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Franchisees Facing Online Sales in a European Legal Context

Abstract : In this chapter, using a dual approach based on managerial and legal perspectives, we examine franchisee attitudes regarding online sales in franchise networks to better understand their views of the costs and benefits of e-commerce in a franchise network. We thus explore the following research questions from a franchisee perspective: What are franchisees’ attitudes regarding online sales?; Are online sales viewed as complementary or competing sales for physical stores?; What about the opening of a franchisor’s website?; and What about the opening of a franchisee’s website? We also analyze how several different e-commerce options available to franchisors impact franchisee incentives and how they would be treated under European Union competition law. The empirical research is based on the conduction and analysis of 46 in-depth interviews with franchisees in the retail and service industries in the French market. We find that online sales in franchise networks raise important questions for the franchisees, and for the franchisors as well. E-commerce has to be integrated into the development strategies of franchise networks. Franchisors should facilitate the online sales practices of their franchisees in order to avoid potential conflicts with them or among the franchisees themselves, thereby maintaining the control necessary to ensure healthy network growth. Moreover, franchisors should pay attention to the sharing of Internet sales with its franchisees. Our chapter contributes to the stream of franchising literature dealing with the use of Internet in franchise networks. Moreover, it can be viewed by franchisors, franchise experts, franchisees, and franchisee candidates as an overview of issues linked to online sales in franchise networks. It also highlights best practices when having a multichannel strategy.
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Guy Basset, Rozenn Perrigot, Gérard Cliquet. Franchisees Facing Online Sales in a European Legal Context. James Langenfeld; Edwin Galeano. Healthcare Antitrust, Settlements, and the Federal Trade Commission, 28, Emerald Publishing Limited, pp.375 - 399, 2018, 978-1-78756-600-2. ⟨halshs-01866530⟩

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