World Franchise Congress 2015, New Delhi

IMG_5375India is home to more than 3000 brands. Franchising the products of a brand to promote and accelerate the sales has been a tried for a long time in the business circles. Finding a good Business partner has always been an issue of great discussion and concern.

It’s a formation of a life time relation, just like a bonding in marriage. It takes a lot from both sides. A lot of understandings, adjustments and changes in an already existing structure need to be taken for the relation to stay alive for better returns to both the parties.

It is a process of utilizing all the capabilities of the concerned partners – both have something and both have to share and use their expertise. For the brand giant – it is promoting his product in territories where the partner already has an established market, and for the business partner – it is the brand name that helps in boosting his sales – thereby attaining better returns. That’s the motto.

To deal on the subject and also the issues and future involved in Franchising and to fuel the growth of franchise industry in India, we recently at New Delhi, on 25th Nov 2015 witnessed the ‘World Franchise Congress 2015’, which was jointly convened by PepsiCoIndia, one of the largest MNC food and beverage businesses in India, and Franchise India, India’s most trusted business growth solutions’ organization.

Presided by Shiv Shivakumar, Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo India, the leadership convention’s aim was to explore and assess the impact of current and future franchise trends on businesses, investors, financial institutions, technology, government’s entrepreneurial drive, and at large on society.

While giving his Keynote address Mr Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Skill Development and Entre12295112_552031441614045_106374340_opreneurship (Independent Charge) & Parliamentary Affairs, Government of India.said The biggest challenge is to get people skilled in a structured manner and since Skill, Entrepreneurship and Franchise are linked, the Franchise model becomes a great way to bring together entrepreneurs of the country. While 96% of Indians are skilled to get employed, 60% of GDD comes from services that is Franchising. The Government’s new model skill India will help young people build their skill and be future entrepreneurs and franchisers”.

Also speaking on the occasion, Shiv. Shivakumar – Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo India said, “The franchise model is one of the most versatile and flexible business models. It is the most sought after model in all categories from luxury goods retailing to distributing basic consumer goods. The franchise model helps build powerful ecosystems. The World Franchise Congress is an initiative supported by PepsiCo to help discuss and debate the best that this model offers. You can look forward to an excellent day.”

Gaurav Marya, Chairman, Franchise India, also mentioned that “Out of 4000 franchise models 93 are Indian rest and of this a further 65 per cent (%) of franchise sustain only for the first 3yrs. With changing consumer behavior our need is not only for more franchise models but also a sustainable franchise model. We need a mega franchise model in India which can create a greater brand out of India- which can go global. The need is produce original concepts”.

World Franchise Conference 2015 brought together over 30 thought leaders, investors and forecasters to engage in a business dialogue with 250+ franchisors, master franchisees, large retailers, entrepreneurs, channel partners, and CXO’s of consumer & service brands through keynotes, panel discussions, master classes, and networking. Some of the eminent speakers included Mr. Andy Williams, President – Global Franchise, PepsiCo, Mr. Rod Young, Chairman, DC strategy, Australia; Mr. Ravi Jaipuria, Founder Chairman, RJ Corp; Mr. Shailesh Chaturvedi, CEO & MD, Tommy Hilfiger India, Mr. Vasanth Kumar, Executive Director, Max Retail , Mr. OP Manchanda, CEO, Lal Path Labs, Mr. K B Kachru, Chairman – South Asia, Carloson Rezidor Group, Mr. Alok Gupta, Chief Architect & CEO, Essar Retail, Mr. Sandeep Kulhalli, Senior Vice President – Retail & Marketing, Titan, Mr. Gaurav Mahajan, President, Raymond Group, Mr. Anuj Jain, CEO, JSL Lifestyle Limited among others.

The World Franchise Congress 2015 also recognized and felicitated achievers, innovators, smartest futurists and franchise leaders from all over the world, who have contributed significantly towards the development of current and franchise future trends in business, government and technology and society. Processed by EY the awardees included Domino’s Pizza India- Jubilant FoodWorks Limited, received the awards for Excellence in Customer Service, ICICI Securities for excellence in Relationship Management, Godrej Interio for Excellence in Marketing, KFC received theCorporate Social Responsibility Award, Ms. Shahnaz Hussain– CMD, The Shahnaz Hussain Group received the Women Entrepreneur of the Year in Franchise Business award, Mr. C K Kumaravel-CEO & Co-Founder, Groom India Salon & Spa Private Limited was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year in Franchise Business award, Mr. Rajeev Gopalakrishnan- Group Managing Director, Bata South Asia received the Franchise Professional of the Year award, Tea-Trails– Zone8 Tea World Private Limited received the Franchise Concept of the Year award and Mr. K B Kachru, Chairman– South Asia, Carlson Rezidor Group received the Franchise Leader of the Year award. TheCarlson Rezidor Hotel Group, also received the Excellence in Human Resource Practices award.

About PepsiCo India

PepsiCo entered India in 1989 and has grown to become one of the largest MNC food and beverage businesses in India. PepsiCo India has been consistently investing in the country and has built an expansive beverage and snack food business supported by 37 beverage bottling plants and 3 food plants. PepsiCo India’s diverse portfolio includes iconic brands like Pepsi, Lay’s, Kurkure, Tropicana 100%, Gatorade and Quaker.

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About Franchise India Group

The show produced by Franchise India, a company that began operations 16 years ago on the premise that franchising could build partnerships between entrepreneurs and business enterprises. Today, Franchise India is India’s most trusted business growth solutions’ organization enabling start-ups to build growth and mature in business. With over 300 events across the length and breadth of the country, the company’s media division delivers the latest ideas, knowledge and insights, a bouquet of consulting and advisory services linking investors to business opportunities, and corporate enterprises to entrepreneur partners. The 700-member Franchise India family has grown by delivering growth to lakhs of business entities.



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