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The 3@1 Franchise taps into online retail growth

3at1 AramexThe online retail industry continues to grow significantly in South Africa as the number of online users stays on an upward path. For 3@1, the full-service business services centre franchise, this has seen the demand for its reliable and cost-effective courier solutions increase significantly. In partnerships with Aramex, the Dubai-based logistics company, 3@1 has added a host of new convenient services for customers – and introduced new revenue streams for franchisees.

“Online  shopping just got easier as we’ve launched a drop-off zone for online retailers, so that customers can order online and collect their purchases at any 3@1 participating store,” explains Marketing Director Belinda Dunn. Also on the cards is a “shop and ship” service, which will allow customers to order goods from overseas and have them delivered to their local 3@1 store, hassle free.

On offer already is a 3@1 franchise to franchise courier service, next day delivery to anywhere in South Africa for just R99 and a R299 anywhere in the world document service. The all-new pre-paid “express” international parcel service starts at R240. New look, new drive Laying an additional foundation for growth in 2014 and beyond, is 3@1’s brand refresh aimed at further cementing the franchise as a market leader in the retail communications sector.

“In 2014 we will continue to fine-tune our service offering to ensure that we always stay abreast of the latest technological advancements,” says Dunn. “Our brand partnerships with Kodak and Aramex are sure to draw even more attention from customers and prospective franchisees alike.” 3@1 is set to open a number of brand new stores in the first quarter of 2014, and has identified a number of areas, including George, Knysna, Port Elizabeth, East London, Nelspruit, Tzaneen, Polokwane and Witbank, that are ripe for growth. Outside of South Africa, 3@1 is looking for partners in Botswana, Angola and Zambia and Mauritius.


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