PostNet Franchise Review: Harry Lozinski
A veteran PostNet franchise owner opens up about how he found success, hope and a second family with the printing, marketing and shipping franchise
When entrepreneurs join the PostNet franchise system, they begin their journey as small business owners with the support of a large family composed of their fellow franchise owners and the PostNet headquarters team. Our growing network of franchisees is just as committed to the success of their peers as to the success of their own centers and small business communities; helping each other through economic downturns, stepping in to help during times of illness and offering advice, support and encouragement when it is needed. At PostNet – We Care for the Whole.
Perhaps no other franchise owner has felt this support as deeply as Harry Lozinski, a veteran franchise owner in Longmont, Colorado. Harry opened his PostNet center with his wife Roberta in 2003, and ran their small business as a couple until Roberta’s tragic passing from breast cancer in 2014. As soon as word of Roberta’s illness reached the franchise network, Harry was overwhelmed with support, prayers and goodwill that have enabled Harry to keep his business successful while giving him and his family the precious time needed to grieve and mourn.
“I realized very quickly how meaningful being a part of the PostNet franchise was when my wife was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer in 2014,” Harry says. “I was completely in crisis – I had to run the center and take care of my wife. Steve Greenbaum (CEO and co-founder of PostNet) and Brian Spindel (President and co-founder of PostNet) found out about my wife’s illness when she was in the hospital. They came up to the store and asked, ‘What can we do? How do we help you take care of this store so that you can go and take care of your wife?’ How many CEOs and Presidents of companies would take the time to do that? How many CEOs and Presidents care about their franchise owners to such an extent that they show up to help you? I discovered how sincere being a part of the PostNet franchise family truly is. We’re in this together.”
PostNet is a brand that shares your values
Since our founding in 1992, PostNet has been guided by six core values. Our values have helped us build a strong franchise system that makes a valuable contribution to the communities and customers we serve. One of the reasons Entrepreneur magazine has named us a top franchise opportunity for over 20 consecutive years (every year that we’ve been in business) is that we value and encourage leadership and teamwork. We seek out and respect entrepreneurs, and we look for people who are eager to work together to build a great brand.
“When I signed my franchise agreement in 2003, Steve and Brian said, ‘Welcome to the family,’ and it’s been that way ever since,” Harry says. “Not only have they always been there to help during the day-to-day operations of my business, but they were there when I needed them the most. When I was going through the worst of my wife’s illness, I would often reflect on how much Steve and Brian truly live up to the promise of the word family. It’s a testament to who they are, and to this business. I also truly believe that this is why we’ve been so successful for so long.”
Each and every year, the PostNet franchise network gathers together under one roof for the Thrive conference. The event is always special — the executive team rolls out new initiatives for the upcoming year, educational seminars are held on best practices, but most importantly for us, Thrive is a chance to honor our franchise owners who best exemplify the values that have guided our brand from our humble pack-and-ship origins into an industry-leading printing, marketing and shipping enterprise.
“Our values are on full display during the Thrive conference,” Harry says. “I cannot tell you how many of my fellow franchise owners came up to me and offered their support, their help and then followed through afterwards. It was amazing to me how many franchise owners came to the memorial service for my wife – how often they called to check on me. Some of them even brought me food. All of them wanted to make sure that my business remained successful during the biggest challenge of my life.”
Become a meaningful member of your community
Why are we thriving after almost 25 years in business? Our visionary leadership team works tirelessly, year after year, to deliver a business model that keeps PostNet franchise owners profitable in their centers. Our franchisees also work diligently to build strong, long-lasting relationships with their customers at a local level.
“We really do establish meaningful, long-lasting relationships with our customers,” Harry says. “We offer them a range of solutions and services that they cannot find anywhere else. Speaking personally, PostNet has allowed me to become a truly valuable member of my small business community. This opportunity has truly changed my life.”
PostNet is a low-cost investment opportunity with a proven business model that offers high potential returns. The total investment necessary to begin operation of a PostNet franchise ranges from $169,767 to $212,275. PostNet is a substantially more affordable investment than several of our competitors, and our rapid buildout time allows our franchise owners to potentially quicken their return on investment. Once a site is selected, a new PostNet can be open in six to eight weeks. Most importantly, our innovative Online Print Center platform allows new franchise owners to begin selling PostNet services and earning a profit from the moment an address is selected for a new PostNet brick-and-mortar store, potentially hastening the return on investment even further.
Learn more about starting a PostNet franchise
Ready to learn more about PostNet franchise opportunities? You can read interviews with PostNet franchise owners on our blog and learn more about our business model by reading over our research pages. To request even more information, request our free franchise report.