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Fountain Launches Free Hiring & Onboarding Platform for Franchisees


Did you know that in 2018 alone, an estimated 14,000 new franchise locations were expected to open? Or that franchise employment continues to outpace growth in businesses economy-wide?

This presents an exciting opportunity for franchise operators, but the recent boom has also caused the workforce to change rapidly. Employee competition is at an all-time high, and when your business’ success is dependent on hiring qualified workers, it puts unnecessary strain on managers looking for talented employees.

That stops today.

Introducing Fountain Lite

Over the past four years, Fountain has helped clients like Uber Eats, Safeway, Airbnb, Deliveroo, and Shipt hire and onboard nearly one million applicants each month across 50 countries. But as we expand into the franchise market, we recognize that the needs of franchise owners are different.

Hiring the right people at the right time is a difficult task for any business, but when you’re managing multiple job openings, across different franchise locations, at the same time, the process becomes that much more complicated. Factor in the amount of time it takes to source, vet and communicate with applicants throughout the interview process, and franchisees who rely on manual operations are put at a significant (and costly) disadvantage. Especially when their competitors are engaging those same candidates, but can move them through the process at a much faster rate because they’ve adopted a hiring automation platform. That’s why Fountain is launching a free hiring and onboarding product—geared specifically toward franchisees—to help streamline and optimize recruiting operations.

Fountain Lite automates core hiring functions from beginning to end, including:

  • Tracking applicants’ statuses
  • Scheduling in-person interviews
  • E-signature verification
  • And running background checks

It also allows users to access I9, e-Verify, and Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) forms directly from the software. But the benefits don’t stop there! Franchisees will also receive free with Fountain Lite:

  • Unlimited hires
  • Job board posting
  • A mobile-first candidate experience
  • Hiring analytics

By the end of this year, 14,000 new franchise locations will have popped up across the country, adding a significant amount of new jobs. But more jobs means a more competitive talent pool of qualified candidates, and having a strong operating model to accelerate on-demand hiring and drive franchise performance will be key.


One company is well-prepared: Golden Gate Bell, a franchise operator of 81 Taco Bell locations, will leverage Fountain Lite to attract talent, offer the best candidate experience, and give their managers a powerful tool to screen and onboard candidates on the go. “The biggest challenge we as a franchise owner face is finding quality candidates and hiring the right people at the right time,” says Tom Douglas, Vice President of Operations at Golden Gate Bell. “Our industry is seeing incredible growth and employee competition at an all-time high. Our workforce is changing rapidly with a mobile-first, millennial demographic, and we need to adapt to attract talent.”

If you’re ready to implement a more efficient, convenient hiring process that saves you time, money and resources, join the world’s leading companies and create your free Fountain Lite account today.

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