enthusiasts, buyers, dealers, franchisors and fans are revving up for the 2017 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show, set for Oct. 31-Nov. 3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

This is the largest private car, parts and accessories show in the world, and last year’s SEMA show attracted some 70,000 people. It is not open to the general public, so attendees get a private and personal look at the hottest trends on the market today.

Here are five reasons to attend the SEMA show this year:

  • New products: Learn about the hottest new products and innovations on the auto market at the popular New Products Showcase. Twelve sections of displays last year featured 3,000 new parts, accessories and tools.
  • Build your business: Showcase your products, knowledge and brand with the vast crowd of auto enthusiasts. Meet others in the industry and build relationships. Trust us, you want to be seen at this event. It could help build your bottom line heading into 2018.
  • Indulge your passion: If you are a fan of cars – and motorcycles and trucks and virtually anything else with wheels and an engine – you can see the rides as well as the products that enhance them. At least 1,500 vehicles of all kinds will be on site for demonstrations – or just sitting around looking pretty.
  • Get smarter: 50 business seminars are set throughout the duration of the show. Trade war stories, compare products and get tips on further enhancing and building your business and its products.
  • Be entertained: While Las Vegas is not lacking in entertainment options, your fun can be enhanced by multiple vehicle demonstrations, ranging from drifting to professional racing and precision demos. The SEMA “cruise” is always a hit, as more than 1,000 vehicles of all shapes and sizes and types exit the conference en masse at its conclusion.

SEMA also offers a chance to build your team and enhance cooperation through this amazing shared experience.

Get fired up. SEMA’s almost here. For more information or to register, go to the SEMA site.

 

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Tint World® Profit Centers:

  • Auto Care & Styling Services
  • Window Tinting
  • Protective Films
  • Vehicle Security Systems
  • Audio & Video Systems
  • Mobile Electronics
  • Detailing & Reconditioning
  • Custom Wheels & Tires
  • Vehicle Wraps & Graphics
  • Performance Parts & Accessories
  • Marine Styling Services
  • Home & Business Services

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