Technology

Technology is a critical part of any business today, and franchising is no exception. From back office management to digital and online marketing to POS systems, menu boards, and employee scheduling, technology is involved in all aspects of modern business. Many franchise brands are technology-based, from computer repair to cybersecurity to delivery businesses. Learn how today’s top franchisors, working with leading solution providers, are using technology to build their brands.

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