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- 2022 Franchise 500 Rank
#355 Not ranked last year
- Initial investment
$168K - $248K
- Units as of 2021
338 11.7% over 3 years
Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Pak Mail franchise.
Founded in 1983, Pak Mail is a packaging, crating, shipping, and freight franchise. In 1984, the franchise launched itself by allowing individuals and private entities to open Pak Mail franchises in order to start their packing and shipping companies.
With many franchises spread across the U.S., Canada, Australia, Venezuela, Japan, and Mexico, Pak Mail may be a household name among businesses and service providers. Pak Mail offers packaging and shipping of all sorts of items, from small parcels to large objects shipped via air, land, and water. It also provides free USPS shipping supplies by partnering with various Postal Services.
Why You May Want to Start a Pak Mail Franchise
Pak Mail has been ranked in Entrepreneur's Franchise 500 many times in the past few decades. This ranking is based on an evaluation of more than 150 data points in the areas of costs and fees, size and growth, franchisee support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability.
To be part of the Pak Mail team, you should make sure you're financially ready for an initial investment made up of a franchise fee and other startup costs. In addition, you should be prepared for ongoing fees that will also include advertising, royalty, and renewal fees. Franchisees will also need to meet the company's set net worth and liquid capital requirements.
When you open a Pak Mail franchise, you become part of one of the more well-known packing and shipping franchises in the industry. Doing so may allow you to establish a community of customers and staff while giving you the satisfaction you desire from running your new business.
What Might Make a Pak Mail Franchise a Good Choice?
Pak Mail offers financing options by partnering with third-party sources. They may give you financial support to pay for the franchise fee, start-up fee, equipment, and inventory.
Pak Mail will guide you through the franchise process until you are all set with your business. They offer on-the-job training sessions for a few dozen hours and classroom sessions for several days. Pak Mail will guide you in choosing a solid location for your franchise. Pak Mail also offers support in starting a franchise website, advertising, and marketing to get your new business possible exposure.
As a franchisee, you can offer a variety of services for local and international customers. You get the opportunity to open a flexible franchise since Pak Mail operates during regular office hours. This may give you free time at night and during weekends to spend with family and other commitments.
How To Open a Pak Mail Franchise
To get started as a franchisee with Pak Mail, you will likely need to submit an inquiry form. Pak Mail will provide you with guides and materials to compare the costs, benefits, and various other services offered by this franchise. A franchise licensing representative will contact you during this process, and they will discuss the starting process, franchise fee, startup costs, and preferred location. Upon approval, you will start the paperwork and training.
After following the above steps, you will be all set to become the next Pak Mail franchisee.
About Pak Mail
- Franchising Since
- 1984 (38 years)
- # of employees at HQ
- Where seeking
This company is seeking new franchisees throughout the US.
This company is seeking new franchisees worldwide.
- # of Units
- 338 (as of 2021)
Information for Franchisees
Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a Pak Mail franchise.
Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees
Here’s what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.
- Initial Franchise Fee
Definition: The initial fee paid to a franchisor to join their system
What you need to know: Found in Item 5 of the FDD, this may be a flat fee, or may vary based on territory size, experience, or other factors.The franchise fee is an up-front (one-time) cost that a new franchisee pays to the franchisor. This fee is usually due at the signing of the franchise agreement and covers the right to use the franchisor's trademarks, name, and related business systems.
- Initial Investment
- $167,800 - $247,850
Definition: The total amount necessary to begin operation of the franchise
What you need to know: The initial investment includes the franchise fee, along with other startup expenses such as real estate, equipment, supplies, business licenses, and working capital. This is outlined in a chart in Item 7 of the FDD, showing a range of possible costs from low to high.
- Net Worth Requirement
Definition: The minimum net worth you must have in order to qualify to become a franchisee of this company
What you need to know: Net worth is the value of a person's assets minus liabilities. Assets include cash, stocks, retirement accounts, and real estate. Liabilities include items like mortgages, car payments, and credit card debt.
- Cash Requirement
Definition: The minimum liquid capital you must have available in order to qualify to become a franchisee of this company.
- Veteran Incentives
- 20% off franchise fee
Definition: A discount or other incentive offered to military veterans who buy a franchise with this company.
- Royalty Fee
Definition: A ongoing fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis.
What you need to know: Most franchisors require franchisees to pay an ongoing royalty fee, which is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD. This fee is typically a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales, but may also be a flat weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
- Ad Royalty Fee
Definition: An going fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis to support advertising or marketing efforts.
What you need to know: This may also be called advertising fee, marketing fee, brand fund fee, and more, but the basic purpose is the same-- to support promotion of the brand systemwide. As with the royalty fee, it is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD, and can be a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales or a weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
- Term of Agreement
- 20 years
Definition: The length of time your franchise agreement will last.
What you need to know: Franchise terms are typically anywhere from 5 to 20 years in length, but are sometimes instead dependent on factors such as the term of your lease. Once your term is up, you may have the option to renew your agreement, typically for a smaller fee than the original franchise fee.
- Is franchise term renewable?
Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.
- Third Party Financing
- Pak Mail has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory
Training & Support Offered
Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.
- On-The-Job Training
- 36 hours
- Classroom Training
- 76 hours
- Additional Training
- At existing center
- Ongoing Support
NewsletterMeetings & ConventionsToll-Free LineGrand OpeningOnline SupportLease NegotiationField OperationsSite SelectionProprietary SoftwareFranchisee Intranet Platform
- Marketing Support
Co-op AdvertisingAd TemplatesNational MediaRegional AdvertisingMarketing Planning & SupportSocial MediaSEOWebsite DevelopmentEmail MarketingLoyalty Program/App
Additional details about running this franchise.
- Is absentee ownership allowed?
Definition: Absentee ownership means that the franchisee does not actively work in the franchise business or manage day-to-day operations.
- Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
Definition: The business can be run from your home and/or a vehicle, and it is not necessary to have a retail facility, office space, or warehouse.
- Can this franchise be run part time?
Definition: This business can be run by the owner on a part-time basis (less than 40 hours per week) and/or as a side business; it is not necessary for the business to be open/run full-time.
- # of employees required to run
- Are exclusive territories available?
Definition: An exclusive territory is a fixed area in which you are given the right to operate and in which no other units of the same franchise may be opened.
What you need to know: Territory size may be based on factors such as radius, population size, zip codes, and more. Details can be found in Item 12 of the FDD.
Franchise 500 Ranking History
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