July 02, 2014 // Franchising.com // SAN DIEGO – Ralph Askar is at it again. Widely recognized for the key role he's played during the past three decades in directing the acclaimed worldwide expansion of The UPS Store/Mail Boxes Etc., Askar is putting the same principles into action as he sets his sights on drastically increasing Instant Imprints' footprint across North America and key international markets.
"I have seen what it takes for a franchise concept to be a game changer -- to separate itself and rise above the competition. Instant Imprints is now part of a rarefied group in service franchising that is on the cusp of extraordinary growth," said Askar, who successfully led the evolution of MBE/UPS into the indisputable king of the postal category as an Area Franchisee, corporate executive and master franchisee in Canada, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. "I can't say enough about how hard we've worked to tailor the Instant Imprints franchise opportunity for today's transitioning professionals, veterans, and talented individuals who want to gain control of their lives professionally and personally."
Askar and his team of retail and franchising experts at Instant Imprints have recently launched a brand-new training program for new and existing franchisees with a specific focus on business development. Heading the initiative is Mike Boyd, a consultant with more than three decades of experience in franchising and training.
"Less than two percent of franchisors teach business development as part of training. Without these critical lessons, franchisees don't have the tools they need to ensure their stores are successful," said Boyd, who is also Instant Imprints' Area Franchisee for Colorado. "Our franchisees are incredibly motivated individuals, and we want to give them the best foundation of knowledge and tools to grow sales and profit as soon as possible."
From start to finish, the training program spans more than 20 weeks. However, the first six weeks are the most hands-on with in-store training, mentorship arrangements and "Instant Imprints University (IIU)," where important business management and operational skills are emphasized alongside essential marketing planning. Following IIU are two weeks of post-class training where franchisees master Instant Imprints' four areas of promotional marketing expertise –, signs & banners, advertising specialties, custom T-shirts and branded apparel. Following the initial six weeks is the Instant Imprints-exclusive "FastStart" coaching program. Each new franchisee is provided with a coach who shares advice, experience and follow-up calls each week. With his background of business coaching and experience as a McDonald's trainer, Boyd helps set Instant Imprints' training program apart from other franchises.
"The executive leadership team at Instant Imprints has more than 200 years of franchising experience, so they're an incredible resource to tap into," said Boyd, whose store in Louisville, Colorado has broken several sales records in the last year. "This proven method we're working – the thorough training process, mentorship programs and strategic marketing plans – has set franchisees up for profit sooner than most."
As recently announced, Askar has initiated a five-year, strategic expansion plan to grow Instant Imprints to 500 locations. The large-scale growth strategy projects new units dotting the map in Instant Imprints' home North American markets and crossing into new international territories. This news marks the culmination of more than three years worth of enhancement efforts to elevate the Instant Imprints business model.
Awarding single unit and Area Franchise Agreements, as well as Master License developer opportunities around the globe, the Instant Imprints investment is ripe for experienced franchise investors as well as individuals transitioning into entrepreneurship from corporate positions.
Complete with comprehensive training, site selection support, marketing programs and the purchasing power of the Instant Imprints' network, the business model has been cultivated to cater to high quality candidates that understand the value of the proven system. The Instant Imprints franchise fee starts at $34,950 ($24,950 for Veterans).
Instant Imprints helps businesses, schools, organizations, groups, and individuals promote. The company has revolutionized the promotional products industry by combining multiple businesses (digital printing, screen printing, embroidery, wide format printing, heat transfers, and promotional products) into one efficient business model – the first and still the only franchise to combine these businesses into one model. Instant Imprints has franchises throughout North America and has been franchising since 2002. CEO Ralph Askar and a group of shareholders first purchased the Master License for Instant Imprints Canada, then completed ownership of Instant Imprints in May of 2011. CEO Ralph Askar, with more than 27 years hands-on franchising experience, brings to Instant Imprints a proven record of accomplishments as one of Mail Boxes Etc. and The UPS Store's most successful multiple Area Franchisees and multiple International Master Licensees. Find out more about Franchise Opportunities here.
For more information about Instant Imprints, contact Jay Holguin via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-542-3437.
SOURCE Instant Imprints
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Instant Imprints has been serving the business community since 1992.