3@1 Franchise introduces its convenient kiosk opportunity


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Belinda Dunn - 3@1

3@1 has introduced the next level of its highly successful comprehensive business services franchise – a 25m2 – 35m2 freestanding kiosk that presents a new, affordable entry-point for potential franchisee.

The kiosk’s compact format is a first for the courier, print and business services industry, it offers the ultimate in convenience and accessibility for customers.

What makes it so attractive is that it is designed to be quick to install. Ideal for wide central aisles or empty areas in regional and larger neighbourhood malls, It is almost like a shop within a shop.

3at1In spite of its compact size, the 3@1 Kiosk will incorporate the full range of 3@1 products and services:

  • A courier counter,
  • Delivery services, in partnership with Aramex,
  • A print station offering a wide variety of solutions, ranging from large format posters to business cards
  • Customers can also print photos from any device at the Kodak photographic zone
  • As well as high-speed internet connectivity!

Cost and size:
Franchisor Belinda Dunn says: “The model will help maximise profits and ROI for franchisees that choose to take on a kiosk location. It offers potential franchisees a low entry start-up cost at under R400K, and fits in perfectly alongside our existing 3@1 Express Store and Superstore formats.”

An Express Store of 25m2 – 40m2 costs R495 000 (excl. Vat), while a 60m2 – 90m2 Superstore comes in at R595 000 (excl. Vat). All packages include store design and a full turn-key opening.

The 3@1 Kiosk is yet another example of the ways in which the 3@1 franchisor keeps innovating to ensure franchisee profitability. “With mall rentals being excessively high, our focus is always on helping franchisees increase their per square metre revenue,” says Dunn.

The opportunity
3@1 Franchising offers a full turnkey setup, meaning that the head-office team works alongside franchisees, from the planning phase to store opening.

Training and Support

Initial training takes place at an existing 3@1 Business Centre prior to the launch of the new outlet.

Thereafter the franchise team spends further time with every new franchisee at their own 3@1 Business Centre to ensure both franchisee and employees are proficient and comfortable.

Ongoing support and training is available throughout the franchise relationship.

Locations
A concept with so much potential is set to grow and Dunn has expansion plans in mind that include urban as well as rural areas, where there is a high demand for 3@1’s vast range of services. A number of locations, including:

  • Bloemfontein,
  • Pietermaritzburg,
  • Port Elizabeth,
  • East London,
  • The South Coast and
  • The Vaal Triangle, have been identified as being ripe for growth.

Outside of South Africa, the franchise is looking for partners in

  • Botswana,
  • Angola,
  • Zambia and
  • Mauritius.

Adding to its digital offerings
3@1 is well-positioned to tap into the online retailing boom by offering fast and efficient courier service for e-tailers (store or individual who does business primarily on the Internet), as well as a convenient ‘shop and ship’ service for customers.

“With the advent of our partnership with global courier giant Aramex, customers and e-tailers can use their local 3@1 Business Centres to send and collect their online orders as many of our shops are open seven days a week to match today’s busy lifestyles,” says Dunn. The concept is also ideal for clients who need to return goods to the e-tailers.

They say that dynamite comes in small packages… make sure you’re part of the action as the 3@1 kiosk model explodes onto the market!

View full details and Apply for 3@1 Postal, Business & Communications Franchise

This article first appeared in the August/September 2014  issue of Your Business Magazine www.bizmag.co.za

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