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'Tis the Season: The UPS Store Franchise Network Gives Small Businesses a Boost During the Holiday Rush

'Tis the Season: The UPS Store Franchise Network Gives Small Businesses a Boost During the Holiday Rush

Learn how The UPS Store helps local communities and small businesses within them during the holiday season.

The holidays are upon us once again. It’s a busy time of year for everyone and small businesses are no exception. For many businesses the holidays are the most profitable time of the year which makes the season both exciting and a little nerve-wracking.

At The UPS Store®, our franchise owners are proud to help small businesses and individual customers during this bustling time of the year. During the holidays The UPS Store’s franchise owners not only provide services that are particularly helpful for small business owners but also support important charitable organizations in their communities.

How The UPS Store Franchisees Support Small Businesses During the Holidays

Here are just a few of the services offered at The UPS Store locations that reduce stress and increase efficiency for small businesses during the holiday rush:

  • Designing and Printing: The UPS Store makes it easy for small businesses to get in the holiday spirit by designing and printing everything they need to celebrate the season and promote their products or services. Our locations offer design and printing services for assets like festive brochures, flyers, tabletop displays and in-store signage. Small businesses can also head to their local The UPS Store to create personalized postcards and event invitations to help spread some holiday cheer.
  • Digitally Printed Gifts: Customized holiday gifts are a great way for small businesses to thank their loyal customers while keeping their brand top of mind. The UPS Store promotional products can help make that lasting impression. With our wide variety of top-selling promotional products like apparel, bags, drinkware, keychains, office products and tech gadgets, business owners are sure to find the perfect gift.
  • Packing and Shipping: Holiday time means lots of shopping...and lots of shipping. Small businesses can find all the mailing materials they need to securely pack and ship their own orders. Or they can rely on The UPS Store Certified Packing Experts® to do it for them to ensure that everything arrives safely and intact. That peace of mind is especially important when dealing with expensive gifts like antiques, artwork, electronics or furniture. With The UPS Store’s Pack & Ship Guarantee, small business owners can rest easy knowing we’ll cover the cost of packing and shipping as well as the value of their item should it be lost or damaged.
  • Mailbox Services: With all the extra hustle and bustle during the holiday season, small business owners can often find themselves away from home making it difficult to accept packages and stay on top of receiving their mail. Mailbox services from The UPS Store provide convenience and security by accepting packages from all carriers, providing mail receipt notification, mail holding and forwarding services, and convenient 24-hour access. And the best part of The UPS Store’s mailbox services is that businesses still get an actual postal address rather than just a P.O. box number.

All these services provided by The UPS Store contribute to the success of small businesses at any time of year, but they are even more critical during the holiday season when increased efficiency and control are a must.

How The UPS Store Franchise Locations Give Back to Their Communities

The UPS Store locations give back to their communities every day by providing the resources small businesses need to succeed. But the holiday benefits offered by The UPS Store’s owners don’t stop there. Franchise owners of The UPS Store are also dedicated to helping those who are less fortunate, which is why we partner with organizations as committed to contributing to their communities as we are.

If you’re interested in investing in a franchise that’s committed to helping the communities it serves, The UPS Store is definitely an option you’ll want to check out. The UPS Store is a proud founding sponsor of the Toys for Tots Literacy Program.

Toys for Tots Literacy Program

Now in its 10th year, the program is an initiative of the U.S. Marines’ Toys for Tots Foundation and is dedicated to supporting childhood literacy across the United States. Every book and financial donation contributed during the annual holiday drive benefits local children in need or the libraries, schools and existing programs that serve them. In fact, 100 percent of every dollar donated at The UPS Store locations is used to purchase books. Since its inception in 2008, the program has raised $4.6 million which equates to nearly 40 million books.

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Toys for Tots Literacy Program, The UPS Store, Inc. is donating $100,000 worth of books to schools or non-profit organizations that support children’s literacy in low-income and disadvantaged communities.

“For a child living in poverty, if a parent has reading materials in the house and takes time to read to the child, the child’s reading proficiency and abilities will accelerate,” said retired Lt. Gen. Pete Osman, president and CEO of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

Strengthening a child’s ability to read and communicate helps give them the confidence to succeed and fosters hope for a better future, and The UPS Store is dedicated to making a difference in the communities that need it most.

If you’re interested in opening your own The UPS Store location to support small businesses in your community, reach out to our franchise development team. Or check out one of our weekly webinars or upcoming live events to learn more.

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Kristin Howard

Franchisee, Michigan

The reason my husband and I decided to go into franchising and specifically with The UPS Store, is the different opportunities we're given with the business. The UPS Store has name recognition as well as opportunities to expand.

Debbie Adams

Franchisee, Kentucky

What I enjoy most about being a The UPS Store owner is working with my customers. We are the solution specialists for our customers.

Jim George

Franchisee, Illinios

My favorite part about The UPS Store network is the camaraderie with other franchisees. Everybody loves to help everybody else. You’re really part of a family.

Greg Murray

Franchisee, Florida

The interesting thing about The UPS Store is that when a customer walks through the door there's an extremely high probability that they're coming there to do something that is important to them. So at the end of the day, what we do for customers is very important and they are trusting that we are going to do it well.

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Mariana Huberman

Franchisee, Washington, D.C.

One of the things that I love about The UPS Store franchise system is that you're not ever in this by yourself. The franchisees of The UPS Store network are great.

Heidi Morris

Franchisee, Colorado

The thing I enjoy most about being a The UPS Store franchisee is I get to get up, go to work and know that I'm helping other business owners succeed in what they're doing.

Bob Brown

Franchisee, Tennessee

Owning a The UPS Store franchise has changed my life because it's finally given me the opportunity to engage my customers and my staff and be able to take real pride in what I do. As a franchisee, we get faced with solving peoples' problems every day and we do everything we possibly can to try to help.

Marie Jensen

Franchisee, Oregon

My favorite thing about The UPS Store is the variety. I love the variety of customers, I love the variety of services; getting to know the customers, meeting their needs, finding out how we can help them accomplish what they need to accomplish and seeing how happy they are. That makes me ecstatic.

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Tad Mollnhauer

Franchisee, Florida

With the products and services that The UPS Store provides we can make a difference in people's lives and that is the best reason for being a The UPS Store owner.

Joy Batchelor

Franchisee, Idaho

What makes being a The UPS Store franchisee worthwhile at the end of the day is the customers. The customers treat us like we're family.

Paul Erchinger

Franchisee, Texas

One nice benefit of owning a The UPS Store franchise for me has been that it gives me the opportunity to be more involved in the community. As I make relationships with others it seems like no matter what the environment is, in one way or another business comes out of that and that's not my objective—it's been a secondary benefit to being involved in the community.

Chris Reminder

Franchisee, Ohio

There are several things that I really enjoy about being a The UPS Store franchisee. First and foremost it allows me to get to know the people in the local community and that is a lot of fun. We get to see people on a regular basis. We get to know their life stories. That's a lot of fun.

Bruce Jones

Franchisee, Kentucky

Since we have joined The UPS Store, our life has changed by just having more time to spend together as a family. We've been very fortunate with the stores that we have and we have a great staff that looks out for our best interest and we look out for theirs.

Lonnie Williams

Franchisee, Oklahoma

What makes The UPS Store so successful is it gives each individual an opportunity to grow with the network and just meet the challenges that are brought to them on a daily basis. Every day gives us a new opportunity to help another person, to help another small business, to answer a question and to solve a problem.

Jeff Graham

Franchisee, Alabama

I love my customers. I love my employees. I love every person, every face that comes into my store. I enjoy every day going into work and I can't see doing anything else for the rest of my life.

Stacie Stigar

Franchisee, Alaska

I think that this franchise is so successful because of all of the resources that are available to us as center owners—we have marketing materials, we have so many different opportunities for help from the home office, and it just really makes for a great franchise.

Don Pollard

Franchisee, New Jersey

I think the thing that makes this franchise successful is a number of things. First of all we have an outstanding system, we have a great product, a great brand, and we're able to attract dynamic people to run these centers and run the business. So I think when you put all that together it really provides for a winning combination.

Mary Ellen Nichols

Franchisee, Tennessee

The thing I love about the franchise is that you have the UPS name backing you but yet you also have the autonomy to make your own decisions to promote.

Laura Griffin

Franchisee, Florida

In the eight short months I've owned my The UPS Store it has really changed my life. I've gone from being an employee of someone else to being an employer of my associates. It's a big responsibility but it's exciting every day.

Sandy Scandrett

Franchisee, Wisconsin

Being a The UPS Store franchisee has improved every aspect of my life. It's very rewarding financially, professionally, and emotionally. I have a large number of regular customers who are really, really appreciative of everything we do.

Kristie Robison

Franchisee, Alabama

I would say owning a The UPS Store location has changed my life to where I have more time and flexibility. In owning your own business you get your store up and running and you get employees that you can trust that are going to help keep your store running. This allows me to attend my two boys' ball games and also travel and do things with them so it has really changed my life for the better.