The UPS Store, Inc., the world's largest franchisor of retail shipping, postal, print and business service centers, ranked #3 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s annual Franchise 500 list of the top franchise brands in the U.S. and Canada.
It remained #1 in the Postal & Business Centers category for the 31st consecutive year.
“Despite a challenging year that affected us all, I’m proud that The UPS Store network continuously operated in its communities when they needed us most,” said Tim Davis, president, The UPS Store, Inc. “Our franchise owners and their employees are members of the communities they serve, and I am always in awe of their dedication to those communities.”
Deemed an essential business under guidance issued by the White House and as defined within the Critical Infrastructure Sectors by the Department of Homeland Security, The UPS Store locations have remained open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
When small businesses were forced to quickly adapt and consumers shifted more to e-commerce, many turned to The UPS Store to handle the greatly increased mailing, packing, shipping, printing and returns.
The UPS Store also found itself helping to print curbside menus for local restaurants and large signs for drive-by birthday celebrations, as well as ship more online purchases and gifts as travel decreased. The flexibility to meet changing demand brought on by the pandemic added value and a sense of purpose for franchise owners and employees.
In addition, the brand offers initiatives such as the minority incentive program to promote diversity, as well as a veteran incentive program for military veterans looking for new career opportunities.
“The UPS Store brings unparalleled opportunity for entrepreneurs like me,” said Jaime ‘Jimmy’ Ochoa, who recently opened a new The UPS Store location under the veteran incentive program. “The combined strength of the brand, network and my military experience has helped make this venture exciting, fulfilling and rewarding.”
As a nod to Jimmy and the other entrepreneur owners of more than 5,000 The UPS Store locations across North America, Tim Davis added, ““As we continue to grow, we are always looking for great people to become part of the network and we highly encourage entrepreneurs of all backgrounds to start up their own business through The UPS Store.”
“Despite a challenging year that affected us all, I’m proud that The UPS Store network continuously operated in its communities when they needed us most,” said Tim Davis, president, The UPS Store, Inc.