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Sales Performance: Printing and Shipping Franchises

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By Laura Michaels

Even as e-commerce sales slowed slightly in 2021 after the online buying frenzy that was 2020, franchises in the mailing, shipping and packaging segment kept parcels moving. Craters & Freighters, InXpress and The UPS Store combined for $3.8 billion in sales, more than half of total sales for the printing and shipping category that also includes printing, graphics and sign companies. The UPS Store, far and away the largest, grew sales 11.8 percent, to $3.5 billion. The 12 printing, graphics and sign franchises, meanwhile, combined for $3.1 billion in sales. System sales at Fastsigns, the biggest brand in that group, rose 18.9 percent, to $638 million, showing recovery and then some after a dip in 2020. CEO Catherine Monson noted franchisees follow a differentiated model that emphasizes consultation, design, marketing and advertising services for businesses. And, “we have the largest ad fund by far … by 4X,” she said, “building share of mind.”

Mailing, Shipping and Packaging     
Rank '22Rank '21Franchise ConceptSales Growth % Global Sales ($M) Total Units
336322Craters & Freighters39.5% 105 65
215216InXpress35.4% 288 435
4036The UPS Store11.8% 3,450* 5,385

Printing, Graphics and Signs     
Rank '22Rank '21Franchise ConceptSales Growth % Global Sales ($M) Total Units
226214AlphaGraphics21.0% 261 264
355324SpeedPro20.9% 91 162
348316YESCO19.2% 94 102
133131FASTSIGNS18.9% 638 761
180168Minuteman Press13.9% 427 959
253223Allegra Marketing Print Mail9.2% 214 245
404351PIP Marketing Signs Print8.8% 60 60
159129Proforma0.4% 541 567
204174Signarama-0.8% 339 703
362300Fully Promoted-8.0% 84 269
295226Sir Speedy Print Signs Marketing-23.6% 147 148
272199Image360-26.1% 186 289

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