Large franchises have sophisticated software to help franchise owners manage sales, order product, control inventory, and manage other aspects of the business. Until recently, these systems were too expensive for smaller franchisors to implement. FranchiseBlast*, a software solution developed by Gatineau-based LavaBlast Software Inc., makes available the management, inventory, and purchasing tools a franchisor needs, at a cost that growing franchises can afford, while providing IT support to keep systems running reliably.
“We are building software that puts the powerful tools used by large franchises in the hands of smaller businesses, at a price they can afford,” says Jason Kealey, LavaBlast President and CEO. The software is designed for smaller franchisors of around 50 locations that don’t have in-house IT or resources. “We saw a gap in the market for a more affordable solution that has most of the same functionality for smaller franchisors, under 50 locations, which is 60 percent of the franchise market.”