Plan-it Cards Ltd
- Membership: Full
- Sector: Retail
- Contact: Mr Jonathan Waterson
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tel: 01428714700
- Location: Woburn House, Grayshott Road, Headley Down, Hampshire, GU35 8JQ, United Kingdom
Plan-it Cards is a greetings card publisher that distributes high-quality cards, gift wrap and gift bags directly to independent stores and national retail accounts e.g. Costcutter, Premier and Londis through our franchisee network.
We provide a monthly merchandising service with a unique planned display system (hence our name) that enables the retailer to offer a balanced selection of Everyday, Spring Seasons and Christmas cards expertly tailored to match consumers’ buying habits and the seasonality promotions.
Plan-it Cards franchisees provide this service to any retail outlet that sells cards! All card and gift wrap designs published are designed in-house, use the highest quality materials and are exclusive to Plan-it Cards.
Established in 2000 as a franchise operation, Plan-it Cards has national UK coverage with further international distribution in Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Malta and Canada.
Our business model has been established through a proven quality business system, concentrating on good customer service and the innovation of bright new designs, suitable for all occasions. We also operate using the consignment method. The retailer only pays for what they have sold!
We have a small number of territories for sale which are currently merchandised through the Head Office and though the areas may not be fully developed yet they offer opportunity of income from day one and potential growth through hard work and enthusiasm. We also have available a number of established franchise businesses for sale.
Franchise sale prices depend on their size and level of development.
- Network Size: 11-25 units
- Franchise Type: Management
- Typical Start-up Cost: £15,000
- Minimum Personal Investment: £15,000
- Franchise Location: Home/Van-based
- Market: B2B
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Training starts with a one-day seminar involving franchisees at different stages of their business development who pass on their knowledge and skills. This important day covers merchandising, product knowledge, display planning, journey planning, how to open new accounts and on-going business development.
It continues with a three-day programme back in the territory on a one to one basis that covers the practical back-room elements of the business needed to deliver the front end service to the customers. There is also a practical day in the field merchandising and meeting with customers face to face.
Once you are up and running there are an additional three days set aside for on-going training in the field. This is particularly helpful in focusing on opening new accounts, and refining customer service.
Daily Life of a Franchisee
Franchisees normally visit between 8-10 retail sites a day with a typical day involving the preparation of displays at home (or small storage unit) and then installation of these displays in store.
Calls to the retailers are carried out monthly with a fresh display of stock installed each visit. With new designs released monthly there is always something new to show the retailer.
On each visit customers pay for what they sell. There is minimal paperwork and most shops pay on the day of visit.
The franchisees then return home with the previous month’s unsold stock to replenish and make sure the stock is ready for the next day’s calls.