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Franchising Profile: Parcel Plus

Nov 6 2000 4:16PM
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Technological advancement has lead to the growth of the homebased-business market. Parcel Plus positions itself to become the secondary offices for these entrepreneurs who don't want to have copiers, fax machines and postal meters cluttering their homes. In addition, they may not have the supplies or the time to ship products related to their business.

Parcel Plus also services cargo and freight customers that have items too large, bulky or expensive to ship via traditional service providers. Typically a common carrier or moving company has shipping requirements which include items being crated and minimum fees based on a minimum weight. Parcel Plus enjoys national contract relationships that affords customers competitive pricing.

Parcel Plus will also handle the crating required so the customer doesn't have to deal with hammers, nails and boards. Insurance is also available for the item being shipped. Parcel Plus, with the assistance of its affiliated parent ICED, has developed an outside direct sales and marketing system to grow the freight and cargo segment of the business.

The services offered at Parcel Plus cater to the business person and the homemaker who are challenged by a busy schedule and want to outsource their shipping and packaging requirements. Besides the traditional services of packaging, freight and cargo, Parcel Plus offers pick up, delivery, crating and international delivery services.

Other services being offered by many Parcel Plus centers include office supplies, greeting cards, gift wrapping supplies, faxing, mail boxes, walk up copiers, mailing services, business cards, specialty advertising, labels, notary service, banners, name badges, self service computers with access to the internet and rubber stamps.

Key Advantages: Parcel Plus has an advantage in the market by being associated with the International Center for Entrepreneurial Development (ICED) family of franchises ( With over 1,000 franchises in 13 countries, on a 117-acre campus just outside Houston, Texas, ICED and its other franchises have a unique synergy. Some of the other franchises that are part of the ICED family include Kwik Kopy Printing, American Wholesale Thermographers, Copy Club, The Ink Well, Franklin's Printing and Women's Health Boutique. ICED has 160 employees to service their franchise owners and has no long-term debt. The oldest of the franchises, Kwik Kopy Printing has been in business for over 33 years.

As you learn more about Parcel Plus, you will learn of unprecedented resources available to its owners as part of the ICED family of franchises. The focus of Parcel Plus, as the franchisor is helping its owners build sales and profitability. Parcel Plus offers an array of services which include telemarketing, teleappointments, direct mail, newsletters and coupons, to stimulate business sales of products and services.

Hours of Operation: Open M-F 9 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., depending on the market.

Investment: Suggested minimum start up cash required: $32,000. Total investment $115,000 to $174,000.

Royalty: 4%

Marketing Fund: 1%

Training: Initial Training: 2 weeks of classroom training. Lodging, food service provided during business hours, weekdays during initial training. A total of four to six days of assistance setting up (equipment, computers, furniture, etc.) and a follow up visit. In addition, we provide ongoing workshops and conferences to assist with your business growth.

Pre-Opening Support: Market analysis, site search, space planning and analysis of your business premises lease with recommendations is provided. Assistance provided in securing financing, introduction to a loan packager and lenders.

Opening Support: Provide an initial mailing list, print promotional items and center opening material. Follow up visits to address issues such as new systems and procedures, along with ascertaining financial compliance to business plan and loan package requirements.

Ongoing Support: Workshops and seminars conducted at the ICED campus on an ongoing basis. Toll free hot line. Review and analysis of financial statements, batch purchasing, annual conference with trade show, technical support, evaluation of new equipment, computer support, monthly Action Call from our support staff. Turnkey direct mail program available to assist in building sales.

Special Franchisee Experience Requirements: A franchisee should possess people interaction skills, with outgoing personality. Must be intricately involved with the selling process, both at the counter and direct outside sales.

Location: High visibility, high traffic, well lit. Office/commercial area, near high end to a mid range or higher residential area. Parking with good access, visible signage from the road essential.

Site Size: 600 to 1,500 square feet

Site finding: Combined effort, franchisor and franchisee

Leasehold Improvement Supervision: By franchisee

States registered in: Non registering states, NY, VA and CA. Registration pending in most registering states.

Company Founded: 1986

Started franchising: 1988

Total units as of 9/8/00:

Company owned: 0

Operating: 106

Sold but not opened: 5

Category: Packaging, Shipping and Cargo

Address: 12715 Telge Road, Cypress, Texas 77429

Contact: Bob Dolan, Phone: 888.280.2053, Fax: 281.256.4178


Source: Hispanic Business

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