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The Safe Ship® Franchise Concept is rated as One of the Top 500 Franchises in the United States by Entrepreneur Magazine®.  Only UPS Franchise Stores and  Safe Ship® Franchise Stores have been rated One of the Top 500 Franchises in the United States by Entrepreneur® Magazine every year since 2012. With our understanding of 21st century business practices, daily in-store industry wisdom and an understanding of your specific sales market needs, we help you make youSafe Ship® store successful.
The Safe Ship® Franchise Business Opportunity has earned the very prestigious honor of being listed as one of the top 500 franchises in the United States as judged by Entrepreneur® Magazine for the last six years Each year Entrepreneur Magazine® does it’s annual rating to find the top 500 franchise companies in the United States. Since 2012, the Safe Ship® Franchise Concept has been named each year to the top 500 list. 

We are honored. Safe Ship® Franchise Stores have seen a 31% growth since 2010. Of all of the other franchise companies in the pack and ship industry, only the Safe Ship® Stores have seen that kind of growth.
 All the other franchises have seen their total number of stores decline. That’s right. Each year, all of our competitors have fewer franchise stores at the end of that year than they had at the beginning of that year.

Year over Year only the Safe Ship® Franchise Concept continues to have more stores at the end of the year than they had at the beginning of the year. 
Our Safe Ship® Training blends traditional values and support with the most modern business practices and an industry understanding vision for the future for the pack and ship industry. This is why the Safe Ship® Franchise Concept is rated as one of the Top 500 Franchise Concepts by Entrepreneur® Magazine.

The FOX BUSINESS NETWORK’S Economic Report has rated the Safe Ship® Franchise Business Opportunity as “The Best Franchise Concept for the 21st Century”. (View the Fox Business Report.) Why? Simple. Because we do it right. The Safe Ship® Franchise Concept is also an Honoree of the Franchise Satisfaction Award. Being rated by our franchisees as the 16th Best New Franchise in the United States by the Franchise Business Review Magazine.
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The Safe Ship® Franchise Concept has developed four different franchise business opportunities to meet the varying needs of our pack and ship store franchisees.

1) The Safe Ship® Turn-Key Pack & Ship Store Franchise Program.  Your store is designed to do all shipping business modes including, freight, import, export, and has our high value BoxMakerPRO™  box making machine and more. Standard shipping via USPS, FedEx, DHL, Greyhound GPX, various trucking companies, and various  desired business services are included.

2) The Safe Ship® RFD Pack & Ship Store Program is available in small towns with a population of 25,000 or less within a 25 mile radius. As the United States Postal Service closes Post Offices in rural America, Safe Ship has the perfect Post Office replacement store. You will be a full Retail Postal Center, able to do all the USPS services. PLUS a limited service Pack and Ship store program. The Safe Ship®  RFD Store Franchise Program begins at $49,900.00. It is only available in small rural towns.

3) The Safe Ship® Area Manager Franchise Program is available to specific geographic areas. Pricing is based on the population of the area you are covering.

4) The Safe Ship® Conversion Program is available to independent pack’nship stores who want to take advantage of larger discounts for being part of a national franchise organization.

The Safe Ship® Store Franchise Business Opportunity allows you to develop your Packing & Shipping Store with your personality added. We are here to partner with you to help you make money. We assist you where you need us. We are your mentor, your partner, your helper, your business reference point.

When purchasing a Safe Ship® Turn-Key store, you may qualify for a single, one-time-only $5,000 credit against the franchise fee if you or your spouse are on active duty or are a veteran honorably discharged from the US armed forces.

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Your Safe Ship® Store is a service business. Your main business is packing and moving shipments from point A to point B, world-wide. Whether it is a post card to Aunt Millie or a 2017 Honda Accord to Helsinki Finland or a motorcycle to Afghanistan, you can ship it. You can send things via snail mail, guaranteed ground services, next day air, standard courier, over the road freight or LCL water or air containers. Related services include packing and the preparation of items for shipment. You will also do the packing, partial disassembly of items and any paperwork required for international import or export shipping.

You also supply envelopes, padded envelopes, boxes and packing materials such as bubble wrap, peanuts to those individuals who wish to do their own packing. You are also a home office and small business hub. Your services include providing copy service (both color and black & white), incoming and outgoing fax services, notary service and a lot more.

Your Safe Ship® Franchise Store will also be a local Post Office with all the services you would find at any United States Post Office. You will be a center point for road warriors and other traveling business people. A very profitable related service is freight shipping for large items, and high value articles.

Your Safe Ship® Franchise Store can ship furniture, estates, gold, and vehicles anything. You will be able to save the local businesses in your area money on their shipping by working as a logistic center for their freight shipping. You will be able to add on other services as you want. As an example, we have stores that have added on U-Haul truck rentals, stores have added greeting card sales and one store added Utility Bill payments as an added service. Each area has different needs that you can address to add additional profit centers. Our goal is to help you to make money. You have the ability to mold your store to make it fit you and your personality.

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Unlike all the other Pack ‘n Ship Franchise companies, with your Safe Ship® store, we’ve got your back. You are not dealing with salesmen. You are working with the people who work in our corporate stores every day. The highly experienced people you will rely on daily for your own success. People who know the industry and know the business.  Not someone reading answers from a book.  But someone who really knows what is going on and how to successfully run a pack and ship business.

Our Safe Ship® Franchise Concept is the newest and most successful Pack & Ship Store Franchise Business Opportunity available. WHY? Because we are different. The Safe Ship® Franchise Concept is designed to help you, our franchisees, make money.  Not the franchise company.

Safe Ship® Franchise Stores do not pay royalties.  There are no royalties. Only Safe Ship does this. With everyone else you will pay a royalty. 

The Safe Ship® Franchise specializes in the proper training and mentoring of our franchisees. We are also forward thinking. Taking our over 30 years of  experience to know where the industry is headed. We are continually working to meet our customers ever changing needs. Our Safe Ship® model store located in Ormond Beach, Florida received the Award in 2005 for being the Largest Packing & Shipping Store in the United States. In 2006, the award was given to our Safe Ship®  Store again. This award has not been given since.

As a Certified USPS Retail Center, we function as your local Post Office. We provide all Post Office® services. We sell stamps at the same price as the Post Office. Our competitors, like the UPS stores, sell a 50¢ stamp for 60¢.  If they are ripping you off for a 50¢ stamp, how much more are they ripping you off on everything else they do?

This makes your Safe Ship® Store the natural replacement for the failing Post Office retail business. When you add to that, FedEx, DHL, Greyhound GPX, Estafeta deferred shipping to Mexico, Polenez deferred shiping to Europe, UMAC  Consolidated shipping to the Philippines, various local and regional carriers, Domestic and International Freight shipping, water LCL or container shipping, and import/export capabilities, you find that you can ship anything, anywhere. Plus your Safe Ship® Franchise Store does all the most common Business Services. Everything from making Color Copies to Faxing to Notary Service to Renting Mailboxes to Electronic Fingerprints and so much more.

The first Safe Ship® Store opened over 30 years ago in Ormond Beach, Florida. Since then we have grown in experience and wisdom in running a very successful pack & ship business. We use our 30+ years of experience and the success as our 5 Safe Ship® model stores in our training for our franchisees. Our success has been impressive. Some stores become profitable within months of opening. This inexpensive, easy to run, and high potential income franchise concept is what the Safe Ship® Franchise Concept is all about. Less money going out of your pocket means more money stays with you.

We have grown from 1 very successful corporate store to a nation-wide chain of almost 50 successful franchise stores. Our success has brought about a great deal of interest from entrepreneurs wanting to start their own successful packing and shipping store.

We look forward to working with you.



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Note: Your store, to become successful, requires a lot of time and work. You will commit a lot of time and effort into learning the packnship industry and promoting your business. Your Safe Ship® Franchise  Operation Team will be here to back you up and advise you on everything that you do.  Our philosophy is that the only dumb question is the question you failed to ask.  That is how we hold your hand and walk you through starting and running your business. We are here to help you  make your Safe Ship® Storesuccessful.
Q: How does the overall Safe Ship® Store 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. Your Safe Ship® Franchise Store can be as little as $64,900 for an RFD store or as much as $89,800 for our Turn-Key Store.
Q: What about Franchise Fees?
A: Safe Ship® Store franchise fees are the lowest in the industry. Just $24,900. And only $19,900 if you are a veteran. Our competitors start at $29,900 and go as high as $75,000.00 for a UPS Store.
Q: Do you pay a royalty with  Safe Ship® Franchise Stores?
A: With a Safe Ship® Franchise Store , there are NO ROYALTIES. Every other franchise charges royalties that averages from 6% to 12% of your gross sales or as much as $4,500 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® Store franchisee offer?
A: Your Safe Ship® Store offers shipping that’s cheaper than any competitor — not to mention public notary, color copies, fax services, small business and home business support services, office supplies, envelopes, mail boxes, 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® Franchise Stores 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 stores in the entire U.S.  We’ve learned the secrets of dominating a sales area — we teach this to our franchisees.
Q: Does the  Safe Ship® Franchise Store have any unique business strategies?
A: One of the most important business strategies is that Safe Ship® Stores are also Certified U.S. Postal Service Retail Centers. Unlike other pack & ship stores that view the Post Office as a competitor, Safe Ship® Stores 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 on stamps is the same as the Post Office™. because of our relationship with USPS, we receive special discounts from USPS that allows our franchisees to make money on all post office services.
Q: What is the most Unique advantage about Safe Ship?
A: Safe Ship® Franchisees receive a BoxMakerPRO® Box Making Machine, that allows each franchisee to make any size box needed for shipping. This includes the ability to make extra heavy duty crates, extra heavy duty boxes for freight and paletized shipments. We do shipping for a living. We have to be the best.
Q: Does the Safe Ship® Franchise Concept have any other notable competitive advantages?
A: Definitely. For example, our Safe Ship® Store Franchisees have the ability to offer shipping via FedEx, Greyhound GPX and DHL at very special discounts. Your  Safe Ship® Franchise Store  is also aligned with regional carriers like Speedee Delivery, LoneStar, Eastern Connection, OnTrac, Estafeta, Polenz, UMAC and others regional carriers to get special discounts.  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 a Safe Ship® Franchise Store does this type of shipping.  We 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. As a Safe Ship® Franchise Store you are able to work directly with freight airlines and cargo ship lines to bypass the brokers and get the best pricing for our customers. we will teach you how to do this.
Q: Do Safe Ship® Store Franchisees have size and weight restrictions regarding what they can pack and ship?
A: No. Safe Ship® Stores 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® Stores also offer shipping that’s cheaper than any competitor.
Q: How many people does it take to run my Safe Ship® Store?
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 your ongoing daily home expenses. You will still have the initial start-up expenses of your store to cover from your initial investment. As your store grows, your profits grow and, over time, you can add employees when needed. 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® Store multi store franchisee.
Q: Can Safe Ship® Store Franchisees add new services?
A: YES. Safe Ship® Store 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® Store Franchisees receive training and on-going support?
A: Safe Ship® Store Franchisees benefit from 2 weeks of in-store training and on-going support. We are 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® Store Franchisees?
A: No. NOT, With your Safe Ship® Franchise Store. 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 us that is money you get to keep instead of paying to someone else.
Q: What do Safe Ship® Store Franchisees say about Safe Ship?
A: As a part of your due diligence process, we encourages you to contact any of our stores to find out more about Safe Ship. Since 2012 the Safe Ship® Franchise Store concept has been rated “One of the Top 50 Franchises” by our franchisees.
Q: Have you ever had a Safe Ship® Store fail?  A: Yes, we have.  In the 10 years of our history as a franchise company, our failure rate for franchisees has been the lowest of all of the other pack and ship franchises.
Q: What about third-party ownership?  A: Your Safe Ship® Store is designed to be owner operated. We do not allow third-party ownership unless approved in advance. We also require for any third-party store that we do the training of the new store manager at our corporate offices in  Florida.
Q: Are there any services that a Safe Ship® Store cannot do?AYes. Only a UPS store can get a UPS account. UPS no longer gives out ASO accounts to pack & ship stores because of pending litigation due to 6 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

For more information about starting your very own Safe Ship® Pack and Ship Retail Store, please contact Mike Lacey, our Safe Ship® Franchise Expansion Consultant. Mike is available at 888-256-8990.

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