PostNet Celebrates 20 Years with Master Franchise in South Africa

PostNet is a global franchise with operations in nine countries, global master franchise opportunities

Steve Greenbaum, left, and Brian Spindel, center, celebrate with the South Africa PostNet team.

Steve Greenbaum, left, and Brian Spindel, center, celebrate with the South Africa PostNet team.

PostNet is the business behind America’s small business, and our master franchise partners are helping support small businesses worldwide! We have locations in nine countries on four continents, and we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of our master franchise partnership in South Africa.

The milestone demonstrates the global demand for PostNet’s core services of shipping, printing and design, as well as our ability to work with master franchisees to tailor our business model to fit countries worldwide.

The beginnings of a successful relationship

In 1994, PostNet entered into a master franchise agreement with a team of individuals who brought the brand to South Africa. A master franchisee plants the PostNet flag in a new territory, works with PostNet Headquarters to open a successful flagship and then helps other entrepreneurs into business. Master franchisees offer the franchise system, training and support to entrepreneurs in their new territory, and they receive royalty and fee revenue as new franchisees open and grow their respective businesses.

A lot of opportunity had been created by the team and franchisees who have walked through the red door of the South Africa PostNet headquarters.

A lot of opportunity had been created by the team and franchisees who have walked through the red door of the South Africa PostNet headquarters.

The initial group of investors in South Africa had a great skill base, as well as business experience in South Africa, and it has subsequently grown to be PostNet’s largest master franchisee.

The PostNet concept worked in South Africa because of the universal demand for our service offerings. All businesses need to market themselves, need printing and need shipping. They need tools and logistical support to help them connect with customers, and we deliver. The initial service offerings in South Africa were mailbox rental, copying and parcel services, and public telephones. (Telephone service in South Africa was inconsistent in 1994.) All of these services were in high demand in the newly post-Apartheid country. PostNet entered South Africa in a time of excitement, and as the nation was reborn under the leadership of Nelson Mandela, PostNet was able to empower the entrepreneurs who have remade the country.

PostNet offers marketing advice, printing solutions, website development, direct mail and email marketing, shipping and other solutions that meet the needs of small businesses.

PostNet offers marketing advice, printing solutions, website development, direct mail and email marketing, shipping and other solutions that meet the needs of small businesses.

Growth and accomplishments

Today, PostNet is the largest privately owned company of its kind in South Africa, and it positions itself as a one-stop business center for entrepreneurs, local businesses, households and consumers — offering services including courier, copy, digital print, stationery, shipping and more at more than 270 locations. PostNet South Africa serves in excess of 55,000 “walk-in” customers per day, nationwide.

PostNet South Africa’s greatest accomplishment has been growing PostNet into a trusted and respected brand throughout the country, which is what all master franchisees set as their vision for success. PostNet has also been recognized as the top franchise by the The Franchise Association of South Africa.

Master franchise opportunities

“We are honored to celebrate 20 years of continued success with our South African counterparts,” says Steve Greenbaum, co-founder and CEO of PostNet International Franchise Corp. “With the right partners, we can replicate what we have accomplished in South Africa in more markets throughout the world.”

To learn how you can become a master franchisee and bring PostNet to new global markets, fill out this form, and we’ll be in touch!