At the rate at which new technologies are evolving, leaving their mark on every
imaginable facet of our lives, it is no surprise that they are beginning to have a massive impact on the way businesses carry out their economic activities and growth strategies.
Given the enormous potential of new technologies – in terms of competitiveness, reduced costs, enhanced productivity, and improved services – more and more businesses are seizing the opportunity and integrating robots into their development strategies.
Image taken from Rozum Cafe
Franchises such as Domino’s, Pizza Hut, or KFC have already teamed up with robotics companies and are working towards using robots and drones for improved delivery and customer service. But before we take a closer look at some relevant examples, it is convenient to stop for a moment and understand what a franchise is, how it works, and what’s in it for the franchisee.
Franchising – a two-party journey to business transformation and success
The franchise system is a two-party method of distributing goods and/or services. On the one hand, we have the franchisor who brings to the table the brand and the business system. On the other hand, we have the franchisee who will have to pay franchise royalties and fees to do business under the brand and business system of the franchisor.
What’s in it for the franchisee? Well, besides the trademark and the products and/or services, the franchisor puts at the franchisee’s disposal a well-developed and ready-to-use operating business system that includes training, marketing, advertising, and business advisory support, quality control, etc. What the franchisor basically does is help the franchisee live up to the brand’s standards and customer satisfaction levels.
But not all is milk and honey for the franchisee. It will be up to the franchisee to manage all the daily operations to the franchisor’s expected standards. Because, after all, the brand’s reputation is the most valuable asset any company has.
What’s in it for the franchisor? Business growth possibilities, brand development, enhanced visibility, and economic benefits from royalties and fees are only some of the advantages of franchising a business model.
All in all, franchising is a ‘commercial marriage’ that can only function if both parties fulfill their roles.
Now that we have seen how franchising basically works, it’s time to take a look at some interesting franchises based on robotic technologies. And, who knows, maybe we can provide you with the business idea you were looking for.
Froyo Vending Robot
An irresistible franchise offer comes from Reis & Irvy’s, the Froyo Robot was designed to provide customers with on-demand frozen treats such as sorbet, ice cream, or frozen yogurt. Setting up a Reis & Irvy’s Froyo Robot in your establishment comes with a series of advantages: more traffic that subsequently leads to increased business visibility and sales, delicious consistency 24/7, no costs for the business, and competitive edge.
Sweet craving anyone? Have a treat!
An another ambitious start-up, Rozum Robotics has developed a performant robotic barista whose purpose goes well beyond providing customers with a deliciously unique and high-quality experience. Ideal for high-traffic locations – such as airports, malls, or business centers -that would make a human barista feel overwhelmed and prone to mistakes, Rozum’s robotic barista offers businesses a series of valuable advantages: consistent performance and product quality, reduced setting-up location that translates into less expenses for renting commercial spaces, and no human-derived mishaps. What’s more, the business will gain access to valuable data such as performance indicators or customer preferences.
Did we stir your curiosity? You can find out more about this project here.
The Alberts Smoothie Station
A healthier alternative to frozen yogurts and ice cream, The Alberts Smoothie Station was designed to keep the fruit and vegetable frozen until an order is placed and then crush the optimal amount of ingredients, add water, and blend everything into a refreshing and smooth beverage. The station also comes with a series of advantages: easily accessible via the touch screen or phone app, uses only individually quick-frozen high-quality ingredients, the blender cleans automatically after each order, minimal cleaning and maintenance, reduces food waste, ensures an optimal nutrient intake, and reduced setting-up location.
In a health-responsible mood? Take a look here!
Mowbot Lawn Care
An environmentally friendly and cost-effective alternative to traditional lawn mowing methods, Mowbot excels at offering high-quality services while using less fuel, power, water, chemicals, and fertilizers. Plus, it offers a perfect cut, makes less noise, doesn’t sweat, and doesn’t ask for a break. All advantages, right?
If you think green and want to learn out more about this franchise, this is the place to take a look at.
An award-winning STEM franchise, Makerkids offers businesses the possibility to invest in children’s future by helping them build a positive relationship with technology. Coding, Robotics & Minecraft programs help children develop self-confidence, critical thinking, social skills, logical reasoning, and creativity.
You can find out more about this franchise here.
To sum up…
Considering the seamless technological advancements, the time has come for smart players to venture into the robotics revolution. A vast market with huge potential, robotic franchises provide businesses with the opportunity to keep up with the models and technologies that are continuously reshaping their niches. Are you up for the challenge?