Defining An Industry
In 1990, Craters & Freighters created an industry by offering custom crating and shipping solutions to address the needs of businesses and consumers with shipments too big, fragile, valuable or uniquely shaped for traditional parcel shippers. Now, with the only national network of 'Specialty Freight Handlers,' Craters & Freighters dominates the industry.
The Craters & Freighters marketing plan targets the art and antique communities initially, followed by commercial and corporate applications such as manufacturers, tele-com businesses, electronic and appliance centers, auctioneers, moving and storage companies, and retail packaging and shipping stores.
The total initial investment ranges from $90,000 to $130,000, which includes the franchise fee of $27,000, training, opening and ongoing assistance, and enrollment in our carrier discount and cargo insurance programs. Royalties are 5% of gross revenues and a National Ad Fund contribution of 1%.
Sources of revenue are: Freight, Packing and Crating, and Ancillary Services.
The Federal Trade Commission regulates disclosure of revenue figures by franchisors. You can, however, discuss revenues with Craters & Freighters franchise owners.
Our loyalty to individual freight carriers enables us to negotiate substantial discounts, which in turn, gives you a low cost of goods and competitive rates to offer your customers. Our ability to engineer packaging solutions for nearly any product gives us access to business sectors others can't approach. Our cargo insurance policy allows you to offer coverage on even the most valuable freight. You operate using our proprietary software and become part of our network of locations.
Business and/or industry experience, although helpful, is not necessary. We will train you on all aspects of our business when you attend the two week training session in Denver. You must, however, have computer skills for Windows operating system and the Internet. Familiarity of Quickbooks and Outlook Express is beneficial, but not required.
Do you have exclusive territories?
Yes, we only open one Craters & Freighters franchise per metropolitan area with the exception of the six largest US markets. Unlike retail businesses, we have the ability to get to customers throughout a city. We have approximately 20 territories available; to see what markets are open, go to http://www.cratersandfreighters.com
- How many employees will I need?
You will need two people (either partners or employees) to initiate operations and you will need to add a third person between the third and fifth month of business.
- How much space is needed?
You need to lease 3000 to 3500 square feet of warehouse space located near the central business district.
"The return, the support, and the variety of this business are outstanding. It's a great investment. Every day brings something new."
Craters & Freighters of Seattle
Craters & Freighters Franchise Company
7000 East 47th Avenue Drive, Suite 100 • Denver, CO 80216-3450
303-399-8190 • 800-949-9931 • Fax 303-399-9964
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