Thursday, May 1, 2008

Going Green Good For Environment and Franchisors

Franchisor FOCUS Brands has found that reducing paper has not only helped the environment, but has lead to substantial savings. According to this article, "companies that reduce or eliminate paper-driven processes not only help the environment but also help their bottom line by improving productivity, increasing compliance, reducing storage costs and eliminating time lost to misfiled information and disorganization." FOCUS Brands Inc. is the franchisor and operator of over 2,100 ice cream stores, bakeries, restaurants, and cafes under the brand names Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, and the franchisor of Seattle’s Best Coffee® on military bases and in certain international markets. "FOCUS Brands is a prime example of a company that is not significantly different from healthcare, finance or any other type of business – in that it handles confidential information. The multi-brand organization manages legal affairs, finance, audits, private franchisee and personnel records, etc. in house and, as a result, has to securely and efficiently manage, store, access and responsibly dispose of confidential information. For companies across all industries, paper retention and disposal drives up operating expenses and slows productivity."

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