global franchise newsletter sign up graphic

Stay in the know and receive the latest international franchising news, insight and investment opportunities

close catfish

Franchise Daily Digest: April 3

Franchise Daily Digest: April 3

In today’s briefing, we speak with Slapfish about how the brand is planning ahead for opportunities to come out of COVID-19.

Keep up to date with the latest Global Franchise News sent straight to your inbox. Sign up here.

Slapfish founder and executive chef talks to Global Franchise about the eventual real estate revolution

We recently got the chance to sit down with Slapfish’s Andrew Gruel, to talk about what the brand is doing in light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, as well as why he believes that there are going to be many new opportunities that come out of this current period of uncertainty and challenge.

“Call me crazy, but I look at situations like this and try to pick out the opportunities,” said Gruel. “I think that there’s going to be major opportunities when we come out of the other side of this in so many different arenas. From a real estate perspective, from a franchisee perspective, from a product perspective, and from a marketing perspective.”

Make sure to check out our full conversation with Andrew here.

McDonald’s to begin checking the health of employees before they start a shift

In a step to further protect its employees and customers from contracting the coronavirus, McDonald’s in the U.S. will now be checking-in with its workers before any shift to ask whether they are showing any symptoms of COVID-19, QSR reports. If they answer yes, then they are sent home until a medical professional can confirm that it is okay for them to return to work.

“Implementing these extra precautionary measures is another way employees can feel good about where they work, and customers can trust their favorite McDonald’s menu items are being prepared by healthy crew members,” said Joe Erlinger, president of McDonald’s USA. “This is one of the many ways McDonald’s is doing its part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 at this critical time.”

Domino’s Pizza CEO pens letter to update franchise network on current positioning

Ritch Allison, the CEO for Domino’s Pizza, recently released an open letter to the Domino’s franchise network to advise franchisees and investors on how the global pizza franchise is handling the COVID-19 crisis, and what the brand’s first quarter sales figures look like amidst the ongoing pandemic.

“We don’t typically provide a business update outside our normal quarterly cadence, but we recognize that these are not normal times,” said Allison. “We pride ourselves on being transparent with our stakeholders and we believe this information will be instructive, given the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on our business and the restaurant industry.”

Allison’s letter then goes on to detail how same franchise store sales growth has declined from 3.6 per cent in January 2020, to one per cent as of March 22, 2020.

Approximately 1,400 of Domino’s Pizza’s international locations have now closed. Across the brand’s entire network, including company-owned and franchised units, 17,089 stores have been temporarily shut down.

German Doner Kebab to serve 30,000 free meals to NHS workers

In partnership with Deliveroo, German Doner Kebab (GDK) will make 30,000 meals available to NHS frontline workers and vulnerable people for free. Meals will be available over time, as Deliveroo is working with individual hospitals to ascertain where the need is greatest. At first, London and Manchester are being prioritized, with plans to eventually extend this to other areas of the U.K.

“We have been completely overwhelmed and inspired by the incredible dedication and courage shown by NHS staff during the COVID-19 crisis,” said Imran Sayeed, CEO. “Our commitment to provide 30,000 free meals to NHS workers is a big gesture of support from the GDK family and recognizes their super-human efforts in an already overwhelmed NHS service. We stand beside them during these unprecedented times and will continue to do our best to provide valuable help to the selfless heroes that are saving lives and helping vulnerable people in communities throughout the country.”

Right at Home to fill 1,000 new vacancies

Right at Home, a leading homecare franchise in the U.K., is looking to fill 1,000 new vacancies as a part of a new national recruitment campaign announced recently. Applicants can phone a national recruitment line seven days a week, and their details will be sent to their local Right at Home office.

“No experience is necessary as we will provide you with all the training and tools you need to provide safe, high-quality care in people’s homes,” said Heather Keep, national people and brand development manager. “All we ask for is a big-heart and a commitment to helping others and we will offer flexible hours to work around your availability to make sure that those who need help will get it.”

Interested applicants can call 0333 015 0664 between Monday and Friday 9.00am – 7:30pm, Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm and Sunday 10.00am – 2.00pm.

Chipotle to give nearly $6.5m in bonuses to employees

As well as the recent increase of 10 per cent to hourly pay for Chipotle workers clocking in between March 16 and April 12, the burrito brand will soon be paying a total of nearly $6.5m in discretionary bonuses to field leaders, general managers, and apprentices, as reported by QSR.

On average, individuals will see quarterly bonuses ranging from $3,700 for field leaders to $1,800 for general managers, and $650 for apprentices.

you may be interested in

franchise directory

  • TaxAssist Accountants

    Business & Professional Services, Financial Services, <100K, Featured

  • Cafe2U

    Food & Catering, Coffee, Take-away, <100K, Featured

  • 800 Pizza

    Food & Catering, Fastfood, Pizza, Take-away, Featured

view more
Connect with Linkedin Logo
Global White Logo Click Here
Close button


Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways: To personalize your experience (your information helps us to better respond to your individual needs) To improve our website (we continually strive to improve our website offerings based on the information and feedback we receive from you) To improve customer service (your information helps us to more effectively respond to your customer service requests and support needs) To process transactions your information, whether public or private, will not be sold, exchanged, transferred, or given to any other company for any reason whatsoever, without your consent, other than for the express purpose of delivering the purchased product or service requested. To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other site feature To send periodic emails The email address you provide for order processing, will only be used to send you information and updates pertaining to your order. Note: If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, we include detailed unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email.


We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you place an order or enter, submit, or access your personal information We offer the use of a secure server. All supplied sensitive/credit information is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and then encrypted into our Payment gateway providers database only to be accessible by those authorized with special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential. After a transaction, your private information (credit cards, social security numbers, financials, etc.) will not be stored on our servers.


Yes (Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computers hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the sites or service providers systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. We use cookies to help us remember and process the items in your shopping cart, understand and save your preferences for future visits, keep track of advertisements and compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future. We may contract with third-party service providers to assist us in better understanding our site visitors. These service providers are not permitted to use the information collected on our behalf except to help us conduct and improve our business.


We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.


Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third party products or services on our website. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.


We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act), we do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.


This online privacy policy applies only to information collected through our website and not to information collected offline.


Please also visit our Terms and Conditions section establishing the use, disclaimers, and limitations of liability governing the use of our website at


By using our site, you consent to our online privacy policy.


If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page


If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy you may contact us using the information below. All correspondence relating to the Website should be sent to: Global Franchise 21/23 Phoenix Court Hawkins Road Colchester Essex CO2 8JY Email: