How did a now nearly 30 year running shipping franchise develop into an outstanding 100 franchisees in only five years after its start? Unishippers Global Logistics managed this feat due to its ultra franchisee-friendly business model, one that makes it simple to run a business while having a life at the same time. Just what does this business model look like and how are franchisees benefitting?
Let’s start by considering how the company has grown over the years. After a series of key timeline events since 1987, which can be explored in greater detail here, Unishippers is positioned as the largest reseller in the U.S. of shipping services. The extent of the company’s coverage today spans every square inch of the entire country.
Shipping is a part of life during practically every week of every year for businesses of all kinds. Reliant on the shipping industry to function, businesses constantly require shipping assistance to move products or acquire products from other areas. This reality makes Unishippers an incredibly recession-resistant concept that’s in-demand across all 50 states serving small to mid-sized businesses. Franchisees are thus able to offer services on a local and national level with a communal presence that appeals to the smaller business crowd.
Exceptional pricing and discounts as well as a diverse portfolio of shipping carriers available to customers allows franchisees to provide the very best quality service to anywhere in the U.S. from anywhere, which brings us to another winning aspect of the Unishippers business model. Franchisees enjoy one huge perk: the ability to work truly B2B hours from home. That means franchise partners are free to invest time and energy into the pursuits that matter most to them, while making a decent living within a system that earns over $375 million across the country as of 2013.
Highly attractive to those with families and experience in the logistics industry (though training is included for franchisees from all backgrounds), Unishippers franchisees incur low start-up and overhead costs due to zero employee requirements and no separate business office rental fees. Military veterans also often have a highly compatible background and stepping into a second career with the ease of flexible hours and working from home makes the possibility that much simpler. SBA-approval makes for streamlined financing procedures that benefit franchisees to help get the process underway more quickly. Qualified veterans are offered a 20% discount to reduce franchise fees from the start in alignment with the IFA’s veteran program.
Read up on some of the company’s latest news headlines and hear franchisee success stories at the Unishippers Global Logistics profile here.