Rank no.457 – PIP Printing & Marketing Services – US
Products & Services: Printing & marketing services
About PIP Printing & Marketing Services
In 1965, Bill LeVine converted his commercial printing plant into a “while you wait" printing center. Four years later, his company, PIP Printing, began franchising.
Today, PIP’s more than 1,200 centers provide a variety of printing and business services.
Number of Locations: 96
Total Investment: $238.8K – 263.8K
Began Franchising: 1968
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units throughout the U.S.
Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing
Total Investment: $238,813 – $263,813
Franchise Fee: $25,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 0.25-6.5%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 20 years, renewable
Net Worth: $300,000
Liquid Cash Available: $125,000 – $150,000
5% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 3 – 5. Absentee ownership of franchise is allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
How This Franchise Supports Franchisees
Training: Available at headquarters: 2 weeks. At franchisee’s location: 2 weeks. Regional meetings : 1-3 days.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media, Regional advertising,
Other marketing support: Direct mail, marketing collateral
Franchise Ranking History
Franchise 500®: #457 (2013), #418 (2012), #425 (2011), #439 (2010), #333 (2009),
In 1963 Bill LeVine founded Postal Press and built PIPCenter_C_190wit into one of the leading commercial printing plants in Southern California. In 1964 he converted his business into a “while-you-wait” print center after realizing there were a substantial number of smaller printing jobs that commercial printers couldn’t do quickly and efficiently. In 1965 the first PIP (Postal Instant Press) opened.
In 1968 the first three Postal Instant Press franchises opened PIPCenter_B_190wheralding the first franchise organization in the printing industry. PIP grew rapidly due to a nationwide need for service that would provide instant quality printing at prices far lower than those offered by commercial printing organizations. The success of PIP in this new market permitted others to follow PIP’s lead and created one of the fastest growing industries in the United States.
In 1994, the International Franchise Association (IFA) created the Bonnie LeVine Award in memory of Bonnie LeVine, PIP co-founder andPIPCenter_A_190x the first woman elected to the IFA Board of Directors, in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments in franchising and of her status as a role model for women in the franchising community. The Bonnie LeVine Award is bestowed upon a female franchisor or franchisee who has best demonstrated her ability in franchising through board positions, volunteer work, mentorship and promotion of the advancement of women in franchising.
In 1996 PIP and MultiCopy, the largest network of business printing centers in Europe, were acquired by Sir Speedy, another leader in the quick printing industry, and Franchise Services, Inc, was formed, the current parent company of PIP and several other printing industry brands.
Today, the brands of Franchise Services, Inc., continue to serve the printing and marketing needs of businesses throughout the country and around the world.
PIP provides printing and marketing services designed to help customers meet their business growth objectives. Our products and services support marketing PIPCorpBuilding_190wprograms such as lead generation, cross-sell and up sell, customer retention, reactivation, branding and more. Offerings include: digital and offset printing, copying and mailing services, Web to Print, integrated direct marketing, promotional products and more.
PIP and its network of worldwide affiliates spans nearly 600 locations in 13 countries. For more than 40 years, PIP has taken a leadership role in adopting new technologies and working with customers to help them grow their businesses.
PIP has received numerous awards and industry recognition including:
Entrepreneur Franchise 500
Quick Printing Top 100
Printing Impressions 400
Franchise 50 Award
International Franchise Association’s Franchisee of the Year Award
CEO, Don Lowe, was featured as “Man of the Year” in Quick Printing magazine in 1995
CEO, Don Lowe, was inducted into the Sales & Marketing Executives International Academy of Achievement Hall of Fame in 2004
PIP is owned by Franchise Services, Inc., a franchise management company with a history of managing award-winning brands that support the small- to medium-sized business market.
OWN A FRANCHISE
Choosing to be your own boss and run your own business is a big decision, but it’s a smart one when you consider a PIP franchise. We’ve been creating and supporting entrepreneurs for more than 40 years. You are looking at the right industry, at the right time, with the right franchise company.
When You Join PIP, You Join A Leader
PIP is the world’s largest network of printing and marketing service providers*. We are part of the dynamic and growing print communications industry. Today, PIP is more than a printer. We help our business customers meet their growth objectives through effective printing and marketing services.
Your Printing and Marketing Business Center
Our business model and market-driven strategy provide you with a competitive advantage. We help you stay on the forefront of the industry. Your center will offer graphic design, printed communications, posters, banners and signs, mailing services, promotional products and other creative marketing services. The benefits of our business model include:
Business to business sales
No weekend or evening hours
A location of your choice
You’re Not Alone
With PIP you get all the benefits of owning your own business with the support of our 40 years of franchising experience. We support you with:
Training seminars and events, webinars, convention, regional meetings and newsletters
A dedicated business management and sales consultant team along with a corporate support team of specialists in technology, marketing, finance and business management
The most comprehensive marketing and sales support in the business
Industry leading technology and R&D that includes access to more than 200 suppliers and discounts
State-of-the-art Web to Print and Marketing Services systems
National name recognition and identity as one of the top 200 franchise companies in the world
Start Your Future Now
Whether you choose to open a brand-new center or convert an existing business, you’ll always get superior support and training that has made PIP the industry franchise leader.
Our mission is your success.