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How Technology Is Revolutionizing the Franchise World

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This story appears in the April 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Small businesses are benefiting more than ever from advances in low-cost technology, including mobile solutions, point-of-sale systems and timesaving apps. But franchising has been slow to adapt—disappointingly so, as it’s one of the business models that stands to gain the most from cloud computing and other digital solutions. 

Axel Dupeux
Forward thinker: Tariq Farid of Edible Arrangements.

Tariq Farid is an exception. A die-hard tech geek, he started Wallingford, Conn.-based Edible Arrangements in 1999 with technology at its core. But he says he doesn’t find many kindred spirits in the franchise world. 

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