Frequently Asked Questions
about Safe Ship® Franchise Opportunities
from discerning prospective franchisees like you.
Q: How do Safe Ship’s overall Start Up costs compare with the competition?
A: Your overall startup costs are significantly less. One of our Competitor’s Stores can cost you over $365,000. Safe Ship® can be as little as $59,900 for an RFD store or as much as $99,800 for our Turn-Key Store.
Q: What about Franchise Fees?
A: Safe Ship’s franchise fees are the lowest in the industry. They’re just $19,900. And only $14,900 if you are a veteran. Our competitors start at $29,900 and go as high as $75,000.00.
Q: Does Safe Ship charge royalties?
A: With Safe Ship, there are NO ROYALTIES. Everyone else averages from 6% to 12% of your gross sales or as much as $12,000 a month. That is over $1000 a week of your overall profit going into their pocket every month, not yours.
Q: What other services beside packing and shipping does a Safe Ship® franchisee offer?
A: Your Safe Ship® Store offers shipping that’s cheaper than any competitor — not to mention color copies, fax services, small business and home business support services, office supplies, envelopes, mail boxes, notary services and more. Plus your Safe Ship® store can do freight, importing & exporting, fulfillment, all freight related services. Add to that custom box manufacturing and other CO-BRAND businesses that you want to do. Check out our website for an updated listing.
Q: How does Safe Ship’s record of accomplishment and return-on-investment stack up?
A: Our experience base is actually better. When you talk with a franchise company, ask them how many of their franchisees have gone out of business. The Safe Ship® model store is one of the largest packing & shipping store in the entire U.S. We’ve learned the secrets of dominating a sales area — we teach this to our franchisees.
Q: Does Safe Ship have any unique business strategies?
A: One of the most important is that all Safe Ship® Centers are also Certified U.S. Postal Service Retail Centers. Unlike other pack & ship stores that view the Post Office as a competitor, Safe Ship® Centers function as an authorized U.S. Postal Service Approved Shipper. In short, we work with the U.S. Postal Service—not against them and profit significantly by offering virtually all of their products and services to our customers. Our pricing is the same as the Post Office™.
Q: What is the most Unique advantage about Safe Ship?
A: Safe Ship® Franchisees receive a BoxMakerPRO® box machine that allows each franchisee to make any size box needed for shipping. This includes the ability to make extra heavy duty crate boxes for freight and paletized shipments. We do shipping for a living. We have to be the best.
Q: Does Safe Ship have any other notable competitive advantages?
A: Definitely. For example, our Safe Ship® Franchisees have the ability to offer shipping via FedEx, Greyhound GPX and DHL at very special discounts. Safe Ship is also aligned with regional carriers like Speedee Delivery, LoneStar, Eastern Connection, OnTrac, Estafeta and others to get special discounts and delivery locally. We also have excellent discount arrangements with reliable trucking companies for freight and large-item shipping, plus discounts with moving companies to even handle a full-house or office move. These excellent discounts apply to both domestic and international package and freight shipping.
Q: What about Furniture, Cars, Trucks, or Motorcycles?
A: YES, you can ship that, too. You can ship everything. WORLDWIDE. Only Safe Ship can teach you to do this.
Q: What about Art Work or High Value items?
A: Not a problem. Your extensive packing training enables you to pack and safely ship any item.
Q: What about Importing or Exporting?
A: Yes you can do both. Safe Ship works directly with freight airlines and cargo ship lines to bypass the brokers and get the best pricing for our customers. Only Safe Ship can do this.
Q: Do Safe Ship® Franchisees have size and weight restrictions regarding what they can pack and ship?
A: No. Safe Ship® Centers can ship anything, anywhere in the world. Equally important, they’re equipped to expertly pack everything from small, fragile items to large, odd-shaped items and high value items. Safe Ship® Centers also offer shipping that’s cheaper than any competitor.
Q: How many people does it take to run my Safe Ship® Center?
A: Our stores can be initially run by one person. So, your startup overhead is much lower. If you are a husband and wife team one of you can keep your job to finance the initial start-up expenses of your store. As your store grows, your profits grow and, over time, you can add employees. But your overhead is always lower as all your services are simple and fast.
Q: What if I want to open more than 1 store?
A: We have special lower pricing and other special programs for a Safe Ship® multi store franchisee.
Q: Can Safe Ship® Franchisees add new services?
A: YES. Safe Ship® Franchisees are encouraged to think about how they can expand their store’s offerings to reflect their own personalities. All additions must be approved in advance, but we have yet to turn down an idea. We have one franchisee that offers balloons. One that refills ink and toner cartridges. One that sells grandfather clocks. Another does Western Union and is a bill payment center for local utilities. We have many Co Brand Partners to provide additional streams of income as your customers may request. It is your store and we do accept changes.
Q: Do Safe Ship® Franchisees receive training and on-going support?
A: Safe Ship® Franchisees benefit from 2 weeks of in-store training and on-going support. Safe Ship is your mentor and coach to help our franchisees become financially successful. Franchisee initial training is one full week in one of our corporate stores and one full week in your store the week you open. Then we supply ongoing help on our toll free hot line and periodic visits to your store. We are always available to help.
Q: Are there any Advertising, Merchandising or Internet Service Fees for Safe Ship® Franchisees?
A: No. NOT, With Safe Ship. You keep the money you earn. Our competitors charge as much as 3% of your profits, or about $4500 a year, for advertising. And up to 1.5% for Internet Service and as much as 3% more for merchandising. With Safe Ship that is money you get to keep instead of paying to someone else.
Q: What do Safe Ship® Franchisees say about Safe Ship?
A: As a part of your due diligence process, Safe Ship encourages you to contact any of our stores to find out more about Safe Ship. Since 2011 Safe Ship has been rated “One of the Top 50 Franchises” by our franchisees.
Q: Are there any services that a Safe Ship® Store cannot do?
A: Yes. UPS no longer gives out ASO accounts to pack & ship stores because of pending litigation due to class-action lawsuits by their current UPS Stores franchisees. Your Safe Ship® Store will not be able to become a UPS Authorized Shipping Outlet.
Q:What if I have more questions?
A: Contact- Mike Lacey 888-256-8990 –MikeLacey @SafeShip.com