March 08, 2010 // Franchising.com // Hartland, WI – Batteries Plus, the nation's largest retail battery franchise serving both retail and business customers, has developed a B2B partnership program to assist facilities management operators with its battery buying power, battery education, and battery recycling capabilities, all facilitated and operated by the nation's most experienced battery experts.
By entering into a partnership with Batteries Plus, facilities management operators are provided with access to more than 40,000 types of batteries and accessories, an ongoing hands-on battery education provided by battery experts to show how to properly work and extend the use of any battery, and the utilization of the Batteries Plus recycling program.
"Batteries Plus arms facilities operators with substantial buying power," said Russ Reynolds, CEO of Batteries Plus. "Operators won't have the need for multiple invoices from multiple suppliers. Instead, they can simply peruse through our unmatched variety of battery products to experience significant savings on batteries, while enjoying unrivaled technical education and customer service that solidifies the relationship."
Recently, the Wisconsin Public School Districts entered into a partnership with Batteries Plus and has significantly reduced the district's annual battery costs. At the onset of the partnership, the school district maintenance supervisor was invited to a Batteries Plus "Savings Seminar". During the seminar, the company's battery experts give a one-on-one education tutorial on all aspects of the facilities management partnership, from the number of batteries available to fit specific needs to how the company can reduce annual costs associated to battery and battery related products.
In addition to cost incentives, Batteries Plus will also assist facilities management operators with the disposal of their batteries for recycling. As a leader in the recycling of Lead Acid, Nickel Cadmium, Nickel Metal Hydride, Lithium Ion, and alkaline batteries, Batteries Plus participates in EPA approved methods of recycling in full compliance with all federal, state, EPA, and DOT regulations governing the disposal and recycling of batteries and select electronics.
Batteries Plus has created the ideal retail, warehouse distribution and technical service center model to fulfill the battery-related needs for virtually any company or public entity. For most large B2B orders, Batteries Plus offers same or next-day delivery for free or minimal delivery charges. There is also a national warranty program between all locations, offering local service with national capabilities.
In addition to providing batteries, battery education, and recycling opportunities to facilities management operators, Batteries Plus has also grown to become the largest single source supplier of batteries serving all industries in the United States and Puerto Rico, including manufacturing, communications, government/municipal, transportation, utilities, construction, medical, recreational, and agricultural/mining, among others. Current national business accounts include such prestigious names as Siemens Building Technologies, Sysco Foods, Anheuser-Busch InBev., 3M and Diebold.
Batteries Plus has been keeping up with the "batteries required" demand since opening its first store in 1988. The franchise system's growth continues to be driven by consistent demand for battery products and services, including battery powered electronic devices such as cell/smart phones, laptop computers and digital cameras and camcorders. This demand, coupled with the high level of support and training the company provides to franchise owners, as well as national brand recognition, makes Batteries Plus one of the most attractive franchise opportunity offerings in the country.
In 2009, Batteries Plus, enjoyed its most successful year in the company's more than 20 year history. The franchise company opened 43 new stores, signed 40 franchise deals for another 52 stores and saw the continuation of double-digit same store retail sales, a trend that is now four years running. Batteries Plus plans to open more than 40 additional retail stores in 2010.
Batteries Plus is the nation's largest and fastest growing battery retailer, selling more than 50 million batteries per year. Batteries Plus, designated by Inc. Magazine as the nation's fastest growing specialty retailer and ranked as the #1 Battery Franchise by both Entrepreneur Magazine and D&B AllBusiness.com, has 400 locations in 43 states and Puerto Rico. With access to more than 40,000 types of batteries and accessories, Batteries Plus has the widest selection of batteries and battery-related products and offers unmatched service to consumers, businesses and government entities at the national and local levels. Batteries Plus stores also feature Tech Centers equipped to design, assemble, rebuild, and test custom battery packs. Batteries Plus continues its reign as the undisputed battery retailing leader in the expanding $24 billion battery category, estimated to reach $33.6 billion in 2012.